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November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Break in KC

November 20, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hey, friends! If you’re staying in KC for Thanksgiving break, here are some cool happenings that you can be involved in. I encourage you to take part in as many of these as you can… it’ll get you in the holiday spirit!

1. Thanksgiving at Café Gratitude

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A typical day at Cafe Gratitude… so peaceful and loving! (Photo courtesy of veganomics101.wordpress.com)

If you don’t have any lunch plans on Thanksgiving day, look no further than Café Gratitude for a FREE meal! If you stop by anytime between noon and 3 p.m., you can sit down and have a delicious organic and vegan meal (salad, entrée, and dessert). No reservations are required, but it’s first come first serve. If you would rather volunteer at this event, they are also looking for people to help!

I’ve personally been to Cafe Gratitude and it’s a great environment. Everyone there is so friendly and the food is surprisingly delicious! Since it’s organic and vegan, it does have an all-natural, “earthy” taste, but it’s still amazing. It’s definitely an experience I would take part in if you can!

For more info, visit http://cafegratitudekc.com/events/

2. Pack Friday

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This is a photo from one of Youthfront’s packaging events with a club I was involved in at my high school. So fun!

On Black Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Youthfront is hosting an event called Pack Friday, where people can go package meals for their Something To Eat initiative. It’s a great way to serve and give back around the holiday time. I’ve been involved in 2 of their packaging events in the past and really enjoyed them. It’s super fun if you get a group of friends or family together and go! It costs $0.25 per meal that you package and it’s so worth it. You must register ahead of time, so start talking to people and get a group together! (If you want to go and have no one to go with, talk to me and we can go together!)

To register, visit https://youthfront.com/somethingtoeat/pack-friday/

3. The 85th Annual Plaza Lighting Ceremony

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The beautiful plaza lights that you MUST go see! (Photo courtesy of www.jocosiding.com)

On Thanksgiving Day starting at 5 p.m., there will be festivities on the plaza leading up to the flipping of the switch at 6:54 p.m. This will take place on the main stage at Nichols Road and Pennsylvania (by Brio Tuscan Grille). If you can’t make it to the ceremony, the lights will shine daily from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. until January 18, so make sure you go downtown to see the beauty sometime!

For a detailed schedule of the ceremony, visit https://countryclubplaza.com/event/plaza-lighting-ceremony/

4. Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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A beautiful place to go ice skating and look at the lights! (Photo courtesy of www.kcparent.com)

On Friday, November 28, this will take place at Crown Center Square. It’s a free event that starts at 5:30 p.m. and lasts for an hour or two!

For more info, visit https://www.crowncenter.com/Event-List/tree-2014

I hope you all decide to participate in some of these events if you can! Happy Thanksgiving!

-KT

Haley Raydo

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October 20, 2014

Why You Should Go to (School In) Kansas City

October 20, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

Nice of you to stop by– and can I say this semester has flown by!  We now only have 7 weeks left of this fall semester…. (mind-blown gasp)  Yes its crazy, its intense, its ridiculous, and its scary– but lets not let that stop us from enjoying a read and learning about an amazing city.  Yup, KANSAS CITY actually IS an amazing city.

Now I put “school in” in parentheses because you can leave those words in or out.  If you have already graduated college or already attend a college than lets read this as “Why You Should Go to Kansas City” because… well, you should.  If you’re in high school and about to make a decision of where to go- let me do some braggin’ on and convincin’ of Kansas City.  (If you don’t know MidAmerica is in Olathe, KS– just a twenty minute straight shot away from downtown KC)

SO here it is… Why YOU Should Go to (School In) Kansas City:

If you’re a sports fan:

Do I really need to say anything else about these Royals, man? If so read my post from a few weeks ago– it will enlighten you.  We are now in the World Series and can I say this city is going crazy!  Even the fountains (if you didn’t know Kansas City has the second most amount of fountains in a city) are all blue, ROYAL blue!  If you don’t believe me here is some convincing:

http://postgradproblems.com/this-is-an-absolutely-bone-chilling-tribute-to-the-kansas-city-royals-playoff-run/

Also I got the chance to go to game 3 against the Orioles… Here I am with my sister

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If you aren’t a huge baseball fan- no worries! Our KC Chiefs are doing pretty well!  Arrowhead Stadium is actually the loudest stadium in the world!  Our MNU boys even got the chance to play there! Here is a picture with my friends at the game:

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If you like soccer– good news! KC has one of the best soccer teams in the MLS!  Heading out to Sporting is always a fun time!

