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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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’M ENGAGED!!! The ring, the proposal, and all the other juicy details…

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I know I usually post on Sundays… but as you can tell by the title, I GOT ENGAGED!

This calls for an early blog post! Ahhh!!!

The Proposal

Yesterday evening, Troy asked me to come over to his parents house and help decorate their family Christmas tree. While we were decorating, he handed me an ornament to put on the tree. The ornament was a man proposing to a woman and it said “forever and always starts now…”. My eyes widened, I turned around to look at him- and he was on one knee! I heard the words “Emily Ryann… will you marry me?”

This proposal was the most intimate, romantic, and special moment of my life so far. He had been planning this for weeks and was as cool as a cucumber when he asked… I just sobbed pure happiness the whole time.

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The Ring

Every time I look at this ring I want to burst out in *happy* tears! This is the most beautiful ring I have EVER seen! 1 carat heart shaped, with a halo of diamonds around the heart and halfway down the band. All of my wildest dreams were exceeded.

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Happily Ever After

After 5 1/2 beautiful years of being Troy’s girlfriend, I finally moved my promise ring over to my right finger… now I have a brand new ring on my left finger, and I AM HIS FIANCÉ!

Let the wedding planning festivities begin! This is going to be an unforgettable time in our lives.

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On Wednesday December 13, 2017, Troy made me the happiest girl in the world.

I cannot wait to be his bride, and spend the rest of my life with my best friend and soul mate.


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Half a Decade…

How To Support Your Man During Football Season…

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Ahhh… it’s the most wonderful time of the year again. From October-December I am always so thrilled for all of the holiday excitement! However, if you ask my boyfriend what the most wonderful time of the year is, he will tell you: football season.

If we’re being honest, I am not someone who is crazy about sports. I was a cheerleader my entire life and that was about the extent of my involvement in sports. I have been dating Troy for 5 years now, and I remember dreading football season because it meant he would always be watching it, or reading about it, or thinking about it.

Then I had an idea: I would start to try and care about football. I’d watch games and not complain about how long they were. I’d ask questions and make an effort to learn more. And now… I’ve made such strides that I am in in a fantasy football league with Troy and some of our family/friends! It is really fun once you get the hang of it!!!

Maybe you’re already a big sports fan and don’t need any advice… but if you’re anything like me, you started off clueless. Here’s what I did to start supporting my man during football season:

Support his team…

This concept is pretty simple… If you don’t have a favorite team, cheer with your man for his team! If you do already have a team, don’t trash talk his.

Get involved…

Play fantasy football with your man. Watch the games and show interest (even if you’re clueless). You can ask questions, but wait until a commercial comes on.

Understand his emotions…

Your man doesn’t tell you you that you’re overreacting when you cry during your favorite television show… so let him have emotions, too! If he’s mad about something that happened during the game, let him be mad. He cares about football and that is okay.

Give him alone time…

While it is nice to spend time together and bond over things that he likes, it’s also nice to let him have time to himself to watch some games. If there is a game that you don’t want to watch go do something else! Find a hobby for yourself (mine is blogging😉) and let your man do his thing!

Good luck to all the significant others out there this football season! 😊🏈


PSA: sporting events are NEVER an excuse for  domestic violence. Super Bowl Sunday holds the record for most domestic violence calls to 911 each year.

If you are in an abusive relationship, or know of someone who is trapped- seek resources, not excuses.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 

1-800-799-7233

Ways To Say “I Love You”…

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“I miss you.”

“Did you get home okay?”

“I’m so proud of you.”

“Put your seatbelt on.”

“I like your blog.”

“You look beautiful.”

“I can’t wait to see you.”

“What do you want to watch?”

“Are you comfortable?”

“You’re my best friend.”

“I hope you had a great day.”

“How did you sleep?

“Let’s go on a date!”

“I trust you.”

“We should do that together.”

“This song reminds me of us.”

“Is that a new outfit?”

“You make me a better person.”

“I saw this and thought of you.”

“Give me a kiss.”

“I will always support you.”

& My new personal favorite… “Will you be on my fantasy football league?” 😉

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How do you tell your special someone that you love them without actually saying it?

Why I Ask My Significant Other For Permission…

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When people read this title they are probably going to think right off the bat that I am some door mat, or that I am dating a very controlling person… and that could not be farther from the truth.

The truth is that I am with the most incredible, laid back, loving man… and we are in this together. So here is why I ask for permission, and why I willingly choose to do so!

Asking permission is respectful.

My boyfriend and I are a team — 5 years strong. We are best friends and soul mates. I ask him for permission because I respect him, I respect his feelings, and I respect his opinion. For example, maybe I forgot we had plans… asking permission will never lead to conflict the way forgetting about plans will. I ask because I respect him, and he does the same for me.

Asking permission keeps your significant other in the loop.

Like I said, my boyfriend is my best friend. I want him to know where I am, what I am doing, and who I am with. I know that if I keep him in the loop it will make him feel better, and I’ll feel more secure knowing that he knows exactly what is going on if I need him.

Asking permission shows that you trust one another.

I know that my boyfriend cares about me more than anyone else on this earth. He is such a relaxed man, so I know that if he says he is not comfortable with me going somewhere or doing something — then he must have a valid reason. Of course he wants me to have a good time, but his main priority is keeping me safe. And I trust him to do that, even when I can’t see it.

Asking permission is a form of biblical submission.

Biblical submission has this reputation for an individual being a servant in their relationship… but the way I was taught about submission, through reading God’s word, is much different. It is about respect, putting your significant other first, and doing everything you can to show them how much you love them for as long as you live. God wants submission to be a two way street !


I hope that everyone is able to find what works for them in their own relationships & continue to grow together as couples. XOXO

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Half a Decade…

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Here we are 5 years later…

I remember sitting next to you in 7th grade math class (I totally scooted my papers over so you could copy me). I remember innocent but flirtatious myspace messages. I remember teachers thinking that we were dating when we weren’t.

I remember the night you told me that you were in love with me.

I remember the homecomings and proms. I remember kisses in the school hallway. I remember holding hands and passing notes. I remember cheering you on at baseball games. I remember spring break at Disney world and Universal Studios. I remember our senior trip to New York City. I remember our high school graduation.

I remember the family vacation to Oak Island. I remember our first time at Fenway park, and our first time at a Heinz Field. I remember all the date nights. I remember visiting my grandparents in Florida.

I remember thinking I could never love you anymore than I do right now… but everyday I love you more. 

I truly believe that if God put someone together piece by piece with the intent for them to love me… it was you.

My intent is to love you, respect you, and be your best friend for the rest of our lives. Happy half a decade- here’s to many more.

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• What you’re seeing pictured in this blog is mine and Troy’s 5 year anniversary week… we don’t normally celebrate the whole week- but 5 years is a big deal! On Monday evening we went to Monday night RAW. On Wednesday we went to a baseball game. Today we’re celebrating with dinner at a restaurant that we haven’t tried yet, and afterwards we’re going to see the new Fate of the Furious movie! This year we chose to put our money towards experiences we could share together instead of gifts, and we will continue that tradition. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. •


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