I did use The Pill on and off (mostly off) over the course of 8 years before I converted to Catholicism. I hated the Pill. I thought it was such a sense of freedom and maturity when I got on it at age 20.
I very quickly realized how much I hated being on it…but I looked at it as a necessary evil.
Interestingly enough…the last time I made the decision to come off the pill…I never wanted to go back on it. I researched other methods and came across something called Fertility Awareness Method…or the secular version of NFP.
Long story short…I got engaged and hubby and I both converted before our wedding. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the Church approved of our planned method of spacing kiddos.
Learning the Church’s stance on Marriage and family planning was such a breath of fresh air for me. It was the very first thing I embraced and fell in love with the Church for (thought I get I’m very much in the minority for thinking this way).
We have one daughter and another on the way. I’ve used NFP to space and plan both kiddos. We are open to more…but we’ll have to wait and do some more spacing due to our rocky financial situation.
I will say this…God absolutely provides for the children he has blessed us with. Hubby has been laid off, unexpectedly, twice in a year. Every time he gets laid off he seems to find something new.
His new job was looking really rocky and sure enough, he was laid off after only being on for about 6 months of work.
But, I had found out I was pregnant, and he got an email from his supervisor in the military…notifying him that he could go back on orders in another few months.
This buys us at least another 1.5 years of steady employment…after that? We keep praying for another miracle.