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Building a Treehouse and Character

The Noems had a big summer project: building a treehouse in their back yard! Josh reflects on how this has been a learning experience for his kids and a wonderful family labor of love.


Summer (Formation) Routines

Summertime is full of opportunities for adventure…and boredom. Stacey writes about the “formation routines” for her children in the summer months that help them grow in contemplation and responsibility.


Family Ties

After the passing of his grandmother, Josh reflects on the love his grandmother had for the faith and her family. Family ties bond us stronger than we may realize, both in this life and the next.


Learning to Drive

With her oldest son learning to drive, Stacey finds herself reflecting on time and parenthood, which is full of paradoxes. In her concern, she finds comfort in the Providence of God who cares for both parents and children.


Counting Umbrellas and Ballerinas: Helping Children Contemplate Beauty

A scavenger hunt during a recent trip to the Art Institute provides Josh with the perfect opportunity to teach his three children about beauty and contemplation.


Core Sin Reprised

No matter how long you’ve been married, differences in how you and your spouse handle things can still arise. Stacey reflects on the subtle ways our families of origin affect the way we relate to others and the importance of identifying them to grow happier and holier.


Teaching Transcendence

The encounter with the transcendent is a crucial part of human life. Josh reflects on the experiences of nature that have inspired contemplation of God and the current practices in his family that foster wonder and awe.


An Open Letter to Newlyweds Regarding Children

Although our culture may focus on the hardships of parenting, Josh reflects on the goodness of parenting, a task that is meant to sanctify children – and will sanctify the parents along the way.


The True Nature of Parental Love

Looking back on a summer pilgrimage to the Holy Land, blogger Stacey reflects on the depth of the love of God the Father for all His children and for each individual person.


On the Outs

Siblings fighting with each other is a common occurrence in families. Josh talks about one way he’s had success in helping siblings to learn kindness in the “school of love” that is the family.


Tasting Death

Death is an unavoidable part of life. The deaths of two friends gave Josh an opportunity to reflect with his family on the end of life and our hope in the Resurrection and eternal life.


What is Your Marital Spirituality?

Marriage is both Christological and Trinitarian – big words that just mean that married couples have a privileged role of imaging both Christ’s love and God’s fruitful communion. What a high calling!


Ordinary Time

Ordinary Time

As Stacey and Josh’s family experiences, very little is truly routine in family life.


Pilgrim of Return

Josh reflects on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. While there, he was transformed by the religious sites he visited; he grew closer to the Lord, while developing an even deeper union with his wife, Stacey. Read more to learn just how intertwined married love and Divine love are.


Welcoming the Stranger

Showing hospitality to new arrivals in town is a great way families can live out the work of mercy to “welcome the stranger.” Stacey writes about how their family is doing that right now.


Benevolent Fictional Patrons of Important Christian Holidays

How does your family handle the Easter bunny and other cultural, non-religious traditions? Josh provides some insight from their family.


Speaking of Money and God’s Care

God provides when you least expect it. Stacey reflects on God’s care for her family before she and Joshua knew what to expect.


The Week I Forgot My Wife

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 […]


How to Talk to Your Kids About Star Wars

Parents, take advantage of a cultural phenomenon to discuss some big topics with your kids, like bravery and sacrifice and temptation.


Family Pilgrimage

Josh and his family went to the World Meeting of Families in Philly! The theme was “Love is Our Mission.”


My Core Sin

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.


Abortion’s “Selma” Moment

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.


Anger and Sadness Turned Inside Out

Josh reflects on recognizing bits of himself and his wife in the Pixar film Inside Out. Adults, too, can relate to children’s movies!


“O, Jesus…”

Stacey recounts her journey with the Morning Offering prayer, and how she and Josh are now sharing this classic prayer with their children.


Sweet Nothings

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.


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