If you’re into the arts:

I say this in my fancy voice.  KC is great if you love the arts!  My sister and I went to the ballet this last weekend at the Kauffman Center…. and let me just say I was impressed all around. It may have been for a project but I quite enjoyed it!

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They have the symphony, ballet, and opera all at the Kauffman Center which is beautiful!  Also the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is phenomenal as well as the Plaza Art Fair!

(Also if you like jazz- check out the Green Lady!)

If you love to eat:

Who doesn’t?  But KC is a great place to grab some good food.  We are known for our BBQ–I highly recommend Oklahoma Joes which did not originate in Oklahoma believe it or not– There are soo many good places to eat though! Great Mexican restaurants, fondue places, all you can eat meat restaurants, amazing burger places, and soooo much more!  You really can’t get enough of the good cookin’ in KC.

If you’re a hipster:

Oh man this is a great place for you! Every coffee house in KC seems to have that “hipstery” flare (yes I made up a word).  I personally love the Roasterie– which has 3 KC locations! Yay happy day! (Also I have a free drink to redeem so I need to stop by there get myself a Chai latte)

If you love some good concerts- we have so many great places and get so many great bands.  City and Colour is a personal favorite of mine and this year is the second year in a row they have come to KC.

Also we have the river market, farmers market, First Fridays (vintage findings in West Bottoms), and West Port…. (enough said).

If you love a good theme park:

Good news! MNU is 30 minutes away from Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun… Also about that distance away from Schlitterbahn Water Park!

If you love Christmas: 

Can I tell you there is nothing better than the Christmas season in Kansas City… The Plaza lights, Crown Center, and Union Station– they make the season so much more cheerful! I even posted a blog about it last year– feel free to check it out I am sure I will be writing another one soon enough however!

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If you love nature:

Kansas City is huge and vast, so don’t think you’ll be surrounded by buildings with no nature.  Just take a short drive and you’ll see it.  On MNU’s campus we have the BEST trees around! (seriously though)  If you drive 30 minutes south you’ll be on some farms, and in an hour drive or so you’ll hit the flint hills (yes we know Kansas is a flat state and the flint hills are basically nothing- but c’mon they are still pretty cool for a flat state).

There is soo much more… but I will leave you with this to ponder. Seriously you need to come to KC. If you need more information… stop by this site:

http://kansascity.national-property-management-group.com/about-kansas-city/lifestyle/

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Aaron Merrell

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October 19, 2014

Road Trip!

October 19, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hey guys!

Sorry this is coming at you a day late, but I hope everyone is having a great weekend- it’s the last day of fall break for MNU students and I’ve had a great time.
School breaks or even weekends can be a great time to get to know some friends better- by having them come to your hometown or you going to theirs.  It’s so fun to see all of the places in their hometown your friends talk about, meet their family and friends from back home, and get a home cooked (free and delicious) meal!
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Having friends over to see my house when we need a break from the non-stop busyness of the campus is a great time to connect with them, but going out of town to someone else’s house is amazing, and that’s what I’ve been doing this weekend.
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This weekend, my friends Rico, Taylor and I all packed up into Grace’s car and headed to Carthage, Missouri for their annual Maple Leaf Festival.
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We got to have fun with her family, eat smoked ribs and chicken, stay up late and watch movies, and even go to a haunted house in Joplin, Missouri. The Maple Leaf events were exciting as well- we saw an almost three hour parade featuring some great marching bands, saw a band festival/competition, and got to do some great people watching.
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We’re on our way back to campus today feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the semester, ready to see all of our other friends, and ready to talk to them about their fall breaks and ours.
I hope you have an amazing week, and I’ll see you this weekend!
Aaron
Mario Flores

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March 29, 2014

Motivated and Rejuvenated to Finish the Final 4 Weeks

March 29, 2014 | By | No Comments

Spring Break Work & Witness Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic.

Arrival at the DR.

Arrival at the DR.

The man directly to my left was Danny or Danny Rebar. He has one of the MANLIEST laughs I have ever heard. He is one of the most intimidating men I've ever seen, but kindest and light-hearted that I know.

The man directly to my left was Danny or Danny Rebar. He has one of the MANLIEST laughs I have ever heard. He is one of the most intimidating men I’ve ever seen, but kindest and light-hearted that I know.

