Homecoming week was full of fun, excitement, and adventure! Watch this video to see many of the events that took place. (Stick around until the end for a message from a few of our past bloggers, Joey and Mario.)
Homecoming week is over… what do I do with my life now?! Here are a few pictures from the past week for y’all to enjoy:
This is Jorge! We walked together for Homecoming court and ended up winning together! He makes a pretty handsome King if I do say so myself, he is a RA on campus!
This is Lippi! He is my best friend! We went to high school together and he came to MNU when I was a sophomore to play soccer! Since he came here we have had multiple classes together and finally introduced ourselves even though we already knew each other. And now, we are best friends. He is so great to me and always encourages and supports me. Love you Leapster!
This is the squad also known as ASG! Luke, Presley, Alyssa, Kristi, Kylen, Duby, Josh, Lauren and then me! We spend a lot of time together and sometimes too much time. I love each and every one of them though and could not imagine my senior year without them. This is Eddie! I talked about him in a previous post, any who he was up for Homecoming King for seniors this year. It was also his first year to go to Homecoming. It was a blast!
This is one of my best friends Lorena! We have gotten so close over the past two years she has been here and I am so glad she came into my life. I would not survive MNU without her and she brightens up everyones day! This was at the Bon Fire and Car Bach that we had. Love this girl! This is Stacy and I talk about her a lot! She is one of my roommates and I am so glad we went to Homecoming together because we had so much fun! Senior year would honestly not be the same if she was not in my life constantly. We are always hanging out and are always either going to sporting events together or watching sporting events! Anyways, I LOVED MY DRESS!
So, homecoming week has come and gone… and let me just say it was a blast! SO many fun memories were made; ASG did a fantastic job! Also I have a random thought I have been thinking about this last week. Although it was nice to have a bit of distraction from some of the struggles of life with all the fun events of Homecoming week… I have in the last few weeks been a little down…. But don’t worry there is HOPE! I have a quick thought I would like to share on that in a bit… but here are some pictures of a FANTASTIC Homecoming week!
We had a movie night, a hoedown, a homecoming dance, and a football game where we BEAT BAKER (if you aren’t a Pioneer you may not understand but that is a big deal around here!).
(Yes I wore my Royals jersey over my dress… I am that dedicated).
All that to say it was a crazy and busy week let me tell you!
Now thats homecoming, let me give you just a quick thought of the day and then I’m done rambling.
I have really been reading and thinking a lot about hope the last few weeks. For many reasons I have been kind of in the dumps with some personal issues but mostly with the uncertainty of life and exactly my calling. Whether you’re a Christian or not we all go through these times. And these are times that help you grow. But beyond all that I have been realizing there is hope. Some lyrics from a song, Anchor, by Hillsong go like this:
There is hope in the promise of the cross, You gave everything to save the one you love, and that hope is an anchor for my soul, my God will stand unshakeable!
Man I love that! It gives me the chills! I think when I am sad or overwhelmed sometimes I think God is surprised or He can’t handle it. But He is UNSHAKEABLE. And because of His promise of love on the cross, we can have hope! Hope that there is a God who is constant, who loves and cares, and who wants what is best for us. When everything around us seems chaotic or maybe there is a lot of hurt… remember these song lyrics! I think if we can have hope in Christ (who He is and what He has done) which coincides with trust, we can be more diligent in being patient through the trials and the pain. Just wait and see what God will do when you regain a piece of hope in Him.
What that has to do with Homecoming, or what Homecoming has to do with Hope? No one will ever know. It has just been my life the last week though
Hi y’all! Yes I said y’all cause I’m from Topeka, Kansas and I just love the word.
Like all of my blogger friends have said, it has been a crazy Homecoming week! Homecoming is always a fun time of the year. Each day of the week we had themes and I’m now going to tell you what they were:
Monday – 90’s/Demin Day
Tuesday – Favorite Disney Character (I was Elsa, just picture it)
Wednesday – “We wear pink on Wednesdays”/Boys wore black
Thursday – Western Day!
