Sunday, March 31, 2013

He is risen! {Easter reflections}

Remember when I posted about the Christmas story here? Well Jesus Storybook Bible is at it again with a beautiful rendition of the Easter story. Everyone should watch this account of the wonderful day when Christ rose from the dead. I all too often overlook the magnitude of this day and take for granted the extreme sacrifice and love shown through the cross-- a love and sacrifice made for each and every one of us so that we may be made new! Easter is the heart of the Gospel, which is the very basis of our beliefs as Christ followers. Who would we be and where would we be without the blood of Christ that has paid for our freedom, our salvation? We are sinners, but we are so loved.

I don't think I've truly come to understand the beauty of the Gospel until this year, and my heart is so full this Easter afternoon as I reflect upon the many blessings and hardships I have faced and that come before me. Yes, I said hardships. I am thankful for struggle, because I know God is using them to draw me closer to Him. I must remind myself of His love each and every day. If my God is for me, who can stand against me?! Truly, God was with us and for us when he sent his son (think of the magnitude of the sacrifice!!!) to die for His people. He is still with us and for us to this day, as I sit here drinking coffee from my favorite mug, typing on my Macbook as my pup sits next to me and you sit here reading your computer screen. He knew I would be here today, and I am eternally thankful for a gift I do not deserve but have been so graciously given.

Truly, let us celebrate the day when God has made "everything sad come untrue"!

Happy Easter, my sweet friends. I pray that you, too understand how much you are loved by God amidst your struggle, your sin, your doubt, whatever it is. Today is a truly joyful day! Continue to seek and know your Lord. It will rock your world. It might be the coolest thing you'll ever do. :)


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Charlotte's wedding recap!

Many of you know my dear friend Charlotte-- the new Mrs. Law at Laws in the Lowcountry! I was fortunate enough to be able to attend her fabulous wedding this past weekend, and I apologize for the delay in recapping my wonderful weekend! I don't want to spoil a lot of the great details because I want you to get those straight from Charlotte herself, however, I wanted to share some pictures and memories!

I decided to leave Andrew at home and instead go with my Big, Allie, as wedding dates. We went halfsies on a hotel room and had a wonderful time catching up. I hadn't seen her since her graduation last May and with busy schedules, our correspondence had been few and far between.

The wedding was at the First Presbyterian Church in Orangeburg, and it was a packed house. Allie and I got there 30 minutes before the ceremony started and squeezed in one of the last pews in the back, after us they had to move people onto the balcony. This was the first (and it will be the last!) wedding I've been to since being engaged, so I was pretty excited just to observe and see how the wedding master Charlotte did everything. It's amazing how much you'll notice music, flowers, and other things about the ceremony and reception when you're in the planning process yourself!

I don't even know where to begin- it was SO Charlotte! As I said, I don't want to ruin all the details, but I'll tell you some of my favorite things about the day. If you know Charlotte, you know she is all about some country living, a.k.a cotton! There were little details with cotton all around and it made me smile to imagine all the thought Char put into all these special touches. The bridesmaids dresses were a beautiful light blue, very similar to the ones my girls will wear. They looked fabulous with updos, pearls, and classy nude pumps and held gorgeous bouquets.

Then, Charlotte's dress! SO timeless and beautiful. She looked absolutely stunning (as expected!) and her hair and make-up were flawless, of course! Check out this stunning bridal she posted on the big day.

We moved on to the reception that was at a renovated cinema not far from the church. The marquee out front was all lit up as we entered to a huge, gorgeous room with a big dance floor, two bars, and tables of yummy food with gorgeous centerpieces.

The wedding party finally arrived and Charlotte and Tyler took the dance floor to show off their moves, then came the dance with each of their parents. I about lost it when Tyler danced to "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts with his mom... that's one of my favorites!

