Party of 5. #thesantolins
Most days are messy, loud, unpredictable and exhausting, raising 3 tiny humans, 3 and under. But being their mama is a gift I hoped for, waited for, and pray to be equipped for each and every day. It’s a joy and a privilege and a test and a challenge- this calling that sometimes feels like it can cost every ounce of your being. But I know that in the sacrifice, my character is remade, renewed and refined. Thankful for the daily provision of grace and strength that allows me to love, care for and steward these precious gifts. #latemothersdaypost #thesantolins Illustration by my favourite sister and artist: @janine.valdivia
TWO WEEKS. Our littlest babe and newest member of our tribe, Titus Harbor Santos, arrived earthside on April 28th at 8:49am, clocking in at 8lbs 6oz. A few days earlier than his anticipated May due date, Titus was born into a different world and under different circumstances than we had ever imagined. But his arrival is a beacon of light in these uncertain times, and a reminder of the perfect love our Heavenly Father continues to lavish on us. We are so grateful and so in love with our growing family. #TitusHarbor #thesantolins
He was 3 days past his due date but came rushing out fast and furious one year ago today, which I think was a preview of how he would develop in the months that followed. Today, our baby and sweet second son, Micah Valor turns 1 (!!!) and if I thought the first year of Chase’s life went by too fast, this time around felt like Micah grew in warp speed. We celebrate our super speedy crawler, tentative walker, chatty chatty monkey, bottomless pit with a huge appetite, and his last 12 months as our BABY... knowing that even bigger changes lay ahead for him in the months to come. My prayer for you, my sweet son, is that you will come to know and love the Lord, that you will love and serve others, and that you will always remember how loved you are. Happy first birthday our sweet Micah Valor ❤️ #micahvalor #thesantolins
When you need to get one -just one!- good family photo for this year’s Christmas card, so you throw everyone under the tree in whatever they are wearing post-church/trampolining/diaper blowout, and your 3-year-old is more interested in your remote shutter app, and your 11-month-old is not having it. #instagramvsreality . . . . . #thesantolins #chasehonor #micahvalor #christmas2019 #honestmotherhood #motherhoodrising #motherhoodthroughinstagram #motherhoodunplugged #uniteinmotherhood #dailyparenting #letthembelittle #ohheymama #documentlife #childhoodunplugged #candidchildhood #momtogs #thepursuitofjoyproject #teammotherly #habitandhome #mytinymoments #momswithcameras #simplemoments #littleandbrave #humansofjoy #motherhood #simplychildren #kidsforreal
Our weekends are usually so jam packed that slowing it down today was such a welcome change. We slept in, made breakfast, and literally just hung out with each other before a nice long nap and Chase’s birthday party in the evening. Being present and there in the moment with the kids is different from schlepping them around with you as you jump from commitment to commitment on any given Saturday. I live for these moments. I love watching them love each other (and yes, sometimes fight too!) and I never want to take these kinds of moments for granted. My sweet mama’s boys! ❤️ #chasehonor #micahvalor #thesantolins
Breaking my posting hiatus to bring you glimpses of this sweet face. My second son at 7 months. Happy Monday! #MicahValor
Giveaway closed. Thanks for participating!! . . . . . ✨GIVEAWAY✨ Today, I'm turning 32 and re-launching my long-overdue website. This lettering piece is an oldie but a goodie, and a reminder that although I (much like my website) am a constant work in progress, better things are always ahead. To celebrate, I'm giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, do any or all of the following (an entry for each): 1️⃣ Follow me (@jenellesantosdesign) 2️⃣ Like, comment, or share this photo 3️⃣ Tag a friend (separate tags = more entries) 4️⃣ Sign up for my mailing list (link in bio) This giveaway will be open until Thursday, April 11 at 11:59 EST and the winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday morning. Open to Canadian and US citizens. This giveaway is not in any way affiliated with or endorsed by Instagram or Amazon.
Guys. 3 big things: 1️⃣ Today is my birthday. I was reminded recently not just of the brevity of life, but also of just how far I've come in this journey God has placed me on. Today, I am 32 and grateful. 🎂 2️⃣ Today, I'm launching my website. They say done is better than perfect, and my website is neither fully done nor perfect, but anything is better than nothing, and I'm slowly working towards completion. 3️⃣ Today, I'm hosting my first giveaway. In honour of my birthday, and my website launch. Details in the next post!