Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Families On a Mission

Our children are watching...
a picture of my husband talking to a car outside Planned Parenthood while Austin our 13 year old watches and listens in.

Parents are to be teaching their children why they are not of this world, how and why to be spiritually combat that which is of this world, and how and why to put our feet to Biblical beliefs.  Teach and train them to defend their faith! We have found that Abortion mill ministry is by far the best training grounds for this. Supply them with the tools and weapons they will need to face a world that hates God... Equip them to be the warriors God intends them to be!


Family ministry is so important in raising our children up in the Lord.

Read more about Families On a Mission Here!
 
Find out how to get started in your city. Check out Cities4Life sister site Sidewalks4Life

Cities4Life

Hello friends, I know it's been awhile since I've updated my blog. I have been encouraged to start blogging again for many reasons:) My husband and kids asked me to start blogging again. They love to look back at all we do and the memories we make together. Without my blog, I think we would forget a lot of the details of our crazy life;) I have so much to share with you all and miss the friends I've made here! I never realized how much a little blog like this could connect so many lives around the country. Our family has been impacted from people we have met through this little ol' blog. We have made life long friends with many of you. So blessed by you!


At the beginning of this year I flew back to North Carolina to attend a Cities4Life event in Charlotte.

Talking homeschool, football and saving babies with Mrs. Pam Tebow at the Cities4Life event in Charlotte! 


(total God thing) I started following Lisa over at 2nd Generation Homeschooling blog about 4 years ago and was so encouraged by her love for children and her passion for the unborn.

Lisa and some of her children. Homeschool Mama to 10!

 Those that have followed this blog for awhile know I have been passionate about the the prolife ministry as well. I just really didn't know how or what to do. I would go to the yearly tea's put on by the care centers,bring diapers and things to them when needed and vote prolife. I just knew I had to do more!!!... I saw Lisa post on her blog that she brings her children with her to the sidewalk to minister to those going in to the abortion mills. She made it part of her homeschool. Training them up... I then started bringing mine.

Farrah at age 2. The first couple times we stood on the sidewalk.
 
Farrah now!
She has a heart for the babies... She tells the Mama's going in,"I'm sure your baby is really cute there in your belly!"
The Lord can use even little 5 year olds.

 I didn't  really know what I was doing. We would hold a few signs but never really say anything to those going in. I often wondered why we were the only family standing on the sidewalk. Where are the families that attend all these churches in the area? Why aren't we as Christians pleading on behalf of these babies? We can offer them the hope they need, the hope of Jesus Christ but we aren't out here to help? Why? Sure, we would notice people come during the 40days for Life campaigns but when the 40days were over we were back to being the only family out there. I think it's because some people just don't know how to start or what to do.... We need to take the gospel to the darkest corners of the earth.


 I started educating myself more and prayed that the Lord would use our family in some way to help end abortion in our city and across the nation. I talked to my pastor at our new church and he started standing out on the sidewalk with our family. Soon others from our church joined in.


I saw that Lisa's family was involved with a ministry called Cities4Life. A gospel centered ministry that  exists to engage, strengthen, and support local churches and Christians to proclaim, protect, and provide LIFE for unborn babies in each city across America where abortion exists.
C4L seeks to transform the culture of death brought about by abortion to a culture of LIFE in our cities as we work to mobilize the Body of Christ to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. This is accomplished by uniting and supporting grassroots, Gospel-centered ministries, families, and individuals dedicated to proclaiming the love of Jesus Christ and providing tangible support to abortion-minded mothers at local abortion clinics.
Soon other families started joining us from different churches and ministries....
We started working together!!!



Because abortion is primarily a Gospel issue, this holocaust will only come to an end when gentle Christians begin to actively live out their faith at local abortion clinics in their own cities. As local churches heed this call, C4L will help to mobilize their faith into actionable steps.
We do this by first proclaiming the Truth in love, praying for the end of abortion, providing for the needs of these families, and protecting life by encouraging the body of Christ’s involvement in this city.
 

