6 Year Anniversary…

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For those of you who don’t know, I am engaged to my high school sweetheart, Troy! He’s my super hot, hilarious, best friend that I enjoy kissing.

Here’s a little rundown of how it all went down:

We were best friends throughout middle school and then in the summer of 2010 before we started high school he told me he was in love with me.

But we were still young and figuring things out… so we didn’t start officially dating until April 21st, 2012.

5 years and 8 months later, he asked me to marry him. OF COURSE I SAID YES! Actually, my exact words were “I GET TO BE YOUR WIFE!!!”

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Throwback to 2009 when Troy & I were 7th grade besties!

Here are some random facts about us:

We Met: In 7th grade math class

We dated for: 5 years & 8 months

We have been engaged for: 4 months

On our first date: We had spaghetti for dinner with his family at his house

Our first kiss: Was in the mall

Here are some random facts about Troy:

His favorite restaurants are: Buffalo Wild Wings, & Red Robin

His favorite drink is: Diet Mountain Dew

His favorite sweets are: Anything chocolate… cake, ice cream, & Hershey pie

His favorite tv shows are: Entourage, & Drake and Josh

His favorite movies are: Fever Pitch, & Entourage

In his free time he likes to: Play video games

His fears are: Being unsuccessful, & spiders

His goals are: Living a successful, healthy life with his fiancé (aww💕)

His passions are: Sports

His pet peeves are: Unnecessary cursing, & baby talk

He would like to travel to: Ireland

His favorite things about “us” are: We are open with each other, we always take each other into consideration, we have good communication, & we’re genuinely best friends (OMG- So cute!☺️)

Here’s how we celebrated the best 6 years of our lives so far:

Troy and I did not have this day planned out. We decided not to do gifts because, like I said in last year’s anniversary blog, we prefer experiences together over material gifts. However, he did bring me a slushie when he came to pick me up (brownie points for Troy).

First thing yesterday afternoon we drove into town and as we drove we talked about what we wanted to do that day. Which was basically a lot of “You pick”… “No, you pick”! Then Troy got hungry, so we went to Burger King and sat in the parking lot watching traffic as he ate lunch. Honestly, I could watch paint dry on a wall with him and still have a great time.

Then my mom called us and she asked us if we could come home and help her look for Bella (one of my cats). In our family, our pets are very valuable members… so everyone was really overwhelmed and worried trying to find her. We looked for 2 hours! We searched the entire house up and down and even went around our neighborhood. When we returned home from searching the neighborhood, she was sitting at the top of our stairs just looking at us- and we still don’t know where she was hiding!!! But all that matters is that she was safe and in our home.

Once we found Bella, Troy and I went back to his house to watch the first Super Troopers movie because I had never seen it. We cuddled as we watched the movie and enjoyed our relaxing afternoon after that rigorous cat search.

Around 6:00PM that evening we went to Red Lobster for dinner. I love this restaurant, but Troy doesn’t enjoy seafood so he just gets steak. I had shrimp linguine Alfredo, a side salad, cheddar biscuits, and a strawberry daiquiri! I think it is so sweet that he is willing to go eat there even though it isn’t his favorite. Dinner was delicious!

As we were eating, two of Troy’s buddies called him and asked if we wanted to go play putt-putt with them- so after dinner we did! I almost beat all three of the boys, I only lost by one stroke *pats self on the back*.

We had planned to meet up with one of our close couple friends to go see Super Troopers 2 that night, and the two friends we were putt-putting with were going to the exact same movie… so we all went together! The second Super Troopers was funnier than the first one (but beware there is unnecessary nudity in one scene). Finally, to end our night, all 6 of us went back to one of our friend’s house and played board games until 3AM.

We had a wonderful anniversary. It was casual, fun, and we got to spend time laughing with each other and hanging out with friends. These past 6 years with Troy have been the best 6 years of my life. It’s crazy to think that we only have one more “dating” anniversary to celebrate until we get married!

I am one lucky girl. 6 years down, forever to go.😍💍

Flash-forward to yesterday on our 6 year anniversary!
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1 Year Blog Anniversary…

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WOW… It has officially been ONE WHOLE YEAR since I started this blog and found a creative outlet that I am passionate about.

