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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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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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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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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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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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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