We got to start off the week by playing some softball against the Church and some friends from the local community!! We only lost by 3!!:D:D:D

We got to start off the week by playing some softball against the Church and some friends from the local community!! We only lost by 3!!:D:D:D

I got to help two of the three days at the Medical Clinic. We had two Nurses one of which is an MNU grad and then a local doctor came. All of this was able to be done for free because of the donations and generous hearts from Brothers and Sisters in Christ and other great people.

I got to help two of the three days at the Medical Clinic. We had two certified Nurses both of which were MNU grads, an experienced RNA who’s in this pic-Jeni also an MNU Grad and played volleyball & softball for us a few years ago. Also a local doctor came and gave his time and talents to serve at the clinic. All of this was able to be done for free because of the donations and generous hearts from Brothers and Sisters in Christ and other great people.

Music with some of these friends

Music with some of these friends

Here were some of the men that came to help with the Children's Basketball clinic.

Here were some of the men that came to help with the Children’s Basketball clinic.

Teaching proper Setting techniques-at least I was trying, Jeni was succeeding.

Teaching proper Setting techniques-at least I was trying, Jeni was succeeding.

Pato Pato Ganzo aka Duck Duck Goose with kids from the area around the still-being-built community center.

Pato Pato Ganzo aka Duck Duck Goose with kids from the area around the still-being-built community center.

Getting to make balloon figures with my new friends in the DR during the Medical Clinic. And by balloon figures, I mean a hat or a sword.

Getting to make balloon figures with my new friends in the DR during the Medical Clinic. And by balloon figures, I mean a hat or a sword.

 

A Work and Witness Mission Trip is a no brainer great way to spend time, money, and resources. No regrets have I heard any person say they have after going and serving on one. MNU offers several every single year. And if you don’t think you’d like to do one of those, you can go with churches all around this area, Living Hope Church of the Nazarene in particular is going back to the DR next June!!

 

And Now,
School life, assignments, pages to be read, and papers to write renews.
But that’s okay. It serves a purpose. I know because I served in the DR with MNU grads who were able to use their skills from their jobs that came from their MNU degrees!

If that isn’t a positive endorsement of MNU, I don’t know what is.
Till next time friends,

Peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joey Alligier

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February 15, 2014

I’m Snow Fed Up

February 15, 2014 | By | No Comments

Kansas:

Good ol’ Home on the Range
Given statehood on January 29th, 1861
The Sunflower State
Birthplace to Barry Sanders and Bob Dole

Known for unpredictable and ridiculous weather trends.
And the current home to a HORRENDOUS WHITE SUBSTANCE THAT FELL FROM THE SKY.

I think we all know I’m referring to snow.
Please allow the next few lines of letters formed into words to be a venting session.
Now, I know I know, BAHUMBUG.
BUT, I like the snow…..for about 15 minutes. Then it can melt.
February 3rd, 4th, and 5th brought forth a ridiculous amount of snowfall. This cancelled school for the 4th and 5th.

Moral of the story:

1)The only times snow is okay is when:
1) IT’S LEAVES WITHING 24 HOURS
2) IT GETS SCHOOL CANCELLED

I mean, in general, it’s a beautiful thing. I just absolutely hate the cold.
Shorts
Tevas
and singular layer of shirt
seems like a dream of a previous life.
ICICLEOn the other hand, this looks pretty sick! So, it’s not all horrible

As my venting comes to an end, I appreciate your ear.
In all reality, the snow makes MNU look beautiful and there are even places to sled here.

I hope I didn’t shed too much light on your blizzard, sNOw matter how much I hate the cold!

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

Allegra Vieux

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December 23, 2013

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety-Jig

December 23, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Hey blog world.

By now, you’ve probably figured out that it’s officially Christmas Break, almost 2 weeks in counting! I’ve successfully completed 2 TV series from Investigation Discovery on Netflix, along with a season of Desperate Housewives and 6 movies.

Aka, I’m bored out of my MIND.

At home I have my parents, my two little brothers, and my 2 dogs: Patch and Bailey. My dad has been out of town for work and his flight was delayed. My mom works all day. My brother, Alex, works 2 jobs when he’s not in classes. My baby brother, Asher, is a senior in high school, therefore his break just officially started…

and then there’s me & the dogs. I think I knew I was going crazy when I caught myself talking to them for extended periods of time. No need to be alarmed: They are intuitive, intelligent, and involved so the conversations were not lost on them. I only wish they could do more than bark and howl back at me. (pictured below: Bailey on the left and Patch on the right.)

Picture 10How I’ve kept myself occupied: Netflix, Pinterest, baking, and cleaning. Usually, I shop. But given that it’s Christmas I’ve decided to cut back on spending. Also an ice storm hit Oklahoma so that may have influenced my penny pinching decision.

