Sooo it is cold outside. Literally I am looking at the weather report right now and it says that it feels like 9 degrees outside. And we all scream and plea “WHYYY” I have never had the urge to skip more classes in my life, not because of the class itself but because of HOW COLD it is! Seriously though, that should be reason enough to cancel classes.
Anywho, I thought it would be most convenient of me to provide a semi-sarcastic, semi-realtalk on how to stay warm.
1. Don’t go outside. Seriously, avoid it at all costs. Just hibernate all winter… like a bear. If that was socially, financially, and spiritually acceptable I think I might consider. I would say goodbye to all my loved ones and bam you wouldn’t see me until March.
2. Wear layers. I hope for most of you this is an immediate “duh” however according to some people on this campus and other college campuses around the country I might think differently. I mean seriously! Flip flops? And you think you are done with the “bro tank” phase once winter hits, but believe me you are not. I guess muscle men don’t get cold? Are “muscle men” a thing?
3. Sometimes you have to sacrifice. I would like to think I am a girl who likes to dress “cute.” I mean I tend to be the friend of the group who is rarely seen in sweat pants and t-shirts. But sometimes you have to be willing to sacrifice to keep warm. In a perfect world, this is how I would want to dress for winter: (courtesy of my obsession with pinterest)
But when you step outside and it literally feels like someone is punching you in the face, sacrifices are made so I end up with something like this: (courtesy of twitter @haleyraydo)
Maybe I am not to that extent yet, but I feel that way. I also feel like I make that face quite a bit. I see people walking all the time with their completely normal face, and when I am walking out in cold weather I make the worst faces. Oh well. Again, sacrifices.
Now winter isn’t all bad– I love the snow (when I don’t have to drive in it), THANKSGIVING, Christmastime, College Basketball (Go NEERS and gooo to my Jayhawks), Football, warm sweaters, chai lattes.. you know… But all this will be relevant around January/February.
The point of this, I am not sure. It might be me venting of my hatred for single digit weather, or it may be of help to those of you who struggle with these concepts…
Also, if my Minnesota relatives or my Alaskan friends are reading this– I know, I’m a wimp.
For the past six weeks, I’ve been working at the MNU Phonathon. What I thought would just be another job has turned out to double as a ministry and be a place where I’ve met some really great friends. Here’s some things I’ve learned through this experience…
1. You never know where life will take you
At Phonathon, I’ve had the great privilege of talking to alumni, parents, and friends of the university that have lived great lives with many unexpected turns. It’s always interesting to hear how God works in people’s lives and leads them to places they never thought they’d end up. I get to hear the stories of the people that changed their major 17 times and still aren’t working in their field of study, but are following God’s will for their lives with so much joy. Talking to people that have experienced unexpected change in their life gives me encouragement. It gives me hope to know that God will lead me where He wants me; in whatever fashion He wishes to do so.
2. Everybody has a story
I especially love talking to alumni of the university because I get to hear about their lives after they graduate. Their careers, relationships, children, etc… Everybody has a different, unique story. It’s so fascinating to hear people’s journeys and where God has led them so far in life. Some stories are crazier than others, but every story is beautiful and special.
3. You’ll never know if you don’t ask
Okay, this one is a little more light-hearted. At Phonathon, we like to ask donors to slightly increase their gifts from previous years to give them the opportunity to support students at MNU on a higher level than they did before. There have been times when I’ve felt a bit uncomfortable asking, but more than I have expected, donors have been happy to increase their support. This has taught me a practical lesson… that we won’t ever know if we don’t ask. This can be applied to many aspects of life. I want to live a life of boldness, not of fear. I want to take chances. (Yes, I realize the comparison is a bit of a stretch, but there’s some truth hidden in there somewhere.)
4. It’s good to help people we don’t know
If you read my blog from last week, you know that I recently sponsored a child with my friend. I don’t personally know her, but I want to help her because I have the means to do it and I want the best for her. This is how some of the donors feel about the students at MNU. A lot of them have told me that they are praying for me and wish me the best of luck in my education. They are more than ready to give me advice and listen to my experiences at MNU so far. And, then, they show that they care by giving a financial gift that goes to student scholarships. It’s really encouraging and refreshing to know that, here at MNU, we have an army of people out there praying for us and supporting us. This pushes me to try to help people that I don’t personally know, because they may need me.
5. Prayer is powerful
At Phonathon, we have prayer cards at every station, which are cards that we can fill out for donors if they need prayer for anything. I think that’s one of my favorite things about Phonathon—that we can ask donors if they need prayer, and then actually pray for them as a team. It’s powerful stuff, guys. The donors are so thankful that we care enough to pray about them, and we are thankful that we get to be involved in their lives… even if it’s in a minute way.
