Holiday Meals for Military – 20 Nov 2017

Operation Homefront will be hosting a Holiday Meals for Military event on Ellsworth AFB on Monday, November 20th. At this event, families will receive a holiday meal kit that contains all of the nonperishable goods needed to make a family meal, including stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole ingredients, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie fixings, and more. Families will also walk away with a $25 gift card to purchase a protein source.

Eligible recipients include active duty ranks of E1 through E6 or all ranks of post 9/11 wounded, ill, or injured. Please see attached flyer for more information and feel free to spread the word to eligible families.

Registration is required beforehand at https://events.operationhomefront.org.

FREE 1 extra hour of sleep! Limited time offer!

That’s right, coming this Sunday you can be the proud owner of an absolutely FREE, extra hour of sleep.

This Sunday morning, November 5, 2017 at 2 a.m., daylight savings time will end and the clocks in most states will turn back 1 hour.

How do you take advantage of this special offer? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3:

1. On Saturday night, turn back your clocks by 1 hour.
2. Go to bed
3. Wake up on Sunday with one extra hour of sleep

This offer is limited to no one! But hurry!
This offer expires on Sunday, March 11, 2018
when the clocks spring forward 1 hour!

Marriage Minute: Saying “I’m sorry” is magical

We all make mistakes from time to time. When we do, saying “I’m sorry” is magical because it lets your partner know that you understand and respect them, which helps to bring you both closer together.

Try to be specific about why you’re apologizing, and try to explain how you felt when things went wrong:

I had been very stressed and irritable.
I hadn’t expressed much appreciation toward you.
I had been running on empty.

This will help your partner understand where you’re coming from. It will open you both up to calmly expressing what you need and how you feel.

The Marriage Minute From The Gottman Institute, dated 19 October 2017. You can sign up here to get The Marriage Minute delivered to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning. 

Marriage Minute: The one big thing

The one big thing in marriage is trust.

Can I trust you to be there for me when I’m upset? 

Can I trust you to choose me over your friends?

Can I trust you to respect me?

We’ve learned that trust is built in very small moments. In any interaction, there is a possibility of connecting with your partner or turning away from your partner.

Turn towards bids for connection. Express appreciation for each other. Brag about each other’s talents and achievements. Say “I love you” every day.

Trust us.

The Marriage Minute From The Gottman Institute, dated 14 September 2017. You can sign up here to get The Marriage Minute delivered to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning. 

Marriage Minute: The Grass is Greener

In any interaction, there is a possibility of connecting with your partner or turning away. One single moment is not that important, but if you’re consistently choosing to turn away, then trust erodes.

When this happens, you begin to focus on your partner’s flaws. You forget about their traits you admire and value.

Eventually you start making what researcher Caryl Rusbult calls “negative comparisons.” You start to compare your spouse to someone else, real or imagined, and you think, “I can do better.”

Invest in your marriage instead. Express appreciation for each other. Brag about each other’s achievements. Say “I love you” every day.

The grass isn’t greener on the other side. The grass is greener where you water it.

The Marriage Minute From The Gottman Institute, dated 31 August 2017. You can sign up here to get The Marriage Minute delivered to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning. 

Back to School Round-Up – Saturday, August 26

It is almost that time again! The 2017 Back to School Round Up Event will be held on August 26th, 2017, from 1-3pm, at the PRIDE Hangar.

Please come out and join us for educational resources, FREE school supplies (while supplies last) provided by Operation Home Front for the first 300 children, Dahl art center art projects, a photo booth, climbing wall, bouncy castles, sensory tables, a planetarium dome, and a petting zoo. There will also be prize drawings @ 2:45pm for different age groups.

This event is hosted by the 28 FSS Airman and Family Readiness Flight and Child and Youth Services Flight.

 

Marriage Minute: Response Ability

We’ve all been defensive. Defensiveness is self-protection in an attempt to ward off a perceived attack, and it’s one of the Four Horsemen that predicts divorce.

The antidote to defensiveness is to accept responsibility for your role in the issue.

Think about the word responsibility.

Response. Ability.

You have the ability to respond with patience and kindness. The key is to be aware of your triggers. And to understand the difference between a perceived attack and an actual one.

Let that awareness inform your response ability.

The Marriage Minute From The Gottman Institute, dated 20 July 2017. You can sign up here to get The Marriage Minute delivered to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.