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Suzy VanDyke  🌻 encouraging women to live with passion & purpose hand in hand with Jesus. 🌱 photographer, blogger, shop owner.

Sooooooo thankful to be home all together as a family. What an incredible blessing 🙌🏻 thank you all so much for your prayers & love!!! I was blown away with all the encouraging notes. So grateful for this tribe 💕

How cute is this sweetie pie?? Even being sick he just spreads happiness everywhere he goes smiling at all the doctors. I got to walk around with him a little as long he wore this mask 😂 Update: day 5 in the hospital. He is off the oxygen for now but it just dropped low again so please continue to pray he can get what he needs on his own. We'll be switching over from Pediatric ICU to regular Pediatric soon God willing if his oxygen levels stay good! Thank you for your constant prayers and support, so grateful for you all. ❤Thankful to God for His provision each day 🙌🏻

Another night in the Pediatric ICU. It's been a rough 4 days and my mama heart has gone through so many emotions.

But two things I know. God loves me, and God is with me.

With me on the mountaintops, with me in the valleys. The things I *know* about Gods character have taken such a deeper root as I've experienced this time in the valley. I've been reading lots of different places in Scripture lately but keep coming back to Psalms.

Friends, if your heart is aching, if you feel alone, know that God wants you to come to Him. You are not alone. Psalm 46 is so encouraging, here are a few excerpts that have soothed my soul tonight. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭46:1-3, 7, 10-11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

This little sweetie is such a trooper! #cedarransomvandyke first in the nicu, now in the picu! (Pediatric intensive care unit) he has RSV and mucus in his lungs so antibiotics to be on the safe side in case of pneumonia infection. The biggest thing is he is having trouble breathing, so he has supplemental oxygen. Thank you for your prayers. I'm updating more on Instagram story. Things like this make me incredibly grateful for modern medicine and that I live in the U.S. With great healthcare compared to the rest of the world! (Comparing this to being in Honduras humbled me) our doctors have been amazing. Cedar is looking alot happier today and loves to smile at the nurses and his mama 😍 continued prayers for him to heal and also for me as I feel the sickness coming on. It's such a weird experience having a tiny one in the hospital, it's hard but I'm doing good. Thankful to the Lord for His peace He supernaturally provides in these crazy times. Ok that's it for now, hopefully this makes sense as I didn't sleep much last night 😂👍🏼😘❤🙌🏻

You know those people who just "get" you? A few sentences in and you know you found a kindred spirit? So many "you too?'s" with raised eyebrows that you both start laughing. There's nothing quite like those friendships. You don't have to explain yourself. You can just rest & be poured into. Earlier this week I prayed for some specific encouragement and God kindly answered that prayer with giving me some good quality time with a dear friend. (Quality time as in, my 2yr old got sick & stayed with daddy, so though I'm sad he's sick, it was refreshing having adult conversations!)We talked home birth, babies, nursing, food, the crazy ups & downs of the past year, Gods work in our lives, and shook our heads at the journeys he has taken both of our families through. So much change! Sometimes just talking through a season makes you come to grips with the reality of it all. You see it a little clearer and just maybe catch a glimpse of what God is doing in the big picture. Raw friendship is what it's all about 🙌🏻 @_alexandrajay_ 💕Tag your "kindred spirit" friends below to tell them you're thankful for them!! ❤ "As Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭27:17‬"

Yesterday we got to go to Disneyland with the two boys for the first time as a family. It was so funny, I expected Wilder to be really excited and point at all the cool things, but really he was just completely overwhelmed and dazed looking. #overstimulation 😂 He had a lot of fun playing with the ball outside of space Mountain, and we ended the night with the Tiki room which he really enjoyed also! Might not take him back again until he's at least five though 😉 grateful for the time we had with friends! 💕

I'm doing good. I haven't been on social media as much since having my baby Cedar. I just haven't felt like I had much to add to the conversation. Also I was talking with a friend last night and all this stuff came out that I am dealing with that I have kept pushing to the back of my brain. Sick family members. New work environments. Big decisions. Death of my oldest childhood friend. Complicated relationships. New baby... lots of change... but I AM doing good. I have peace in my heart even though at times it hurts. Joy in the midst of sorrow knowing Jesus is with me and has my back. Honestly I have never had this much peace before while going through hard stuff. I know God is behind it. Graciously lavishing me with the joy and peace in this season so I still find myself smiling each day. So tonight that's all I have to say... For those of you going through hard things, take heart. God is there and He created you and He wants you to come to Him with all your needs. "“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭P.S. If you need prayer pls comment below or pm me and I will pray for you. 💕🙌🏻

"I slumped to the floor with my back against the wall in despair. It was over. All the work. All the anticipation. It was the end of the night, the lights were out. My friends had left, and the quietness amplified the sorrow in my heart. I felt so alone, with nothing to look forward to..." There's a new post on the blog {link in profile} with a note to my 16 year old self. With Christmas being over, I was reminded of the lows we can often get after a holiday or fun event. When I was younger I used to get super depressed afterwards! It was fun thinking through how far I've come from then, as well as how we can choose to be excited for a new season, instead of just mourning for the old. Do you ever get sad after a holiday/ fun event, or are you always just excited for the next thing?

2016 was such a unique year for our family. Living 3 months in Central America, starting a new company, Wild and Free Supply, having a new baby ... I'm excited to sit down, journal, and process the different things I learned. I love how so many of my friends have picked a word for their year, so Lukas and I decided to do the same! I'm still figuring out my word, but if you have a word for this year which did you pick??!

What feelings does New Years bring for you? Excitement for the future or regret from the past? Who wants to join me in focusing on the positive! What is one way you GREW this year?! I got a chance to sit down with lukas and we talked it over and journaled, it was so lovely. So I realized I grew in a lot of ways which was super encouraging. One thing I grew in was endurance- having two boys under 2 years old really challenged me in areas of patience for sure!! Having a screaming baby you're trying to calm while simultaneously having a million questions asked by your toddler hanging on your leg can really make you depend on God for help! I mean; who me?!! No, I have perfect kids!!! 😩😂 so - how did you grow this year?!!

Merry Christmas everyone!! 💕 I'm so thankful God sent His Son Jesus to earth to bring PEACE to all who trust in Him for the forgiveness of sins. I hope you had a beautiful day with family and friends!

On facebook I asked a question that my sister asked me yesterday: "what is your favorite thing in the world?" It's hard to answer right off the bat, but one of my responses was snuggling my little boys in their footie pajamas. Soooo cute!! It just kills me how adorable they are 💕 So now your turn- what is your favorite thing in the world?