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January 9, 2015

Christmas Break Wrap Up

January 9, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hello friends

So Christmas break is coming to a close and I definitely have mixed feelings about it.  I am ready to see friends and be back at school… I might not be ready for the “school” part of things.  Anyways I had a great Christmas break and I hope you all did too!

Here are some of the highlights:

I got to meet our pastor’s new baby!

 

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Mayors Christmas tree!

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Quality time at grandmas.

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Crazy outings in freezing cold weather… Not our smartest plan

 

 

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Some more quality time with my church’s college small group– previously known as the Wild Stallions.

 

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Also many coffee dates, late night movies, work (blah), family game nights, Netflix marathons, and a many books read.

It is always nice to have some down time and re-energize before going into a new semester.  Although this next semester is going to be crazy difficult, I trust the Lord will not only get me through, He will use me in my weakness.  And by weakness I mean my current lack of motivation toward education (kidding mostly).

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Mariah McCommon

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January 1, 2015

Home Sweet Home

January 1, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hey readers! I hope you had a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year and if you didn’t eat lots of food, you didn’t do the holidays quite right but that’s okay.

Break has already been flying by! I love being home and it’s nice to have an entire month to relax and be with family. Leaving my MNU friends was pretty difficult, though. I will admit I cried just a little bit. Actually a lotta bit but let’s not tell anyone. Me and my homies ate at Chick-fil-a right before we all headed home as a last hoo-rah before break which was nice.

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We call ourselves ‘The Blonde Quad’

I can actually say I’ve been somewhat bored over break and I haven’t been able to say that for the last 5 months. It’s like I appreciate being bored more now, but I miss being busy all the time too. Not being around people 24/7 is weird! I miss my roomy and realizing that my friends are all over the United States right now is scary to think about so I try not to think about it. Thank The Lord for cellphones and technology!

I love being home and attacked by my dog, Thor and clawed by my cat, Bella. No really, I missed it. They are soooo cute. If you don’t believe me, here’s proof:

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I love my animals to death and I don’t know what I’d do without them! This Christmas, my sister and I received a lot of Frozen things. I could write a list of how much, but it’d be a long list. We got matching shirts with Anna and Elsa on them. Now, that may sound strange, but believe it or not, my little sis is a redhead just like Anna! Frozen happens to be both of our favorite movies cause it’s only the best movie ever made. I’m a lot like Elsa, and she’s a lot like Anna so it works out perfectly and is probable why we’re so obsessed with it. Unfortunately, I don’t shoot ice from my hands, but wouldn’t that be AWESOME?! Sometimes I pretend I do.

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We totally could pull off Anna and Elsa

My sister has been given the opportunity to perform in the Alamo Bowl down in Texas. She’s in the band as school and it’s quite the honor to be chosen to perform in the bowl. She is having a blast and I’m so proud of her. She will be playing her French Horn at half time of the K-State/UCLA game tomorrow night so if you’re not doing anything, be sure to check that out!

To wrap up, I just want to say that I hope y’all had the best Christmas and New Year ever. Enjoy the rest of break! Thanks for reading! :)

Katie Linsey

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December 31, 2014

3 Resolutions Everyone Should Have

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“Lose weight.”

“Go to the gym.”

“Floss.”

“Save more money.”

Those are some of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions I’ve heard, and I can definitely say those have made my list in the past years. While those are not bad things to want to accomplish, I’ve always found myself abandoning those resolutions less than a month into the New Year (and I know I’m not alone in that).

2014 was an interesting year. I learned more about myself than I have in any other season of my life. I went part-time at my high school in the beginning of 2014, which allowed for more personal time and opportunities to become more connected in my church, but also created a disconnect with peers at my school. In the summer, I took on a summer staff position at Youthfront Camp West, which taught me more about myself than I ever thought possible. I learned a lot about my leadership style and what it means to be involved in a community of believers that are striving for intentional growth in their relationship with the Lord. In the fall, I started my college experience at MNU and learned even more about myself. Throughout all of those experiences, I grew immensely in my relationship with Christ and also gained a greater sense of passion and desire to live adventurously and boldly.