The Cities4Life team had been praying about replicating this ministry model in other cities throughout the nation. Supporting them with strategic C4L tools, resources, web presence, counseling materials and much more.
The Tiny Hands book is a powerful tool on the sidewalk!

At the end of January my friend Rachele Flores (who I had been doing hands on training under out on the sidewalk of Planned Parenthood, which by the way is the best way to learn...just go!) flew out for the Cities4Life Charlotte event. With much prayer and support we were able to attend this event. Our trip was amazing! God orchestrated the whole thing. I always say that if Rachele wasn't there with me to witness all that happened, nobody would ever believe us.  Sitting at dinner with Mark and Lisa Metzger, David and Lori Benham (founder of C4L) along with my friend Rachele Flores we knew the Lord was calling us to bring  Cities4Life to So Cal!

It is now May1st and the Lord continues to amaze me on how he is working through his people. I am blown away! So much has happened since our trip. We are launching the Cities4Life SoCal Kickoff event on May 10th from 7-9pm in Chino.





Pastors, churches, families and ministries have been rallying together to make this happen. I am so excited to see what the Lord is doing with Cities4Life. Come see how the Lord can use YOU!
“Cities4Life is more than I expected it to be. They link ministries and organizations together in a way that not only strengthens them individually, but doubles the impact collectively! I am now a raving fan and supporter of Cities4Life and cannot wait to see how God uses this ministry to advance His kingdom!” - Alex Kendrick

Cities4Life is now starting to replicate in other cities across the nation! Several cities have signed on since the beginning of the year. Praise God!
No matter where you live, God is calling YOU to stand in the gap for the least of these! Because we are compelled by Christ to love our neighbors and because our tiniest neighbors are scheduled to be brutally murdered every day at our location abortion mills, In our cities....Go...go as a family and with friends, to plead for their lives and share the Hope that Jesus alone brings!

The children pray on the sidewalk of Planned Parenthood.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

 
Just popping in for an update! I can't believe summer is over and we are into another season! My babies are all another year older...
We celebrated Finley's 4th birthday!
She wanted a Snow White party....
Austin decorated the kitchen like an enchanted forest. We even had Snow White come visit!
 





 
 My football players with their cheerleaders...
 We attended a week long homeschool camp a couple weeks ago in northern california. We had an amazing time! I'll have to post more on that...
 
 
My oldest baby turned 13 and my youngest turned 1 in the same week...
Here's our teenager on his birthday!
 
 Austin and I spent the day snokerling, biking, hiking, whale watching and much more...just the two of us on Catalina Island! What a great day!
 

 
 My friend took some pictures of Austin at one of his flight lessons..here he is testing the fuel.
 getting ready for take off
 there he goes....
 watching my baby in the air...

 

 
 Austin's Creation Creature business is up and running. He now has a total of 12 reptiles. 11 of which are in the house! :0!!! He does preschool shows, birthday parties and school lessons teaching on creation.
 We have a new home church. A small little church that just started in Jan of 2012. Only about 30 families but we love it and have met some very neat people. Our pastor has become like a papa to our children. Here is Fallon being dedicated:)
 After Fallon's dedication we had family over for a her 1st bday party.
 
 Lemon Love!
 We are 2 weeks into the new school year! So far so good...we take one. day. at. a. time;)
 

 


Hope to be back on soon...thanks for following along:) much love, Bridget 
 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Just need to sit down, relax and unwind...

Thank the Lord it's Friday and my house is clean...for a minute! My bathtubs will soon have a heavy ring of brown around them again after the boys get home from football practice.  Football season is in full swing as we have both boys playing and the two older girls cheering. The boys just made it through hell week and the draft for the teams were yesterday.