It was great to see so many Wofford people at the reception. Wofford grads took a picture with Charlotte and a Wofford flag, and Tyler took a picture with the Clemson people and a Clemson flag. I love that idea, and I may have to steal it, since Andrew's a Clemson boy, too!

The band, Ascension, was energetic and their music selection was great! They played oldies, Motown, and beach music, but as the night wore on they started playing more modern hits. Eventually Charlotte got on stage with the band and was cracking me up with her moves! She rocked out to songs with her mom, Tyler, and her bridesmaids. How cute are they!?

We wished Charlotte and Tyler off with streamers and they drove away in a gorgeous old automobile with the glow of the cinema marquee lighting up the night. It was a beautiful weekend celebrating Charlotte, Tyler, and the love they share! I am so excited to hear from her when she returns from Jamaica and to get back in touch with my #1 wedding planning advice giver!

I pray that they are blessed with many happy years to come and that the Lord uses their marriage in wonderful ways. Cheers to Mr. and Mrs. Law!


Monday, March 25, 2013

guest blogging @ Laws in the Lowcountry!

Happy Monday, friends!

Hop on over to Charlotte's blog at Laws in the Lowcountry- I did a little post on some wedding wear while she is off honeymooning! On that note, look out for a wedding recap from her big day this week!

so jealous of this lovely lady soaking up the sun in Jamaica right now!!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

99 days and finding our wolfpack.

Ya'll. We're in the final countdown (okay, "final" might be pushing it, but we're getting close)... double digits until the wedding day!!!

I am in complete disbelief at how fast time as flown-- it's exciting but a little scary at the same time. At this exact time, 99 days from today, I will have a new last name, have eaten some delicious cake, and be dancing the night away with my family, closest friends, and husband. 


I already have a hard enough time remembering Andrew is not my "boyfriend," but my fiancee. Does that make him my "ex-boyfriend"?! Hehe. Jokes. But, on to the big news that I wanted to announce on my blog... A few more days than 99 from now, when we are back from our honeymoon, we will be ready to join the Wolfpack. 

No, not this wolfpack. Thank goodness Andy's bachelor bash will look nothing like this. 

We (and by "we" I really mean Andrew...) will be joining THIS Wolfpack!

Yup! Andrew has officially decided to attend North Carolina State University to earn his Master of Architecture degree, which means we'll make our first home in the wonderful city of Raleigh!

I could not be more excited- it's a great program, there are lots of opportunities for me to look for a job, and we both have family friends in the area who will be wonderful support and valuable assets as we get settled. 

Now I know I have a few Raleigh blog friends out there and I am SO excited for the opportunity to be close to y'all too! Seriously, if you are a Raleigh gal (or have ever been one!) PLEASE hit me up on the email (! I would love to chat. This is all new to us and I would be so thankful for any advice on good areas to live, great restaurants to visit, or anything else as we begin this wonderful journey! 

Just wanted to share our exciting happenings with y'all! 
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

My first bridal shower!

"My rule is, if it's not moving, monogram it."

We've all heard that noteable quote from dear Mrs. Reese Witherspoon, haven't we?! 
I just love it. 

I love it so much in fact, that my sweet, sweet friends threw me a "Monograms and Mimosas" bridal shower this weekend, and it was just lovely!

My five best friends from Wofford and my Little who now goes to UVA (all bridesmaids!) worked so hard to put together a wonderful first pre-wedding party for me! They rented a room at an awesome local restaurant called Cribb's Kitchen and created a great set up for our group with gorgeous flowers, a set menu with choices of french toast casserole, chicken and waffles, and much more (yum!) and even a monogrammed cake. We filled out funny mad libs that were supposedly going to be my vows to Andrew... so hilarious! I was overwhelmed with all the love from my sweet friends as I opened sweet notes and fun monogrammed goodies!

From my hostesses- I'm SO excited to use this at the reception and in our new home!!

"Okay guys, does this mean I have to start cooking now?!"

