We closed on and moved into our first home the day after we got back from our honeymoon. I’ll never forget how excited we were and despite not having a single piece of furniture, “camping” on our living room floor is one of our fondest memories. We painted every room and saved up to make […]

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We prayed whether or not to share such personal aspects of our journey, but ultimately decided that our story is a testimony of God’s faithfulness and goodness, so we wanted to honor and glorify Him by sharing openly. It is our sincerest hope that our story may help or encourage you! Soon after we got […]

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  • Kristin S - Oh, this is so encouraging! I’m sure, also, that all that hard work makes “finishing” all the more sweet.

    I’m not a dreamer. I wish I were. Any dream I’ve ever had hasn’t come to fruition so, subconsciously, years ago I just stopped dreaming.

    That sounds so morbid and Debbie downer but it’s reality.

    I’m not sure how to swing this pendulum. I’m no longer hopeless but I probably won’t dream.ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Hi Kristin! Thank you so much for your honesty and vulnerability. I’ll be praying for you and that God would open your heart up to dreaming again, and that eventually it would lead to taking action on those dreams! I’ll be cheering you on!ReplyCancel

  • Maghon Taylor - Thanks so much for sharing your story!! Your faith through trials is an inspiration!! Even more proud of y’all than I was before!!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thank you so much, Maghon! Grateful to have your support and encouragement!ReplyCancel

  • Em - What an incredible story, Robyn! Jordan’s face at the end there says it all. Y’all are truly a living embodiment of Dave Ramsey’s saying, “live like no one else so that you can live like no one else.” Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thank you so much, Em! We so appreciate your sweet feedback, especially as we both share a passion for financial freedom! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Will - WOW! You guys are amazing. Such an incredible story, and what an achievement. Congrats to you both on this new season, and thanks for sharing the story w/ us. Love the new blog!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thanks so much for your support and encouragement, Will! It means a lot coming from you and we so appreciate it!ReplyCancel

  • Amber Housley - Congratulations to you both. What an amazing testimony of God’s grace and provisions. Cheering you on and look forward to seeing you next month at MTH!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thank you so much, Amber! We so appreciate it and I can’t wait to hug you next month! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Faith - This is amazing!! SO proud and excited for you both!!! God is doing amazing things through you & Jordan!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thank you so much, sweet friend! Glory be to God!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - Such an inspiring and sweet story! Thank you for sharing! Congratulations on your next adventure!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Hi Margaret! Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement! We’re delighted to have you following along!ReplyCancel

  • Angela - Amazing story! So proud of you guys! I remember a lot of the earlier days and I was so amazed how fast your photography business grew. God is so good.

    Me and my hubby are dreamers too and have some big dreams, but I will call them plans because we too have heard the call of God and His direction very clearly. I’m excited to see what the years ahead hold as we move in that direction! Sometimes it’s hard to be patient–I’m sure you experienced that while Jordan was in school too! But the fruit is so worth it, and doing what God would have us to do is the best!! Love to you and Jordan!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thank you so much, Angela! I love that you’ve seen us from our very humble beginnings and we’re so grateful for your support all along the way and even now as we continue to pursue God’s will for our lives. We can’t wait to see what God does through y’all and we’ll be cheering you on! xo!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Robyn, this is beautiful and so inspiring. There is always something I’m thinking of starting/persuing and I thank you for sharing how you both have been able to accomplish your dreams. I want to do graduate school for occupational therapy and the cost of student loans scare me. I think you are right though, if there is a will, there is a way!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Hi Lauren! We’re so grateful to hear how our story has encouraged you. If you decide that graduate school is where the Lord is leading you, we’ll be cheering you on all the way! Can’t wait to see what dreams you make happen!ReplyCancel

  • Yun-A Johnson - Thank you for sharing your story, I was really moved by it.
    I’ve already told you many times how inspired I am by how you pursue your dreams but hearing the challenges you faced and how God worked through it all is truly so inspiring <3ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thanks so much, Yun-A! So grateful for your support and friendship over these many years! So much love to you and your family! xo!ReplyCancel

