We had our third and final NFP class on Saturday with Allison and her husband, Mike. I can not thank them enough for being willing to get creative and teach us via Skype; and answer all of my crazy questions; and laugh with us; and reassure us. When The Man and I head to Texas in October for my brother's wedding, we will most certainly be making a side trip to meet Allison and Mike IRL.
What an amazing journey we have begun began started. I would like to think I would have been open to NFP 6 1/2 years ago when we took our marriage prep classes, but I will never know because it wasn't even discussed. All I knew about the Catholic teachings on birth control was that it was wrong. I had no idea there was a reliable alternative in NFP. I had never heard the term 'Natural Family Planning' until I started blogging. Admittedly, I didn't seek it out years ago, but I still can't help but feel a bit cheated because no one ever brought it up to us.
I feel so much better (physically/mentally) since tossing the BCPs; and knowing what is going on with my body makes the times of hormone changes much more bearable. As an example, I find I get extremely tired when I'm ovulating (I thought I was crazy, but googled it and sure enough, I'm not the only one). Knowing that ovulation is nearing, I can eat better, be sure to get enough sleep at night and not get quite so tired during the day.
As we finished our last class, we briefly discussed with Allison and Mike about how The Man and I could become NFP instructors. I am feeling like God is putting this on my heart. That someday (sooner rather than later, perhaps), a woman can google NFP and West Virginia and actually find useful links to resources and guidance. Will you please pray for discernment and clarity as we begin to see what path God is leading us down.