Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Every Day is a New Beginning

Tonight I learned of a very worthwhile challenge/hop going on - The Hop To Stop.  This is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Did you know that 1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence over the course of their lifetimes?  I, unfortunately am 1 of the 3.  When I was 18 I made one of the dumbest choices of my life.  I married an abusive man.  I was very week minded and very easily cowed.  This man nearly killed me at least three times.  He not only abused me physically, but also abused me verbally and sexually.  I have a scar on my thumb from stopping a knife from going into my throat that reminds me every day not to EVER let myself be put in that situation again.  Because of this history I find it extremely difficult to allow anyone to be emotionally close to me.  What happened to me when I was 18 still effects me 28 years later.  Needless to say, I find this hop a VERY worthwhile thing to do!

Please know I'm not telling this piece of my history for sympathy.  I believe that God allows things to happen to us so that we can not only learn from them but so that we can help others through the same or similar situations.  I have two tattoos on my body.  Both are butterflies.  Butterflies are a reminder to me that every day is a new beginning!  Take what you learn from life and bring it to the next day with the hope that your higher power, be it God, Buddha, Jahova or whomever it is you follow will show you how to use it for good.

The hop to stop has so many fantastic sponsors...check this out!

The Cat's Pajama's is giving a $50 gift card!
DCWV is giving a prize pack of papers and stickers!
 The Funkie Junkie is giving 3 Purple Distress Spray Stains!


Hero Arts is giving a prize pack of stamps and embellies
Happy Little Stampers is giving a $30 gift card
May Arts Ribbon is giving a TON of purple ribbon

MHK Designs is giving some gorgeous digital stamps & paper
Newton's Nook is giving a $20 gift card
Paper Temptress is giving a $25 gift card


Simon Says Stamp is giving 6 of their purple ink pads
STAMPlorations is giving a $20 gift card
Unity is giving a $200 prize package

Verve Stamps is giving a $30 gift card
Winnie & Walter is giving a $25 gift card

My card for this 'purple' hop has several butterflies on it.  The image is from Lacy Sunshine.  I made the sentiment myself.

Thank you for looking!  Love, hugs and strength to those who are struggling to get through today, tomorrow and all of their yesterdays.

Glitter n Sparkle  (up to 3 entries) Anything Goes
Pile It On – (winners announced on Wednesdays) – 1 of something, 2 of something, 3 of something
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends (up to 3 entries) – anything goes
WhoopsiDaisy Challenge  - (up to 2 entries, 3 if at least one is a WD image) – Hand Colored Image
Craft Your Passion Challenges (up to 3 entries) – ALWAYS anything goes
Sweet Stamps – anything goes
Crafting From The Heart  (up to 3 entries)– ALWAYS anything goes
Clear It Out Challenge blog (enter up to 3 times) – Theme: Things w/wings     Stash:   glitter
Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge blog (1 entry per person)anything goes
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog  Fairies or Angels
Paper Take Weekly (no more than 5 entries) – Anything Goes
Wags'n'Whiskers – Use a Die Cut
2 Creative Chicks – Anything Goes
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