First off, here’s a pic from the wonderful, coveted by some, loved by most, native to the West Coast: In-N-Out Burger:
Their menus are so simple, yet so efficiently lovely. (not sure if efficiently is a word, but there’s no squiggly red line underneath it so I think I’m good!) AND this was taken just before flying back here to Kansas.
And then when I got back early, for RA training, one of our RE’s who I will just say is from California himself, and also a lover of In-N-Out, shared with us some wisdom over the Spring semester. Wisdom that was only amplified by the wearing of a Spider-Man costume.
Another great opportunity I’ve had hear at MNU is to work in the Office of University Advancement. It’s lovely white collar work for me, a mere assistant: Making thank you calls to donors, taking out trash, emptying shredders, folding thank you letters, vacuuming, etc. Oh and taking a selfie since I dressed up for fancy Friday (though that’s not necessarily a real thing…)
Of course, Randy Cloud fears not trying on new things as head gear. Even if it’s KC Wolf and one that belongs to one of his students-which it wasn’t mine.
He was helping me review my Greek Alphabet while I took this pic.
This is the book that Bo Cassel, the Department Chair of Sociology, wrote.
That’s it for this week folks! For now, Peace in the Middle East!
And there will be peace when He returns:D
Oh and here’s an American Idol contestant that I’ve had a few people say looks like me…
Obviously he sings better than me though, and is more handsome…
So spent almost a week with these beautiful people that are my family for Christmas time:D
Then most of us went sledding.
Mariah having a blast!
Melanie also enjoying her first time sledding.
Then went back to Cali–on the way to Mex, and spent time with more family. Here is my saintly Abuelita. Now I may look tall, but that’s only cause she’s literally about 4’9″. But don’t matter cause it’s a sure thing that Satan is afraid of this petite statured, giant sized heart and faith woman.
This is my cousin Karina and Little Richard. (Little Richard as opposed to Richard Jr.)
with my beautiful cousins from south of the border. From left to right: Deborah/Debbie, Rebecca, and Leah-pronounced Star Wars style.
To my right are my aunt and uncle who pastor in Mexicali, Mexico. If nothing else, the opportunity to gain wisdom from a 20-30 minute conversation with my uncle, that was worth the entire trip of coming down from AZ. They let me serve at their living and growing church over the weekend, by preaching to their Jr. Highers, teaching to their Jr. Highers, and being a part of the Praise and Worship team playing the guitar and singing. Also, we were eating at undoubtedly the greatest Taco place on the face of the earth–according to my biased opinion.
So after Mexico, crossing back over, I had the chance to reunite with some friends from high school. Which included this bestie: Brett Bird.
This was when we visited Point Loma Nazarene University….
Here we are enjoying wardrobe at Burlington Coat Factory shopping for Homecoming attire. (We wore neither of those vests.)
Here was us on Decades Day.
Junior Year we even coached PowderPuff Football together. Yes we beat the then Seniors, and then we played our cross town rivals and also beat them!
But it wasn’t just the two of us…. Sean Arviso, the coolest and manliest of the 3 of Bromigos. (And Brett photoshopped me into this pic since I had already moved away by summer time… Wolverine was my Halloween costume)
So here’s Brett and I at Denny’s swapping glasses and sitting across from the couple.
Here’s the engaged couple. Almost ready for a nice pic.
There we are 😀 And I was asked and I accepted to be a groomsmen!!
Here’s Diego Lopez. Basically a better, more mature version of me. Can sing higher, play drums better, rock his hair better, live as a Christ-like example better. He’s just great. I am honored to be his older brother. While spending the night at his house, we spoke from 1230ish to 530ish!!! Great catching up and sharing was done:D
Alas my mom and I drove back to Arizona. Check out all the cacti!! Saguaros I think they are called.
Lastly, the toughest part of this break, believe it or not-however cheesy it may sound- has been being away from my special lady Jamie Furnas!