Friday – Favorite sports team day (Royals of course)
It was so much fun to see all the different costumes and people having a great time with it! What’s even better is the weather this week has been close to absolutely perfect. I’m currently sitting outside in the beautiful, eighty degree weather and I love it. I did not attend the Homecoming banquet, but I did go to the car bash/hoedown on Thursday and failed at dancing every single time. I just cannot dance. It’s so sad. The only song I could actually dance to was the Cha-Cha Slide and that’s because the song tells you what to do. I still got to wear my boots, though! I ended up going home Friday after classes so I missed the banquet at Uptown, but from what I heard, everyone that went had a blast.
Saturday was my favorite part… the Homecoming football game!! Gosh I love football. It was against Baker and it was a well-played game by both teams. We tied the game 27-27 and went into overtime. We pulled through and got the final touchdown winning the game 34-27. It was a happy moment for us Pioneers. I’m the kind of girl that will stay until the very end of the game even if it’s pouring down rain or -5 degrees outside. To all who left early, you missed out on a great game!
Later Saturday evening was our last Homecoming event at Emerald City. It was a gymnastics place that was pretty much an adult playhouse. Like, jungle gyms and everything! It was legit. They had a gigantic rock wall, a foam pit, a carpet slide, and trampolines! My favorite part was the foam pit. I left with a headache and now I have a million bruises all over, but it was totally worth it.
Overall, I had an amazing week and I hope you all did as well! I’ll leave you with a little advice… it’s very wise to have a phone case. I’ve gone an entire week now without a phone because I dropped it on cement outside the dorms. It was tragic. But if that’s been the only struggle this week, I can live with that. So, don’t take off your phone cases ladies and gents! You will regret it.
trying something new with a video this week! Hope to do more of these! I am currently studying for my Human Resource test I have on Friday of Homecoming week and my birthday week.. be praying! It is such a fun and crazy week I have in front of me but it will be a fun one.
As always comment and I would love to chat with you!
I feel like I have one homework assignment or project or paper or even test after another. It was definitely a crazy busy week.
Today I have a Business Communication project with three of my friends Clair Plummer, Caleb Mingus and Drake North. Our project was about bringing a Braum’s (a fast-food place) to Olathe. We had to have a 10-12 minutes speech but got to choose our own topics. My topic was about the human resource and hiring part of building a new restaurant. We totally rocked it and may have even let out a few laughs and yells when it was over.
Tomorrow I am going to Lansing Correctional Facility (a prison) for my Human Resource Management class. We are teaching a two-hour class to inmates that will be getting out within the next 3-6 months. I am really excited about his project. I have always had a passion for prison inmates and being involved in their lives. In my future I hope to be a Deputy Warden or work in the Re-entry program.
Last Thursday our volleyball team played Baker, one of our biggest rivals. It was for the number one spot in the HACA conference. ASG did a tailgate for this game, which was absolutely phenomenal, and we had such a great turn out. We did #thinkpink shirts because this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month. We also had chick-fil-a sandwiches (they didn’t invent the chicken, just the chicken sandwich!!) and did a volleyball tournament with a change to win $120 worth of gift cards. Of course we crushed Baker with a 3-0 win. One of my best friends Becca is a senior setter for the team and I have always gone to all the home volleyball games. I do love my sporting events!
Becca is on the right, #7 on the court but #1 in my heart We have been close friends since freshman year and we have always had a strong bond. She is the type of friend who could totally rock out in the car with me without feeling embarrassed or even looking at each other. She is from Oklahoma and is a Biology major. ON the left is Stacy, she is a senior nursing major from Nebraska and is one of my suite mates! This is our second year living together and we usually always go on dinner dates together. It is friends like her that I am glad I chose MNU!
