Friday, January 31, 2014

Getting to know all about me...

This week's Confessional Friday topic over at A Blonde Ambition (one of my very faves!) was too fun to pass up.  I always love "meeting" new blog friends, and I know some of you guys are new around these parts, so I thought I'd do a little introduction post and join in on the fun.  

So... I'm Ryan.

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Hi there!

I'm the brunette behind the blog.  It's hard to believe I've been writing since 2008, back when I was a law student living in Houston, engaged to my high school sweetheart and planning a wedding.  I only ever intended for this space to be a way for me to keep in touch with my family (who all lived back in Dallas where I'm from) and never imagined I'd still be typing away here eight (!) years later.

In case you wondered, we did, in fact, make it down the aisle.

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Our marriage is a thing I treasure above almost all else, and I thank my lucky stars every single day that I managed to land this handsome, generous, selfless, kind, gentle, godly, genius, INCREDIBLE man.  (And did I mention that he's handsome?)

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I mean, right???

And I eventually graduated law school, so we moved back to Dallas in 2010, where I began a career I love as a patent litigation attorney ("Those are the scariest kind of lawyer." Name that movie!).

After we had been married for about four years, we decided that we were ready to take a leap of faith and try and have a baby.  Approximately a year later, I was holding the most beautiful baby girl in my arms.

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Our daughter, Grace, was born on April 17, 2013, and she is the light of our lives.  And, quite possibly, the cutest little girl on the planet.

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In case you don't believe me...

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She's a little over nine months, and we're having a blast being parents.  So far, at least... ;)

At the core of my being, I am a follower of Christ, a hopeless optimist, a yoga pants enthusiast, a recovering Diet Coke addict, a lover of all things delicious, a creature of comfort, a wannabe world traveler, and a searcher of silver linings.

This blog is the place where I come to share about our little lives.  I write about pretty much everything, but you'll read a lot about:

My sweet girl and gorgeous man... our travels... my experiences growing up in a small town... my love of all the delicious food (and, thus, my attempts at losing weight)... my adventures in decorating our home (I'm a self-proclaimed Pottery Barn addict)... my journey in Christ... some beauty-related things... Harry Potter... etc.

My goal is always to be exactly who I am here:  nothing more, and nothing less.

Thanks for stopping by, and if you blog, link up with Leslie and let me know where you are so that I can come say hello!  (If you don't blog, leave a comment anyway.  Maybe I can talk you into starting! :))


Brooke said...

Love this, Ryan! We "met" a while back but I enjoyed it the same :)

Sasha Savy said...

Loved reading this! Grace is so adorable and okay this sounds weird and creepy, but you do have a hunky husband! hahaha! I think mine is a hunk too :)

Kristin said...

Randomly came across you blog and wanted to say that your little girl is SO adorable! I have an 8 month old boy and am having so much fun with this age! :) Love your blog!

Joey said...

I already "know" you, but I love being reintroduced. Especially because your baby girl is the cutest I've ever seen. And your husband is, well, he's freaking handsome. But that's not anything you don't know :)

Lauren said...

Loved getting to read all of the things I already know and love about you!

katy said...

I just found your blog the other day, and I have to say you have a lovely family!

Jessica K said...

Always fun to reminisce! Way to go to continue to blog 8 years later! How awesome!

Elizabeth said...

We would get along so well =). I love Harry Potter, Pottery Barn and I'm pretty much in love with my little girl and handsome husband as well. I should probably do this on my blog at some point!

Hayley Chandler said...

I loved getting to know more about you! I just started reading your blog not long ago, and I really enjoy it. Thanks for sharing!!!

Nichole said...

"recovering Diet Coke addict", hehehe amen!

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