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.
I want to share this poem a friend gave me when I was in an abusive relationship. It helped me move forward.
I got flowers today. It wasn't my birthday or any other special day.
We had our first argument last night and he said a lot of cruel things
that really hurt me. I know that he is sorry and didn't mean to say the
things he said - because he sent me flowers today.
I got flowers today. It wasn't our anniversary or any other special day.
Last night he threw me into a wall and then started to choke me.
It seemed like a nightmare but you wake up from nightmares to find
that they aren't real. I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over.
I know he must be sorry - because he sent me flowers today.
I got flowers today. And it wasn't Valentines Day or any other special
day. Last night he beat me and threatened to kill me.
Makeup and long sleeves didn't hide the cuts and bruises this time.
I couldn't go to work because I didn't want anyone to know
But I know he is sorry - because he sent me flowers today.
I got flowers today and it wasn't Mother's Day or any other special day.
Last night he beat me again and it was much worse than all the other
times. If I leave him what will I do? How will I take care of the kids?
What about money? I'm afraid of him and too scared to leave him!
But he must be sorry - because he sent me flowers today.
I got flowers today. Today was a very special day.
It was the day of my funeral.
Last night he finally killed me. I was beaten to death.
If only I would have gathered enough courage and strength to leave him.
So I got flowers today - for the very last time.
For my project, I created this digital border to add to one of my future
digital scrapbook pages. I love how it turned out!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your next stop is Dena'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.