Q. Tell us about your family.
You might imagine this if you knew I was the only female in our family of six…loud voices, the TV blaring with the latest sports game broadcasting, the house shaking, dirty feet and faces, snack wrappers littered over the floors of each bedroom, piles of stinky laundry, and the kitchen pantry that is always more empty than full. Well, I’m here to tell you that only three-fourths of those items are accurate😊 No, in all seriousness, sometimes our life may be loud and busy, but over the hum of it all, I would not change a thing!
My husband, Michael, and I have been married for eleven years. Michael teaches second grade as well as coaches Cross Country. He is a man who brings me closer to being the best-version-of-myself every day, and I’m so thankful for him. He is funny, has ceaseless energy (he runs to and from everything), and is a dad who is truly present to our boys.
As for me, I taught school for seven years at various levels (1st, 2nd, and 4th Grade) after I graduated from college. During my seventh year, I felt a tug on my heart to stay at home, so my husband and I made it work. I never stopped teaching though. During my seventh year of teaching, I was pregnant with our third boy and went through the BOM teacher training. While pregnant, I did my practicum and then starting teaching couples after I had my son. Over the past few years I’ve taught in various capacities. This year, I will embark on a few new adventures: being a parent educator for an Early Childhood Education Class and tutoring a fourth-grade student. I also will have the privilege of teaching through a program called H.E.A.R.T. (Health Education and Relationship Training), which is offered through a local pregnancy and family center. I will teach middle school and high schoolers about healthy relationships and sexual risk avoidance. I’m super excited for these new opportunities!
Now for our boys -- Dominic, William, James, and Gabriel. Dominic is nine and loves all things sports! He also loves to read and hang out with his friends. William is seven and likes sports, playing board games and cards, and is my guy who will actually color with me. James is four and loves to play video games with his dad and brothers. (We have the old-school Nintendo system that was my husband’s when he was a kid!) He also loves to tell stories, play games, and wrestle with Grandpa and his dad. Lastly, we have Gabriel who is two years old. He is all about keeping up with his brothers and loves to mimic them. He loves bugs, going for golf cart rides at Great Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and will still let me snuggle him:)
As a family, we love going to water parks, hanging out with family members, playing games, and having family movie nights with homemade popcorn.
Q. When did you first hear about The Billings Method™? And, what was your initial impression of it?
My parents used NFP in their marriage and that is how I originally learned about NFP. My parents learned Sympto-Thermal first and then switched over to using The Billings Method™. My parents first witnessed at marriage courses and soon my mom found herself going through teacher training. She taught couples for a short time, but soon found it difficult to teach since she was working full-time and was trying to mother three small children as well.
My mom was always open about talking to my sister and me about our cycle and encouraged us to chart. She did not go into the rules about how to use BOM, but she gave us the tools to pay attention to our naturally occurring signs within our cycle.
With this knowledge of paying attention to my body and seeing how NFP worked for my parents (I am the oldest of four children), I was super excited to learn more. I then was able to hear about it again when I went through marriage prep. We had our first instruction class that weekend, and I was hooked.
I knew there and then that The Billings Method™ allowed a woman to have a wealth of information about her body; not only could it be used as a fertility awareness method, but also as a way to plan your family.
Q. What inspired you to become a Billings teacher?
My husband and I started witnessing for marriage courses after we had been married for a year. I loved speaking to these couples and giving them a glimpse into how we used the method in our marriage.
Within our marriage, we had some easy times of charting and some not-so-easy times of charting. I found myself doubting my natural signs while nursing and often needed a review class. With this slight bump in the road, I realized I wanted to learn more about the science behind the method. I also noticed that there were many women around me who had no clue what was going on with their bodies. I wanted to change that and help enlighten them. I knew I could speak to them based off of how effective it was in our marriage already, but I wanted to share more with them. I ended up attending a local training course.
Q. As you know, we need more teachers. Young couples tend to be so busy these days. What do you think we can do to attract more to teaching?
I personally think we should be doing more in schools and educating people at a younger age rather than just when they are ready to get married.
We are in the midst of many people who want to go the more “natural” route. In addition, many couples are struggling to get pregnant and yet have never been taught how to read their natural signs.
If we can start from an earlier age, there would be a high demand for teachers and medical professionals to share this valuable information with clients.
Q. As a board member and our treasurer, you’re now really in the thick of it with helping us as an organization! You’ve done an amazing job as our treasurer. How has your work in those capacities helped you understand the needs of the national organization?
I realize that BOMA is not just made up of a few people, but a whole family. We all are working together, doing our part, to help bring the message of BOMA to others. Even though we are all over the nation, we are all striving for the same goal--to provide the simplest and most personalized care in fertility education.
With this in mind, we need to support each other. It can feel like we tirelessly teach and are not making a difference but remember helping even one couple is a tremendous benefit! And BOMA is here to support you and help you as best we can. We are all on the same team and working toward that same goal.
Q. Do you have any advice for people reading this who want to become more involved but are not sure what to do?
Contact us by clicking here now. Even if you don’t feel called to teaching, there are many other ways you can get involved. Otherwise, check out our website and find a teacher in your area. Maybe there are some within your hometown? Reach out and ask how you can help. There are no wrong questions. We are here, we would love your help, and you can make all the difference with your one single “Yes!”
BOMA-USA provides education and training for The Billings Ovulation Method® which is a natural method of fertility management that teaches you to recognize the body's natural signs of fertility.