Thankfully, inventions such as the telephone, Skype, Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook helped us be able to stay connected in one sense at least. Totally stoked am I to see her beautiful face tomorrow night!!
Hope these pics and vids were able to bring a smile or two to y’all faces!
Oh and here’s a video of my new favorite song to play and sing. Called Gracious Tempest. Originally done by Hillsong from their Young and Free Album, but this guy does a good job playing it as well:)
It’s been awhile since I’ve last posted, but don’t worry, I haven’t just been sitting around doing nothing for a couple of weeks. I want to show you guys what I did for Christmas this year! And it wasn’t exactly a white Christmas…
So this year was the first time I went somewhere out of my home state for Christmas. I went to Austin, Texas! This is where my mom is currently located, so my brother and I took a plane to Austin and celebrated Christmas with her, just the three of us.
Here’s a picture of the beautiful sunrise I saw on the plane on the way to Texas. :] I thoroughly enjoy riding in airplanes because it reminds me of how big my God is, and how small I really am. It also lets me basically ride on a cloud…which is pretty awesome. :]
This was the outside of a Pizza place we went to! Downtown Austin has so much character and there are so many things to do down there!
This is the view of my moms apartment right when you walk in. I love it so much because the windows are huge, and it has a beautiful view of the apartments courtyard!
The first day we got there we went to this art Bizarre that had booths of artists work that you could walk around, look at and purchase if you wanted! :] I also found this there…
This lamp is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. :] sorry for another thing about clouds, I just had to share this one. :]
While we were in Austin, we also got a chance to climb a mountain! It was absolutely beautiful up there and the temperature was just perfect!
To end an awesome week in Austin, my brother, mom and I went to see this great Christmas lightshow! There were tons of people there and I guess the people that put it on do this show annually! It was so popular it made it on the news! I have a video of it above, so check it out!
Well friends, that’s all from me for now. I hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas like I did!
We begin with me and my bags, almost ready to depart from MNU
But before leaving, I had to park my car with the rest of the cars that are being left for break. (Right next to Campus Safety’s Office)
Real quick here’s a screen shot of my Maps App describing the wonderful distance and time of the “by land” trip home.
Yeah, flying is just a wee bit faster.
So after being picked up by Jamie, I got to eat some MickieDs breakfast with her beautiful self!
Well, after being dropped off a nice hour and a half before my flight were to take off, I wait. But thankfully, I brought my books and am going through Professor Flemming’s libro!
So I kind of had Jamie drop me off at the wrong terminal. I was supposed to go to C, but I had her drop me off at A, thinking that United Airlines was the same thing as U.S. Airways…. That is not the case. So I took the red bus to terminal C. Then I found out that because my first flight was delayed, I got rebooked to take an entirely different route-with an entirely different airline: U.S. Airways. So back to terminal A I had to go, and here is that picture.
I got past through the second round of TSA agents for the day, and was awaiting at my gate. Now instead of leaving at 1130 as I was supposed to, I was to leave at 3. BUT it was going to be a direct flight. Instead of two as originally supposed. Also, instead of arriving at 415, I was just going to be arriving at 451. Talk about Score!!
While waiting, I saw this sign and was like “Yes, definitely the best way to travel.” Only I don’t carry a purse or murse, I bring a backpack:D
Being there three hours before departure, it was pretty vacant, so I took a nap.
When I woke up around and hour later, there was a lady sitting across from me. So I decided to ask if she was on the Phoenix flight, she was. Then I asked why be so early, she had been working all through the night, and after not sleeping well figured, why not just come to the airport already? I’m cool with that, cause we talked for like the next hour or so and now I have a new friend! Margaret you rock!! And peeps, she works in the hospital and serves as a respiratory therapist. She helps bring the breath of life back to people!! Specifically individuals that are infants or younger. Totes obvi is she a boss!!
This is the step from the terminal onto the airplane. It probably just felt more epic than it truly was, but whatevs.
