About Me

My husband, Tom, and I live just north of Chicago with our two boys and our 100lb chocolate lab, Max.

I am the Founder and President of Sleep Training Solutions and a Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant. So satisifying to solve these sleep issues for families who have been struggling for months–or years!–and are finally getting a good night’s sleep.

I have a Master’s of Arts in Teaching and was a private math tutor for the 7 years (truth be told, I still have some clients I’ve been working with since the beginning…hard to cut the strings!). I LOVE math.  I used to leave my math homework to do last, as my reward for getting through the other subjects.  I’m sorry if you can’t relate. You’re not alone!

I am also a Certified Rainbow Facilitator (helping children cope with the loss of a parent or caregiver from death, divorce, or deployment) and I am active with the moms group at our church.

There’s nothing better than having a few minutes (or hours) to cozy up on the couch with that book you’ve been waiting to read.  (By the way, I’m always looking for great book suggestions!).  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten lost in a book, and found my way out hours later having missed more than one meal.

When the kitchen counters are messy and start to collect STUFF, I start to twitch.  I refuse to go to sleep knowing I’ll wake up to a mess.

I wish I had more time to finish the needlepoint stocking I started formy youngest when I was pregnant.  Maybe it’ll be finished in time for him to take it to college. [Update, 6 years 2 months later, it’s finished. Thank goodness he has no younger siblings!]

When we’re in the car, the kids and I listen to KLOVE and sing along. One of them can sing on key, the other gets an A for effort.

I believe that all of the illnesses, surgeries and scares we’ve been through have made us stronger.  I don’t know why they’ve happened, but I firmly believe the verse in Romans 8:28 “All things work together for good for those who love God…”  He has a plan.  Have you read this story about a Grandma baking a cake?

A young boy was visiting his Grandma and was telling her how everything was
going wrong in school; his brothers and sisters teased him, his mother and
father didn’t love him, and how he had a stomach ache the night before.

Grandma was mixing up ingredients for a cake. She asked her Grandson if he would like to have a snack which, of course, he did. “Here have some cooking oil.”

“Yuck,” said the little boy.

“How about a couple of raw eggs?”

“Gross, Grandma!”

“Would you like some flour them? Or maybe a little baking soda?”

“Grandma, those are all yucky!”
 
To which Grandma replied, “Yes, all those things seem bad by themselves, but when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderful delicious cake. God works the same way. We wonder why He lets us go through such difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all together in His order, they always work for the good. We just have to trust Him to “mix the ingredients and bake the cake.” Eventually, they will result in something wonderful. ~Author Unknown

Sometimes I feel like we’re stuck in the dry ingredient step, covered in flour. But then I get a whiff of the cake baking…

Without these health setbacks, I would never have steered my life in a more healthy direction (or started this blog!).  And for that, I’m very grateful.

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2 responses to “About Me

  1. I am so very proud of you, my friend. You are the best!

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