Why We’re a World in Waiting

We are currently in the season of Advent. For me, this meant traditions of lighting the candle at church, reading the story of Jesus’ birth and celebrating His coming. But after visiting with a friend, she shared a perspective about Advent I’d never connected with, until now. Advent is a time of expectant waiting and…

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December E+DAY

Last year Ry and I started a tradition of purchasing toys for a program offered in our community called Project Joy. Trees are placed around town with tags listing items kiddos would like for Christmas. Many of you probably have a similar program. As we were wrapping up last year’s gifts, I was about to…

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Top 10 Christmas Tunes 2018

My favorite church service of the year is Christmas Eve. The church we attend has a tradition of ending the service where they dim the lights, we all light a candle and sing Silent Night, which is my favorite Christmas song. The combination of these lyrics and melody get me every time. Reflecting on Jesus’…

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Our Wait Has Changed

Living in the Wait now has new meaning. After three years of unexplained infertility, which led to our most challenging days, with gratitude in our hearts we are overjoyed to share God answered our prayers. Baby Vande Kieft is joining us May 2019. Our announcement is a sincere invitation to share in our happiness. You’ve…

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The Farmer’s Daughter Part 5 – Harvest is Here

At the end of May, I started a series called The Farmer’s Daughter, which walked through the steps a farmer takes every year and how they relate to our lives. Throughout the series we talked about: Part 1 –  Similarities between farming and our everyday lives Part 2 – Importance of choosing the right seeds Part…

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3 Nuggets of Wisdom from Business Boutique

The beginning of November, my mom and I attended Christy Wright’s Business Boutique in Nashville, TN. There were over 3,000 women at this event, all hungry for knowledge, connectivity and reassurance that the desire, idea or passion in them was worth pursuing. That it wasn’t some crazy thought, but a purpose God placed in them…

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The Master of Surprises

Like most people, I have expectations of how I want things to happen in my life. I see it one way and that’s it. It’s like I have blinders on. This is where life gets interesting and God shows up in unexpected ways. I think He loves to surprise us as a reminder of how…

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Do You See What God Sees?

The song “Mended” by Matthew West came on the radio a few weeks ago and the emotions of my wait bubbled to the surface like boiling water. How often do we see ourselves, our situation, or our wait, through our eyes, the eyes of others or the way of the world vs. the Creator who…

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The Wait List – Kristen

The Wait List features guest posts from people just like you and me, all sharing a coming thread of you guessed it, waiting. No one wants to be on the wait list, but through these features, I hope you find encouragement and see all the miraculous ways God works through us during that time. If you…

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November E+DAY

I want to share one of Ry and I’s favorite traditions we’ve done almost every year since we met. It’s a program called Operation Christmas Child organized through Samaritan’s Purse. It’s such a simple way to make a lasting impact on the life of a child you may or may never meet. It’s what E+DAY…

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