I’m probably like a good 107% extrovert so it’s only killing me a little to be on break. The good news is my sister and nephew come home tomorrow (Tuesday,) my dad’s flight gets in around 9am, my mom took the week off, and Asher starts being around so I’m sure I’ll be sick of them in no time.

In the spirit of Christmas, I have a couple of gifts for my faithful 3 readers out there.

1. Free Music!

tymayfieldchristmassamplerI hope you’re enjoying the music playing above! It is a new Christmas song covered by my friend, Ty Mayfield. This year, he is giving away his Christmas Sampler on Noisetrade! It’s an upbeat, fun, bluesy/jazzy mix with some of his original songs (including a Christmas orig,) and the cover you’re listening to! You will LOVE it- Money back guarantee. Download it for FREE HERE !!!

2. My favorite Pinterest Recipe!

I’ve found the PERFECT chocolate chip cookie recipe on Pinterest…and I’m not normally one for actually doing what I pin! It’s amazing, therefore I will share it with you.

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Ingredients:

2 3/4 c  all-purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1/2 c unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 c Crisco

1 c light brown sugar
1 c minus 2 T white sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

The key with these cookies is to follow directions closely! I’m not one for this either- every time a recipe tells me to do something oddly specific, I say to myself, “why??” and do it the easy way. I’ve tried to add comments for the picture-directions to help you identify the “why” behind the matter.

Picture 4Mixing the flour allows the final dough to have an even distribution of ingredients without over-mixing it.

Beating the butter and shortening gives the dough a better rise in the oven, making the cookies lighter. Butter is good for taste and shortening is good to make the cookie softer.

Picture 5Adding the chocolate chips before adding the flour evenly distributes them without over-mixing the final dough.  Do not over-mix or it will discolor the dough.

The flour to be just incorporated, is the point when you no longer see white spots of flour.  Do not overmix! Over-mixing will ruin the cookies.  They will bake flatter and look greasy.

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When shaping the cookies, you will know if you have the fat/flour ratio right: too little flour- it will stick to your hands, forms a messy looking ball, just right- won’t stick to your hands, but just barely, forms a smooth ball, too much flour- dough has to be forced into a ball, crumbly dough, rough looking ball

The same problems occur when over-handling the dough as over-mixing it.  They will bake flat and look greasy.  Handle the dough as little as possible while still shaping them properly.

To freeze, place the dough balls on a plate side by side, cover and freeze at least an hour.  You can then bag them and they won’t be stuck together when you take them out.

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 It takes most ovens much longer to preheat than when it beeps to tell you it’s ready.  An oven thermometer is very helpful.  When most ovens beep, they are usually 50-100 degrees too low.  It will ruin the cookies to bake them at the incorrect temperature.  Let the oven heat longer than it allows for “preheating.”

Determining when they are done:

underdone- the are tall, shiny in the middle, pale in color, fall apart when transfered, fall through on the cooling rack

perfect- domed, puffy, show a few signs of browning, look a bit underdone but are not shiny on the top, hold together during transfer It is important to wait 2 minutes before transferring them.  They continue to bake from the heat of the sheet without being over-baked in the oven.  Also, they will hold together better and be less likely to fall in the middle if you wait.

…And if they don’t look like the cookies above, here are the possibilities to what went wrong:

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I hope you enjoy!

Have a holly jolly Christmas, and let me know how you feel about the music and the cookies!

Over and Out!

Heather Engle

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December 16, 2013

steak and shake and a Hot tub

December 16, 2013 | By | One Comment

Hello Blog World!

Sooo I just wanted to let you guys know that…

I survived my first finals week! Thank the Lord! :]

Now I am sitting in my living room at home, just enjoying the nice long break that I get to have before going back for another semester at MNU. Although having a long break is nice, I have to admit, I already miss being at MNU and my family there… :/ but its okay! We will be reunited soon enough!

Before we all left after finals to go our separate ways to our family and friends back home, my MNU friends and I decided to go do something fun one last time before our departure! Here are some pictures:

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This is all of us! We decided to go to steak and shake at around 9:30 at night. These girls are some of my best friends and can make me laugh like none other.