I just found out that Austin's instructor at his flight school and a fellow student crashed this morning. They are both ok but thanking the Lord Austin didn't schedule his flight this morning after all. I'm still shaking as I type. Austin says I'm overreacting and went online to schedule his next flight for Monday. I'm not sure I like this but he said, "Mom, why are you so afraid if you really trust the Lord and know where your going anyway." Then he seriously quoted Stonewall Jackson to me...“My religious beliefs teach me to feel as safe in battle air as in bed. God has fixed the time of my death. I do not concern myself with that, but to be always ready whenever it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and all men would be equally brave.”  Stonewall Jackson. Ugh, he's right but still for this mama it's hard! Between football and flying, I'm a nervous wreck! I'm really trying to talk him into golf or tennis. I've been having him watch  swimming in the Olympics and trying to encourage him in that..nope not my child:( If he wasn't playing football or flying, I'm sure he would be street luging or bull riding. Actually, he's really into reptiles. He started his own business called, "Creation Creatures" he has many different reptiles and loves to do shows for preschools or birthday parties. In fact my sweet house cleaner Maria about freaked out today because his Iguana was loose and jumped at her. Poor thing, she hates cleaning the boys room as the tarantula and snake along with other creatures are in there. Poor Maria!

  It's been a busy 2 weeks since I last blogged. We celebrated Finley's 4th birthday. Austin turned the kitchen into an enchanted forest and Snow White even showed up. The cake that the birthday girl requested didn't turn out like I had planned but I tried and Finley was happy I  made her cake:) I'll post pictures of the party later.


I heard Farrah and Finley talking the other night about who their best friends are.
Finley said, "Fawah who's your best friend?" Farrah said, "Jesus, because he died for me." Then Finley said so sweet , "Oh, Grandma Arta is mine because she died for me." I couldn't help but just want to go in there and hug them both! Grandma Arta passed away a few months ago. It was hard on us but really hard on the kids as this was the first death in the family where they were old enough to remember.

My husband was able to get my sisters and I 2nd row tickets to see Wynonna. Growing up my sisters and I would sing the Judd's. Wynonna has been my favorite singer since I was a little girl. I love her deep masculine power in her voice, yet it's so feminine at the same time. Brought back great memories for us girls♥ and we're even more convinced she's Elvis' daughter;)My sisters and I don't always get along  but there is something that will always bring us together and that is some Wynonna and babies! My sister, Brianna announced she is having baby #3. I am so excited for her!
We had so much fun together! We really needed that!


I don't have much time tonight to post any pictures but I wanted to get on and just give a little update. Also to announce the winner for the Indoctrination movie. Congrats  JustSimplyLive please email me your info so I can have Jen over at Mommy Evangelism get that right out to you. It's a movie full of information that I would love everyone to at least check out. With all the back to school I must say I get a little mommy guilt. I have for the last 6 years then it goes away. I start thinking if I'm doing the right thing and if my kids are missing out. Farrah will be starting K this year and is my social one. She loves making friends. I was thinking the other day poor Farrah won't make her first day of Kinder like all her little friends but it didn't last long when she tells me she's glad I'm her teacher. This time is so short and I'm glad I can spend it with her. I know that I will do all I can to raise her the way the Lord would have me and to make sure she has the best childhood ever:) I will have no regrets and either will she. I decided to take the kids not  back to school shopping and throw a not back to school party. Why shouldn't we make it special too?!Celebrate the fact that we get to make our own schedules and sleep in if we choose:) I loved this post about back to school from one of my favorite blogs. Kelly over at Generation Cedar has ministered to me a lot over the last couple years. This post is convicting but  she writes with such love and an open heart. I hope you all have a great weekend!




