Tent Play!

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Today, this is the scene in my house. So far everything has been done from her. Crafts, story time, meals, quiet time… They’ve already asked to sleep here. I love how a few minutes of work for a mama makes an entire day of creative play for my sweet babes. And really… Who wouldn’t want to hang in here all day!

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Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Coming out of Hibernation!

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By now I am used to the fact that this blog fits phases of my life and doesn’t fit others. Things are changing once again around here and I am hoping to be documenting more often. We’ve got seeds sprouting, kids growing faster than the weeds we will soon be pulling, discoveries in the big city of Nashville, and a Mama that will now be HOME once again!! It’s been a long time!! But I am sooo happy to be spending the next year at home with my babes!! My heart is full and happy! A new season in the Suo Family for sure!

Be back soon!!

Book Review: Priceless & Scared

 

I recently finished reading two of the greatest books I’ve ever read. Tom Davis is an author and CEO of Children’s Hope Chest. In the following books, he has an amazing way of pulling you into the suffering that is currently an ongoing issue in our world. Though these books are fiction novels, they are based on TRUE events. It was very eye opening to read these current events from the perspectives that he presented. Tom definiately has a gift for lighting a fire under people to feel the responsibility that Christ gave us in Isaiah… “heal the broken hearted… set the captives free…”

 Scared was the first novel that Tom wrote. This book speaks to the issues that our sisters and brothers are dealing with in Africa. For me, this issue has always been hard to connect to. I never understood the severity of the poverty, abuse, disease, and generational curses that these people are dealing with on a daily basis until reading this book. This is the story of a young girl and her journey through loss, poverty, neglect, AIDS, abuse, and the strength that she has through it all. This is the story of many children in Africa right now.      

 Priceless is the second novel in the series of novels Tom is currently writing. This takes you to Moscow and gives you a very real understanding of the Sex Trafficking trade. It tells you the story of many young women that are sold into this from young children and are raised knowing that there is no way of escape. Keeping in mind that this story is based off of true events, it paints a very vivid picture of the hell many women and children are walking through every day.

I know these are not “happy, feel good” novels. But these are the true depictions of what is currently going on in our world. I love that at the end of both of these books, Tom gives us a way to make a difference in our world.

These books really helped me realize that I never want to be that Christian that lives inside a christian bubble and never knows the suffering of others. I want to follow the example of Christ and be a light in our dark world.

If you read these, please leave me a comment! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Thankful…

So thankful for my life, my family, and all of the amazing support that surrounds us. Specifically thinking about my amazing, sweet husband who has continually sacrificed for me, adored every minute of his life with his family, soaked up every second of squishy kid time, and been the stability and peace that I so desperately needed from a life partner.

Today I am overwhelmed with the understanding that God is in a constant process of restoring what was broken, healing the hurt, giving back what was stolen, and making us whole again. I realized this morning that there are even things I never knew were broken or never asked for Him to restore… but He knows. 🙂

Happy 4th of July! Our plan includes laying by the pool, eating watermelon, and exploring Nashville until we find something amazing. 🙂 LOVE new cities!

Hope you’re weekend is great! xoxo

Seasons of Change

So…. about 3 months ago, in a mad-crazy “God-ordained” frenzy, the Suo family packed our bags and made the move to Nashville, Tennessee. When I say “God-ordained” I mean God literally made a way, in every way, for us to take this giant step to a whole other season of life. 

Seasons are amazing. God created a hot season and a cold season, a growing season and a stagnant season. It’s amazing how my life has mimicked, in so many ways, His beautiful creation. I used to think that we were supposed to live in the growing season all the time. The honest truth is that without that cold, stagnant season, there would be no room for growth… nothing to grow out of, no beauty to look forward to. 

Making the physical move was only the outward obedience to the emotional and spiritual obedience of our heart. We struggled for quite a while with the fear of stepping out, the fear of letting go of someone else’s purpose and pursuing our purpose. Living out the words God directly spoke to our hearts. Out of fear and uncertainty we made some bad calls and had to go back to the start… Kind of like, “Go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200.” We would have to start all over. Eventually we realized that we could not make the correct decisions or hear God’s voice and “tremble in our boots” at the same time. 

“Change of any sort requires courage.” Mary Anne Radmacher

This has been a season of growth, of growing into a new state of mind and of heart, of being strong and diving in. There is such an amazing difference in diving in head first versus tiptoeing around the waters hoping to not get wet. 

A sweet person helped me to see that I had spiritually built a wall around my family…. brick by brick and called it “mundane.” I had decided that we would live like everyone else… school, work, sleep… repeat. As God began to change my heart (you saw a glimpse here), I began to embrace the beauty of our very non-typical lifestyle. I grabbed hold of the dreams we’ve had as a couple and as a family to “venture out,” to live a life of adventure, to explore. 

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” Raymond Lindquist

I have stopped setting lifelong goals to buy a house, or “settle down,” or live mundane. I finally have stepped into the freedom of living the purpose that He has given to us. We are soooo happy with every aspect of where we are right now. But we realize that nothing is certain except that God has given us specific gifts to use as we adventure, explore, and travel. We know that He has the perfect plan. 

Baby Patterns for Sewing Mamas

Had a couple of friends asking about small projects they can do for their sweet babes…

So I’m sharing my stash of links:

Bitty Booties from Heather Bailey

Baby Bum Sweaters from Born to Love (these are sooo amazing for clothe diapering mamas!)

Baby Bloomers from Just Tutorials

Denim Bibs from Thimbly Things

Cutest Baby Toy Ever! from Craftstylish (Adelai LOVED his owl!)

KNITTERS: Baby Sophisticate Sweater from Stockinette (easy-peasy to make)

Stack & Nesting Blocks from Sew Mama Sew (these are quilted but you can make them without quilting them)

Fabric Mobile from Sew Mama Sew (we made a different one, but this one is cute and easy!)

Homemade Baby Gym from Seedpod (FABULOUS AND INEXPENSIVE!!!)

DIY Baby Gifts from One Pretty Thing

Added Bonus: Inspiring Nurseries! (A lot of these are montessori inspired)

Wowzers! Had no idea I have hoarded so many links on my toolbar over the past three years! I should post a whole other link for Toddlers and Young Kiddos!

Preggo Mamas and New Baby Mamas Enjoy!

PS: I will update this blog someday soon… cross my heart!