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Also, There was sort of a surprise waiting for me when I arrived home:

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These are my sisters in our new hot tub! It was an early Christmas present to the whole family! How awesome is that? :]

Well friends, I hope you have an amazing Christmas and realize what this season is all about; The hope that was brought into the world by the birth of Jesus Christ. We can get so distracted by everything else this world tries to make Christmas about and forget the true meaning of it. So rest in His hope today and enjoy time with your family and friends!

 until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

Britney Lewis

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December 4, 2013

Procrasti-Nation…Have You Joined Yet?

December 4, 2013 | By | No Comments

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Ahh, the sweet smell of waiting to do nothing.

Yup, that’s where I’ve been for the last two weeks.

I’ve been talking myself out of endless assignments because if it’s due tomorrow, I’ll do it tomorrow–not joking.

I mean, the art of procrastination is an intense skill. I’ve been trying to procrastinate procrastinating, but I’m even failing at that. It’s just that procrastinating has become such a huge part of my life…I’m not sure what my world would be like without it.

It would just be weird…you know?

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So with the help of a few Tumblr Gifs, I can accurately walk you through the current phases of my life as I brace finals week head-on.

As we all know, procrastination is a cycle that looks a lot like this:

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Now, once you’ve entered the cycle, it’s obvious that there are no exits. I can admit, I’ve actually tried to break the cycle–it’s harder than it looks, seriously–but somehow I get sucked back in. Just the other day I was telling myself how I was going to write my speech three days before hand.

But then this happened…

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Now three days have passed, and here I am…writing my speech less than twenty-four hours before it’s due.

It’s like no one understands! I can’t help that I get distracted and suddenly develop ADD while I’m doing homework….It just happens…okay.

And we’re not even going to mention those assignments that profs slip in at the end of class….

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Like, was that even on the syllabus? IT’S DUE TOMORROW? WHAT IS LIFE????!!!

Then I find myself like this…

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Because I don’t want to stay up all night writing a twenty-page book report.

And If I get that paper done before midnight….

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Welp, you’re darn skippy that I’m going to look a whole lot like that image above because no one wants to pull an all-nighter, and if they say they do….well, then they obviously don’t value sleeping like the rest of the college students I know.

So, there you have it, folks! Here’s Procrasti-Nation at it’s finest…have you joined yet? Ha, I know I sure have.

But, seriously, I really have to get off this blog because even as we speak, I have a whole lot homework to do.

Over and out, Homies!

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Haley Raydo

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December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving in a Nutshell

December 2, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

Classes are up and starting again at MNU after a wonderful Thanksgiving break! We had three different Thanksgivings this year with my family, and I got two of them on camera! This was also my first year going Black Friday shopping… which was an experience to say the least.  Didn’t get much accomplished but I did pick up quite a few movies for our movie nights in the dorm. (If you didn’t know, Walmart has 2 dollar movies! Check it out next year!)

So here is just a snippet into my family life over the holiday! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Follow me @haleyraydoo and @mnublogs

(P.S. I loove the music in this video! Check out Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Noel, O’ Come All Ye Faithful, and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen! Let me know what your favorite Christmas music is!)

Heather Engle

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October 21, 2013

A Warm Welcome Back

October 21, 2013 | By | One Comment

Hey friends!

So midterms have come and gone and this weekend we finally got a break! So I decided to take a trip back home! It was really nice to finally see my family and friends after a few weeks. It was also my brothers 22nd birthday, so his girlfriend threw him a surprise party! I thought I’d share with you some pictures of my endeavors this weekend and also some pictures of my family and friends! oliver being cute This is my really cute dog. His name is Oliver and he is the best dog ever. My heart was overjoyed when I saw him. :]

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These are my two little sisters, Libby (left side), and Katie (Middle)! I know, they are adorable!

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These are my two friends, Zac and Sydney! They are pretty wonderful. I saw them the first night I got back home and we went to this place called the Donut Whole. They have the best donuts, ever.

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This is my lovely friend Aimee. She likes to take selfies on my phone, so I decided I would be nice and let the world see her pretty face. :] She is so beautiful, on the inside and out.

aimee and i!

Here’s a better one of us both!

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Rachel is my other lovely friend! She’s pretty wonderful. :]

Even though this weekend was super awesome and I always love visiting home, the best part was coming back and being welcomed by my super awesome friends that I’ve made here at MNU. When I pulled into the parking lot I saw a few girls sprinting at my car like they were about to attack me or something. It was wonderful. They actually did attack me, in the best way, in the form of hugs and screaming. I was definitely overjoyed in that moment. I am so blessed by the awesome community here at MNU and I know that these friends that I am making. I know that they will definitely be lifelong friends that I will never forget.

Thanks for reading!

-Heather Rose :]