Monday, April 22, 2013

engagement pictures!

I shared them with the Facebook world this week, but I wanted to give my sweet blog friends a glimpse at some of our favorite pictures from our shoot with Olivia Griffin Photography. Seriously, she's the bomb. Not only is she amazing with a film camera (yes, these are all film... no Photoshop here!) but she loves the song "Thrift Shop" and has the coolest kitchen I've seen. Check out the rest of her work, and if you're in the area of upstate South Carolina, give her a call! 

I was thrilled with how they turned out! Thanks, Olivia! Sooooo.... what do y'all think?
Happy Monday, my friends! 


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

my heart skipped a beat when they said "Boston".

I know I said in this post just Sunday that this was going to be a week for me to step back from blogging, but it was made evident that I just had to share as a release for my heavy heart after the tragedy in Boston yesterday.

I got the push notification on my phone from my Associate Press app that said there were two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. I immediately stopped, my heart a million miles a minute and my eyes tearing up as I scrambled for my TV remote while simultaneously sending up prayers. Never so much had such an attack hit home for me. 

If you're friends with me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen my posts about one of my long-time best friends who was going to be running Boston in order to raise money with her dad, who would be taking on Boston for the 12th time. I was so thrilled for her and proud of her (I still am of course), because I knew she had worked so hard and was excited to share this day with her dad. 

Thus, why my heart stopped when I heard the news. I was able to get in touch with her sister and her mom who were watching, and was so thankful to hear they were nowhere near the finish line and C and her dad were still on the course. Prayers of thanksgiving for their safety overtook me, but as I watched the footage unfold my heart sank for those not as fortunate. 

safe and sound back in the hotel... praise the Lord!

Boston is one of my favorite cities, and I am unexplicably sad for this terrible tragedy to have unfolded, especially on a day that is a celebration for so many of extreme sacrifice and accomplishment. My heart goes out the the spectators and runners who suffered, their families, and the families that may still not know where loved ones are.  I am in awe of this effort by Google to help reunite those with their loved ones using the person finder:

I am also astounded by the bravery of the Boston Marathon volunteers, police, military, first responders,  EMS, doctors, and other medical staff that I know worked tirelessly on their feet as tragedy unfolded. I pray constantly for God's guiding hand over their work and I thank him for their knowledge and caring. 

So many are asking why. I don't know. But this sad event is evidence of a broken world that needs Jesus more than ever. I hope we can all run towards him in our hurt, confusion, and suffering for solace in His arms even when it seems easier to run away during this difficult time. 

Today, more than ever, I pray for peace that surpasses understanding 
and hope in a victorious light amidst overwhelming tragedy. 


Sunday, April 14, 2013

what I love about sunday... that it's a time to re-charge, re-boot, and mentally and spiritually prepare for all the upcoming week holds.

I apologize for my absence this week... it's been a whirlwind (a fun one, but a whirlwind nonetheless) as I continue to juggle wedding planning, searching for a job, and, oh yeah, schoolwork.

This is one of my most favorite verses these days. In this time of my life where I feel God is constantly testing my inner peace and trust in Him for His big plan, I am striving to find peace and rest in prayer.

This may be another week where I need to step back and just reflect upon these things, so keep with me! I've got so many things I want to share with y'all-- a (belated) spring break recap, our engagement pictures, and my first giveaway!

Happy Sunday my friends! 
Keep up with my on Instagram and Twitter this week (find me at @ryannkroske on both social media handles) and I will be back on the blog grind before I know it.


Monday, April 1, 2013

spring breakin'!

As you're reading this, I'm jet-setting to St. Martin for my last spring break with all my best girlfriends! I'm so ready to soak up some sun, swim in the water, and enjoy a fruity drink or two! I'll be back this weekend with lots of pictures and a recap! Have a great week, y'all!