I got on the plane, got an aisle seat and was ready to start heading home!!
Fastforward to arrival, and skip me taking another nap that a polite Troy sitting by the window, who had to use the restroom, waited patiently till I awoke to ask to move past me to get to it, and skip the takeoff and landing since I couldn’t video it because I’d have been videoing Troy-whom I didn’t even know his name at that point until then.
Anyway, though I packed two carry on items, I volunteered to check my lil’ suitcase, which I thought meant that I would get it back to me right after landing, as in in the terminal, but nope had to go to baggage claim (which defeats the whole purpose of bring two carry on items) But no worries, my bag was not lost–it did get put on a different carousel, from some of the rest of the peeps on my flight, but I found it!
Caught up with Margaret again, had her identical twin sister Mary take this photo, told her to check out mnu.edu/blogs so that she could see the pics I were taking, weren’t purely for my own enjoyment. Which btw sorry I got this posted Saturday as opposed to Friday Margaret!!
Fastforward 3 hours of driving from the airport to here, and here’s my home:)
And here’s my backyard:
Inside the home, it feels homeE
First time in almost ten years that we have stockings put up!
Then there has been the activities that have gone on outside:
Here’s Mom and Dad with us picking out our Xmas tree.
By the way, some people get upset or disgruntled when people write Xmas instead of Christmas for concern that Christ is being removed. Well if you think or know people that think that, share with them that it began as an abbreviation for Christmas centuries ago since the first letter in the Greek spelling of Christ is the letter X. Therefore X represents Christ. It is an abbreviation with the same meaning. And though X in English is used/pronounced in the same way that X-men Wolverine is, it’s supposed to be Christmas.
Anyway, moving along to some more outdoor activities:)
I got to help my dad saw off some dead branches. Now though, they were weak, thin, and dead I still did it okay!
Here’s Dad now, at the end when I made manly grunts, for whatever reason they startled him:P
Here are some Xmas lights that we put up:
Here’s our front porch with luces.
And finally this has been a lesson that’s been renailed into my heart as of late.
I think if anyone will venture to look hard and long enough, he or she will find that they are in need.
I am not exempt.
But at least there is always hope.
Well that’s it for this week friends. Peace in the Middle East, Merry Christmas (or Xmas) And I hope you enjoy this song by Cloverton!
So I spent last weekend in Juarez. Crazy, I know, but it was pretty tranquil and the people were wonderful.
I went with my gorgeous friend Taylor. Her grandparents have a branch of Compassionate Ministries, which gives relief to areas in the world through supplies. Normally, they make a trip to Mexico before Christmas to give Nazarene pastors and their families gifts and clothing and other various things in time for the cold, winter season. They have a banquet and there are like 20 pastors from the area with their whole families in a restaurant. Taylor and I went in place of her grandparents this year. She speaks English and French, so my pseudo-Spanish skills came in handy. We flew to El Paso Friday night, met up with the other 6 people on our team, went into Juarez for most of the day Saturday, and flew home Sunday. It was quick! Don’t worry, I documented our weekend.
This is how we remembered where we parked at the airport.
Successfully across the border! I love this city.
This is Juanita. She is a pastor’s wife with a killer sense of humor. She many times offered her school aged boys to me when I commented on how cute they are. Hilarious!
Taylor, Ana, and baby Santiago! Ana is a pastor in Mexico and this is her nephew! Her brother (Santiago’s dad) is also a pastor, and they look just the same.
Me with my new friends! They are wonderful women of God and like to laugh!
Me and Taylor at the airport. Isn’t she adorbs??
Okay so I’m also kind of a jerk friend. Because Taylor doesn’t speak Spanish and would mostly smile and nod along with whatever I said, I may or may not have misrepresented her multiple times. For one, I asked the pastors if they had any single young men in their congregations because my friend wants to get married to a Mexican man. Then told them it was a practical joke. Juanita heard what I said, and responded with, “Tell her if she marries a Mexican man he’ll want her to have 8 kids!” (this captures her sense of humor tremendously.) People also asked if she was the Doctor’s granddaughter, and then asked what her name was. Taylor isn’t exactly a name in Spanish, so after a couple people struggled through her name I came up with a solution. Her name sounds very close to the Spanish word for “trailer,” so I told them just to call her “Tráiler.” Problem solved!
