Tag Archives: NFP Happenings

NEW Self-Paced Online Course

I am so excited to announce that CCL’s new Self-Paced Online Course is now available!

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Designed with busy couples in mind, this course replaces CCL’s old Home Study course and can be completed in the convenience of your home, at your own pace.

This is an exciting new development for CCL especially as it will potentially meet the need of those couples desiring to learn NFP but unable to physically attend a class, whether it be a scheduling conflict, distance dilemma or a comfort issue. While we always recommend in-person classes as being the best way to learn and to connect and receive support from a teaching couple, sometimes a physical, and even a virtual class, just isn’t possible.

Want more good news? It is only $99! This is an introductory price, and we encourage couples to take advantage of it while available.

Even more good news: course fees for our Live Online and Live Onsite classes have also been reduced. Only $130 each! (Shipping and handling not included.) What a deal! Especially considering that the information gained from learning NFP generally leads couples to a greater understanding and appreciation for each other, which generally leads to healthier choices, which generally leads to healthier lives, which generally leads to healthier families, which generally leads to a healthier Earth. (Whew!)

Each class format has it’s unique benefits, and challenges, but the hope is that couples will find at least one of them to be feasible and affordable, and learning NFP that much easier.

Natural Family Planning: a tool for your health, marriage, family, world. Learn it today!

NFP Family Potluck June 28th

potluckpic6-28-15Summer time is here again! Well, okay, not officially until Sunday, but you know what I mean.

It’s time for our annual NFP Family Potluck! I know, weekend plans get booked way ahead for some families, but we hope you can squeeze this into the agenda. There’s always room for good food and fellowship, right? 😉

This year the event will be held  Sunday, June 28th, at Schaefer Pavilion, which is just outside Jefferson City (3108 Cedar Bend Rd.). Dinner will be from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Some of us will also be attending the first Mass of Thanksgiving by newly ordained Fr. Geoff Brooks at Immaculate Conception at 2:00 PM. Feel free to join in either/both celebrations.

Note: Due to food allergies, we ask that you do not bring finger foods that contain milk, eggs or nuts.

We hope to see you there!

 

New Life & Spring Happenings

Hello NFP Family! My apologies for the long blog silence. God has blessed us with a new addition to the household and it has taken some time to readjust.

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I am always amazed by God’s love. It is so wondrous and creative. He has used the love Jeremy and I have for each other to bring about a totally new human person, complete with body and soul, who will live for eternity. The mystery of creation and of God’s love is so profound and unfathomable, and yet we can hold it in our hands.

How quickly our lives can change! This time last year, we had no idea that we would be loving this new person into existence. Some know that we have been sincerely praying for a while for the blessing of more children, and so we thank those who have joined our petitioning the Lord, with special thanks to St. Joseph for his special intercession.

And so this Spring as we celebrate the gift of new life, and each new day God blesses us with, I will also be attempting to garden without a green thumb. I try to keep in mind, though, that God gives us all that we need to accomplish His will if we ask, including the energy with which to do it, and so as I attempt to find the balance with time and energy I will try my best to stay on top of posting. Note that the key work here is try. My philosophy is that my family gets the best of my time and attention, and as blogging is another skill I am still learning, like gardening, I cannot promise there will not be some lapses. I hope, though, that you will hang in there and continue to follow along as I chronicle the happenings in our little part of the world.

Upcoming Event: NFP Potluck
We are planning a Mid-Missouri NFP Family Potluck in June. Yay! I always enjoy catching up with other NFP families, and meeting new friends. The details will be forthcoming, but it looks like it will be June 28th, so keep that date in mind for us as we would really like to see you there!

Inspirational Reading
I thought I would share with you a post by Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas, in which she offers some tips for when you are not quite yet living the life you dreamed. Haley and her family are preparing to embark on a new adventure which they have been working hard to achieve. I have a feeling that this may speak to many of us. I find it inspirational as I know we are not in our “ideal” place. In our fast-paced world of instant gratification, it is helpful to know that there are others like us out there who through hard work are still achieving a greater dream. Maybe for some, those dreams include having children, or more children, owning a home, having a better and more fulfilling job, and so on. For Jeremy and I, the hard work lies in exercising more patience and fortitude, and continually trying to align our hearts with the will of God through prayer so that we stay true to His calling in our lives, as He knows best what will make us happiest. As the saying goes (in my own words): God always answers prayers; sometimes He says “no,” or at least, “not yet.” For those of you who are also in this situation, and who may be receiving this answer from God, I pray for the patience and fortitude you need, and that God is ready to bestow, to endure this time of working and waiting, while enjoying the blessings of every day.

And may God bless you this Easter springtime with new life!

Global NFP Survey

Below is an invitation to a NFP survey that some of you may already have received. For those who have not heard of this survey as of yet, I have been given permission to share the invitation with you! Please consider taking the time to complete the survey. It will only be available until Friday the 20th. My apologies for the late notice. Thank you for your help!

You are invited to participate in a global NFP survey of couples being led by the Institute for Natural Regulation of Conception (INER) in Austria. This organization is the ongoing legacy of Dr Joseph Roetzer, one of the early pioneers in developing the Sympto-Thermal Method of NFP.

The overall goal of the survey is to document the contribution NFP may have to overall health promotion:

  • To what extent do NFP users have a better awareness and understanding of their bodies?
  • To what extent does NFP affect the health of those who practice it?

You do not have to be a current or former user of NFP to participate.

The physicians and scientists leading this work aim to raise awareness of NFP and its effects on health. In addition to questions about NFP and related topics, there are some questions that may seem unrelated. Please know that these are international standardized questions related to temperament, alcohol consumption and nicotine consumption.

Replies are completely anonymous (the hosting service, “Q-Set” in Germany, generates a link for each participant that cannot be traced).

Participants from across Europe and North America are being invited to participate so as to gain a global perspective on NFP. You might find the English a bit awkward in some of the questions due to the translation, but the meanings should be clear.

There are separate surveys for men and women (links are below), and completing the survey should take no more than 10 minutes.

By participating in this survey you can add your voice to those of many more from around the world and become a part of this important work.

Click here for the Women’s Survey.

Click here for the Men’s Survey.

CCL Cooks: More Recipes

potato-544073_640This post is all about food today! At a recent training, our CCL teacher and promoter couples shared good fellowship and food, always a winning combination. Today I get to pass along a bit of the festivity by sharing some of the recipes enjoyed that day. Hooray!

For more recipes by our cooks, check out this page.

Black Bean Soup by Missy Bailes

  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • ½ jar salsa
  • Spices to taste
  • Cut up smoked sausage

Bring to a boil and simmer until beans and seasonings are cooked through.

Chili by Kate Basi

  • 1 lb. ground beef, browned
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 large can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans chili beans
  • 1 1/2-2 T. chili powder
  • Dash of cumin

Bring to a boil and simmer to desired consistency.

Pumpkin Crunch by Missy Bexten
Click here for the recipe (made without the whipped topping).

Muffins by Maria Henson
Click here for that recipe (one batch was made with chocolate chips and another with strawberry bits).

breakfast-21707_640Whew, what a summer! Hope everyone has had a great one. Can’t believe schools are back in session, or for others, will be starting soon.

It’s already time for our Mid-MO NFP Family Potluck!

Please come join us this Sunday. It will be at Our Lady of Lourdes-Flanagan Hall, starting around 12:30pm (following the 11:30am Mass). Anyone and everyone is invited, whether a NFP-user or not. Singles, couples, families, everyone. There’s sure to be good food, not to mention good company. We hope to see you there!