3 ways to make special songs for your children

Tired of singing the same children’s songs over and over and over to your young children? Maybe you need to change it up a bit! You do not need to be overly musical to personalize songs for your children. Here are three ways I make special songs for our children, and you can too!

Baby Pickle at seven weeks old. Photo by Jacquelyn.

Breastfeeding Challenges, Round Two

For those familiar with our breastfeeding journey, you already know that we experienced some challenges breastfeeding with our first son Peanut. Our second son, Pickle, is now two months old. I wish I could tell you that this time our breastfeeding journey was easier, but in some ways it was even harder. I am sharing the details of our personal struggles to let other women know that you are not alone, it is ok, and no matter what, you are an amazing mother.

New Beginnings: Our Birth Story, Baby #2

It has been seven weeks since our second son, I am calling him Pickle here, arrived into this world. He was born Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 8:43am. He was 6 lbs 10 oz and 18 inches long. For those interested, this is our birth story. During the two weeks leading up to his birth,

Baby #2 was born!

6 Practical Gift Ideas for Families With New Babies

The birth of a baby is an exciting time. Whether it is the family’s first child or sixth, there is an air of anticipation and celebration when the little one arrives. In the weeks immediately after a child’s birth, there may be visits to see the new baby and gifts given to the parents. While

Ultrasound photo of little Pickle around Week 35.

Baby #2 Pregnancy Update: Week 37, 38, or 39?

With all of the false contractions I have been experiencing this last week, this very well might be our last pregnancy update. How far along: 37 or 38 or 39 Weeks Sooooo… As I may have mentioned previously, we were originally given the due date of January 28th, which would make our little Pickle 39 weeks

Baby #2 Pregnancy Update: 35 Weeks

Now that the holidays are over, you would expect things to slow down around here but that is not the case. We have officially reached 35 weeks with Baby #2 (we will call him “Pickle” today and see how it feels), and there is still quite a bit to do to prepare for his arrival.

Jacquelyn Van Sant at 30 weeks pregnant and 14-month-old son at Thanksgiving 2017.

Baby #2 Pregnancy Update: 30 Weeks

It has been quite awhile since my last pregnancy update. Time sure does fly. We had a very busy November and now we are already at 30 weeks (if the updated due date is accurate). How far along: 30 Weeks Size of baby: I’m actually not sure exactly because our next doctor’s appointment is this Friday. They

The Challenges of Pumping

Long before I had children of my own, I knew I wanted to breastfeed any children I might have. I did not know what that would look like in a practical sense, I just figured breastfeeding was natural so it would happen smoothly. I was optimistically naive. After our son was born, I discovered that

Cover of Emily Assell's You Are

Review of “You Are: A book of declarations”

A little while ago I entered a giveaway over at Homemaking for His Glory. I have entered many such giveaways before so I did not expect to win anything. Imagine my surprise when I received an email announcing I was the winner! The prize? A gorgeous, brand new board board called “You Are: A book of

Raising children on the principle of love

My husband and I are Christians, meaning we are followers of Christ Jesus and strive to live according to His teachings. We both grew up in Christian households that shared similar foundational principles and, as a result, our beliefs have shaped our worldview, guide our thought processes, and influence our actions on a daily basis.