Pumpkin at four days old. Read our birth story.

New Beginnings: Our Birth Story, Baby #3

Reading Time: 4 minutes Our third son, whom we are calling Pumpkin here on the blog, was born a little over a month ago on June 10, 2019 at 11:46pm. He was 6 lbs 15 oz and 19 1/4 inches long with a shocking amount of reddish hair. Our largest baby yet! For those interested, this is our birth

6 Tips for a tidy house with toddlers

Reading Time: 6 minutes We have three boys under the age of three. Our house is ground zero for “chaos”. But I’ve learned that you don’t have to give up on a tidy home just because your kids are small. Here are some tips for keeping a tidy house with toddlers.

A personal testimony of loss, grief, and healing through an unexpected mission trip to the Philippines.

Testimony: He will rejoice over you with singing

Reading Time: 6 minutes Guest Thomas Fisher writes: My dear sweet wife and best friend passed. When she took her last breath, she was in complete peace and just fell asleep in the arms of Jesus! What was I to do?

I knew I was broken and not worthy, but I prayed: “Lord use me and send me where you need me and I will go.”

The weeks passed. I had no idea that the Lord had something amazing in store for me… He had reserved me a place as part of a mission trip to the Philippines.

Happy Mother's Day! Here is some encouragement from the Word of God.

His Encouragement: For the mothers

Reading Time: 3 minutes In the daily grind, we can forget to show love and gratitude to those that mean the most to us because we think they already know without us having to tell them.

So whether or not you celebrate Mother’s Day, I challenge you to take the time to reach out to your mother, your grandmother, your sister, your friend, your mentor and let her know you love and appreciate her.

Baby #3: Week 33 Pregnancy Update

Baby #3: Week 33 Pregnancy Update

Reading Time: 4 minutes How far along? 33 weeks! Praying we make it to full-term (37-42 weeks). Time is flying by and our little one will be here soon. I’m starting to feel excited! How is baby developing? The growth estimates claim that babies this age are usually a little over 4 lbs and about 17-inches long… or roughly

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.