This past weekend was packed full as well too. I went to Central Methodist on Saturday to watch MNU Men’s soccer, MNU Women’s soccer and also football play. My RE Patti (shout out to the patster) for driving myself and one of my best friends Becca to the Central Methodist with her husband Lonnie. They are two of my favorite people here on campus and are always going to sporting events.
I LOVE going to sporting events at MNU, especially soccer. Four of my suitemates, one of them being my actual roommate, are soccer players and I have always loved going to watch them play since freshman year. Sometimes they call me the soccer groupie and even their coaches know me.. what can I say I just love being involved. Both the men’s team and the women’s team won on Saturday in their conference games. They were both tough games but they pulled through and came out on top. This is my roommate Ashlea who is a senior soccer player and also a nursing major! She is also engaged and we love to laugh at each other, with each other or with others!! We are always having fun together
This weekend I also found out that I got nominated for Homecoming Queen, how exciting!! I have been nominated every year and was really excited when I found out I was nominated for Homecoming Queen this year. One of my best friends who is on the men’s soccer team, Eddie Morales was nominated for Homecoming King and we actually get to walk together. Homecoming week is such an exciting and anticipated week for not only ASG and students but also for alumni of MNU. Since Homecoming is not for another two weeks I will be writing a blog on all the festivities that happen later on in the month.
That is Eddie! He is a great soccer player and has been leading his team in goals this year! He is a pretty cool guy and has been one of my closest friends since NSO freshman year (new student orientation)!
One of my highlights from the weekend:
Going to the NASCAR race with my dad and two of my suite mates! We had pitt passes so we got to go down and look in the garages, victory lane and at the cars before the race started!
As always feel free to comment below or leave any questions you may have and I would love to answer or chat with you!!
Happy Valentines Day to all you blog readers out there. Whether your single or your in a relationship, I truly hope you feel the love of the Lord today!
Now with all that out of the way, I can begin with what I have been wanting to talk about. Last weekend I went to my high school’s homecoming basketball game. All I can really say is that it was very strange being back. I mean so much has changed. This brought back memories of my high school days (yes I am aware it has only been a year), but these memories reminded me of how much I have learned and how much I have grown. There are so many things, looking back now, that I wished I would have known. And so.. that is what I decided to write about. The 6 things I wish I knew in high school.
I wish I would have known:
1. You can be the most popular person in school, but in a few years no one will care.
Now I am saying this to more of my freshman year of high school self. There is something about high school that brings so much pressure to fit in and to be liked. And the truth of it is, no one will care when you leave high school. Now I am not saying that it is a bad thing to make friends, but by the time you graduate everyone goes their separate ways. What will really last the test of time are the friendships you make by showing true godly love and compassion. So if you’re in high school or even in college (the concept still applies) don’t stress about the number of friends, stress about the quality!
2. No one will remember what you wear, but if there are pictures being taken… They will most likely end up on Facebook.
I am literally embarrassed about some of my old pictures from high school. Sometimes I am rather confused about my fashion choices. But good news people… THERE IS A DELETE BUTTON.
Hahaha this is a pretty embarrassing picture of my freshman homecoming… but very funny. Annie on the left is my very best friend who I came to MNU with… and the boys in the middle, Steven and Cole, are still my two best guy friends to this day.
3. Don’t get involved with the drama!
Now I am not a fan of drama, but a big part of my personality is that I am a peacemaker. So naturally I like to solve problems and create a piece. Although there were times that I really just needed to stay out of things. Drama follows you everywhere you go in life. The people who always told me that it’s just a high school thing.. LIED! However, learning how to deal with it earlier on in life will definitely come in handy in college. So stay out of the little things, don’t involve yourself when you don’t need to be involved!
4. Boys will drive you crazy (and vice versa) and it is ok to take a chill break from them!
No but seriously… Do I have to expound? You have the rest of your life ahead of you to deal with the opposite sex. Don’t put yourself through the craziness if it can be avoided. (and if you are happily dating in high school… good for you! It is rather difficult!)
