7 tips for family worship with babies and toddlers

Reading Time: 8 minutes In our last post, we went into great detail discussing why family worship is the most important daily activity we can do with our families. However, let us be very clear from the get-go: family worship is not going to look identical with all families. I grew up in a Christian household where we did

Jacquelyn Van Sant. April 11, 2019

Baby #3: Week 30 Pregnancy Update

Reading Time: 4 minutes How far along? 30 weeks… Basically, two months to go! How is baby developing? According to the growth estimates, the average 30-week baby is about 15-16 inches long and about 2.5-3 pounds. Unlike with our second pregnancy, we are fairly confident that the due date and, therefore, the baby’s age is accurate this time around.

The Van Sant brothers.

His Encouragement: Love one another with brotherly affection

Reading Time: 4 minutes Earlier this week, our older son said something that melted my heart and reminded me of Romans 12:10. Sometimes we — adults — need to be reminded about the simple things, too, and could learn a lesson from the little ones.

Our surprise blessing... Van Sant Baby #3

Our surprise blessing… baby announcement

Reading Time: 3 minutes Our 2018 was a year of extremes filled with ecstatic highs and devastating lows. So many dramatic life changes! So many conflicting emotions! And all over such a short span of time. Two days before my mom’s memorial service, I had a positive pregnancy test. I was in shock. I have no idea why, immediately after losing Mom, the Lord chose to bless us with a surprise baby but I trust that He has a plan. This little one may have been an unexpected surprise, but I know in my heart that he is also a blessing, a precious gift.

Our Two-Year-Old’s 12 Favorite Books (that I enjoy too)

Reading Time: 6 minutes [Disclosure: The links in this post may be affiliate links, meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I may receive a commission for purchases. Learn more. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.] If you are a parent of young children or remember the days when your kids were little, then you know that

I have come that they may have life and life to the full. John 10:10

His Encouragement: John 10:10

Reading Time: 4 minutes Life is precious. Every second, every minute that passes is time that we can never get back. Every moment we share with loved ones is unique and, try as we may, we can never fully replicate it. Yet in this fast-paced world with an abundance of knowledge and distractions in the form of the Internet, social media, and at our fingertips, we are allowing this scarce commodity to slip through our fingers.

His Encourgement: Acts 17:30

Reading Time: 3 minutes A cheery and warm welcome, dearest friends, to His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for Your Thursday. Every Thursday, a few blogging friends and I will each bring you a Bible passage and a little hope-filled discussion. We pray that these Thursday posts help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. We also

His Encouragement: Romans 8:31

Reading Time: 2 minutes Today’s verse is Romans 8:31, which is probably familiar to many of us. Written by the apostle Paul, its words have given comfort and strength to untold numbers of people through the centuries. “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” Now that I have two little ones, I find myself seeing this verse through different eyes… parental eyes. As a parent, we watch over our children carefully and lovingly. We do our best to protect them from harm.

Survival Guide for Parents with a New Baby

Reading Time: 8 minutes You just had a baby or adopted a newborn. Congratulations! This is a momentous occasion and a life-changing event. You may have anticipated the bonding experiences with your baby, those quiet moments of cuddling and cooing, singing and playing. The first two months, though filled with lovely and wonderful moments, can also be quite difficult for parents. You need this survival guide for parents with a new baby!