1 year ago I deleted all of my social media. And although all of my social media was gone, I was still a creative gal at heart! I love to design, write, make lists, dream, plan, and journal. So, I decided to keep a digital diary…

I DECIDED TO START BLOGGING!

Tomorrow will be exactly 1 year since I made my first post. I love blogging because I can be as private or as public as I want to be, there are endless possibilities for creative content, and not everyone and their cousin has a blog! This blog is my own personal space, and the more I add to it, the more “me” it becomes.

As of today my stats are:

  • 51 posts
  • 234 followers
  • 2,192 visitors
  • 4,137 views

I am honestly shocked that I have the stats that I have. A handful of people I am close to read my blogs but other than that I don’t personally know any of my followers. With that being said, it has been a blast connecting with other bloggers via my blog.

I have never blogged with the intention trying to gain a following. I blog because I want to look back and read all about my current interests and adventures. I blog for myself, because I truly enjoy it.

Thank you to everyone this past year who took the time to follow, comment on, or even simply read my blogs. Your encouragement makes my heart flutter. I am thrilled that you decided to join me on my journey! God bless.

–Emily Ryann


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What’s On My Brand New iPhone X?

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Hello, lovelies! Today I went to the Verizon store because I was switching to an unlimited data plan. However, the my camera on my iPhone 6s Plus broken and I was eligible for an update (with a great trade in deal) so… I got a brand new iPhone X! Woo!

I decided to go with the silver/white iPhone X and a clear Speck case.

The thing I am most excited about with my new phone is the sleek full screen display and the camera. I am PUMPED to use the iPhone X camera to document all the fun things I have coming up like my 6 year anniversary, Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour, a 12 day trip to Costa Rica, wedding planning , and MUCH MORE!

Here’s a peek at my phone and what’s on it:

As you can see, I do not have a lot on my phone. I prefer a very minimal phone with only my essentials on it! And because this phone is brand new, I don’t have any pictures yet for wallpapers.

I keep all my apps in one box (organized from most to least used) with the exception of my green communication apps that I keep at the bottom of my phone for easy access.

You’re probably also wondering why I don’t have any social media… I linked a blog below where I talk about why I got rid of all of my social media!🤓

It might seem boring, but it works for me! I’m so grateful to have such a cool new phone & I can’t wait to keep playing with it!📲


What are your favorite apps for your smartphone?!

Share suggestions down below!


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He Is Risen…

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Easter is a beautiful time with so much joy… spring has sprung, the Easter bunny brings goodies, and most importantly- we celebrate that JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS ALIVE! DEATH DID NOT WIN!

In case you don’t know the story of why Christians celebrate Resurrection Sunday (and the rest of Holy Week leading up to it), here’s what all the hubba bubba is about:

1: Palm Sunday

Crowds of people were anticipating the arrival of Jesus. They laid clothes on a donkey for Jesus to ride and laid palm branches down in the road for the donkey to walk on.

2: Thirty Pieces of Silver

Judas was one of Jesus’ 12 disciples. He went to the priests and asked the how much they would pay him to betray Jesus… they gave him 30 pieces of silver (not cool, Judas).

3: The Lord’s Supper

During this meal Jesus broke bread among his disciples, he told them the bread represented his body. He also gave them wine, which represented his blood shed for us (this is why we take communion).

4: Gethsmane

Gethsmane is the place where Jesus and his disciples prayed to God before his crucifixion (can you imagine the love Jesus had for us… to choose to be crucified? Or the love God had for us… to give his only son?)

5: Jesus Arrested

Judas told the priests that they would know who Jesus was because he would kiss him. Judas went straight to Jesus, kissed him, and the guards grabbed Jesus and arrested him.

6: Pilate

Pilate was the man who put Jesus on trial. When he saw that an uproar was starting with the people, he did not want the blood of Jesus on his hands. He left, but still handed Jesus over to be crucified.

7: The Crucifixion

Jesus was nailed to a cross, with a crown of thorns placed on his head. He was mocked and tortured.

8: Jesus’ Death

When he couldn’t take it any longer, Jesus shouted out for God to take his spirit. When he died the earth shook, rocks split, and tombs opened. It was finally was clear to the bystanders, that Jesus was the son of God.

