February 13, 2018
This is Jade. She is a loving single mom to her beautiful son, Raphael Mateo Paul Santiago. Their story is a beautiful picture of love and restoration. Over the last few years, she felt lost. There were areas in her life that were unstable, so she asked God for guidance and to mend her heart. In June 2016, she received the news that she was pregnant. She was in shock and didn’t know how to tell her family. With the guidance from a family friend and one of the best priests that she knew, they prayed with her and gave her guidance on how to tell her family. God knew what he was doing and when she met her son for the first time, her worries all went away. She told us that becoming a mother was the best thing that has ever happened to her. It was the best gift that she has ever received. It was also a testament to her on how God works in mysterious ways because her son brought her family closer.
Jade works at St. Paul’s Catholic School and is also a dance instructor at Barbara Thompson School of Dance. She absolutely loves teaching and adores all her students. Her greatest joys are watching her students grow and learn. She also has the honor of teaching her own little sister, Violet at Barbara Thompson’s. In addition, she also is in the process of studying for her massage exam to become a licensed Massage Therapist. She looks forward to giving back to the community in this way.
Over the past 10 months of being a mom, Jade admits that it has been the craziest rollercoaster ride that she have ever been on but she knows that it is only the beginning. She has learned so much about herself and is proud of who she has become. She has learned to love herself in a new and different way. Now, every time she look at her son she knows that God has a bigger plan and purpose for her than she could ever imagine. She also knows that each day would not be possible without the support of her amazing family. She thanks God every day for her amazing parents and siblings. They are truly angels on earth to her. She encourages others to really hold on to your loved ones because family is everything and also that you should trust in God’s plans for you. She knows that she is far from perfect but that is what is beautiful about God’s love…He is always there loving us and patiently waiting for us.
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