Charting in the First Year

Congratulations! Now you are married and can put what you learned in your NFP class to practice. On top of combining two lives into one, you now also get to start using NFP ‘for real’ together. It’s a great time for the husband to take over inputting the data onto the chart or app each…

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5 Ways to Get More Out of Marriage Prep

I’m currently four months deep in an 8-month engagement. As I write this, my fiancé is in a U-Haul moving across the country. He’ll stay there until I move and join him after the honeymoon. As we are now long-distance and because he is not Catholic, much of the planning and prep still remains. Despite…

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Habits for a Strong Marriage

CCL interviewed newlywed couples to discover common practices that, when lived during engagement and early marriage, will lay the groundwork for lasting, fruitful, and joyful marriages. Building on friendship and shared faith, trusting in the Church’s teaching authority, increasing the habit of prayer, and relying on the wisdom of a sponsor couple, Samantha and Daniel…

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Laying the Groundwork for Marriage

By Martha Haenni CCL interviewed newlywed couples to discover common practices that, when lived during engagement and early marriage, will lay the groundwork for lasting, fruitful, and joyful marriages. Foundational Elements For Elsie & Juan Carlos Hernandez, their shared Catholic faith, having an actively engaged parish priest preparing them for the sacrament of marriage, and…

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Start Giving Early in Your Marriage

By Heather Murphy, CCL Development Director I have always identified with the widow and her two coins in Luke 21; “she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” Fortunately, Brendan and I have never been truly poor, but from the very beginning of our marriage, finances have been tight. We laugh (often ironically) that…

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Navigating NFP Together

Céline Gaeta interviews Amber and Conner DeHart. As newlyweds, they believe having conversations about family planning and navigating it together is a solid place to start. Céline: Connor and Amber, tell me a little about your family and how you met! Amber: Connor and I met at work, and we were friends long before we…

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Tips for the Engaged and Charting

We are an engaged couple preparing for marriage. My fiancé and I are Catholic and talked a lot about our beliefs when we were first dating. One of those was Natural Family Planning (NFP). When we first got engaged, I made an appointment with a doctor who upheld Catholic teachings in her practice — including…

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5 Resources for Newlyweds

Written by Sharon Drees. Originally published in Family Foundations. My husband, Brian and I have been married for sixteen years. While the early days of our marriage were mostly “roses and lilacs” as we say in our family when referring to the ideal state of life, it didn’t take long before we realized that “happily…

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Newlywed and New to NFP (Part 2)

Written by S.J. Duca. Originally published in Family Foundations. Annie and Matt are the second couple featured in this two part series, where newlyweds share about their journey to the altar, their Natural Family Planning (NFP) experience, and what excites them most about Couple to Couple League’s new PeakDay app. ( You can read the…

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Newlywed and New to NFP

Written by S.J. Duca. Originally published in Family Foundations. For Holly Livingston, eight months married, the most surprising part is how natural it feels. “Of course, there has been adjusting, but being married to John feels so normal and ‘meant to be,’ even amidst the chaos of newness!” Holly and John are one of the…

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