9: Burial of Jesus

Joseph wrapped Jesus’ body in cloth and placed it in a tomb. He closed the tomb with a giant stone and left.

10: The resurrection

There was a great earthquake. The angel of the lord came down from heaven and rolled the tomb stone away. The guards who were watching the tomb fainted, but the angel spoke to the women who saw what happened and told them “I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He isn’t here. He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen!”

How amazing is it, that we serve a God who DEFEATED DEATH?! Not even death could overcome his perfect love… that is powerful.

You can read the whole story of Holy Week in the book of Matthew, chapters 21-28.


What is your favorite thing about spring time? Your favorite Easter candy? Or your favorite part of Holy Week?! Leave a comment below.

HAPPY EASTER! ☔️🥚🌷🐣🌱🌤

Listening When God Speaks…

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During my final semester of college, I was taking a math class that I had been putting off throughout my entire undergrad.

There were only about 10 people in the class and every day I came early to ask questions about the homework because (let’s be honest) I stink at math.

Then one day, another girl in my class came early. I was sitting at my desk and I heard her tell the professor she missed the last exam because she found out her mom was diagnosed with cancer. She could barely speak through the tears in her eyes and the lump in her throat.

My heart sank. I remember feeling that pain with her. My mom is my best friend, and I know I would be broken if I ever had to go through something like that. I wanted so badly to tell her that I was sorry and that I would be praying for her…

But, I didn’t. No words came out of my mouth. I really did pray for her, though. I didn’t even know her name and I prayed for her, her mother, and their entire family.

I remember feeling this pull to talk to her every single time she walked into class for the remainder of the semester. I always pushed that feeling aside and continued on with my normal day.

Until finally, it was the last day of the semester. We had just finished our last exam and everyone was walking out into the hallway and moving on to their next destination.

I caught up with that girl and said “Excuse me?”

She looked confused.

I continued “I know we have never talked before, but I remember overhearing you tell the professor about your mom being diagnosed with cancer. I want you to know I have been praying for you and your family this entire semester. This has been on my heart for a while now, and I really felt pulled to tell you.”

Her eyes widened and she started to cry. Then I started to cry. She thanked me and told me how desperately she needed to hear that.

We hugged and cried together in the hallway.

I may have impacted her day, but she impacted my life. I will always remember that girl and the way I felt pulled to talk to her. I will always remember that feeling because God was speaking to me. He was using me for His greater plan, to be His light, and to spread His love.

The moral of this (very true) story is to listen closely when God is speaking to you. Do not ignore the Holy Spirit pulling at your heart. It will change your life.


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Why You Should Never Talk Bad About Your Spouse…

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Hello, lovelies! Today I have another relationship post coming your way!

I hope you all enjoy!💖

Your spouse is your rock. The one who is supposed to stand beside you through thick and thin (and you are supposed to stand beside them). Here is a huge piece of a advice I read a while back, and it has stuck with me ever since:

“Never talk badly about your spouse. To anyone. Ever.”

I know you are probably thinking that statement is dramatic. What’s the big deal? We all need to complain sometimes, right? You’re just venting. It’s not like you really mean all those words that you say out of frustration.

Well, you are wrong. It is a big deal. Here are 3 reasons why you should never talk badly about your spouse:

1. No one knows your spouse like you do.

No one has the ability to see your spouse the way you do or forgive them the way you do. So those terrible things you vent about that you only say out of frustration… well, those things stick in people’s minds. Those people you vent to are not in love with your spouse,  they do not need to reconcile with them.

2. Word gets around.

The truth of the matter is that what you say will get around. Do you want everyone and their cousin to know about your relationship downfalls during a vulnerable time? I know I wouldn’t. People will think differently about your relationship when they hear you talking badly about your spouse, and your spouse will think differently about your relationship, too. Which brings me to my next point:

3. You will hurt your spouse.

Whether you hurt their feelings, hurt their confidence, hurt their reputation, or so on… WORDS DO HURT! A lot of the anger and sadness we feel is only temporary. Why hurt your spouse with harsh words over something that can be worked out privately between the two of you? Save yourself the drama.

The next time you feel disheartened with your spouse, remember that you can write those feelings down, pray about it, or talk directly with your spouse. We can honor our spouses and God by respecting them and lifting them up.

