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  Posted: May 16, 2012 12:42 AM
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@lukasvandyke isn't it funny I took this before you took yours for the blog? Exact same one!

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User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Nov 23, 2017 1:34 AM (UTC)
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I'm so excited to be with the VanDyke clan for thanksgiving this year! When I look at these two boys my heart just overflows with thanksgiving to God for his blessings. I can't believe I get them and that I get to be married to my amazing hubs @lukasvandyke (I love you hubs!!) P.S. this bag is the small messenger satchel, one of many which will be listed at huge discounts for Black Friday at our shop @wildandfreesupply! Click the link in my profile to sign up to get the deals!! Each bag is handcrafted in Honduras providing fair wage jobs to people pursuing ministry. #wildandfreesupply #cedarransomvandyke #wilderfreedomvandyke
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Nov 16, 2017 1:23 AM (UTC)
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Did you know our company @wildandfreesupply is releasing brand new women's totes?! I couldn't be more excited! And we are going to have crazy discounts for Black Friday!! Just click the link in my profile to sign up for the newsletter to get the deep discounts! I'm showing off my tote in my stories today too if you want to see the inside. And all of our bags are hand stitched by our friends in Honduras providing them with fair wage jobs while they pursue bible training. Double win - buy Christmas gifts and support ministry at the same time!
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Nov 14, 2017 6:22 PM (UTC)
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Confession: it’s been hard for me to share on social media the past year. My life has been turned upside down. And though some days are easier than others, the fact remains that I am experiencing sadness unimaginable. When someone you love dies, it’s like a nightmare you can’t wake up from. But the thing that always gets me through is that I have hope in two things. Hope that Dad is with Jesus in heaven, because he had simple faith in what Jesus did on the cross. And hope because Jesus is walking with me through this sad journey. His Word encourages my heart, and His presence brings comfort. So if you have experienced a recent loss, I want to encourage you to run to God. Day by day, moment by moment. He wants to be with you. He wants to comfort you. How amazing that we have this full access to our Holy God through Jesus and what he did on the cross. And all we have to do is turn to Him and believe to receive grace and comfort unfathomable. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 Tag any loved ones or friends in the comments who have experienced loss this season and let them know you're thinking of and praying for them.
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Nov 10, 2017 1:42 AM (UTC)
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I think as a new mom sometimes you feel almost crippled by how you don't know what to do. And if you're surrounded by seasoned moms, it's easy to think that they are judging you or thinking that what you're doing is wrong. But the thing is, we are all new mothers once. And even seasoned mothers will tell you that they are always learning and don't have it "all together". With kids constantly growing you're always figuring it out. So if you're a new mama, know that you're doing amazing. What's most important is the love and kindness that you give to your children. And finding out what works best for YOU. Tag any new mama friends who need this encouragement below!
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Nov 9, 2017 7:08 AM (UTC)
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Singing in the bath... there's nothing that beats this adorable entertainment! He's been such an darling helper while daddy is in Honduras, helping "fix things", clean, carry in groceries. Oh how I love this little man. #wilderfreedomvandyke
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Nov 7, 2017 5:57 AM (UTC)
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I'm hanging out with these two cuties solo this week while @lukasvandyke is in Honduras prepping @wildandfreesupply products for Black Friday and Christmas. This was my first time dressing them in matching shirts 😍 also Wilder' hair is getting so long and is super "floofsy" but I just don't wanna cut it I don't think!! I love the curls! ❤️ should I cut it?! P.S. tons of new products getting ready to hit our wild and free supply shop! Including a gorgeous women's tote! #wilderfreedomvandyke #cedarransomvandyke
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Oct 12, 2017 2:13 AM (UTC)
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Sunsets. Oh you guys. Today was hard. Writing a script for a video, in the midst of two boys under two and all the shenanigans, and loudness, and crying, and spilled yogurt that comes with it. There was a point today I got so overwhelmed and angry at all the craziness... to be honest I freaked out a bit... then I felt bad... and you guys, that's where grace comes in. Jesus doesn't love me because I'm a good person. He loves me in spite of all my failures, anger, sin, he tells me he is here with me and extends the grace to get through- sometimes moment by moment. I don't know what I would do without Jesus constantly picking me back up, encouraging me and telling me how much he loves me no matter what. Especially on days like today I throw myself on Him because I have nowhere else to go. (You mamas get it right? Those days!?) and I'm grateful for sunsets because they are beautiful and I am excited to start fresh tomorrow. And I know I'll probably mess up tomorrow too but that's ok because Jesus will still be with me, giving me a reason to smile and a reason to hope. I hope this encourages a tired mama out there. You're not alone- rest in His love for you!
