• a deeper connection and intimacy with your partner?
  • to find a way to bring the two of you together to talk through the issues and find happiness again?
  • to fix resentment and disappointment in your marriage?
  • to move past unresolved hurt and unforgiveness to create a closer bond with your partner? 

My husband and I have been married for almost 27 years. Meaning, we've now been married longer than we've been single.

I was 16 when I met Colby. We were high school sweethearts. He was 15. I was about to start my Senior year, he was going to be a sophomore. 

His birthday is late, mine is early. I'm 15 months older. 

We dated through some crazy times and had to fight to continue dating. But, we persevered, stuck it out, got engaged on my 19th birthday and married a few weeks after I turned 20. 

Until we met some road blocks.

Everything came to a halt and my entire world shattered when Colby left me with two small children in January of 1999. 

For 2.5 years I spent my days wondering what was wrong with me. I dove into self-help books and church. 

I knew I needed to "fix me" so that I could find love again. 

It wasn't easy. But, even after filing for divorce, we fought our way back. 

No divorce. Complete restoration. Forgiveness.

Over 20 years later, we've grown our family with three more children, started a business together, and planted deep roots. 

Through forgiveness, we've welcomed personal-growth, found purpose in our pain, and learned humility. Most of all, we've prioritized our marriage, learned to communicate better, and compromised more.

Now we want to pass along what we've learned to you! We want our marriage trials and triumphs to help serve others.

  • Identify pain points
  • Initiate honest communication
  • Reconnect and Restore
  • Work, in private, at your own pace

How to use the Program

Communicate openly with your spouse about the concept. Choose a timeline that fits everyone's schedule. Decide on a location (home, hotel, getaway). Make necessary reservations.

  • Plan meals and activities

    Whether staying home or heading to another location, plan as much as possible in advance to keep the retreat flowing smoothly. Date nights and meals can be pre-planned.

  • Determine sessions in advance

    No one wants to be blind-sided with a hot topic that can cause more friction. Although you shouldn't skip the tough conversations, it's also fair to know what you're getting into.

  • Gather materials & supplies

    Look through the materials and resources guide to make a list of possible supplies and be sure to download and print any resources you plan to use throughout the retreat.

Course curriculum

  • 1
  • 2

    Create Connection

    • What We Hope to Achieve

    • Strengths & Growth Opportunities

    • Next Steps

  • 3

    Art of Communication

    • What We Hope to Achieve

    • Communication Deep-dive

    • Next Steps

  • 4

    Manage Conflict

    • What We Hope to Achieve

    • What makes marriages work?

    • Resolving Conflict

    • Next Steps

  • 5

    Practice Forgiveness

    • What We Hope to Achieve

    • Why is forgiveness important?

    • Steps to ask for Forgiveness

    • Next Steps

  • 6

    Build Family Bonds

    • What We Hope to Achieve

    • What makes a healthy family?

    • Healthy Work/Life Balance

    • Next Steps

  • 7

    Money and Marriage

    • What We Hope to Achieve

    • Can we combine money & marriage?

    • Next Steps

  • 8

    Love is a Verb

    • What We Hope to Achieve

    • Love Requires Action

    • 5 Love Languages

    • Next Steps

  • 9

    Keep the Spark Alive

    • What We Hope to Achieve

    • Emotional intimacy = Better sex

    • 5 Secrets for Keeping the Spark Alive

    • Next Steps

Bonus material

Everything you need to host your DIY Marriage Retreat!

  • Marriage Workbook

    The Marriage Workbook is a helpful toolkit to use alongside the DIY Marriage Retreat Course. In addition to acting as a guide through the modules, it also includes note pages, planners, quotes, and more to use during your retreat.

  • Worksheets

    Each module features worksheets that are not only great for troubleshooting problems in your relationship, but they can also help you negotiate what your marriage can look like going forward.

  • 30 Day Marriage Challenge

    Focus on your marriage for thirty days with this easy to follow marriage challenge. Each task moves you one day closer to making your marriage stronger.