Friday, July 27, 2012

I'm back...(with a GIVEAWAY)

Well hello! Is anyone still there?:)

 I'm back by popular demand;) Not really, but I did get some of your emails and I'm still working on responding to some. I have been wanting to jump back into blogging. So here I am!  What can I say, I miss you all! I'm excited for some new opportunities and to be able to offer some giveaways to you as well! I also miss documenting everything going on here in the Ryan household! I think last I left off was around Christmas time.
Wow!
 I'll try and catch up with a quick post and highlight on a couple things.
This was 4th of July on the lawn of our new church. We are so blessed by our new church, more on that later...
Austin set up the camera and ran in the back, ok everyone, "smile" Gotta love our middle children! and Fallon's face...
Throughout this year I've written many blog posts in my mind but I never seem to have the time to get it all out on a post. Mostly deep posts that someday I pray I will have time and nerve to share.

This is all the cousins at the Cousin Christmas party we threw in our home. No new cousins (yet)
We are still known as the Dozen Couzin's. Actually, I just made that up! ha! Cute though, huh! My sister's boys are blocked out as we are not allowed to show their cute faces on the Internet just yet. Believe me they are A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!!

Here's an updated picture of Fallon! Can you believe she's 11months?! She is such a doll. Her hair went from jet black when she was born to blonde now. You can see in the cousin picture how dark it is...Here she is on 4th of July with blonde and some black tips. We did cut her mullet off but not all the black tips yet. The kids think the black tips look cool:) She's is so fun and full of personality!


Here's another updated family picture from Farrah and Finley's dance recital. Look how tall Austin is!!! We are neck and neck! He will be 13 next month and I'm sure by then he will have passed me up!

We have added to the family...Wait, I better be careful the way I say that...
We announced that we were adding to the family and actually got hung up on.

-Wait? Did they just hang up on you??-

We've had all different responses over the last 6 announcements we've made, but that was a first.
We laughed it off but it actually hit me,  what if we really were announcing another baby?..
How sad! That's all I'll say about that for now;)

We were actually announcing chickens!
Early one morning I got up before the kids, which I try to do most days. I heard chirps coming from Austin's homemade ice chest incubator. I really didn't think he would actually be able to hatch chickens from an old ice chest! I wasn't loosing my mind, there WAS chirping and shaking going on inside that ice box! After weeks of turning the eggs 3 times a day and watching the temperature and humanity closely it was actually really happening! I couldn't wait to go wake up the kids to tell them, "it's time!"
Here's the kids watching the chickens hatch! We learned so much and now have 4 little chickens in our coop outside. We lost a few and some turned out to be roosters so we had to give them away but we have 4 little omelet makers running around. So fun!
Did I mention that we are not zoned for chickens... so shhhh!
Our family is really praying for more land but for now we are blooming where we are planted and bribing the neighbors with organic eggs;) ha!


Wouldn't we look perfect on a farm?:)
I see anotherrrrrrrr move in our future...last one. Lord willing:) We are finally ready to buy and plant our roots after renting for the last couple of years.
This was from Farrah's 5th birthday party! She wanted a cowgirl party with her own pony. So we got her two ponies but told her she couldn't keep them...maybe one day.
I don't think the neighbors would like that, chickens are pushing it!

Since Fallon was asleep on my back here's a picture of her sporting her cowgirl boots!

Here's Faith's 11th birthday party! Duct tape fashion show...

Her friends came over and they designed their own outfits out of duct tape. They turned out so cute. They wore them out to eat so they could show off their creativity and then came home for a fashion show.
Fallon wanted a duct tape dress too!:)
Landen turned 7 and all this strange child wanted to do was have a "morph day."  He wore his morph suit around and just had a blast being silly. Yes, they are all unique and different! :) He really is so fun---ny!


And today's giveaway is sponsored by Mommy Evangelism
Indoctrination the movie
All you have to do is go like Mommy Evangelism and Indoctrination  Movie on Facebook and come back here and leave a comment telling me you did.
If you don't have a facebook then leave a comment on why you choose to send your children/child to public school or why you have chosen homeschool.

If you haven't seen this movie, I highly recommend it!
Giveaway ends Thursday, Aug 2nd.

It's nice to be back!:)