It's our fourth annual #GratefulToGodChallenge! Being grateful for the people in our lives and the stuff that we have is great BUT if we aren't giving thanks to the One who gave us those things - we don't really understand Thanksgiving.
When we choose to find contentment from the Giver of life - even when we go through difficult times - we can be overflowing with thankfulness.
May we be strengthened in our faith!
During the month of November, let's fill social media not just with general thanksgivings towards objects or people but with praise specifically to God!
To the right of that button is the "Share" button. Want to see what your friends and family are grateful for too? Want to have a partner in the challenge? Add them as members to the challenge as well and don't forget to tell them how grateful you are for them too. :)
Hi there! My name is Andrea, and I am the face behind the camera at Andrea Ryerson Photography. I have been married to my husband Bill for 8 years now and together we have three beautiful children, Lilyana, Alexie, and Liam.
I am proud to say that I am a walking contradiction. I love soft pastel shades and bright bold colors. I love bright warm sunshiny days to play outside and dark grey drizzly skies to curl up in bed with a good book. I love clean modern lines and the haphazard rustic style. I’m not a big fan of going to the movies, but I will happily watch them at home while reading a book (seriously? Who does that?) or folding laundry. I love talking to others, although I can be fairly shy and sometimes have to force myself to start conversations with other people. I will never turn away a big heaping plate of nachos, but I also crave a nice big salad with all the fixings. I am obsessed with making lists about everything, and will sometimes even add things to my list I have already done, just so I can check it off! So yeah, pretty much anything goes with me; and it is nearly impossible for me to make a decision on anything!
While I have always had a genuine love for photographs and fine art photography, it wasn’t until my oldest was born that I began to take photography seriously. I spent my days rocking a baby and studying how I could make my photos better. After years of practice, I decided it was time to start my business and Andrea Ryerson Photography began. It wasn’t long before I realized that shooting newborns, babies, families, and weddings were my passion. (See above paragraph on how I can’t make a decision.) I opened my studio in Wales, WI and haven’t looked back since! Many newborn babies and their families have walked through the doors of my studio and all of them have left with beautiful images of their tiny little blessings!
Let’s face it. As moms, we are all going to have rough days. We spend our entire days focusing on the needs of other people. We make sure our husbands are ready to head off to work, fight the ever-present battle of making sure the kids have everything they need for their school day, and then we head off to work making sure our projects are running smoothly and that we are meeting our deadlines. After work is the dinner-homework-bath-bed race, and just as you are about to collapse from exhaustion, you remember you have to make a batch of brownies for the bake sale tomorrow.
Being a mom is non-stop.
And that is exactly why I encourage all moms to have family photos taken at least once a year! At first glance, that seems silly! Finding a photographer, coordinating outfits, trying to make sure no one stains their clothes, and bribing kids to participate in such a torturous activity. All of that only adds work and stress to your already overflowing plate. Why would you want to do that?
I promise you, the energy spent is worth it!
After a rough day of carpool duty, forgotten lunches, overdue bills and a dental appointment you collapse on your sofa in a fit of exhaustion-just as the baby monitor starts wailing in your ear. As you begrudgingly get up to sing yet another lullaby, you catch a glimpse of a beautiful wall gallery decorating your wall.
You see your tiny newborn baby, impossibly small, wrapped in a beautiful textured knit with such a sweet angelic face. You see your baby with a big gummy toothless grin that would melt any mama’s heart. You see your husband wrestling with your boys, bare feet kicking up dirt and smiles so big you can hear the laughter bursting at the seams of the canvas. And finally, you see the simple, serene portrait of you, your husband, and your children. Your arms wrapped around them so protectively, the smiles on the face of your kids, and the look of adoration on the face of your husband.
When you look at that breath taking image, you don’t see the extra 5 pounds you wanted to lose or the crows feet that started showing up last year. You don’t see the stain your daughter got on her shirt when she snuck in the bathroom to try on your makeup. You also don’t see the handful of lattes you had to give up in order to pay for those photos, or the convincing that it took to get your husband to agree to doing them.
What you do see is the dimple on your husbands cheek that he only gets when he is laughing so hard he can barely catch his breath.
What you do see is the twinkle in your daughters eyes when you let her pose you for one of the photos and you giggle together in a fit of laughter when she twirls so quickly she falls down.
What you do see is the love and friendship between siblings, a bond that you dreamed of and prayed for.
And most of all, what you do see, is a loving family, who would do anything for one another, and who are all pretty darn amazing people.
And that; dear mommas, is what keeps us going. Day in and day out. The fierce dedication we have to our family. And seeing that visual on our wall every day is an awesome reminder. It’s what helps you tuck your son in for the 18th time and to read your daughter yet another bedtime story, and to do it all with patience and grace. You, girl, are one awesome momma!
If you would like to see more of my work, I’d love if you check out my website, follow me on Facebook, and sign up for my newsletter by clicking HERE.
Plus! You don't want to miss this!
