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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.


Teenage Murder and Parental Love

Josh speaks of the challenges he now faces in parenting a teenager while emphasizing how important a parent’s role is during these years of a child’s life.


What is a Parent’s Role in Lent?

What’s a parent to do when a child wants to stop his Lenten discipline? Stacey gives some insight on how to navigate this situation.


Restorative Niche Activities

Stacey shares how she and Josh take time to engage in their own fun activities to help restore their energy and motivation in their daily lives.


Praying Together

Some great advice from Josh about praying as a couple and with children, even when prayer styles vary greatly in the family.


Invalidation or, Guess Who is Less than Perfect?

Stacey reflects on the four danger signs of impending communication breakdown and how her and Joshua’s communication style has changed over the years.


The Book of Life

Josh tells the story of a Halloween night that could have gone horribly wrong, but instead turned into a beautiful family experience.


A Moving Proposition

Moving into a new house, Josh reflects on the struggles that even time-tested marriages face, and how spouses can try to overcome them.


Three Ways to Pray

Stacey shares three easy ways to pray with your spouse and children using Ignatian Spirituality.


What I Learned in the Ice Bucket Challenge

Josh relates how he turned the viral “ice bucket challenge” into an opportunity to teach his children about charity and following their convictions.


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.


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