oh what a happy year

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As many of you know, May, is a crazy month of many goodbyes. For me it is saying goodbye to the many friendships that have formed over this past year, saying goodbye to my favorite big green house on maple street, and saying goodbye to the most outstanding year of my life. Reflecting on my sophomore year of college I would not change it for the world, and I am happy to share this past year with you!

Let me flashback to my freshman year of college, the year of so much change. For many, freshman year is your time to “thrive”. As for me I found myself battling the case of who I wanted to be in college. To say the least, I wanted to still be “Raelyn” but I was afraid to be who the Lord wanted me to be.

Okay now that you have background lets go back to the very start of my sophomore year. Around the first week of August, I moved into the Tri Delta House, room 306, with one of the sweetest humans ever. My roommate, Caroline, taught me lots of things; to breathe when times get hard, and when to tell her to drink apple juice because her sugar is low! Across the hall from us was what I like to call, “the five girl room”, and I never would have thought of the amount of times I would walk in there daily. From movie screenings to random chit-chats, I know I have found my life long best friends.

The fall semester was full of fun!! We had our first function (the best one), Delta Airlines. I remember this function being so fun while I was wearing my 80’s workout attire. One of my favorite memories from the fall, was traveling to TCU to watch the hogs play the frogs in football. That nail-bitter, overtime, winning game was the most crazy thing that I have ever witnessed!! Around this time I also got the BEST little ever!!!! This semester also included many Halloween festivities, 18 Holes for Hope, dancing in the Step Show (and taking home 3rd place), frats at bat, and many other fun filled functions! To say the least the fall was such a happy time.

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Now skipping to December, I get the most life changing position ever. I was selected to be Tri Delta’s Philanthropy Chair for my chapter, and at this time had no idea of what the impact it would have on my life. Remember when I told you that freshman year I was struggling with being “Raelyn”, well let me tell ya, this position allowed me to find my true self.

Spring semester rolls around so fast, and flys by so fast. This semester was full of determination, a filled up calendar, and lots of smiles. The spring time was defiantly a challenge for me battling school, philanthropy, and fun social events. I had some REALLY fun events in February including, the Cupid Stupid function with my KKG friends, mom’s day weekend, and Shop for St.Jude (my first big event!). March quickly approaches and I that was the month of a fabulous trip to LA! (cough cough…read about that trip in my blog!). As well this was the month I got accepted into the College of Education at the University of Arkansas + finally got the feeling of becoming a teacher!! Then comes April, where I celebrated my birthday with my close friends, somehow put on a pancake breakfast, and slowly started to catch my breath for the end of the semester.

Now it’s may. The month I realized the amount of impact that this past year has had on my life. Becoming Philanthropy chair changed my heart and love for others. We had the chance to visit St.Jude about a week ago, and my life will never be the same. All of the hard work I have put into my position was all worth it because of what I saw in that hospital. Being able to live with all of my closest friends/sisters, and them accepting me for who I  really am, allowed me to grow and be the Raelyn, Rae-Rae, Rae I have wanted to be. Looking back on this past year I have seen a lot of growth. Growth in myself, my relationship with Christ, and the way I want to make a difference in this world.

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Sophomore year has been full of so many memories, and was by far the best year of my life. I would never ever change it + am so blessed with the many memories it has brought me. Let’s just say junior year has a lot to live up to!!!

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Dear Big Green House on Maple Street.

 

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From bid day of 2015 to today I have never been so grateful for green walls and a house of girls that love me unconditionally. While yesterday a new journey of building a new house finally begins, I will never forget the delta shelta 1.0, and the fabulous memories it has brought to me. While it is bittersweet that we are tearing most of the house down, I am so excited for the many more memories that will be made in the new house for years to come.

I had the chance to live in the old house one last time this past year + the memories that were made will always be close to my heart. From late night talks with my sweet friends, to always barging into the 5 girl room, to watching our security guard tackle a clown, to the endless movies nights in 920 west maple, to always being scared where the Courtney H. cardboard cut-out was was placed, to the counter-purge group-me, and to the constant reminders of who’s laundry was done..these and many other memories will never be forgotten.

While we celebrate the upcoming new house, I would like to thank the big green house on maple street for the steadfast love it has brought me and the rest of my sisters. I will forever be grateful for this home away from home. Now let’s cherish these memories + celebrate the building of the new Delta Shelta 2.0!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Check out this super fun video of one last fun mem in the delta shelta!

Tri Delta Lip Dub 

 

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Formal 2017

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Hello, Friends!!

This past weekend, Tri Delta had our annual Stars & Crescent Formal + it was soooooooo much fun!!!! This years formal was a bit different in the fact that mother nature really did not want us to enjoy the weather. It straight up was raining cats and dogs, but no worries that did not stop us from having a BLAST.