So… there you have it! Just a few of the many things Phonathon has taught me. It’s been a great job for the past six weeks. I’m definitely going to miss it.
Shameless plug: If this sounds fun to you (and it is!), apply next year!
A few of the friends I’ve made at Phonathon. We rock those headsets pretty hard.
Wow this it… This game against Avila is my last guaranteed home game in an MNU uniform. It’s very bitter sweet for me. One hand we will outright win the conference this week with a win against Avila but on the other it’s my last home game ever as an MNU pioneer. It’s one the last times I will ever put on the pioneer uniform. I’ve had some great memories here, it’s hard to believe that it’s all coming to an end.
On March 23, 2011, I made the commitment to come to MNU, Little did I know how much this would change my life. There is my mom on the left, and on the right, the man who made all this possible, John Diaz.
The journey to where I am has been long, amazing, frustrating, and many other verbs I can’t really think of right now. Either way this journey changed my life in a way I ever really thought possible. We all have an idea of what college is about, but MNU gives it’s students a very unique college experience.
Here I am, as a Freshman. Weighing in at a lofty 160 pounds, with my whole future ahead of me. Who would’ve known that would’ve lead to where I am right now.
Throughout my football career here at MNU I’ve basically seen it all. I’ve been through the highs and lows. Like my freshman and sophomore year when we were rolling, winning the huge games, playing for HAAC championships, and most special of all playing at Pioneer stadium (not trying to start anything but come on, we need that thing built!) I’ve seen football at MNU change so much, and I’ve even been apart by one of the biggest things a football program can go through, a coaching change. With a new coaching staff comes a new philosophy, a new way to do things, and a new approach to the game of football.
It’s amazing to see what coach Willmer has done to the program, in just his first year. We shocked the world. Nobody outside of the MNU faithful even gave a chance to do anything this year, we were supposed to be rebuilding, and we let everyone know that we are ready to go. I can’t wait to see where coach leads this program in the years to come.
Shoutout to the senior class, we stuck it out through it all, the 5-5 season last year, waking up at 5 am to work out in January and February, spring ball, fall camp, I mean I could keep going on and on. There is never going to be a senior class like ours.
Here we are, the senior class for the 2014 MNU Pioneers football team:
#1 Linebacker – Justin Vargas
#2 Tightend – Zach “Carrot Top” Brandsted
#7 Cornerback – DeRahn “Primetime” Williams
#8 Wide Receiver – Chris “Money Man” Fields
#14 Wide Receiver – Taylor “TD” Davis
#24 Running Back – Charles Quainoo
#32 Long Snapper – Will Hertel
#44 Defensive Lineman – Mason “Mad Dogg” Mathews
#45 Linebacker – “Pretty Boy” Nick Richardson
#47 Defensive Lineman – JT “They Call Him Nasty” Braddock (Don’t ask… I don’t know why they call him that)
#52 Defensive Lineman – Demarco Kemp
#53 Offensive Lineman – Armand Banks
#73 Offensive Lineman – Jose “Burrito” Carillo-Ayala (He’s the guy on the left)
#74 Offensive Lineman – Andrew “Chevy” Sexton-Chavoya
Aright I want you to picture this, it’s late in the fourth quarter, Baker has driven down to our 3 yard line and they are lining up for a 20 yard field goal. If you know anything about football you know that a 20 yard field is a chip shot for any kicker (well most kickers). The game will be won or lost on this play. George Tombaugh with the call…
If there ever was a play that exemplified our season, this is it. Every time it looked like we were down and out, somebody comes up with a huge play to keep us alive. This time it was Coop and Primetime coming up with the play this time. Throught out my MNU life, one of the biggest and parts of it are times we play Baker no matter what sport. I mean IT’S BAKER!!! Ok it’s really hard to explaining you just gotta be here to experience it.
Anyway back to the game. If you weren’t able to watch the game, you really missed out on a great game. I mean it really had everything, think about it, it was homecoming week, IT WAS BAKER WEEK, they were ranked as the #2 in the nation. Nobody really gave us a chance, to win the game. From the very beginning, the game went back and forth, but we struck first with Coop picking off a Baker pass, in which turned into a field goal. After swapping TDs, it just became a defensive slugfest with both offenses struggling to score. The score at halftime 14-10 with us winning. Javon Taylor had the play of first half with his 53 yard TD. George Tombaugh with the call…
Baker started the second half off hot. They scored twice in the 3rd quarter, but we responded with a TD drive of our own. Using a little trick we’ve been saving for a game like this. George Tombaugh with the call…
Baker wasn’t the #2 team in the nation for nothing. They took back the lead and had a chance to ice the game in the fourth quarter before Coop and Prime made the play of the game. But 2 penalties pushed us back to the 44 yard line. A couple plays later, on 3rd and 18, Sunshine found Simmy for a key first down, but Simmy did more than just get a first down. George Tombaugh with the call…
We ended up winning the game in overtime, on a 2 yard TD run on fourth down run by Erik May. It was a great game, probably the best game I have ever been apart of. We took over the top spot in the HAAC, we once again shocked the world and now it’s time for us to finish the season strong. On a year where MNU was so supposed to be rebuilding, we showed everyone we are for real and we put the nation on notice.