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Oct 9, 2017 4:59 AM (UTC)
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Happy 8th wedding anniversary to my love @lukasvandyke. Hubs I can't believe it's been 8 years since that beautiful simple day on the beach. You're the one I laugh with, partner in crime and everything in between and I still pinch myself sometimes because I can't believe I get you for my husband!! You truly are the best gift God has given me on this planet. I adore you ❤️❤️❤️❤️
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Oct 5, 2017 4:30 AM (UTC)
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Happy first birthday to my beautiful second born boy, Cedar Ransom!! Ohhhh Cedar, I am so in love with you. Your bright toothy smile makes my day. Right now you love crawling around the house faster than a ninja, always want to eat, and your fiery personality cracks me up. When you're not happy, you're very angry and go between the two pretty quickly 😂 you love your brother and are a pretty tough little cookie. Oh, and by the way your nicknames include scrump, scrumpy lumpy, scrumps lumps, babykins, and squishy/ squishy pie 😍😍when I think of this day last year and rushing you to the Nicu, and the two weeks you spent in the hospital with breathing problems this year, all I can do is thank God that you are here healthy and well. I can't imagine life without you! What a joy getting to know you has been, you sure are our treasure we thank God for. Love you baby, happiest of birthdays. #cedarransomvandyke thanks @christinesaraphoto for the pic! ❤️
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Sep 9, 2017 5:04 PM (UTC)
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I see you, cleaning the dishes in the kitchen after the kids have gone to bed, with tears in your eyes, the last chore of the day on an endless list. I see you, volunteering for more at church, wondering how you’re going to add another thing to your already full plate. I see you, mopping up spilled cheerios, wiping boogers from tiny faces, and trying to keep it all together. 
If you feel unappreciated, unloved, or just plain burnt out, I see you. And there’s one thing I desperately want you to understand-

You don’t have to work for love. 
Because Gods love for you will never depend on your performance. Your worth is not measured by your work.
And your approval is not based on your accomplishments. 
God loves you because He chose to love you.  And it doesn’t depend on being a “good” wife, a “good” mother, and a “good” Christian. God’s love for you does not depend on you. You are loved. You have value. You have worth. For the believer, those are all truths to be treasured, believed, and hoped in. So stop striving, dear one, and savor the freedom God calls you to that’s already yours in Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-10)
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Aug 16, 2017 8:31 PM (UTC)
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Rock climbing has always been on my bucket list, and yesterday I got to check it off! Have you ever rock climbed? Did you like it? I loved it! I feel like I have to squeeze adventures like this in between being pregnant 😂 It's nice having a sister and brother-in-law who are teachers! Even #wilderfreedomvandyke joined in the fun :-) thanks @cassiakarin & tommy!!!!!! P.S. I have some videos on Instagram story too :-)
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Aug 7, 2017 4:14 AM (UTC)
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I can't believe eight years ago today this wonderful man asked me to marry him! ❤️ @lukasvandyke it's been an adventure for sure. I love you!!