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For formal this year, my #girlsquad and I enjoy a fun girls night out! We traveled down to Bentonville and enjoyed some delicious Mexican food from Table Mesa. Fun girl talk + a bowl of guacamole made for a GREAT time.

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We danced the night away at formal + had a BLAST doing it! From dancing to old school 90’s music…to today’s current jams…our dance moves killed the dance floor.

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Well, formal 2017 was one for the books! Felt good to dress up & not be in a t-shirt for once!!

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He Rose from the G R A V E.

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Out of all 365 days in the year, today is probably on of my all time favorite days. Easter is not only a holiday full of eggs, bunnies, and white jeans (FINALLY)…it is a day to celebrate being saved + forgiven for my sins!!

The story of Christ’s death, in my opinion, is the most powerful story in the bible. We see this progression of Jesus’s life; being born of the virgin mary, being a carpenter, performing miracles, and then saving God’s people. As I reflect on this Easter Sunday, I think of the pain that Jesus endured while on that cross. Then I begin to think of what people thought when they saw that Jesus had arose from the grave! Then I begin to think that, the God who sent his son on the cross to die for ME, holds all things together. I see days that are not always bright. I loose my faith in Jesus at times, but today I am reminded that the God who makes miracles + who loves his people SOOO much would send his one and only son to die on the cross for ME…holds all things together.

Today we celebrate the God of miracles. The God who loves us. The savior who died for us. The everlasting life we can have in heaven, because of Jesus Christ.

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how can it be?

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Today was a day full of hope, sorrow, and gratefulness. Palm Sunday has always been a day that is full of emotions for me. Sitting in the church pews every year and hearing the story of what Jesus did for me, always leaves me in awe. How can it be that God would send his one and only son to die on the cross for ME? Because he LOVES us that much.

Hearing the imagery of Jesus being nailed to the cross, with a crown of thorns, and people mocking him makes my heart ache. Just the thought of the pain that Jesus endured reminds me I am so guilty of sin. But because of God’s gift of Jesus, I am not longer a slave of sin.  I am simply saved by grace.

As Easter week begins today, my prayer this week is to be reminded daily of the ultimate sacrifice that God sent to save us. As we remember the long seven days before Jesus ascends to be with his heavenly father, may we be reminded of the pain that allowed us to be given the gracious gift of eternal life. By his wounds, WE are healed.

 

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the sculptor and the clay

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Before going to bed, and watch a few episodes of, How I Met Your Mother,  I felt the Lord leading me to open my devotional book. Of course, I was intrigued and decided to have a quiet time with the Lord, and boy did I need to hear his words of wisdom.

I keep, Jesus Calling by Sarah Yong, next to my bed for a daily lift-up message to either start or end my day. I do admit quiet times are hard for me to daily, but the amount of hope + joy with just the Lord and I are so needed.

I encourage you to think about playing with Play-Doh as a kid. How you could mold it into different forms. Well, the Bible gives us the truth, that we are just like Play-Doh, and that the Lord is our sculptor.

Isaiah 64:8 reads,

 “Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
    We are the clay, you are the potter;
    we are all the work of your hand.” 

I do not know about you, but I have days where the Lord’s plan for my life is crystal clear. I wake up and am 100% rooted in the hope that God’s will for my life is at work. Then I have other days where I feel like I have to be in control of every situation, and that the Lord’s plan for my life is nothing but unclear.

Yet, Isaiah 64:8, is a great reminder that the Lord is always at work in our lives. Whether we see it or not, God loves his people, and his plan is much bigger than we can ever imagine.

If you’re like me and have days where you are confused on the Lord’s plan for your life, I encourage you to spend some quiet time with him. I hope you can be reminded that the Lord is the sculptor and we are his clay. Even when WE try to mold our life together, HE is the only true artist in control. He wants the best for us because he loves each and every one of us.

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here we go twenty

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For those of you who do not know, yesterday I spent the time celebrating twenty years of absolute JOY!! I honestly can not wrap my brain around the fact that I am twenty!?!?! it just feels so old!!!!!

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My birthday was so so special. The amount of love I felt from the entire day was a great reminder of all the wonderful people that have made a lasting impact in my life. I strongly believe that birthdays are more than just celebrating another year of life, but a day to remember all the wonderful friendships that the Lord has truly blessed me with. All the sweet notes and texts meant the world to me!!!

to celebrate making it to my twenties, I thought it would be fun to have a sunday brunch! I am a big fan of brunch so this was the perfect idea. I invited some of my close friends to a local golf club where we ate the most delicous food. Of course, no birthday party is complete without cake!! My cake was a chocolate sprinkled cake (mmmmm my fav) from Rick’s Bakery in Fayetteville. It was the most perfect birthday cake for me!

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Well twenty years of lots of love, fun, happiness, and joy have been so special. I can’t wait for what this next year has in store for me! here we go twenty!!!

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