Welcome to the Abusive Relationship Awareness Blog Hop. While this may not be your typical blog hop theme, we decided to put together this hop in order to shed light on a topic that often goes unspoken about, when the truth is many of us have either been in an abusive relationship or know of someone who has. We're here not to celebrate abusive relationships, but to bring hope to those who have been firsthand or secondhand victims and to provide awareness to help put an end to this growing problem.
All of our projects showcased in this hop have something to do with hope, love, and encouragement. The color for domestic violence is purple, and as you'll see purple was used on many of our projects.
Okay, I could share my horrid experience of years of mental, emotional and finally physical abuse or I can tell you how I survived and made my life better. I choose the latter. So here's my story.....approximately 17 years ago I made a decision that forever changed the life of my children and myself. I left my husband, the man that I thought would love, protect and provide for me my entire life. The father of my three children, my high school sweetheart, the love of my life; you get the picture right. The man that abused me in some sort of way the entire 13 years we were together; whether it was mental, emotional or physical. When I left the house that we shared, I took my clothes, my children and their clothes. We moved from a very comfortable 3 bedroom, 2 bath home into a 1 bedroom 1 bath home but all that didn't matter as long as there was no more fighting. I immediately began the healing process. I put my life in the Lord's hands, I know this sounds really cliche` but you don't understand I sorta lost my way. When I moved back to my home town, I started attending Church every Sunday at the Church that I attended when I was a child. I knew what I had to do, I had to find it in myself to truly forgive the person that destroyed me. And I did! I truly forgive him for everything he has ever done to me. By forgiving me, I sorta freed myself of all that negativity. My Grandmother always told me, "you can't get in heaven with a black heart". By taking that step, I was able to become the strong, independent woman I am today. I am able to love and trust again. And I only have the Lord to thank for that. I guess what I am trying to say is don't dwell on the dark times, move ahead make peace with yourself and begin the healing process.
For my project, I created a card....
A2 sized card base in dark purple - Recollections Paper
Background paper is from my stash (Sorry don't remember the name of it)
My rosette was created by cutting a strip of purple paper (Recollections) 1 1/2 X 12 then scoring it every 1/2 inch and fan folding it. Glue the two ends together and push down on the center to form the rosette. Add a circle to the back and then whatever you are putting on the top.
My sentiment is from K Andrew Design stamps - Positive Thoughts
To help promote awareness for abusive relationships, eleven sponsors have been kind enough to offer almost $200 worth of prizes to those who participate in the blog hop. Yes, you read that correctly, there will be 11 PRIZE WINNERS. Let's see what prizes are being offered...
|Paper Piecings By Nikki - $15 Gift Certificate|
|Shelly's Images - $9 Gift Certificate|
|Designs on Cloud 9 - $20 Gift Certificate|
|Scraptastical Kreations - $20 Gift Certificate|
|Digital Delights - $10 Gift Certificate|
|The Robin's Nest - $20 Gift Certificate|
|Di's Digi Downloads - $10 Gift Certificate|
|Close To My Heart - $10 Gift Certificate|
|Quick Quotes - $15 Gift Certificate|
|Perfect Paper Crafting - $30 Gift Certificate|
|Erica's Craft Room - $25 Gift Certificate|
Here's what you have to do to be eligible to win any of these fabulous prizes:
1.) Leave a comment on each blog in the hop
2.) Become a follower of each blog if you aren't already
Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Made Especially For You on Friday May 20th. Comments after Thursday May 19th will NOT be eligible to win any of the prizes.
Winners should contact Ashley at: email@example.com
Your next stop is Jessica's blog!
Here's the entire lineup in case you get lost along the way:
Ashley - http://especiallymade.blogspot.com
Jamie A - http://scrapqueen141.blogspot.com
Miranda - http://www.nanasscrapspot.com
Jessica - www.craftinandstampin.blogspot.com
Pam L - http://mzlavr2.blogspot.com
Monica - http://scraps2treasure.blogspot.com
Thank you so much for joining us! Be sure to check out the following links for more information on how you can help to prevent and bring awareness to abusive relationships and domestic violence.