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Aug 5, 2017 10:57 PM (UTC)
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I did a little before and after on Instagram stories of painting my front room from a flat teal corner/ old off white walls to a bright semi gloss white! Add a jade pothos and I never wanna leave 😉almost everything in this room was free or diy so feel free to dm me with any questions! ❤️🌴☀️
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Aug 1, 2017 10:58 PM (UTC)
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This has been such a whirlwind of a year I feel like I have hardly posted any photos of this adorable second baby of mine! Anyone else feel like your first baby has a million photos, and then the rest hardly have any? This adorable little guy is 9 months and I can hardly believe it! He sits up, but won't crawl, is always doing his little Cedar dance - wiggling his wrists and sometimes feet - just google baby groot dancing gif and you'll get the idea - and is always happy as long as he is not hungry, haha! We nicknamed you Scrump for a reason. Cedar, you bring so much joy to our lives with your contagious smile, giggle, and the way you reach out and grab your brother. Thanks for being the snuggly mama's boy I need right now. We love you!! #cedarransomvandyke
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Jul 31, 2017 9:21 PM (UTC)
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They say that when you're married your sorrows are halved, and your joys are doubled. I have to agree. I'm so thankful that God provided me with this kind, supportive, loyal man I get to call my other half. Especially in this sad season of seeing my dad suffer from ALS, and then passing. I find myself crying at random times when a memory is jogged, or when I imagine him as he is now (worship music kills me). Having a hand to hold is a lifeline. @lukasvandyke your support and care has been everything to me. I love you!! P.S. this photo is from my sisters recent wedding! I'm so happy that in Gods gracious timing, we got to celebrate last week! How healing for my family to come together for a joyous celebration on the tailgate of a sad one. Congrats @annekeegreen & @thomasbecketadams (you're my brother now bwahaha!)
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Jul 13, 2017 3:49 AM (UTC)
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Just landed in GA where tomorrow, my daddy's earthly body will be buried in the ground. Those words sound sad but actually hold so much hope! The last few days I have been soaking in 1 Corinthians 15 in the Bible all where it explains death - where it came from, what happens to our bodies, and ultimately how Jesus conquers death. (🎉🙌🏻) It's been SO encouraging. Daddy, though our hearts grieve at the burial of your physical body, and boy do I miss you, we are rejoicing that your spirit is already with our precious Savior. Completely made new!! I can't wait to see you in heaven and worship God face to face with you there. “There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another... It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.”
(‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:40, 43‬)
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Jul 10, 2017 3:57 PM (UTC)
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In sadness and joy we announce that our father T.A. Green has gone to be with his Heavenly Father where he is made whole in His Holy Presence. We are bereft without him, but comforted that his suffering from ALS is at an end.

2 Timothy 4:7 - I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

I love you Daddy, and am so thankful God gave me you as my dad.
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Jul 6, 2017 5:19 AM (UTC)
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Tonight I shared the sad news about my dad being sick with a good friend. She told me how sorry she was. She understands more than many, having lost her dad already. I looked her in the eye and said "I'm doing well though." She grasped my arm, paused a moment and replied "I know why you're doing well." We shared a look of understanding. She knew Jesus Himself was lifting me up.
Yes this is hard, and yes I'm crumpled on the floor in tears randomly, but the very presence of God Himself is with me, comforting me each moment. That simple sentence struck a deep cord with me as I realize even more that through this season of sorrow I am only lifted up and carried in steady peace and comfort through my precious Savior. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:3-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Friends, if you don't know the peace of God through Christ Jesus, and want to know more about the one who created you intimately, please reach out to me and I would love to share about how God made a way for you to know him intimately. There is only one way and that is through His Son Jesus. What joy he brings. Or maybe you do know Him but feel far from Him. Please feel free to reach out, I am here for you as a listening ear & will be praying for you. ❤️ {photo taken on our Alaska adventure a few years ago!}
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Jul 5, 2017 2:19 AM (UTC)
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Happy Independence Day from the VanDyke clan!! 🎉🎉 we are celebrating at the Pasadena fireworks show, anyone else here? Currently #cedarransomvandyke is making baby pterodactyl noises and #wilderfreedomvandyke is running around like crazy in spite of his broken arm. So grateful for this little family, & the freedom we enjoy. God bless the USA!
User Image suzyvandyke Posted: Jun 30, 2017 8:07 AM (UTC)
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Have you ever been to Yosemite?! It is one of my absolute favorite places in the world to go!! If you ever get a chance go camping in upper pines. The smell of the crisp mountain air, the sheer rock cliffs beyond the trees that stretch taller than you can imagine, the tall dancing pines circling you when you glance at the sky... there's so many beautiful things about this place. Right now my daddy is close to the end of his time here on earth and as I imagine him going to the realm beyond and seeing Jesus face to face it makes me wonder if views like this are just going to pale in comparison to the beauty of the new heaven. Yep I think so. "To live is Christ, to die is gain..." I'm so thankful Lukas and I got to run up there this week with our dear friends. @supandsurfmom 🌲❤️