Friday, May 24, 2013

bachelorette bling!

I'm am so excited because on Sunday I'm heading to the coast for my bachelorette bash!!!!

Please keep in mind, my friends, that we are talking about the old lady here that would rather sit on the couch and eat a pint of Ben and Jerry's than drink a pint of beer. However, good times will be had in the most tasteful, classy, way possible. My sweet MOHs Parkes and Natalie have worked so hard on this weekend and I know it will be just wonderful! I bought a new dress yesterday and I can't wait to wear it on our night out!

Now, I don't get too crazy when it comes to fashion, because I don't like much attention my way, however, if you can't have a little fun on your bachelorette weekend, when can you? As if the sash and crown I am bound to be stuck wearing won't attract enough attention, haha! That being said, I'm loving the pretty bling from JoJo Loves You, an online retailer that handmakes jewelry from Swarovski crystals and sterling silver posts... quality stuff. Here are a few bling things I'd rock all weekend if I could:

flat turquoise mini party bling
clear mini party bling round
limited edition vintage teal square bling

They're having a special Memorial Day weekend sale starting TODAY (May 24) through the 27th, featuring their special bling earrings. Do yourself a favor and check 'em out!

 JoJo Loves You:

Happy weekend ladies! I'll have a bachelorette bash recap soon!


*note: all opinions are my own, however, I have been compensated by JoJo Loves You for this post*

college educated, she graduated!

I did it! As of this weekend, I am officially a college graduate and member of the Wofford alumni family! It was such a bittersweet weekend, full of emotion. Wofford has been a dear home to me the past four years, and I will miss it so very much. I value the wonderful friends I've made; the opportunities for travel, education, and leadership; the incredible faculty and staff that have guided me; and the timeless tradition. 

The weekend was full of fun activities, band parties, family cookouts, a special baccalaureate worship service, and more. We were worried that we were going to be rained out of our traditional outside graduation on Sunday morning, but I think all our prayers and crossed fingers worked, because all we had was a slight sprinkle! It was such a special day. What an honor to process to our seats, led by the Class of 1963 who stood in our shoes 50 years ago, to listen to the bell tower toll for each graduate, to receive a Bible signed by all the professors along with my diploma, and to walk through the campus gates with my fellow classmates after singing the alma mater for the first time as alumni. 

I wanted to hold out on this post until I got more pictures, because Andrew's dad brought his incredible camera and was our photographer for the day. However, days are flying by and we're on the next thing! Here are just a few pictures of our special weekend!
my best friends... finally alumni status! 
Terrier and Tiger!

going to miss these sweet roomies.

don't let the smiles fool... we were so sad to be moving out. 

God has blessed my time at Wofford so much and I know he will continue to be faithful. I find myself have #postgradprob moments and throwing mini pity-parties as a I look back on my time, but I am truly so thankful to have loved a place so much that it is sad to leave.

 Glory to God, and honor to Wofford. I will always be a proud Terrier!


Friday, May 17, 2013


Let me start off with an apology. I looked at my last post, dated May 4. Today is May 17. How's that "blog-everyday-in-May" thing going for ya, Ry?! Obviously not very well. I promise I don't have commitment issues... Andrew can vouch for me.

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind and I'm trying really hard to not get caught up in to many things and just enjoy the present. It's so easy for me to get caught up in everything revolving around the end of school, graduation, the wedding, the new house, and job searching. It's so easy to forget to revel in the blessings and joy I'm experiencing at the present moment. I'm trying hard to rest and be content, just like the verse in my only May challenge blogpost. So, I'm sorry friends. I promise after this weekend I will be better to y'all! The reason for this is that today marks the beginning of....


I literally can't believe it. I could have sworn yesterday I was graduating from high school and moving into my freshman dorm. Everyone always asks, "Are you excited to graduate?! Are you ready?!" However, it wasn't until last night when I was sitting on my porch with my roommate and best friend Jennings that I realized... I'm ready. 

Not that I haven't completely loved and fully embraced my time as a college student. I will be sad to leave Wofford, a place where I have been blessed with much knowledge, many opportunities and numerous individuals who have loved me, supported me and built me up to become the person I am today. This familiar verse has been on my heart as of late:

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the Heavens:
-Ecclesiastes 3:1

Oh yeah, and this song:

Wait. I might be tearing up now. 

Leaving high school, I was sad. Not that I thought it would be the peak of my life, but it's never easy leaving the familiar. But coming to college was one of the best things I've done. I wouldn't trade it for anything. And now, as I leave this place that I've made my home, I understand that it's time to move on.  This campus and community will always have a special place in my heart, but God has bigger and better things in store for me. And I think I'm ready and open to the challenge.

This next season of life I'm going to have to learn to become a Godly wife, to make a home in a new place, to take care of myself and my husband, to find contentment in a new job (whenever that comes and whatever it will be), and so much more.

I like to be pretty "real" here, so I just wanted to lay it all out there for y'all. This is what has been running through my head these past two weeks of blog silence. As promised, I will be back soon after graduation for a full recap. Now that I'm done with exams I'm looking forward to catching up on all your blogs that I've missed reading. You guys bring me so much joy-- and I'm thankful for that!

Happy Friday, my friends. 


Saturday, May 4, 2013

quotation inspiration.

So I finally gave in and decided to do the blog everyday in "May" challenge from Jenni at Story of My Life. I've been in a blog funk, if you will. I think I'm excused considering the massive amounts of "life" things I have going on... a.k.a graduation in two weeks... AHHH.... but still. I decided this challenge may be a good way to stir up some blog inspiration. I'm not going to promise I really can post everyday, but I'm going to try. So, here goes...

Day 4: Favorite Quote

There's no way I could not quote a favorite Bible verse of mine for today's post. Yes, I have favorite quotations from prominent historical figures and I love a good lyric, but this verse is so pivotal in my everyday functioning that I had to share. 

I have verses on Post-Its and index cards all over my desk and room at school, and it seems like they all have the same sort of message: Don't worry. You are not alone. God is there. He will provide. 

Hasn't he always?! He's blessed me with incredible family, church community, educational opportunities, and a wonderful fiancee. Even when there are rough seas, His will will preside and I will not be alone. As I transition to a completely new time in my life in a brand new city, this verse gives me comfort. What a great reminder to rest in the Lord's peace. 

Happy weekend, all!