This past year, I felt more alive than ever before. There are certain practices I took part in that gave life to my soul, which in turn allowed me to encourage and motivate others. I want to continue doing those things and give meaning to every day of 2015. I believe that all of us long to feel alive, but maybe some of us don’t recognize that yet. I’ve put together a short list of my resolutions, which are things that I think everyone should strive to do more of. So, without further ado…

3 Resolutions Everyone Should Have

1. Read more

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Words are powerful and inspiring. They can encourage and discourage, build up and tear down. Books have captivated my heart and led me to deeper understandings of what it means to live. There are books I read in 2014 that I plan to read again (and again), and unread books that I have added to my list. If you want to read inspiring, life-changing books, here’s a short list to get you started:

  • Love Does by Bob Goff
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
  • Radical by David Platt

2. Write more

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In 2014, I had a lot of friends that I didn’t get to see very often because we didn’t go to the same school and were always busy. We didn’t want to lose touch, so we wrote letters to each other (some by snail mail and some by e-mail). Doing this made me fall in love with the idea of writing letters (and also receiving them). It’s fun and encouraging and special. I think everyone should write letters to people, even if it’s a simple random encouragement. Sometimes those are the best.

3. Go out more

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I’ve lived 30 minutes from Kansas City my whole life, but until 2014, I had never been downtown to explore it. After many Saturday mornings at the City Market and late nights at local restaurants downtown, I quickly fell in love with the city. People always say there’s so much that they want to see in the world and they wish they could travel all the time, which I don’t disagree with, but sometimes I think we forget that there’s a city full of wonder and excitement right down the highway from us. In 2015, I want to go see more places and experience more culture, whether that’s spending a day in Kansas City or a week in (insert state or country).

So, there you have it. I hope you’ll consider reading more, writing more, and going out more in 2015. I promise that you won’t regret taking the time to do these things. Also, make sure to pay attention to what makes you feel most alive, and make sure to do more of those things. Peace and blessings to your 2015.

-KT

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Luther Okeyo

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December 29, 2014

Happy Holidays…

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Hey guys, I hope you guys had a great christmas and you guys are enjoying your holidays. I’m not going to lie, I DEFINITELY AM. It is amazing to be back home. There is only one problem… My mom isn’t here. She went back to Kenya to see the family, this is one of the few times where I’m not able to spend Christmas without my mom. Don’t you worry though I was still able to talk her as much I possibly can. Also as many of you would agree, the best part of the holidays is being able to be with family. Even though I wasn’t able to be with them physically, just being able to talk to them on the phone was enough. Sharing stories with them, knowing that they’re ok was the best gift I could’ve gotten. I miss them so much, but I’ll be able to see them soon. Another great part of Christmas is of course… the presents, DUH!!! My mom definitely stepped up her game this year.

Got a MacBook Pro for Christmas. Adding this bad boy to my growing Apple collection. Thank you so much Mom!!

Got a MacBook Pro for Christmas. Adding this bad boy to my growing Apple collection. Thank you so much Mom!!

Quite the collection huh? All this means that I need to make some last minute adjustments to my gift for her. I’d tell you guys what it is, but I know that mom reads the blog post religiously so I can’t spoil the surprise. Gotcha mom! Not today, you gotta be patient and wait until you come back.

Also I want to give a huge shoutout to the wolf-pack and their families for letting me share Christmas day with them. It was such a cool experience and a huge privilege as well. For them to take me into their homes and make sure that I didn’t spend Christmas alone was awesome of them and they didn’t have to do it. That’s one of the many reasons that these guys will be my friends for life.

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The main core of the wolf-pack. To my left you have Kamaran “Pee Wee” Francis, Cory “Captain America” Ellis, and to my right you have Ryan “Birdman” Ellis. One day I’ll get the whole pack together and relieve the glory days.

 

Katie Linsey

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December 27, 2014

The Dos and Don’ts of Thrift Shopping

December 27, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Hey guys! The past few years, thrift shopping has become a serious hobby of mine. Here’s a list of my personal DOS and DON’TS when it comes to thrift shopping. :)

DO:

Buy these…

  • Flannel
    • Flannel takes up a significant portion of my closet and none of it was bought new. Thrift stores ALWAYS have plenty of flannel (especially in the men’s section).
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I wear flannel very often… maybe too much.

  • Mugs
    • I have found the strangest mugs at thrift stores (and yes, I bought them). Goodwill sells all their mugs for 49 cents, which is a steal if you ask me. My philosophy is “a girl can never have too many mugs.” They make great decorations and cheap gifts!

A few of my favorite thrifted mugs… can you tell I love cats?