If the grass is greener on the other side… water your grass.


P.S. I also want to thank you all SO MUCH for OVER 200 FOLLOWS!!! I never thought that 200+ people would be reading my blogs. Your support and kindness means so much me. You rock my socks.😘🧦


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I have to tell you guys that for quite some time I had been struggling with a pretty big (in my opinion) decision.

Mid-last year I had the opportunity to sign up for a study abroad trip to Costa Rica fort this July. Immediately I signed up because it sounded amazing, and I knew I probably would not get the opportunity to go to Costa Rica again for such a great price.

A few weeks after I signed up, fear set in. Fear of the unknown. Fear of not being in control. Fear of separation.

I have to tell you all, I am a home body. I do not like to be away from the people I love… especially my fiancé (and of course, the trip is during his birthday). I juggled with the thought of skipping the trip or pushing myself to go.

I started to drive myself crazy with overthinking… so I decided to pray about it. I asked God if I was supposed to go. I asked him if this trip would benefit me and help me grow. I asked him to show me a sign, or give me some sort of inclination of what I was supposed to do.

That same night I read my daily devotion:

“You wrestled and tried to plan every possible mishap or control every outcome to avoid mistakes. You are not alone, Moses did the same thing. Have faith, God does not ask us to do things we cannot handle. He will go before us and make way for courage, confidence, and peace if you trust him.”

WOW! I mean c’mon, there is no way that was a coincidence!

From that moment on, my decision was made. I know it will be way outside of my comfort bubble… but I have to go where the Lord leads me. I really believe that God had this planned for me, and that he will use me on this trip.

I am so excited for my upcoming adventure in Costa Rica! My passport just came in the mail and the trip details are being finalized as we speak!

I can’t wait to share this experience with you all.


Are any of you taking a trip this summer?!

Tell me about it in the comments below!


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Okay yes, I am still engaged and in a loving committed relationship… however, I have had my fair share of gal pals that needed my serious DJ skills to cheer them up! So, if you’ve been dumped, you’re the one walking away from a relationship, or you just need a girl’s night out playlist-

THIS ONE IS FOR YOU!

Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson

Part of Me – Katy Perry

So What – P!nk

Ridin’ Solo – Jason Derulo

Fighter – Christina Aguilera

Gives You Hell – The All-American Rejects

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

I Look So Good (Without You) – Jessie James

Goodbye – Kristina DeBarge

Miss Movin’ On – Fifth Harmony

You’re Such A – Hailee Steinfeld

Shout Out To My Ex – Little Mix

IDGAF – Dua Lipa

Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato


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Wedding Photography Tips (& What I Am Doing)…

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Hello lovelies! I have some VERY exciting news… Troy and I have an official wedding date! We are getting married in OCTOBER 2019! Save the date because you are all invited to watch my wedding unfold via this blog!😉

There is LOTS to do before the big day. I hope you’ll keep reading and come along with me on the entire adventure!


Here are some of my wedding photography tips, important questions to ask, and a closer look into my own plans:

Prioritize What Is Most Important To YOU

A lot of people might try to tell you that you “have to have this” or “have to do that”… but no, you really don’t. Prioritize what is most important to you on your wedding day, and set your budget accordingly. I realized that once mine and Troy’s wedding day is over, all we will have left is photos. These photos will be hung in our home, shared with family and friends, and shown to our future children and grandchildren.  For me, photography was the most important thing- no doubt about it.

Do Your Research

Look at different photographers websites, Facebook pages, and Instagram accounts. I cannot stress this enough but READ REVIEWS FROM PREVIOUS CUSTOMERS! It is so important to know the good and the bad about what you’re potentially going to invest in. Make sure you look at the photographer’s portfolio and really make sure they have the photography style that you’re looking for.

Ask Questions!!!

Just like I stated in my previous wedding blog, make sure you meet with your photographer to ask important questions before you book with them.

I had meeting via facetime with my photographer. I told her a little bit about myself, about my relationship, and about my vision for our engagement session & wedding day.