Here are some obligatory pics from Thanksgiving. I got inspired by my hours of Pinterest endeavors.
We even spray painted the sticks navy blue.
Yeah my family never decorates for Thanksgiving.
yeah we never set the table either.
We do this a lot.
I know. My nephew Lennox is the cutest.
Also the Today Show stopped by campus this afternoon to shoot a story about Granny Franny. I made the B-Roll, but Joelle Garguilo is the best! She seriously has a heart of gold and loves life. Thanks for hanging out with us, Joelle!
So this weekend I was blessed with the wonderful opportunity to go to Quapaw, Oklahoma to help lead worship for a fall retreat that was taking place for Central Church of the Nazarene and Mission Church! I got a chance to meet SO so many wonderful people, worship Jesus with them, have fellowship and laugh a TON. I was also able to go on a Zip-line, which was terrifying, but SO worth it at the same time! It was really an amazing weekend. I went with a worship team that was put together of 6 of us Mid-America Students and we lead worship throughout the whole weekend for the kids that were there.
If you don’t know me very well, I have a HUGE passion for worship. (Side story) When I first became a believer, worship was one of the things that really drew me closer into knowing the main attributes of God. I believe that worship brings us into a time with God that can be transforming for us in our lives and it also expresses to us who God is. I believe God uses worship in such a way of reminding us how loving, gracious, merciful, powerful, and mighty He really is! Not that other things can’t show us that as well, but I believe that God has placed a passion for music in my heart that really accentuates who God is personally to me. It has been such an amazing journey to come to this point, and I have definitely grown SO much through it all (and I am definitely still growing!)
I am just so thankful for Gods faithfulness in my life.
His unconditional love that has transformed me in every way possible.
And his grace that He has given to me every single day.
So here is a view of what all took place this weekend! Enjoy! :]
I had to put this picture in here because I just really love clouds and sunsets. You guys know that already. :] I took this picture on the way to the camp! It was the sunset as we were driving there! I really think this is also a way that Gods glory, his beauty, and creativeness is displayed.
This is a view of where the messages and worship took place! We also brought basketballs and other bouncy balls that the kids could play with!
This is after we got all set up and were about to practice for one of the worship sets!
Guys, this place was absolutely beautiful, and it was especially beautiful because of this time of year! I LOVE FALL!
Its kind of hard to see us, but this is my friend Erin and I! Erin is an intern at Central Church of the Nazarene and was helping run this camp! We got to go on the Zip-line together! It was such an amazing experience. The Zip-line was pretty high up there, but the view was absolutely breathtaking! We had those harnesses that strapped on to you, and you had to take a rope up with you (which was called your baby) and that rope attaches to the zip line so you can just hang from it as you glide down the line! It was also a freezing cold day, so by the time we were done, our hands and feet felt like they were going to fall off!
But overall, it was more than worth it! :]
This is Sarah and I! She has definitely been a huge blessing in my life and is teaching me every day how to be a wonderful leader and messenger of the truth that is Jesus Christ. She lead the worship team this weekend and I feel so incredibly blessed to know her!
Well I hope you enjoyed taking a look at what has been taking place in my life! I had a blast this weekend being with some wonderful people and resting in Gods presence. :]
As an English education Major…as an education major, period, there are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to where you want to teach. I like to divide them into a few categories: suburban, rural, inner-city, and top-notch schools (which can be found in either of the other categories.)
Growing up in the inner-city, I’ve always felt it was my calling to return back home when it was my time to teach. I’ve consistently felt the urge to give back to my community, to show those students love who don’t always receive it at home, and to build relationships there.