  • Crewneck Sweatshirts
    • Thrifted crewneck sweatshirts are what I live in during the winter. Also, for all those sorority girls out there, thrift stores are a great place to find plain sweatshirts to sew letters onto. (I’ve had my fair share of thrift shopping with college friends who are in sororities. They go crazy. It’s great.)
  • Baseball Caps
    • There’s always a good selection. Just make sure you wash it before you wear it!
  • Rain Jackets
    • Thrift stores always seem to have a pretty good selection of rain jackets, and a lot of times they’re good quality too. Don’t buy one expecting it to last for years, but if you’re in need of a cheap rain jacket to last you a season or two, thrift stores are good places to look.

KU rain jacket that I thrifted at Goodwill for $5… pretty proud of this one! Love it so much.

  • Movies/CDs
    • Don’t expect to find anything current, but if you’re looking for a good movie or throwback CD to jam out to in the car, you’ll likely find it.
  • PJs
    • Whether you’re looking for an ugly set of PJs or some comfy PJ pants, thrift stores most likely have you covered.

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  • Salvation Army 
    • What a beautiful place. Definitely my favorite place to thrift shop at. The one in Overland Park is my favorite (11421 Metcalf Avenue) because it’s HUGE. Also, Salvation Army gives a 10% discount to students who have their Student I.D.
  • Goodwill
    • Great and cheap, two of my favorite things. It will never let you down.
  • Blessings Abound 
    • My mom and I found this place one day while we were driving around. It’s cute and cool. They are SO nice in there. Definitely worth checking out! (9622 Nall Avenue, Overland Park)
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  • TurnStyles
    • It’s good and fun.
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  • Garage Sales
    • My Saturday mornings in the spring are mostly spent at garage sales. I don’t buy a lot, because there’s a lot of junk, but it’s fun and occasionally I’ll find a steal.

DON’T:

Buy these…

  • Scarves
    • I own a lot of scarves, and sadly none of them were thrifted. Every time I go to a thrift store, I check out the scarves and leave disappointed. Either they’re all ugly or I just have bad taste in scarves.
  • Stationary 
    • Okay, listen up. Thrift stores ALWAYS have so much stationary stuff. Cards, craft supplies, whatever you need… but don’t buy it. 99% of the time, it can be found at Dollar Tree or Wal-Mart for cheaper. I write letters all the time, and thrift stores are not the places to buy cards. It’s not any cheaper.
  • Exercise Clothes
    • Nope. Just nope. Don’t do it.
  • Sandals
    • Please don’t buy shoes that don’t require socks, unless you want to try and pull off the socks-with-sandals look, which often doesn’t end well. (And don’t buy the socks from thrift stores either).

Shop here…

  • Savers
    • Everyone loves Savers… and I do too, but only on their 50% off days which happen around holidays usually. Don’t go there to buy clothes if there’s not a sale. The shirts average around $5-10, which isn’t that cheap compared to other thrift stores. But, on the sale days, go crazy! (I do!)

So… there you have it. Feel free to comment with your own personal advice or opinions! I’d love to hear it!

-KT

Katie Linsey

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December 12, 2014

My Favorite Christmas Albums

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As y’all know (or should know), I love music. A lot. If I could marry music, I would… but I cant, so I just listen to it all the time instead. I always love the day after Thanksgiving because it’s the day that I get to put all my Christmas music back onto my iPhone and start listening to my Christmas playlist on Spotify.

I love Christmas music, but sometimes I struggle finding the good stuff. In case that’s you this holiday season, I’ve put together a short list of my favorite albums this Christmas season. I hope you’ll take some time to listen to them, you won’t regret it!

1. That’s Christmas To Me – Pentatonix

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This is quite possibly the most obvious one, because who doesn’t love Pentatonix? Almost every time I get into a discussion about Christmas music (which actually happens quite often), Pentatonix is brought up. Chances are you’ve already heard at least a few songs from this album, but if you haven’t, you’ve GOT to give it a listen. I absolutely love the spin they put on traditional Christmas songs. Every song is amazing. That is all.

2. Into the Silent Night: The EP – for King & Country

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I have always loved for King & Country, so when I found out they came out with a Christmas EP, I immediately bought it. The short album is a mixture of Christmas songs they wrote and their signature spin on traditional Christmas songs. My favorites include “Baby Boy” and “Angels We Have Heard On High.” This EP is available on iTunes for $3.99… what a steal!

3. The Christmas EP – Chris August

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Chris August is one of my favorite vocalists in the world, so obviously his Christmas album makes the list. It’s a short album with a few originals and a few of his own renditions of famous Christmas songs, similar to for King & Country. Make sure that you listen to the song “Tell Me What You Want For Christmas” because it’s fun, upbeat, and hilarious! “O Holy Night” is also a great one.