One of the stand outs was Trent “Sunshine” Hedlund. He was 26-38 for a career-high 307 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Javon Taylor aka the muscle hamster, once again balled out, he is the horse that really carries our offense. He ran 14 times for 60 yards and caught 6 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.
Ok it’s about time that this kid gets his props. This is our kicker Cristian Casillas, he is only a freshman but he is the best kicker in the HAAC, and one of the best kickers in the nation and HE IS ONLY A FRESHMAN!! He leads the nation in field goals, total field goals, scoring and is second in the nation in total scoring. This man is a beast.
So today I have a little video because well…. We decorated for Christmas! Yes it’s early, yes it’s ridiculous. The way I see it, we only have 2 weeks of school after Thanksgiving and that isn’t near enough time to enjoy it. So we went all out early.
Also there is some randomness at the end that I cannot explain, literally that is Spindle 105 (#spin105).
Anyways have a good week and be filled with the Christmas spirit a “bit” early…
Ashlea’s Senior day! My roommate who plays soccer played in her last home soccer game of the season Saturday!
It was also French’s senior day! French is obviously from France and I got to walk with him for his senior day since his parents live in France. He has been one of my best friends for four years now and is aways making me laugh and making me smile. He is one of the funniest guys I know and is one of my best friends!
When Sonic gives away .50 cent corn dogs on Halloween you obviously have to get one. This is Marissa! She was my roommate my Freshman and Sophomore year and we have been great friends since then. She is always here for me and we are always doing something fun! She is a fellow Psych major!
This is Lauren and my beautiful engaged sister. We had a birthday party on Saturday for my friend Taylor! These two girls make me laugh.
Okay I had to post a picture of my BEST FRIEND Remi aka my Corgi. She was a bumble bee for halloween so this is a picture of her in her costume on Halloween night! Isn’t she just the cutest.
Can you believe it’s November? Because I can’t! But no complaints from me, this is my favorite month of the year! Anyways.. I am sitting here jamming to Taylor Swift’s new album (yeah me and all my roommates are a little obsessed you can follow me on twitter if you want to really understand my obsession: @haleyraydo) wondering what I should write about this week. Between the heartbreak from the Royals (I am still a very proud, loyal fan), us putting up our Christmas decorations (yes we are those people), again our suite’s obsession with Taylor Swift, me writing more music diligently, and what not… its been hard to think of a lot of other things (including our studies whoops). Thats life though, its easy to get distracted from what is really important… like Netflix, Netflix is important right?
Seriously though, how much of my time goes toward watching Netflix? Um a big chunk. It’s seriously a time-sucking machine. I think one of the biggest lies people tell themselves, “I’ll just watch one more episode.” No you won’t! Its a trap! I mean from the Dr Meredith Grey to Dwight Schrute, these people really make me happy.
Now here is the standard argument against Netflix. It becomes an activity that takes us away from the opportunities from what is around us! First of all think about all the quiet times with the Lord you could have, the extra hours of studying, the time to take a friend out for coffee, a chance to get out and volunteer, and so forth. Don’t fall into the modern time sucking machine! Your time is valuable.
Now I am going to be crazy and argue FOR NETFLIX. We all have stressors in this life and it is always good to have a time to unwind and relax. If you are going first to the Father for comfort then there is nothing wrong with a little Netflix! If you find the right and appropriate show and use self-discipline why not! We all need that time. Been studying for hours? Unwind, plop your feet up and watch a show. I mean some can even be educational I mean who knew you could grow your own trachea? Watch Grey’s Anatomy and you can see how Alex Karev does it.
Am I making stuff up? Probably but hey if we are filling our minds with clean things, not neglecting our responsibilities, putting the Lord and our time with Him first, and maintaing relationships with friends and family, how could it be a problem? There is no shame in a Friday night-in with Netflix!
P.S. My favorite shows: The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, Downton Abbey (not on Netflix unfortunately), One Tree Hill. And yes I know two of those are extremely depressing, I have to work in The Office to make me feel better. Why I still watch shows that make me sob who knows- I think I am just a bit emotionally invested.
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.)