Archive for ‘Happily Even After’
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.
A Christmas two-for-one special: two posts about Christmastime by Stacey and Josh. Stacey writes about the importance of “presence” – not just presents – at Christmas, while Josh writes about the importance of traditions for families and faith life.
Josh and Stacey’s oldest son is 13, and sometimes feels like the world – and his parents – are against him. Josh writes that intentionally spending time together, especially playful time, goes a long way in fighting bitterness and building unity.
Have you noticed that we often try to express our gratitude to someone by giving them a gift, i.e. something that costs money? Stacey reflects here on an experience that taught her that there’s no greater gift one can give than the gift of self. Free, but far from cheap.
How do you talk to your children about tragedy and suffering? Josh offers some practical advice here about how he and his wife help their children respond with hope and charity to other people’s suffering.
Getting married doesn’t mean that you’ll never feel attracted to someone other than your spouse. Stacey writes here about how she and Josh have navigated this situation with honesty and clear boundaries. The key: “Always and everywhere, I am Joshua’s wife.”
Hospitality has always been important to the Noems. Here, Josh talks about being hospitable…to his wife: making her homecoming after work pleasant and tending to her needs.
“Parenting is a constant call to conversion,” says Stacey. Read the second half of her top ten list: things to remember as a parent.
In the first of two posts, Stacey explains five key pieces of advice that have guided her as a mother over the years, including setting boundaries and establishing routine.
Josh recently returned from a great weekend with his dad, watching baseball and making memories. In this post, he expresses his gratitude for the sacrifices Stacey made to let him have this trip: “I felt like she had my full thriving in mind – that she wanted the best for me, regardless of what that might mean for her.”
A phone call during her workday, from her sick son, illuminated the “internal contradiction” Stacey feels between her identity as a mother and her weekday work responsibilities. In this post, she reflects on the challenge of reconciling motherhood and work outside the home – a challenge well-known to many.
Josh recently spent several weeks away from his family, working at a nuclear power plant. Removed from the routines and responsibilities of family life, Josh reflected on his identity as husband and father. He writes that the “lines of connection” in a family – which can seem like constraints at times – are “freeing and fulfilling because they…anchor me to my truest and deepest identity.”
Josh and Stacey’s oldest son is almost a teenager, and in her latest post Stacey reflects back on what it was like when Oscar was a baby. While he wasn’t an “easy” baby, Stacey realizes something about Jesus’ words, “My yoke is easy.” She writes that God gives us work that “is enough to stretch us but not too much to handle.”
“Having a boy who is almost a teenager at the dinner table is kind of like eating with a vacuum cleaner,” writes Josh. In this post, he reflects on the importance of sharing meals as a family, and how it’s about more than what’s on the plate.