4. Glee: The Music – Christmas Album

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I’ve been listening to this Christmas album for years. I used to watch Glee all the time, and even though I don’t keep up with the show anymore, I still love the music. It’s my favorite album to listen to when I’m driving around at night, looking at Christmas lights. My favorite songs on the album include “Last Christmas,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” If you love it and want more, they’ve come out with multiple Christmas albums since, so look them up too!

5. Christmas From The Heart – David Archuleta

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This album gives me chills every time I listen to it. David Archuleta is extremely talented, it’s ridiculous. Nearly all of the songs on this album are traditional Christmas songs… which is great if you’re looking to listen to well-known tunes with little change made to them. My favorites are “O Holy Night,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Ave Maria,” and “Melodies of Christmas.”

6. The Family Force 5 Christmas Pageant

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This album absolutely rocks. If you like upbeat, untraditional, dance-able Christmas music, this is for you. However, I must warn you to NOT listen to it while you’re driving on the highway if you have a hard time controlling your dance moves. My personal favorites from this album are “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “T’was The Night Before Christmas,” and “The Baby.”

So, there you have it! A few Christmas albums to listen to while you’re enjoying your Christmas Break. :) Feel free to comment below with your favorite Christmas music… I’m always looking for new music to listen to! Have a great holiday! :)

-KT

Luther Okeyo

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November 13, 2014

A Very Special Veteran’s Day

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As you all know Tuesday was Veteran’s Day and now matter how you feel about the military, you just have to sit back and admire the sacrifices that they endure everyday to keep us safe, and help us enjoy the freedoms we have today. Just like Coach Willmer told us the other day, “Our freedom isn’t free, somebody else pays for it.” This day is now very special to me, you never really realize how important something is until it hits you personally. For me, this day is about my friend Cory Ellis and his family.

This is one of my best friend's Cory Ellis. He is a marine stationed in Japan. He is coming home in a couple of days, from his first tour of duty. I'm so proud of him and I'm honored to be friend and grateful for the sacrifices he made. I can't wait to see him again.

This is one of my best friends Cory Ellis. He is a corporal in marine core. He is stationed in Japan. He is coming home in a couple of days, from his first tour of duty. I’m so proud of him and I’m honored to be his friend and grateful for the sacrifices he made. I can’t wait to see him again. 

It takes a special kind of person, to able to take on the commitment that the armed forces require. The Ellis family knows that commitment all too well. First things first, this family is like my second family. They embraced me and made me when one of their own, when I was just a stupid kid high school who didn’t know any better. Some of the best moments in my life were made with this family. For example the creation of the wolf pack, the 4th of July incident, and I can’t forget the Fall Fridays when I had meatball subs before football games. They are a blessing, and I can’t even imagine who I would be  if they were were not apart of my life.

The Ellis kids in all their glory. This was when Cory graduated from boot camp. There is Cory in the middle (the oldest), Ryan on the left (second-oldest), Colin on the right (second-youngest), Morgan (youngest) in the middle.

The Ellis kids in all their glory. This was when Cory graduated from boot camp. There is Cory in the middle (the oldest), Ryan on the left (second-oldest), Colin on the right (second-youngest), Morgan (youngest) in the middle.

These guys are a collection of characters but I love each and everyone of them to death. As you know Cory went into the military, he is a corporal in the marine core. Cory has probably the sharpest wit this side of the Mississippi, he has a comeback for everything, and when you think you finally got him, that’s when you fall into his trap. Ryan is an enigma all of his own, you never really know what he is going to do, but I’ll tell you this right now don’t underestimate him, this little guy has more heart than anyone will ever give him credit for. Now we have Colin, this kid is just nuts sometimes. Yet you can always catch him in the some spot, downstairs in office, usually watching Netflix. He also wants to go into the military when he graduates from high school like his big brother. He scares me a little bit, but I can’t wait to see the man he becomes. Last but certainly not least we have Morgan, the baby of household, (sorry Maddie). She is just a little bundle of joy, who can catch you slipping at any moment. She always knows how to brighten my day or completely tear me down, but I don’t care I still love her.

The parents, Glen and Tammy Ellis. Glen's nick name is Papa Ellis, and I just call Tammy Mom.