I have always known where I want to be, as far as teaching-wise, but I had to be sure. Thus, I found myself venturing off, with the education department, to the South West, Kansas (a good 6 and a half hours away…with a few stops, of course.)
We stayed at a Comfort Inn. It was nice! And it was my first time in a hotel!
As a sophomore, this was a little out of my comfort zone. I haven’t been accepted into the education program, and yet, I was attending a Common Core* meeting with hundreds of other teachers. It was bananas! I could imagine being right there–in that audience full of teachers- in a few years when I receive my teaching diploma and graduate from college. I wasn’t anywhere close to home, but, somehow, this felt like home to me.
A speaker from the Common Core meeting.
I’m not gonna lie, I hadn’t been there for more than three hours when I, along with two other students, were offered a job. We were allstunned. This guy didn’t even know us, but he was willing to take down our name, number, and set up an interview with his superintendent. Sadly, we had to pass up the job offer because, frankly, neither one of us were in the position to be teaching other people.
Surprisingly, I liked the rural town a lot. The longer I stayed there, the quicker I found myself adjusting to the life style (well, sort-of.) On the last day, in the middle-of-nowhere-Kansas, I had the chance to tour a few different schools, and for a short moment, I could almost in-vision myself staying in that little town forever.
The principles, and superintendents were awesome, and I wouldn’t mind working side-by-side with them. They even joked of marrying us off if I, or any other student, came to work there. They said they were joking, but we all knew they were quite serious about it. If I could keep a fantastic teacher in my school district, I’d find them a spouse, and keep them in my town forever, too! 😉
But every rural district has its pros and cons
-People are friendly (But seriously, I’m not even kidding. They welcomed us with open arms.)
-There’s land everywhere
-Class sizes aren’t too large. (There’s less distractions, and easier to get through an entire lesson plan.)
-Christianity is openly communicated. (Which is stinkin amazing!)
-The cost of living was cheaper. ( I was practically sold on that alone. Two-hundred dollars for rent–that’s heavenly.)
-It’s easier to build relationships with students.
-There’s too much land. (If land sickness was possible, I probably would have caught that.)
-Some class sizes are way too small. (At an elementary school I had visited, the fourth grade class had four girls. Just imagine if half of your class was gone with the flu.)
-It smelled like animal everywhere!
-It was too far from home.
-teachers had extra duties. (such as coaching, or teaching after school classes, etc.)
After processing this information, I knew, for sure, that a small town wasn’t for me.
By the end of the trip, I missed the city so much, and once I was back in Olathe, I couldn’t imagine being in a small town ever again.
The rural setting isn’t for everyone–it definitely wasn’t for me–but I’m glad I had the opportunity to do such thing. The trip opened my eyes to new ideas, and I was given the chance that many other students don’t have.
If the opportunity to travel with the education department every arises, I suggest you take it and run!
It’s almost a one-in-a-lifetime kind of thing!
As always, talk to you next week!
*The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a U.S. education initiative that seeks to bring diverse state curricula into alignment with each other by following the principles of standards-based education reform
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! 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. :]
These are my two little sisters, Libby (left side), and Katie (Middle)! I know, they are adorable!
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.
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.
Here’s a better one of us both!
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.
Once again, I am back in Kansas from California. I passed my Trusted Traveler interview and was granted a Sentri Pass! I was there Thursday-Sunday, and spent about 2 full days in the Amor Office in San Diego, so I kind of felt like I was on my own version of Ferris Bueller’s day off… except I spent my days in a cubicle teaching myself accounting and brainstorming fun ways I can fund-raise…and distracting all my friends in the process.
I got back on Sunday afternoon, so my friends and I visited our other friend who works at Target in Olathe… basically, I make a scene anywhere I go.
I am also campaigning for my good friend, Caitlin Wienck, to be Homecoming Queen! You can track my progress by searching the trending topic #WienckForQueenIn2013.