The Wait List – Meredith

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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January E+DAY

We’re taught at a very young age to say “please” and “thank you.”  It’s ingrained in our brains when we want something we say please and when we receive it, we say thank you. In my previous job, I worked for a foundation where saying thank you is the lifeline of the organization. We would…

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Will You Believe It Before You Receive It?

Mark 11:24 NIV – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. You’ve probably heard the old adage, “I’ll believe when I see it.” This worldly mindset prioritizes seeing before believing. This requires zero faith because what you now believe, is something…

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The Importance of Cleaning Out More Than Just Our Homes

The past couple weekends, Ry and I have been cleaning our house. We’ve been going through, room by room, taking inventory of what we have and if we still need it. We’ve gathered a car load of stuff: old furniture, dated artwork, excess clothes, etc. It’s natural for this to happen as our lives have…

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The One Question I’ve Been Asked the Most Since Our Announcement

During our infertility journey, I contacted countless other women to hear their stories. I wanted their perspective to learn from their experience and see how it could apply to our situation. That’s how I process things best, by learning and hearing from others, which is why community is so important! While their exact circumstance or…

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3 Words to Summarize 2018

I’ve always enjoyed words; their definitions, the power they have to describe our feelings, their ability to encourage others and change lives. So, I find it fitting to close out 2018, by sharing three words I would use to summarize this past year: Obedience This year, my understanding and willingness to be obedient to God…

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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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