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Big Fish

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.


Hugging the Porcupine

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.


The Week We Were Pregnant

An unexpected pregnancy and loss cause Josh and Stacey to reflect on life, trust, and God’s plan.


Marriage and the New Evangelization

Stacey reflects on ways that her marriage informs her Christian life of discipleship.


Parenting the “Now More Than Ever” Teen

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.


Salience

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!


Journeys of Love

Our Christmas journeys (and hosting) this year taught us the importance of being present with others – a lesson the three wise men knew well.


Christmas Presence & Traditions

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.


Fighting Bitterness with Family Fun

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.


Giving Thanks and Consumerism

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.


Talking to Our Kids About the Typhoon

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.


Marital Boundaries

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.”


Hosting My 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.


Top 10 Things To Remember As A Parent (Part 2)

“Parenting is a constant call to conversion,” says Stacey. Read the second half of her top ten list: things to remember as a parent.


Top 10 Things to Remember as a Parent (Part 1)

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.


Scorekeeping

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.”


The Interior Conflict of Career and Motherhood

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.


I Belong to You

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.”


Our Yoke

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.”


Time to Eat

“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.


Three Golden Guidelines

When Joshua and Stacey speak about “good community” or “good marriage” they try to convey that good community (marriage) comes down to good communication. Here they share three golden rules, or guidelines, for good communication.


A New, Amazing Phase in Family Life

The Noems now have an in-house babysitter! Josh reflects on preparing the children to take on roles of increased leadership and responsibility.


Home Sweet Noem

Last week, we traveled a day and a half to South Dakota to join a Noem family reunion. It was everything that an MTV spring break special is not: a weekend packed full of sweet rolls, baseball, and thoughtful conversation marked by easy silence and friendly nods.


Surgery

Diagnosed with a brain tumor, Stacey’s mother is facing surgery. Stacey shares several observations from that difficult day.


Brain Tumor

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.


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