That cake tasted just as good as it looked... so did the M&Ms!
My wonderful friends and fabulous hostesses!
Maids of Honor Natalie and Parkes!

All the lovely ladies who made my shower so special!

It's moments like these that make me so thankful for this time in my life and remind me to truly appreciate the many blessings that Andrew and I share. Through all the stress in planning and coordinating, it's so wonderful to remember how many special people God has put in our lives to support us in this exciting time! So much love to all of you!


Friday, March 15, 2013

hello Bloglovin'!

R.I.P Google Reader.

So, in case you haven't heard.... Google Reader is no more come July. I read this news in disbelief... really Google? Why get rid of a good thing when you have it? Quit trying to make Google+ happen and leave us bloggy people alone!

Anyway, I am making the transition to Bloglovin' for the first time and I wish I discovered it earlier! I am all set up and would love for you to hop on over and follow me! Click below:


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

a colorfully formal weekend.

This weekend was a crazy one. Crazy, but fun-filled and oh so memorable.

Friday night was my last ZTA formal! It was the best by far for some reason, but I really can't figure out why it was so darn great. It could have been one or more of these factors:

Andrew wasn't abroad, like he was for formal last year
3 of my best friends were there with me. 
The band was bangin'.
Being a senior just makes things pretty great in general. 
OR maybe it was because I wasn't in charge of a bus or misbehaving people or anything of that sort and could actually HAVE FUN (gasp!) without worrying about others. 
Yeah, that was probably it. 

Anyway, we had a great time and my friends kept saying how excited it was making them for the wedding, and I couldn't agree more! A great band was a high priority on our wedding list and I really think they'll come through! Here's a few pictures from the night:

practicing for the engagement shoot in a few weeks!

love these girls!

post-formal bus selfies are a must!
Here's the kicker about this weekend... the day after formal Andrew and I got up to go do The Color Run in Columbia (a 1.5 hour drive)! I signed up for the run with my two best friends Parkes and Natalie before I knew when formal would be, and at first I was worried about getting up early early early to go run a 5K but the experience was so totally worth it! 

For any of you that have never done The Color Run, I highly recommend it! It is truly the "Happiest 5K" and I almost forgot I was in a race. They have volunteers that throw colored corn starch at you every 'K' and not only was it fun, it was sort of distracting which is what a horrible runner like me needs! I won't say I ran the whole thing, but I got pretty darn close. Andrew and I stopped to walk for less than 5 min very close to the finish line and then finished strong. I wish I had just sucked it up and run the whole time, but there's my goal for the next 5K! 

If you follow me on Instagram, I apologize, because you have most likely already seen these pictures! If not... go follow me! (username: ryannkroske)

Team "Catch Us if You Can"!
He's such a good sport- we go from dancing in long dresses and tuxes to running in sweatbands in a matter of hours!
My sporty Maids of Honor and best fraaaaands!
The color throw at the end was a sight to see!
Sadly I don't have any pictures from the night, but on Sunday night I celebrated the birthday of my sweet mama with a dinner at Mellow Mushroom. She has been so wonderful to me through all this wedding madness and she is 100% my biggest fan. I all too often take her for granted, but I am so thankful for her love and support at all times. We never really do much for birthdays, but I had the idea to get her tickets to go see Train in Charlotte in July! She was so surprised and so excited. I'm really not sure if I will be able to go because Andrew and I are still working out a living situation, but I'm crossing my fingers things will work out so she doesn't have to find a substitute concert date!

my biggest fan after Homecoming court festivities!
On an unrelated note.... we just found out Andrew got into the N.C State grad school architecture program!!!!!!!! (Was that overdoing it? nope. !!!!!) We're so excited because the school and city are high up on our list of places we want to be. We're hoping scholarship will come through, so prayers for that and overall discernment in this whole process post-wedding would be much appreciated!

 Thanks for letting me do a weekend recap and photo dump!
Hope you all have a wonderful week!