The parents, Glenn and Tami Ellis. Glenn’s nick name is Papa Ellis, and I just call Tami, Mom. They were high school sweet hearts and they’ve been married for 22 years

Lets start with Papa Ellis (sorry mom), Papa Ellis served in Air force. He technically still serves as a reservist. He is also a police officer for Simi Valley Police Department. He is just a big teddy bear, a little bit too old school but that’s why we love him. Don’t let him fool though, this guy still has it. Just ask Cory. Everyday this guy does all he can to provide for his family and then when he steps out of the house, he goes and protects the people of Simi Valley. He is always there for his family no matter what. He is the man, I aspire to be. Ok now here we have Mom, the best way to describe her role in the family is to have watched the movie Remember the Titans. She is basically Denzel Washington aka Coach Herman Boone in a sense. In the immortal words of Coach Boone, “This is not a democracy, this is a dictatorship!” Mom is the same way, she is just and fair, but is not afraid to put her foot down. She treats everyone the same no matter who you are. She is 2nd toughest woman I know behind only my own mother.

The Ellis family is also a sports family. All the men in the family played football (I played with Cory in high school). Colin however took it to another level and also wrestles in high school. Morgan is a cheerleader and is insanely flexible. Ironically Tami is the only one, who never played a sport, but she is one of the loudest fans you will ever meet. I can’t tell how many games, I could hear her screaming at us over everyone else in the crowd, plus she doesn’t care who will hear her. She has even called me out on the carpet a few times, when I dropped a ball, or had a bad play during my high school playing days. That’s just who she is and there is no one else like her.

Anyway, this is my second family. I can’t wait to see them when I go back home for winter break. I got some stories for them and I can’t wait to hear their stories either and also have one of the famous (well to me) Ellis meatball subs. Also to all the men and women out there put their lives on the line for us here at home or anywhere else in the world, thank you so much for your service. I know it may not be said enough but I am grateful for all you do for us. Come back home safe and rejoin your families and hopefully one day, I have a chance to give a little back to you for all you have given to us.

 

Britney Lewis

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January 15, 2014

The Perks Of Staying ON Campus

January 15, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Whilst I was away during winter break, I had a lot of time to myself…like a lot of time.

You know, that’s never a bad thing, but with this spare time I found myself thinking about how much I missed MNU’s campus and how life would be strangely different without it. After all, they do say: You never know what you have until it’s gone. 

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Welp, now that that’s out of the way, I have compiled a list of, what I like to call, The Perks of Staying on campus.

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Number One:

Once you’ve been on campus, there’s no turning back.

Seriously.

MNU is basically your home now–and even home doesn’t compare to campus life. Being pampered from mom and dad just wasn’t doing it for me anymore.

The first day back at my parent’s house was the toughest. I literally thought I was going to die of boredom. Here, on campus, there’s always something to do–not to mention, there’s unlimited food.

It took awhile before I could tune back into a slow-pace lifestyle. There was a point where Netflix and Tumblr wasn’t cutting it for me anymore.

Number Two:

Remember how I mentioned the unlimited food thing?….Well, I’m not kidding.

Even when Campus Center is closed–It’s open from 7am-7pm–there’s always an alternate option.

We have a coffee shop named Dewy’s, located inside of the campus library; open from 7am to 9pm. Dewy’s is basically a Starbucks on crack, and they are quite famous for their frozen drinks, muffins, and donuts!

Then, there’s Land Cafe, located inside of Land Gym.

Land Cafe would compare to the average Buffalo Wild Wings (Er, well, not really…) But they’re open from 9pm-11pm.

At Land you can find warm foods like: pizza, wings, bosco stix, pretzels…and much more.

Literally, the possibilities are endless….and very delicious!

Lastly, there’s the good old Applebee’s.

Yup, I said it, Applebee’s.

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Applebee’s isn’t exactly on campus, but it’s three minutes away. My friends and I call it, “The campus away from campus” because, for the most part, there probably won’t be a day that you don’t see a familiar face from MNU there.

I choose to add Applebee’s to the list because of the good deals. Although it cost money, it’s worth it.

After nine, all of the appetizer’s on the Applebee’s menu are half-price.

AND, there’s a promo that anyone can sign up for called PERKS. Basically, with one of these codes, you’re getting five dollars off any menu price.

If you play your cards right, you’ll never have to pay for a full meal at all.

Number Three:

If not all, most of your friends are on campus.

I mean, Skype doesn’t even cut it.

And forget about texting.

