So, as you may have guessed…I also got covid.
Yep. Steven and I came back to NYC for 10 days to say goodbye to our friends and have Steven’s birthday party and a going away party…and Steven was exposed to covid at work on the first day and picked it up…so our entire 10 days, we’ve had to be isolated and not see anyone.
Devastated, yes. But we’re trying to focus on the positive…no pun intended…and get a lot of work done for our wedding/new home/finances.
And one thing that we have to do for our Pre-Cana marriage prep that is required for getting married in the Catholic Church is that we have to take an in-depth online course on NFP, Natural Family Planning, consisting of videos, quizzes and homework. So we’ve been knocking some of that out.
Now. Some of you may be scratching your head wondering: what the heck is NFP?
NFP, or Natural Family Planning is a scientifically-based method of fertility awareness that uses the observation of a woman’s bodily signs/symptoms of the fertile/infertile phases of her menstrual cycle to help married couples either achieve or postpone pregnancy, all while respecting God’s design for married love.
I have heard it referred to as the “Catholic Birth Control” method, since the Catholic Church is morally against all forms of birth control.
It is suuuper meticulous.
I have to make these charts, where every morning at the same exact time, I take my temperature on this special thermometer that reads to the one-hundredth of a degree, and record it into a graph. I also have to record other symptomatic things every day, that for the sake of my personal dignity, I’m not going to discuss on here.
But anyway, you then look at all the symptoms and the temperature changes, and through some different equations, you can get- to the day – when you ovulate, when your fertility window is, and when your infertility window is every month.
And although this process is immensely tedious, it is also absolutely fascinating and incredible to see the glory and mystery of the female body, backed by science and presented in actual numbers, facts and figures. It is truly awesome to contemplate the fact that God created us this way.
And as I’ve been recording these numbers and symptoms, and spending more time thinking about my nether-regions than I would like…I’ve been struck by something very apparent.
First: how grateful I am to have regained my fertility after my anorexia. For those who may be new here, I battle a life-threatening case of anorexia right at the onset of puberty in high school. I wasted away to 78 pounds, and it is truly by the grace of God that I am sitting here today, not only alive, but that my reproductive organs did not have permanent, irreversible damage caused by such prolonged starvation. I didn’t have my first period until I was about 24 or 25 years old. It took me that long for my reproductive organs to finally heal after my anorexia. And so, sitting here, today, tracking my regular periods, preparing to one day have children, I am just in perpetual gratitude to God for restoring me, and allowing me this second chance.
What a beautiful opportunity to allow me to step back and recognize the bigger picture here. Which just reminds me that no story is ever finished. God is never finished working, and no one is ever “unsavable” for our Father. What a blessing to remember in this time of Advent waiting, as we prepare to welcome Baby Jesus at Christmas.
Alright, that’s all for now. It’s time for me to get back to tracking the muc…nevermind.
Stay healthy out there, yall.
Until next time…
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