I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, USA. After high school I went to nursing school in Chicago. I continued my education in Tulsa, OK, at Oral Roberts University. I began nursing in a Newborn Nursery. During the next few years we grew from a normal nursery to a Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). I loved working with the babies and parents.
My husband and I took our two little boys for our work in Nigeria. I was campus nurse and home school mom, etc. After two years there, we moved on to Malaysia, SE Asia. We have spent at least part of every year since 1983 in Malaysia. During all that time, my husband and I served churches in many different ways. It seems the majority of our work focused on marriage and family teaching and counseling. Our favorite counseling is pre-marital counseling. We love to help young couples establish good attitudes and habits that will help them have a strong, happy marriage for their lifetime.
Since my years in NICU, I’ve collected everything I could find on child development. When our grandson was born, I began sending monthly bulletins with the developmental markers for that month, what to expect next, and other short articles of interest about that month of development. From those bulletins, Your Child’s Journey.com developed.
My husband, Mike, and I have been married 48 years and in full-time Christian service for the same length of time. We make our home in Malaysia and maintain a home in Virginia, USA. We have two sons and a grandson and granddaughter.
About The Couple and Baby Class
In 2016, I attended a class that pointed out the appalling statistics of marriage failure in the first few years of parenting. As many as 2/3 of couples report a decrease in marital satisfaction by the time the child is three years of age. Studies were done by Gottman Institute and found there were great differences between the couples who succeeded, the Masters, and those who failed, the Disasters.
When I learned what the Masters were doing, I realized much of it was what we had been teaching couples for years. When mom and dad love each other, demonstrate that love daily, and work together in parenting, they will be Masters. The other thing that the Masters did well was manage conflict. We have taught for years that the best goal regarding our disagreements is to reduce the frequency, the intensity, and the duration. The Couple and Baby Class includes the best available information and exercises to help you reach this goal.
We know how busy most young couples are. The majority are both working, usually outside their home. They have many other commitments to their extended families and churches. Doing the class in a seminar setting would entail a large commitment of time away from home. So I planned this as an online class so that it can be done when it works best for each couple.
Since building your marriage involves both husband and wife and parenting involves both mom and dad, the class is only designed to be done together. The lessons can be done in just a few longer blocks of time or one lesson at a time, which ever works best for each couple.
I really enjoy interaction with young adults. I want feedback on how this class meets your needs or what you want more information about. Please feel free to email your questions or comments. Diane
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