Jeff and Nikki Humason have been married 21 years and have eight children: Gabe, Mike, Luke, John, Maria, Elizabeth, Rayna, and Gianna. They live in Sylvania and belong to Holy Trinity Parish in Assumption. Here’s their story.
Please share the short story of how you met and began dating.
We met while teaching at the same school. We were introduced to each other in August, engaged in April and married the following November! We managed to keep our dating a secret from virtually the whole staff so they were quite surprised when we made our announcement.
What are some favorite family activities?
Attending Catholic Familyland every year, watching old movies with popcorn and Jeff’s famous sundaes, swimming, and weekly Sunday dinners with the extended family.
Share a “cute kid” story (or two).
Rayna (3 yrs): “What’s for dinner?”
Nikki: “Chicken Divan.”
Rayna: “I don’t want to eat chicken in a van, I want to eat chicken in our house!!!”
Describe a dream family vacation.
We would love to go to the Holy Lands when the kids are old enough.
What is your greatest challenge as a married couple and how are you working at it?
Finding time for meaningful communication and when we do have time, trying to remember what we wanted to talk about!
Hard question, so many things! I love to watch them look out for each other’s safety, play and laugh together and work out problems together.
Share a time you saw Jesus fulfill a real need in your family?
We just finished the 9 First Friday’s as a family and Jesus has filled our home with a supernatural peace (despite the daily craziness that a large family brings).
How does your family pray?
We strive to pray the rosary every night (Jeff likes to pray the scriptural rosary), blessings with Holy Water, the Guardian Angel and St. Michael Prayer before bed. The kids will remind me when I forget! We also have our home blessed every year by our awesome parish priest, Fr. Dandurand.
How do you measure success as a family, and what help do you need getting there?
When our family is in a state of peace, happiness, and health. Need help in continuing to pray more as a family and really tuning in to each member’s needs.
Don’t be afraid to trust in God’s plan for your family!
How have Mass Impact and LIT Groups impacted your marriage and family life? Why do you think others should get involved?
Mass Impact has shown us that living our Catholic faith as a family with JOY can be a huge witness in our secular culture. Getting involved can only strengthen the family and bring others to the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith.
We would love to feature your family story!