Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Sympto-Thermal neatness...

Last Sunday, my fiancee and I attended our class in Natural Family Planning (NFP) in Paso Robles offered by the Couple-to-Couple League (CCL). We started the day off on the way up with the Divine Liturgy at St. Anne's Byzantine Catholic (Ruthenian) Church in San Luis Obispo, which is always a treat. St. Anne's is an Eastern Catholic parish in full communion with the Bishop of Rome.

But this is really cool... A woman's natural fertility cycle is really something to behold. It is certainly counter-cultural to appreciate it as a man. It should really be required learning for any man, if only to be educated about how wonderfully and intricately made we human beings are, especially women.

The class we attended was actually a condensed, intensive course focusing on the Sympto-Thermal method of NFP, charting and chart interpretation, and other pertinent information to help couples get started with NFP. Couples can then approach other related topics, such how future pregnancy and menopause affect the fertility cycle, at their own pace. Being a part of CCL also means that we can get private consultation and help in interpreting our charts if we ever need it in the future. We knew a fair amount about NFP going into the course, but after walking through everything with other couples, charting no longer seems so daunting, and we are itching to get started charting this week! This'll give us a few months experience in charting before we are actually married. So cool! Thank goodness we have free long-distance on our cell phone plan.

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