Monday, October 3, 2016

Passport 2 Love Fall 2016 Series!

We are excited to announce the Fall Passport 2 Love series are ready for registration!  This will be the final series of 2016, so sign up now before the craziness of the holidays begins.   We are also very excited to be hosting Passport 2 Love in Spanish, as well as the first South County Passport 2 Love series.






Friday, February 19, 2016

Is your heart broken that you missed out on Passport 2 Love?

We have just the medicine for you!  Passport 2 Love Series 2 has just opened for registration! We are excited to have you join us.  The date nights consist of activities such as making pizzas, bowling, and a museum treasure hunt. The activities are directed by facilitators that are trained and certified in **PREP curricula, a relationship enhancement program (click on the link below for more information). The facilitators will invite the couples to learn new skills and techniques that will help them to reconnect, recommit and respond to conflict effectively. 
If you have graduated from one of our previous Passport 2 Love events and would like to join us again, feel free to come and invite your friends.  This course is appropriate for any couple at any stage of your relationship.  Have you been married six months?  Passport 2 Love is for you.  Have you been married 60 years?  Passport 2 Love is for you.   Follow one of the links below.  





**For information about PREP
PREP (Prevention Relationship Enhancement Program) https://www.prepinc.com/content/about-us/what-is-prep.htm

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Why should you attend Passport 2 Love

My name is Teresa Kilcrease.  I have been married to my sweetheart, Mark  for nearly 21 years.  We have been involved in Passport 2 Love for a year and a half and I volunteer as the  Social Media Consultant for Passport  2 Love. This is my personal journey...

Marriage Education and PREP was not something that I had ever heard of when I got married.   My sweetheart and I married 21 years ago with stars in our eyes and dreams of happily ever after. Everyone knows *how* to be married, right? Isn't that the idea, you just fall in love and live your very own personal fairy tale?  While there were plenty of moments of  fairy tale, there were some pretty difficult moments too.  By our second anniversary we had added two amazing wonderful children into our family. Just 4 short years into our marriage, we buried our stillborn son.  We struggled through job loss and unemployment, We struggled through in-law issues and health issues.  By year 11, we now had 5 children and the fairy tale moments seemed fewer and further in between.  We hit a point in our marriage that was bad!  When I say "bad," I mean the kind of bad where people get divorced.  Hindsight has given me a much clearer idea of what went wrong, but at the time I felt completely blindsided.  The rug had been pulled out from under me, and I didn't know where to turn.  One night, I made up my mind.  I was leaving.  It was over.  The only thing that stopped me was that I was too pregnant (with our 7th and final child.) and too tired to do it.  At this point we had been struggling to "make it work" for two years.  I can't even begin to tell you what happened in those long and dark hours that night.  Something happened that changed our minds and hearts.  Softened them.  Before the sun set again, we had determined to give our marriage one last shot.  Somehow, through sheer stubbornness and the grace of God, we made it through.  We relocated, made changes and muddled through.

A year and a half ago, just shy of our 20 year mark, we again found ourselves traveling back down a difficult road.  This time we recognized it.  We saw the signs, and knew that it wasn't a road we wanted to travel again.  What we didn't know was how to change course.  We started to look around for resources.  We took a marriage class from a local college.  It was our first introduction to PREP.  We followed the first class up, by signing up for the original Passport 2 Love date nights.  We learned a several skills that have made a significant difference in our lives, and in our marriage.   The first of these principles are the three central themes of PREP.  First, "Decide, don't slide."  We don't have to simply accept that we have a bad or good marriage.  We can make a conscientious decision to improve our marriage.  This is the same if you have been married for 2 weeks or 25 years.  Even a great marriage can be improved when couples choose the path their marriage will follow.  The second of these principals is "Make it safe to connect."  This was a huge wake up call for me personally. It was choosing not to let my emotions rule the conversation and reminding myself that I love this man and I want him to know that he can come to me with his concerns without being hit with a blast of emotional backlog.  The last of these principles is "Do your part."  Once again, this principle really put things into perspective for me.  Am I a "right-fighter?" Where is my priority?  Is it getting my point of view through or is it improving and nurturing my marriage and my husband.

While it is possible to muddle through and hope that you come out alright at the other end (we did it once before.),  there is an incredible comfort in knowing that you can take control of the course that you are following and you can choose to have a bright and amazing future with your sweetheart.  The Passport 2 Love program is even more amazing because you get the opportunity to learn these skills, and many more in a safe, fun environment with other couples, who are also charting their own course to a better marriage through Passport 2 Love.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Passport 2 Love Series 1 is starting!

What better way to start a new year, than by amazing date nights and learning new skills?  We are excited to announce three new groups that will be beginning in January and February. Each series will be 5 weeks long and include fun date nights such making pizza at the Pizza Factory and Bowling at Fat Cats.   Please check out the links below to start your new adventure.  

Group A Jan 30- Feb 27, 2016

Group B Feb 5- March 5, 2016

Group C Feb 6-March 6, 2016

Monday, December 14, 2015

Winter 2016 Passport 2 Love is coming soon!

Please check back with us often as we will be launching the series for 2016 very soon.  We appreciate all of the support that we have received.  We love the opportunities that we have had to serve you and to get to know the amazing families that have participated in Passport 2 Love!

Our fall Passport 2 Love groups have finished!

We look forward to the new year and new and exciting Passport 2 Love date nights.  Our fall series finished up with a date night at the Pizza Factory in Provo, Utah. We enjoyed a lovely meal, and the opportunity to visit with our new found friends.  We want to share with you some of the things that our participants had to say about our Passport 2 Love Date night Series.  

Lauren Rogers said: 

"This was such a fun program!  What a great way to spend time with your spouse and have fun, while learning how to strengthen your marriage.  I would highly recommend it to anyone, a great investment in your future happiness!"

Another participate said:

"The Strengthening families program has helped my husband and I communicate better and see the good in each other."

G.W. said : 

" We sure love those classes, it helps us remember what's important and helps us gain more skills to use with each other and our children. I have noticed it gives our kids more confidence to speak their mind without fear."

We are already busily planning our next series set to take place in January 2016! We hope to see you there!

Fun and Friendship & Bowling with Boundaries

Our Groups 2 & 3 enjoyed a night of fun at Fat Cat's in Provo.  They were able to learn about making fun memories and strengthening their relationships through friendship.  After all, we want to enjoy the time we have with our sweethearts.