5. “You have your whole life ahead of you…”
Yes I know that makes me want to roll my eyes too, but it is so true! It is easy to forget because your whole life all you have ever known is school, but their is a majority of your life waiting on the other end. Although your choices do make a difference later on down the road, there is still a ton more life ahead to make even better decisions. The seemingly big things at the moment (no matter what stage of life you are in) are extremely small in comparison.
6. 1 Timothy 4:12 “Do not anyone look down on you because you are young…”
So often the thought that I was too young held me back from what God wanted to do in me. I thought, “I’ll do that when I am married and have a job..” It was so easy to let my “status” as a high school student define me, but God has things for us no matter what stage of life we are in.
Anyways… That is all I have! If you have anything to add you can always comment down below!
By now, I’m sure more than half of the people affiliated with MNU know who Granny Franny is–I mean, seriously, how could you not?
The Hiawatha, Kansan native spoke with me last Thursday afternoon. It was Halloween, she had just completed two test, and she was excited to show me pictures of the creepy mask she had on earlier.
I laughed at the photos–this woman was stinking adorable; no wonder she was so popular, she was an easy person to love. However, This wasn’t the first time that Franny and I had conversed; we were actually quite friendly toward each other, and I was dying to know how her trip to the Queen Latifah Show went.
Granny Franny sat back in the booth she was in, crossed her arms, and tugged at a single strand of her fleece, white hair. “Oh, Britney,” She went on, “Who would have thunk it?” She said, and continued to say every time I reminded her of her sudden fame. “You know, the other day I googled my name and 140 links appeared.” She said that ‘Granny Franny Homecoming Queen’ had gone viral. She didn’t know why it was such a story, but from then, she began receiving calls upon calls, upon calls, and it didn’t take long before the producer of The Queen Latifah show called.
Granny smacked her lips and nodded her head. “It was a long phone interview.” She stated, referring back to the conversation she had with Queen Latifah’s producer. After turning down an opportunity to be on Inside Edition, she agreed to fly to LA to be a part of the Queen Latifah Show.
“I didn’t know what I was in for.” She continued. Then she leaned in to whisper, “Britney, I didn’t know how to pronounce that woman’s name at all. Before that day, I had never even heard of The Queen.”
I laughed hysterically, and began to name a few movies that I had seen with The Queen in it. Then I went on to ask her how she felt; I wanted to know: was she nervous being interviewed by someone so well-known in the entertainment industry?
Frances smiled. “I wasn’t nervous at all. Queeny made it easy to talk to–she was a lot like you.” I bit down on my lip. Ha!Did Granny Franny just compare me to Queen Latifah? What the heeyy?
She leaned in again. “I really enjoyed my time in Los Angeles on the show.” This actually wasn’t the first time that Frances had traveled this year. Earlier she had gone to Australia to attend an WCTU–woman’s christian temperaments union–convention, and also to Sacremento to attend another national WCTU convention. Franny is really involved in her community and her church. She likes to keep busy; she said it’s easier that way.
As Granny Franny and I began to wrap up our conversation, she went on to tell me that she will not be returning next semester. When I heard the news, my heart dried up and began to crumple into a million tiny pieces. I didn’t want her to leave, she had just got here; and honestly, she reminded me a lot of a grandmother that I would want to have. She told me not to worry, though, and that her time here has been an eventful one. She also gave me one of her home-made cards, and wrapped me tightly in her arms, suffocating me into a warm, blissful hug.
If there was one thing I learned about Granny Franny, It would be to take more risks. There are a handful of people who reminisce on their lives and wish that they had taken more risks, and had gone on more adventures. I surely hope to be a lot like Granny Franny when I reach her age. She is such a marvelous woman to speak to, and a blessing to our MNU community.
Also, guess what is also next week for me and some other students here at MNU?…… Midterms! Woohoo! 3 papers to write, and 4 midterm exams. These weeks have been hectic!
