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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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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