Nothing compares to that face to face interaction you have with all your besties.

If anything, besides the food, the one thing I missed were my buddies. It’s crazy, but the people at MNU become your sidekicks. You’ll do anything and everything with them, and that time that you spend together creates a bond that will transfer past your college years.

I don’t know where I’d be without my friends. That’s why I always say: If you’re going to come to MNU, get INVOLVED.

I’m serious; it’s so worth it.

That’s all for this week, folks!

I hope you enjoyed the perks!

Keep it real.

Stay clean.

See ya next week!

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Heather Engle

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January 13, 2014

Goodbye to christmas break, hello to a new semester!

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Hello Blog World. :]

This break has been pretty wonderful. Not having to worry about homework, writing papers, or waking up from a nap to get to class on time has been very nice! Spending time to just rest, especially in the Lord, has been amazing as well. It was nice to have so much time on my hands to be able to read the word and seek God without any distractions surrounding me. Other than spending Christmas day in Austin, Texas, I did some more things over this break that I want to share with you guys!

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I went to an antique store with some of my friends over the break and this is just an example of the cute things that were in this place. My friends and I agreed though that a lot of the things in there, we could make ourselves. But it was still a fun time looking around and gathering craft ideas!

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This is my super pretty friend Lauren. :] She was looking for the book “The Hobbit” and we ended up getting caught up in how great it was to be surrounded by so many books. So here she is. Being all cute and stuff.

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This is my friend Zack Manuel! He recorded a CD and had his CD release show at one of our local coffee shops on the last weekend I was in town. This was his CD table where he was selling them for $1, and I definitely bought one. I would go check his music out on ITunes, and buy his CD!
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This is kind of blurry, but here is a picture of him performing! There were so many people there that I kept getting pushed into the corner of the room! It was pretty awesome!

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To end an awesome break, I got to make some baby sugar cookies with my little sisters and decorate them (kind of) for valentines day! Well, that’s the theme we were trying to go for. It was super cute watching them decorate and I always enjoy spending time with my wonderful family. :]

Well guys, here’s to a new year full of all new activities and adventures. I cannot wait to start another semester here at MNU and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I’m ready to see how God is going to work and move on this campus, and how he is going to send us out into this world to spread his marvelous light. :]

-Heather Rose :]

P.S. I’ve been reading this awesome book called “Love does” if you haven’t heard of it, go to a bookstore and buy it! It does a wonderful job of showing really what love is supposed to look like. Real love, the love that comes from being sacrificial like Jesus when he died on the cross for us. I’ve also been listening to some great bands such as “Gungor” and “Young Oceans” Check all of those out if you haven’ already!

Haley Raydo

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January 10, 2014

Welcome 2014! {Word of the Year}

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Hello friends!

I can’t believe Christmas break is coming to a close… and I absolutely can’t even comprehend we are living in 2014!  Where has the time gone?!

So for this weeks blog, in honor of the new year, I think it is only fitting to share with you something that my church has done for the last couple of years in the new year.  Our pastor challenged us last year to choose a word of the year.  This “word” would be a theme of the year for your walk with the Lord.  At first I thought it was kind of a weird thing, but I prayed about it just to see.  I felt like my word of 2013 was trust.  And man, did I have a year of trust in 2013!

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It was so cool at the end of the year to look back and see where the Lord was faithful.  Trust is not an easy thing for me or most anyone, but I loved seeing God prove himself over and over this year just by me deciding to let go.  So often I want to control everything, but by letting go and trusting the Lord, I have seen Him at work a lot more clearly.

2013 had a lot of challenges and a lot of change (something I am not exactly fond of).  It seemed like there were few ups and a lot of downs.  And it’s those times that are the hardest to trust.  It has been a definite learning process, and I don’t have it all down (not sure if I ever will completely) but it helps me grow in my walk more than I ever imagined.

This year my word of the year is love.  And although that sounds a lot more exciting than the word trust, the Scripture this word is aligned with is Revelation 2:4 {Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first}  This year my walk with the Lord is going to be challenging me to rediscover why I do everything.  I serve Him because He is my first love.  He paid it all, and I owe Him everything yet He only asks that I follow.  And rediscovering that will be my journey.  My journey to step out of complacency and a stagnant faith.  

So if you’re up for it… give it a try!  It is so amazing looking backwards in December and seeing what God did!  Just ask the Lord to give you a word, or maybe you could just ask for a Scripture!

I hope you all had a great Christmas break and a Happy New Year!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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