But i’ts okay! That’s what college is all about! Don’t get me wrong, there are always some super fun times here, but also, cracking down on my homework and making that a priority is essential. Oh yeah… I mean I guess that is why I am here…to get my degree…
Any who.. I want to tell you guys about some things I’ve been learning lately. I know this is a very generic lesson God has been teaching me lately, but I feel that I needed to share it with you guys! God has really been tugging at my heart to keep letting things go. To let go of the things that I worry about, whether that be big or small, and place it in His hands. I find myself over and over again making things a bigger and more stressful deal than they should be. God is definitely still in control, I know that for sure, but it is hard to see the big picture sometimes. So on the topic of this week, I definitely have let some little things get to me. But overall God is teaching me than even though I most of the time I cannot do things with my own strength, HIS strength is made perfect in MY weakness. And that is pretty awesome. I know the things I am struggling with right now, going through, and stressing out about are probably nothing compared to what other people are going through, However; I am so very thankful that my God is SO big. He is enough for us, and He wants to be enough for us. I don’t know what you guys are going through, but I hope this gives you at least some sort of hope or encouragement that God is with you always, and knows exactly where you’re at in your journey of life! :]
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
-2 Corinthians 12:9-10
In His love,
Heather Rose :]
p.s. Here are some pictures of cool homecoming happenings that have taken place this week!
If you already saw this image on my Instagram, I am sorry. mainly for myself. But this is my wonderful friend Emily! For homecoming we had a hoe-down, so we all dressed up in western wear and did some square dancing, had some root beer, and ate some doughnuts! It was the bomb. There was also a very bright spotlight shining right in our faces as we were taking this picture. So naturally, I received a shadow mask on my face.
This is Uptown Theatre, where our Homecoming banquet was held!
After the homecoming banquet, some of my friends and I went to Steak ‘n Shake! It was my first time there, and I definitely had a wonderful time with these lovely friends.
Hello friends! So this week has been crazy to say the least! Homecoming, small groups, Smovie Night, Kingdom Come, and a hoedown, I barely had a chance to catch my breath! My friends and I found ourselves saying multiple times this week, “Let’s do it for the blog!” Of all the events, however, nothing could compare to my first MNU homecoming experience Friday night.
The night started out fairly normal. Our group of girls (of course running extremely late as most girls do for a formal event) dressed up together and took pictures. After a long discussion on who would drive downtown for homecoming (we are a rather indecisive bunch) we all packed into Ana and Sarah Heer’s car (they’re cousins obviously ).
We made our way to Uptown Theater with just minutes to spare of the start of the evening. We had appetizers and drinks to start, and ended with a delicious entree and dessert! And no one there could forget the stand up comedy act Ron Jackson attempted ;).
After some exploring through some dark hallways (yes we are an adventurous bunch), we heard the music start and rushed in to start dancing. Now let me throw this out there, I am not Nazarene. But I have heard jokes most of my life about “Nazarenes don’t go to movies, and they definitely don’t dance!” Now I will say that I was very impressed with the way the students handled the situation. God was glorified through our terrible, but appropriate dancing.
We ran in the pouring rain to our cars after the dance. We were anxious to get back when a man stopped us to tell us about our “*explicit* flat tire”. We made our way nervously to a gas station two blocks away to find not just your average flat tire, but a tire that basically didn’t resemble a tire anymore.
So there we were soaking wet at a gas station all dressed up downtown watching some MNU guys change our tire (what a crazy situation, right?). It took a little bit over an hour. At one point we had a whole crowd gathered around us. One guy even stood there eating a hot dog pretty disgustingly for quite awhile.
We were all very thankful to find two strangers from the area help us. Eventually we made our way out of their safely, driving very slowly on the highway. Let’s just say we were very thankful for the Lord’s protection. This easily could have put a damper on the whole experience, but we decided to have a good outlook on it. It makes a good story! We did it for the blog so we say. But all in all, I think that is a good way to handle situations that aren’t necessarily convenient.
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