  • Laura B. - Thank you so much for sharing this, Robyn! It is so encouraging to hear yall’s story and to see where God has taken the two of you! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thanks so much, Laura! We’re grateful that our story is helping others and are excited to see where God leads us from here! Hope you and your sweet family are well! xo!ReplyCancel

  • 2016 Year in Review » The Van Dykes Blog - […] +PINAs graduation approached, I was so proud to learn that Jordan was graduating with an Endodontics award, and it was surreal to see my husband graduate and officially become a doctor after so many years of hard work and sacrifice. […]ReplyCancel

  • Journey to Debt Freedom (Part 1) » The Van Dykes Blog - […] about the same time that we paid off our mortgage, we received the wonderful news that Jordan had been accepted to UNC dental school! We were overjoyed and so grateful (!) but also nervous as we began thinking about the $50K annual […]ReplyCancel

Hello and welcome to our new blog! We’re so excited that you’re here! With so many changes happening in our lives right now as we pursue big dreams, we wanted a place to share our journey and hopefully encourage you to chase your big dreams too! For those of you that may not know us, […]

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  • Stephanie Scholl - Hooray!!! It all looks AMAZING, and I am so excited for y’all & your new adventures (this blog, your new home, owning a dental practice…). I can’t wait to follow along! xoxoxReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thanks so much, Stephanie! So thankful for your encouragement and excited to have you follow along! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Callie Davis - Robyn!! It’s AMAZING!!! I’m SO proud of you and this little dream that we discussed back in March at MTH! You’re making it happen friend! I can’t wait to follow along!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thank you, Callie!! So fun thinking back to when this blog was just a dream! Thank you for encouraging me to make it happen, and I’m so excited to have you follow along! xo!ReplyCancel

  • Em - Congratulations, Robyn!! On the blog but also all of the other exciting new adventures ahead of you. Can’t wait to read more about the practice as well as your home and how you like small town life!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thanks so much, Em! We so appreciate your excitement as we begin this new adventure and are excited to have you follow along!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - SO excited to follow along with all of your exciting new adventures!!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thank you, Lisa! SO excited to have you follow along with us! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Christina - Yea! This makes my heart so happy! I can’t wait to follow along and cheer y’all on! God is so good!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Amen! And thank you so much, Christina! You are so kind and we so appreciate it! Hope you are well! xo!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Congratulations Van Dykes! The blog post is beautiful and so exciting! We can’t wait to read more about y’alls exciting new opportunities and how you use it to glorify God!!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thank you, Lauren! We are excited and grateful to have you follow along! xo!ReplyCancel

  • Angela - Yay!! It’s finally here! The suspense was killing me! :D. Love the blog. Can’t wait to see your house!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Haha! Thanks so much for your excitement, Angela! We’re so excited to share and are grateful to have you follow along! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - So excited for you two as you embark on this new and beautiful journey and I’m SO excited to see all of the fixer upper progress! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thanks so much, Rachel! We’re grateful to have you share in our excitement! I may have to call you for some tips on living through a renovation! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo!ReplyCancel

  • Faith - SO excited for this new blog + adventure of yours!!!! It’s the beginning of something really beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxoReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thank you, Faith! We so appreciate all your encouragement and support along the way and are excited to have you follow along! xo!ReplyCancel

  • Lori Simpson - I love your blog and will be following your adventures! Even though we haven’t seen each other in a while, I am still so proud of all you guys have accomplished! Congrats on the blog, and dental practice! Can’t wait to see what else you blog about ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Lori!!! Thank you so much! It’s so great to hear from you and I’m so excited to have you following along! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you and your family are doing so well! xo!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Ray - Already a loyal follower! Can’t wait to see what you do with this, Robyn!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thanks so much, Nancy! So grateful for your encouragement and we’re excited to have you follow along!ReplyCancel