It figures. Last week was National Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, and I am late.
About the week.
What did you think I meant?
Anyway, I have been having some good conversations with others this week about Natural Family Planning, and have read some really good blogs. One was about the benefits of NFP for singles, and the other was a thought-provoking article by noted Catholic Author and Mom Danielle Bean called “Five Ways I Don’t Love Natural Family Planning.” Be sure to read the comments section – it’s a doozy!
For what it’s worth, I wanted to include my two cents regarding Natural Family Planning. As I type this, I am almost 4 months postpartum (our 4th child), and I’m at the lovely stage where my hormones are in such weird array that: a) I could weave a small rug with the amount of hair I lose each time I brush my hair/take a shower/walk into the living room; b) my complexion has begun to resemble a certain kind of pizza we all know and love; and c) my NFP chart is, shall we say, whack. It’s anybody’s guess (right now) whether I’m able to conceive or not.
And, you know what? That’s okay. I’m at peace with abstaining. Or not. I am also at peace with whatever children God gives us, at whatever time he chooses to give them. I have not always felt this way, and I’m pretty sure my husband hasn’t, either.
Has NFP always been easy for me and my husband? Heck, no! Has it always been worth it? In a word, yes. I believe that NFP has been physically, psychologically, and spiritually beneficial for me and my husband. Could we be “better” at it? Hm. Interesting question. Could we be more diligent in charting? Yes. Could we appreciate each other more? Yes. Could we communicate more effectively? Of course. Could we be better at conceiving children? No. 🙂 We have four little lambs to prove it.
Ultimately, practicing Natural Family Planning has helped us to have the faith of a little child – trusting that Our Heavenly Father has a plan and purpose for our family.
Need some words of encouragement? Check out what Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta has to say about (toward the end of the article).