Archive for ‘Happily Even After’
Last week’s blog post from Kathleen Billings asked, “When is the last time you dated your spouse?” It’s a great reflection on how to keep the spirit of a marriage alive and new and fresh—worth a read. The lesson is a familiar one: we need to wake up! It is easy to fall into a […]
Parents, take advantage of a cultural phenomenon to discuss some big topics with your kids, like bravery and sacrifice and temptation.
As Stacey and Josh’s family experiences, very little is truly routine in family life.
Josh and his family went to the World Meeting of Families in Philly! The theme was “Love is Our Mission.”
Stacey shares her journey to discover her greatest weakness, and how greater self-awareness helps her keep her God-given gifts from becoming obstacles to relationships with God and others.
Josh discusses how he encouraged his teenage son to be active in advocating for justice. Both publicly protested the actions of Planned Parenthood after the release of undercover videos that Josh calls the “Selma” of the anti-abortion movement.
Josh reflects on recognizing bits of himself and his wife in the Pixar film Inside Out. Adults, too, can relate to children’s movies!
Stacey recounts her journey with the Morning Offering prayer, and how she and Josh are now sharing this classic prayer with their children.
Ways of giving and receiving affection in a marriage can become routine over time. But after 20 years together, Josh committed himself to finding a new and creative way of showing Stacey his love for her.
Josh speaks of the challenges he now faces in parenting a teenager while emphasizing how important a parent’s role is during these years of a child’s life.
What’s a parent to do when a child wants to stop his Lenten discipline? Stacey gives some insight on how to navigate this situation.
Stacey shares how she and Josh take time to engage in their own fun activities to help restore their energy and motivation in their daily lives.
Some great advice from Josh about praying as a couple and with children, even when prayer styles vary greatly in the family.
Stacey reflects on the four danger signs of impending communication breakdown and how her and Joshua’s communication style has changed over the years.
Josh tells the story of a Halloween night that could have gone horribly wrong, but instead turned into a beautiful family experience.
Moving into a new house, Josh reflects on the struggles that even time-tested marriages face, and how spouses can try to overcome them.
Stacey shares three easy ways to pray with your spouse and children using Ignatian Spirituality.
Josh relates how he turned the viral “ice bucket challenge” into an opportunity to teach his children about charity and following their convictions.
A bad day or a big fish? Stacey reflects on how difficulties in life can be a sign that God has big plans on the line for each of us.
Different working styles and different ways of coping with stress can lead to tension in a marriage. Josh reflects on the necessity of supporting your spouse – even when it gets prickly – and the role of divine love in our relationships.
An unexpected pregnancy and loss cause Josh and Stacey to reflect on life, trust, and God’s plan.
Stacey reflects on ways that her marriage informs her Christian life of discipleship.
Josh and Stacey’s son Oscar is now a teenager and is stretching their parenting skills to a new, untested level. This stage is challenging, but is helping them all grow.
Looking back over the years, Stacey realizes that she can handle almost instinctively situations that earlier would have caused much distress. Growth in marriage and parenting is possible!
Our Christmas journeys (and hosting) this year taught us the importance of being present with others – a lesson the three wise men knew well.