I am giving away a free session fee ($100 value) to someone!
*** Enter the Holy Hen House + Andrea Ryerson Photography Facebook giveaway! ***
Click here to enter on Facebook: 1. Share a favorite picture of yourself, child, or family!
2. Tag a friend that you think would also like to enter the giveaway!
3. Do 1 + 2 and earn extra entries per comment, picture, and friend tagged!
*Giveaway runs from June 28 to July 5 and ends 11pm Central Time. Winner will be announced July 6th on Facebook!
swag bags filled with free items and special deals
Join us in blessing the Haven Project – a charity for families in need. The Haven Project is located north of Milwaukee in Port Washington, WI and serves Ozaukee County. Christmas in April? Choose a gift from the Haven Project's wish list and when you arrive at the event you can place it under a Christmas tree where we will have their collection.
Here are some items from the Haven Project wish list.
toys & leisure items
“The Haven Project was born out of the sheer desire to share the good news of Christ’s salvation. We have all been blessed with the Gift beyond value – the Gift of Jesus. Yet while we all share that spiritual treasure, the disparity in material possessions will remain this side of Heaven. We can do something about that. We exist to help those who have far less than most, who are in a difficult season of their lives…..who could use not only the gift of hearing about Christ, but the gift of meeting some of their basic material needs and wants.”
Registration ends on April 1st or when max capacity is met!
We sold out last year before the registration deadline ended. Grab your ticket before they are all gone!
Help us get the chatter out by:
Word of Mouth - Call your friends and invite them to come with you. Share the event with your local moms group or Bible study and see if you have enough for the brood of hens discount. Bring your sisters or even your own mom!
Social Media - You can directly invite your friends to "Out of the Nest!" by using our Facebook event page. We will be revealing more of our plans and behind the scenes work on social media even through the night of the event using Facebook, Youtube, & Instagram
We are extremely grateful for our sponsors. You can learn more about their services and shop products at our event. Each Gold Egg sponsor will have their own booth and giveaway for our attendees!
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes! Please print off your confirmation and bring it along with you as this is your entrance ticket.
When is the registration deadline?
April 1st or when max capacity is met. We sold out last year before the registration deadline ended. Grab your ticket before they are all gone!
What are the seating arrangements? Each attendee will have a seat. Seating is not assigned but there will be plenty of seating for you and your friends. If you are coming in a large group (10+) we are happy to reserve a table for you.
Is this event casual or formal? What should I wear?
The theme this year is BLOOM! Come dressed semi-formally and don't forget your floral prints ladies! Wear flowers on your scarf, blouse, or skirt... you get the idea. :)
What is the refund policy?
There are no refunds or cancellations.
From practical advice to peering into paradise and back, Katie Martin weaves her own experiences into digestible devotions. Sprinkled with many familiar scriptures and surprising applications, this read is well worth the effort. Katie seamlessly moves the reader through topics of comfort and joy, such as taking walks with toddlers to subjects of fear and pain as she artfully discusses topics of suffering and death.
Christ is the center of each reflection. Jesus and his saving work permeate the pages of this little gem. Women will especially appreciate the candid revelations of a less-than-perfect mother, friend, spouse and daughter. With a laser-like sense of timing, Katie draws the reader from worldly to spiritual thought in an easy, conversational style.
This devotional fills its intention of giving cherishedgifts to the reader. It has the possibility of being your bedside companion, accompanying your morning coffee, or laying the foundation of your next women’s Bible study.
Bottom line: Highly recommended to Christian mothers and women of all ages!
To win a copy of Cherished Gifts, join Holy Hen House's My Greatest Love event on Facebook! This devotional is one of four possible giveaway prize options!
*This devotional was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest review*
There is one that fulfills you... there is one that paid for the ultimate gift for you... there is one that loves you with a love that truly lasts forever!
God's love for YOU is more than anything you can imagine. God's LOVE for YOU is perfect.
God IS love. 1 John 4:8b
Time and time again people say that love can cause miracles to happen. And no one can argue with God when he says in the famous love chapter,
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
- 1 Corinthians 13:13
During the month of February, we are going to share some unique ways that God loves YOU on our Facebook event page named My Greatest Love.
Join "My Greatest Love" Facebook Event!
1. Click the “Join/Follow” button at the top of the event page here.
2. The first 14 days of February we will post a thread on the "My Greatest Love" Facebook event page. The graphic will include the date, a word that describes God's love for you, and a Bible passage for encouragement.
2. Comment on the thread with an example of HOW God shows his love to you based on the word for that day, share another Bible passage, a song you like, or share an image.
3. We will randomly choose four winners from the comments of "My Greatest Love" Facebook event page! We chose prizes that will remind you of God's love and his promises!
Invite the ones you love!
Want to remind your friends and family how much they are loved? Invite them to join the event as well and don’t forget to tell them how much you love them too. :)
We are so excited to get to know you better and find value in the variety of ways that God LOVES each and every one of us.
What quality of God's love are you grateful for the most?