My Easter Reflection

by Lavender Elizabeth, March 28, 2016
John 12:46 “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”

This past weekend, I spent time reflecting on the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on that cross. During this reflection, the magnitude of his sacrifice finally hit me. I got to thinking about times I’ve sinned and the humiliation, guilt, and hurt I’ve felt afterwards. Then I tried to imagine feeling that for not only myself in all of the sins I’ve committed, but that of my family, my friends. I couldn’t even try to grasp that amount of pure shame. But Jesus, he did. And he didn’t do it for only his friends and family, but for the world. He took on everyone’s hurt. Any time anyone has felt dirty, ashamed, mean, broken down, warry, He felt it all. What he was feeling was made clear when he cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). In that moment, he was separated from the perfection and equality of the Lord, feeling the weight of the world’s sin on his shoulders. Can you imagine what that would feel like? I can’t.
And then, three days later, despite everything the world put Him through on that cross, He came back. What kind of love must that be to come back to the people who hurt you the most?
It’s a kind of love that we’re undeserving of. It’s pure, absolute, love. Easter is such a beautiful time for believers. It’s a time for rejoicing in this love that was poured out to us by Jesus Christ.
I pray that everyone had a beautiful Easter weekend and that this Easter Monday is full of the love of Christ. I pray that for the coming year, we all try to emulate the selfless love that Jesus so willingly gave us and that we can show it to others around us.
Happy Easter Monday, friends!

Color Wheel: Easter Palette

by Lavender Elizabeth, March 27, 2016
I just love pastel Easter colors. They are sweet, airy, and perfect for springtime.
I hope you have a beautiful Easter Sunday and that you gain some inspiration for your pastel wedding (below).

Engagement Fashion

Invitation Suites

Groom & Groomsmen Ties


Bridesmaid Dresses


Bridal Shoes

Ceremony Arches and Backdrops

Escort Cards

Table Settings

Place Settings


Wedding Cakes

Edible Favors

The Inspiration:

My Story: Part III - Year 5

by Lavender Elizabeth, March 19, 2016

To read the beginning of Part III, click here:

Part III: Year 5
My last year at UC Davis was amazing!

My Story: Part III - Year 4

by Lavender Elizabeth, March 13, 2016

To read the beginning of Part III, click here:

Part III: Year 4

Throughout spring quarter and the summertime, the four of us worked really hard to put our friendship with Marie back together. It took baby steps, but by the time fall quarter of our fourth year began, we were all the best of friends again. The time apart somehow strengthened our friendship and I am so thrilled by the bond we’ve created.

My Story: Part III - Year 3

by Lavender Elizabeth, March 12, 2016
If you missed the beginning of Part III, you can find it here:

Part III: Year 3

My junior year of university was hard. Really hard.

My Story: Part III - Year 2

by Lavender Elizabeth, March 08, 2016
If you missed the first installment of Part III, see it here. Read Part I here and Part II here.

Part III: Year 2

My second year of university started out with my first formal recruitment season for Chi Omega. We had an intense work week where we prepared for our four days of recruiting and then a week spent engaging with potential new sisters. It was a lot of fun, but also really hard. The days were really long on my body, and my stomach just couldn’t handle it. I was able to participate in the first day, but after that, had to stay home. I was incredibly bummed to be missing out on the opportunity to meet new women, as well as bond with my current sisters. Thankfully, I was able to attend our bid day celebration at the end of the week. What made that day even better was that my best friend, Emma, received a bid from Chi Omega. Now, out of the six of us, four were a part of the sorority (sadly Alaa had dropped during freshmen year). It was my first bid day experience and I had so much fun!

My Story: Part III - Year 1

by Lavender Elizabeth, March 07, 2016

If you missed the first two chapters of my story, see them here: Part I & Part II.

Part III: University

My college experience was filled with friendship, sisterhood, and so many experiences and memories that tried me, surprised me, and made me stronger.

My Story: Part II - Grade 12

by Lavender Elizabeth, March 05, 2016

If you missed the beginning of my testimony, you can read it here:

Part II: Grade 12

My senior year of high school brought so many changes and beautiful memories.

My Story: Part II - Grade 11

by Lavender Elizabeth, March 02, 2016
If you missed the beginning of my story, read it here:

Part II: Grade 11

At the end of grade 10, it really hit me how much I was missing dance, so decided to try out for the cheerleading team. It would be a new group of friends, a different way to experience football games, and a chance to dance again. Cheering with my illness was a battle. I had to be perky and active, even when I was feeling sick. Being a cheerleader was an interesting experience. I never truly bonded with my team, which was hard, but it was an experience in high school that, overall, was so much fun! I just remember sitting in my AP United States History class in my cheerleading uniform, surrounded by football players in their jerseys and another cheerleader and feeling like I was having the most cliché, fun, high school moment.

My Story: Part II - Grade 10

by Lavender Elizabeth, March 01, 2016
If you missed Part I, click here.
If you missed the beginning of Part II, click here.

Part II: Grade 10

Sophomore year of high school was lightyears better than my first year. The biggest reason was that I had friends to call my own. We were a group of ten girls that supported, loved, and cared for each other. I was still finding my place within their group, but knew that they were the friends I had been waiting for. My friend Kiley and I both had English together that year, and it was a time where we truly bonded. She was experiencing chronic headaches, while I was still dealing with my illness, so we bonded over doctors appointments, missing school, and how our bodies were betraying us. I also received a best friend in a girl named Kristina. I distinctly remember her writing me a birthday card and calling me her best friend for the first time and how excited I was. We’ve talked about it since and she was so nervous to tell me that. It was the first time that we both acknowledged how close we were and it only continued from there.