After we chatted personally for a bit, these are the more professional questions I asked her:

  1. How long have you been a photographer?
  2. How many weddings do you shoot a year?
  3. What do you love most about your job/shooting weddings?
  4. What kind of equipment do you use?
  5. Do you have backup equipment if that fails?
  6. What would happen in the case of an emergency?
  7. Do you have my date available?
  8. Will I be the only wedding that day?
  9. Have you ever shot at my venue?
  10. Who else will be shooting with you?
  11. How are responsibilities divided between you and your other photographer?
  12. Can I build my own package?
  13. What is included in the price?
  14. Are there other fees included in the cost?
  15. What is the post-wedding process?
  16. What is turnaround time for the photos?
  17. What are our options for prints and albums?
  18. What is your payment policy?
  19. What is your cancellation policy?

So What Am I Going To Do?

For our engagement photos (included in our wedding package), I think I would like to do something similar to an empty first home photo session. I want to keep it really casual but still sentimental. For our wedding, I envision CRISP natural light photography, but not too much light because I really still want the boldness of our deep autumn colors to pop.

I am thrilled to say that we have our photographer and she is a dream come true! Her work is amazing and I can’t wait to share the photos on the blog with you all!

Are any of you in the process of wedding planning or have already planned a wedding? Leave your link below- I’d love to read more wedding blogs!


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Wedding Venue Tips (& What I Am Doing)…

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Hello lovelies! I have some VERY exciting news… Troy and I have an official wedding date! We are getting married in OCTOBER 2019! Save the date because you are all invited to watch my wedding unfold via this blog!😉

There is LOTS to do before the big day. I hope you’ll keep reading and come along with me on the entire adventure!


Here are some of my wedding venue tips, important questions to ask, and a closer look into what I am doing for my own wedding:

Book Your Venue First

When it comes to wedding planning, I suggest booking your venue first! Venues fill up very quickly… in fact, most places tell you to book at least 2 years in advance. Lucky for me, Troy and I chose a wedding date that is a little under 2 years away.

Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

Make sure to look around! I browsed through A LOT of venues. I didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars if we were not doing a destination wedding… and Troy wanted our wedding close to home so that all of our family was able to make it. My style has also changed a lot over the years, as well… I always thought I wanted a rustic wedding. I realize now that my style is more elegant and fresh. It is okay to change your mind and come up with new ideas!

Ask a LOT of Questions

Troy and I scheduled a sit down meeting with our wedding venue to ask important questions and tour the facility. It was so crucial for me to actually visit the venue and meet the people who will be there on our big day. I brought a list of questions for myself, Troy, and the owner for our meeting.

Here are all of the questions that we went over:

  1. Do you have my date available?
  2. Will my wedding be the only one on my date?
  3. Can we hold a rehearsal the day before?
  4. What is the minimum and maximum number of guests the venue holds?
  5.  What is included in the rental price?
  6. What is not included that we will need to provide ourselves?
  7. Can I use vendors of my choice?
  8. Do you have a list of recommended vendors?
  9. Do you set up and tear down the items that you provide?
  10. Can I see samples of items you provide?
  11. Will there be a day-of onsite coordinator?
  12. How many people on staff will be assisting us the day of the wedding?
  13. When can I begin set up on my wedding day?
  14. What is the rain plan?
  15. Are there any restrictions on the use of the space?
  16. Are there any noise restrictions?
  17. Are there any photography/videography restrictions?
  18. Do we need any kind of permits or insurance for the wedding?
  19. Is there a bridal room and groom suite?
  20. What time do guests have to leave the venue?
  21. When do we need the final headcount?
  22. Are there any other fees not included in the cost?
  23. When is the balance due?
  24. What is your cancellation policy?

Do a Lot of Thinking

After our meeting/tour, they put our date on hold for a week and Troy and I had time to think. I spent that time imagining what we could do with the space, weighing the pros and cons, and finally deciding TO BOOK OUR VENUE!

The wedding is still 20 months out, but it feels a lot more real now that we have a date and a place! We are getting married on a 10 acre lot with a large pond, a barn, a cottage, a house, a covered brick patio (where our reception will be), and a gazebo (where our ceremony will be)! We are having a small and intimate wedding, with less than 100 people. I am so excited to see the space come together and most of all- I can’t wait to marry my best friend!

Are any of you in the process of wedding planning or have already planned a wedding? Leave your link below- I’d love to read more wedding blogs!


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