Hero: Another Name for my Dad

If you’re reading this blog regularly, then you may recall reading about my adopted parents.  My dad is a Vietnam Vet, a loving husband, a father, grandfather, great-grandfather.  He is a son, a brother, an uncle, a cousin…he is countless things to countless people but to me, he is my hero.  This was the Father’s Day card I made to honor him:

 

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The official name of the card is something like full front tri-fold shutter or something close to that.  The center sentiment and the “Best Dad Ever” and “Happy Dad’s Day” sentiments are from Verve.  1 Thes verse is from Our Daily Bread Designs.  On the lines at the left, I wrote a very sappy note to my Daddy.  Upon receipt he called me and thanked me for the “most beautiful card” he has ever received.  He’s one of the most amazing and beautiful men I know so it’s fitting he received a beautiful card.

Love you Dad, thanks for being my hero!

Inspiring Notes

First let me apologize for the quality of the images in this post.  I’m still figuring out the ideal manual settings with my DSLR and lightbox.  This is another project I’ve made for Ranga’s auction on the 20th.  The insides are blank and the stamps used are from Our Daily Bread Designs.  The green and shape and interior white circle is from Spellbinders, the background paper is from the Tattered Time stack from DCWV and the card base is from Core’dinations.  My idea was to create something that could be sent to men or women.  This is a set of 6 that will be put in plastic envelopes/pouches and come with envelopes.

Cards for a Cause

I’ve blogged a lot about my story.  My story though, is not uncommon.  It is a silent killer that is directly responsible for the deaths of 3 women every day on average.  One in eight women will experience Domestic Violence in their lifetimes and women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year.  Even more upsetting is the fact that over 3 million children witness violence in their home each year. Those who see and hear violence in the home suffer physically and emotionally.  These statistics are sad and overwhelming, but help IS out there for those that choose to break the silence.

One such place that people can turn to for help is the Bradley Angle House.  With a 1k donation, 24 families can begin the road to recovery from this silent (yet devastating) way of life.  Will you help me help others?  Remember:

I firmly believe that with hope, ANYTHING is possible…including recovery.  I am living proof of that.  My life at the moment is still plagued with stress, turmoil and difficulty, but I am safe and I am happy.  Because of this, my children are now thriving in ways I never knew they could.  One of my favorite scriptures on hope is Lamentations 3:24 that says “The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.”  Let us also not forget Psalms 71:14 that says “But I will hope continually, and will yet praise Thee more and more.”

I haven’t always had the hope that I now do and I know there are other women in my community where I was years ago…hopeless, or feeling like it anyway.  I feel an intensely burning desire to pay all the love and kindness I have received forward.  I want to do my part to help these women find something to hope in or something to hope for.  I believe that while we are anxiously engaged in serving one another, we ultimately then serve God.  He has asked us to be His hands has He not?

I am hosting a Royal Purple Freedom Hop on June 10th.  I have a line-up full of some incredible talent, many of whom have experienced Domestic Violence themselves.  The grand prize for this hop will be a gift basket valued at well over $100.  Some of the sponsors include Robert’s Crafts, Cutter’s Creek, My Creative Time, and generaous donations from hop participants.  More sponsors will likely come on board as well.  As of right now today, gift basket items include a set of My Creative Time stamps, a huge package of 8.5 x 11 card stock, Tim Holtz embossing folders, at least 4 BRAND NEW Cricut Cartridges, some candles and bubble bath, a relaxing CD…I think you get the idea!!!!!

Want some of that stuff?  Want all of that stuff?  Then help me give the gift of hope.  Send a card, with purple as the main color (like in my example above) and a hand-written note to a woman in need on the inside.  Every person who sends a card gets one entry into the basket drawing.  But wait there’s more….receive additional entries for each dollar donation you make to the Bradley Angle House.  Send a card with a $100 donation and receive ONE HUNDRED entries into the gift basket drawing.  Trust me…you DO NOT want to miss out on your chance to win this basket.  Maybe I’ll post a sneak peek of the basket once I get all the sponsor contributions in!!!

All cards must be postmarked by June 30th for inclusion in the drawing and can be sent to:

Royal Purple Freedom Blog Hop

c/o Vicki Smith

P.O. Box 1496

Millbrook, NY 12545

 

Together we can really make a difference.  To date I’ve averaged more than 1k views of my site  each month…if each of these people gave just $1 we could give 24 families the opportunity to begin the road to recovery.  I hope you’ll help.

I will post a recipe and card details in a separate post.