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God is faithful

Six months after the big move from Oregon to Indiana, Josh looks back on the risks he and Stacey took in order to do what they believed to be God’s will for their family.


Our Commission

At the beginning of this season of graduations – and farewells – Stacey reflects on surrender and discernment through the Gospel of John.


Storytime

Bedtime stories are a favorite tradition in the Noem household. Josh writes, “In the Little House on the Prairie series, I’m finding an avenue to develop a moral imagination with our kids—the capacity to wonder about how their lives might be different.”


Theological Imagination

Our relationships with our children can shed light on our relationship with God. Stacey offers some thought-provoking examples.


The Hardest Thing About Marriage

Happy 14th Anniversary, Josh and Stacey! Josh reflects on a question he was asked many years ago about marriage. Would he answer the same way today?


Joy

In a marriage, it’s the little things that say “I love you.” Stacey talks about a long-standing Saturday morning ritual that says just that.


Every Day Is Day One

With Stacey’s new job, she and Josh no longer share the same context for their life together. Josh observes: “For the first time in a long time, we have to work on building that sense of togetherness intentionally. We have to set aside time just to catch up on the ins and outs, the hows and whys.”


Rocket: Rights and Responsibilities

Josh and Stacey have acquired a dog and the children are thrilled. They’re also learning to “grasp fully the complexity of a relationship where another living being depends on them for his livelihood and thriving.”


The Biggest Mistake We’ve Ever Made

Josh and Stacey have finally found a buyer for their house in Oregon. But with the deal about to close, a major hitch develops. Will God show them a way through all this?


Priesthood

As the Church prepares to celebrate the feast of the ordained priesthood on Holy Thursday, Stacey reflects on the priesthood of all the faithful. She writes: “I have a priestly sacrifice to prepare in tending to this week’s details of family life and bearing hardships patiently.”


Working 9 to 5

Not only has Stacey started a new job, but it’s the first time she’s worked a regular 9-to-5 schedule. This means she doesn’t see the children as much, and she needs to develop a new set of mothering skills. Is she up to the challenge?


Homemaker

What does it take to create a home? Josh finds that it’s more than checking items off a “to-do” list. Ultimately, he says, it’s about the quality of relationships within the family.


Love Is a Verb

A year ago Stacey saw a t-shirt that read “Be Intentional. Love is a Verb.” She reflects: “It is not enough for me to love others the way I FEEL like loving them in a given moment. I need to love others the way that THEY feel love.” Stacey explains how this applies to everyday life.


My Week as a Homeless Parent

Josh and Stacey have said goodbye to Portland and made the week-long trek to their new home in South Bend. Josh reflects on the meaning of home and how God has called the family to be here.


The Sex Talk

With contraception in the news these days, Josh offers an alternative perspective that is built around the vocabulary of fertility.


The Capacity of God’s Love

How much does God love us? Stacey offers an insight, gained from her experience as a parent.


Godzilla’s Rampage

Josh is fuming after neighborhood pranksters wrecked the snowman that he and the kids built. He’s all set for revenge–until his thoughts take a decidedly different turn.


Liberation Dance

The stress of trying to sell their house is getting to Josh and Stacey. Then Stacey finds an unexpected way to bring a little joy and laughter to their situation.


Superstitious Home-Selling

In preparation for their big move, Stacey and Josh have just put their house on the market. And they’re looking for a little saintly help…


New Year’s Resolution

I have to admit, I think the resolution to try to make Joshua as happy as possible this year is a very worthy endeavor. So much so, that I have actually decided to adopt it as my New Year’s resolution.


There Is a God, and I’m Not Him

Stacey’s new job means big changes for the whole family. For Josh, it means leaving a beloved campus ministry position and grappling with an uncertain future. He observes, “I expect the answers to come in God’s time, which means that things will unfold and become clear when the time is right. No amount of worry or stress will change that.”


Dream Job

Not everyone has the chance to apply for–and be offered–their dream job. But that’s what happened to Stacey. She describes the incredible gift that she “could only dream about a few months ago.”


Squirrel-sprinting

Married life can go more smoothly if we learn to laugh at ourselves. And it helps to have someone with whom to share that laughter, as Josh discovers.


Christmas and Chaos

“[Our vocation] calls us to enter into diapers and runny noses and “did not, did too” screaming matches and basketball practice and giggles over knock-knock jokes. The trick…is how to stay connected to God in all that noise.” Josh offers some practical advice.


Advent Struggle

I am struggling with Christmas shopping. More to the point I am struggling with our consumerist interpretation of “preparing for Christmas” and its mass media displacement of Advent.


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