I am a student and engaged to be married in July. My fiance and I plan on practicing NFP to postpone parenthood until I graduate and we are stable on one income. Right now I am an engineering intern and she works a sales job. Unfortunately with her income only things would be EXTREEMLY tight just for the two of us if not impossible. Although we want kids now, we feel it would be very difficult to provide and be good parents at this point.
We’ve gone to NFP classes (we met 1 on 1 with the NFP lady in our diocese) and she has been taking her temperature and charting daily (I call her at 6:30am every morning as I leave for work to remind her to take her temperature).
My purpose for starting this thread is to hear from other couples who have gone through or are going through a similar situation. What was your experience like? How strict were you? She and I both look forward to being able to express our love fully as a married couple but are worried that we may have to abstain too much (we met with a young couple who told us that they were so strict with NFP that at times they only had sex 1 time a month and that has kind of gotten me flustered)! Did you have similar concerns?
So I’ll leave the background information at that and quit rambling so I can hear from you guys.
God bless all of you and God bless the Church which holds the dignity of marriage and the human person in higher esteem than any other institution on earth. God is good!