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Diagnosed with a brain tumor, Stacey’s mother is facing surgery. Stacey shares several observations from that difficult day.
A new study concludes that “a surprising number of Americans now meet their spouse online,” and “meeting a spouse online is on average associated with slightly higher marital satisfaction and lower rates of marital breakup.” More than one-third of U.S. marriages between 2005 and 2012 began online.
Sara and Justin enjoy watching home makeover shows, but their own taste runs more towards the functional and comfortable. Read how they’ve de-cluttered this summer–and how they used the extra cash.
Stacey’s Mom has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. In Part 1 of a two-part blog entry, Stacey recounts her Mom’s reaction–and her own–to the scary news.
Some interfaith couples downplay their faith differences, but that’s not a good idea, says the author of this new book. Religious differences are more than superficial. They need to be addressed before the wedding to avoid unpleasant surprises down the road.
Sara has lost her coupon organizer–a minor household disaster! She knows it will turn up, but when and where? Her experience prompts some reflections about lost sheep.
Pope Francis issued his first encyclical, “The Light of Faith,” on July 5. He writes: ““Faith reveals just how firm the bonds between people can be when God is present in their midst.” Faith “sheds light on every human relationship because it is born of love and reflects God’s own love.”
What do restaurants and marriages have in common? Justin learns a lesson from top chef Gordon Ramsey: Both succeed only when those involved recognize their faults and make an effort to improve.
Family vacation season is here! Josh writes: “I am really enjoying the quiet pace of this vacation, which has been about sleeping in, resting, and playing. It has led to great connections with the kids, for example, because of the meaningful time we can spend together.”
“This book bothered me right at the beginning. Something about the cover image — a woman wearing a polka-dot dress, 3-inch heels and a halo while sitting on a cloud — turned me off. The word “bodacious” made me wonder if the book should be taken seriously. So what made me change my mind?”
Stacey writes that Oscar and his younger brother Simon have “a veritable brotherly love fest 24-7.” Unfortunately, little Lucy often gets left out. Stacey reflects on how to expand her children’s understanding of generous love.
Sara wants to attend Mass during the week, but will Gus cooperate? The result might surprise you.
This summer, Josh and Stacey are learning how a hobby can enrich their lives. Devoting time and energy to an activity that’s “just for fun” has brought a new balance to their lives.
Reacting to the Supreme Court’s decisions on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8, Cardinal Timothy Dolan declared, “The future of marriage and the well-being of our society hang in the balance.” Some church leaders suggested that the court’s actions would return the issue of same-sex marriage to the individual states.
As Sara and Justin celebrate two years of marriage, Sara reflects on how to find joy in everyday life. She says: “Remembering that my joy isn’t contingent on everything going according to plan is, at times, a struggle for me.”
Parents and other adults wanting to help children and teens safely navigate the Internet, cell phones and other mobile devices will welcome a brand new website, FaithandSafety.org.The website hopes to serve as “a starting point” for parents “who may not know where to turn, what to do or just need some quick information and practical guidance.”
Maintaining a balance between work and family life is often difficult, but even more so when a business is run from the home. The author’s insights apply not only to entrepreneurial couples, but also to those who work from home and anyone who is struggling to balance home and work responsibilities.
Stacey takes note of the “busyness” of our lives, a phenomenon that seems to track with technological advances. She’s looking forward to the summer and the opportunity for some “unplugged” time with the children.
What is a married couple to do when one person is a saver and the other a spender? Sara and Justin share their experiences with navigating a healthy budget.
Is it a good idea for parents to request a little feedback from a child on how they are doing in their parenthood roles? The answer is yes, according to new research on parenting.
A trip to Indianapolis provides an opportunity for Sara to reminisce about the changes in her life. “Sometimes,” she says, “it’s good to get out of the routine simply to see how much I’ve grown and changed and how God’s been working in our lives.”
May has been a busy month for Josh and Stacey, with end-of-school activities and numerous house guests. Josh shares a spiritual reflection on the rhythm of coming and going.
New research confirms the trend that a growing number of wives out-earn their husbands. While most adults do not see this as problematic, a large majority thinks that the expanding presence of mothers in the workplace makes it harder to raise children.
The “identity and duties” of men and of fathers “have been in flux for decades, and it is time for us to start building something new and better from the shifting sands of our culture,” says the editor of this new book. The various essays explore such topics as marriage, sexuality, the theology of the body and understandings of manhood itself.
When is a piece of chocolate more than just chocolate? When it comes to mean a special treat for a busy mom. Sara explains why it’s important to have some “me” time and things, even if it’s just chocolate.