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Saturday, June 30, 2018

It's a Joy to Celebrate YOU! :)

Coffee/Tea of the Day - Coconut Hazelnut coffee

Today's card is one that is very special to me because of who and what it represents. I don't talk much about my activism here on my blog, but today across the United States there are marches and rallies to stand in support of the families who have been torn apart because of the Immigration ban, ICE, and border patrol. The event is called "Families Belong Together."   #FamiliesBelongTogether

Normally I would be right there marching in support of these families, but my health problems keep me at home. In the past I have marched for DACA, in support of the repeal of the Immigration ban, and anything else that keeps us from being a nation of togetherness and compassion. I am so sad that I can not be in downtown Cleveland today showing my solidarity with my brothers and sisters of all colors and nationalities. We are so much better together! :)

So the best I could do was to make this card to share with everyone. I understand that ICE targets people of ALL colors. sadly, they seem to be going after the Hispanic population more frequently, at least here in this area of Ohio. I hear more and more stories of raids and people being detained. my heart breaks for these poor souls. families are being torn apart. people are dying. that is not who we as a nation are. that is not what God calls us to be. and children are being torn away from their parents. we have friends that disappeared overnight. we can only pray that they are safe. oh my gosh, I am crying as I type this.

but we must have hope. we  must do better.
and so with my poor health I can make a card. it isn't much, but this I can do.

so I used one of the images from my precious friend, Mo Manning, called "Rosa." she is dancing with joy. because no matter what terrible things life may bring our way, we can never let someone else steal our joy. :)

Mo's sister has created some beautiful artwork that for the march. I have been allowed to link to the post on her Instagram account. if you have an account, please stop by and leave her some love. :) it's a powerful poster.

and I paired it with a sentiment from another dear friend, Paulette of Create with TLC. in our darkest moments, we can celebrate the blessings God continues to provide every single day. :) and I choose to celebrate YOU and those beautiful, wonderful, amazing people who might be locked in those dark, terrible interment camps, but we are here praying for them. we are here standing together letting other people know that they are not alone. we are here saying that they are welcome here and we want them here. we are here saying to those beautiful people that they are loved and they matter. because every one of us is precious in the sight of our God. no immigration ban can diminish  a person in His sight.

so now that I have gone on and on, I will leave you.
if you want details about my card, just leave a message in the comments. I'll send you an email. :)

today is the last day of my birthday blog candy, so pop over here to enter. :)

much love to YOU, because YOU matter to me. :)

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Fikreta said...

Hope you are having lovely day.
I hear about that on news. so sad for all imigrations.
your card is so very pretty.

Stef H said...

fabulous card. hope you are feeling much better. keeping you in my prayers!

hugs :)

KT Fit Kitty said...

So pretty, Jennifer! Wonderful cause and beautiful card to support it! Have a wonderful weekend!

Deb said...

Sorry that you weren't able to march due to health problems, your card is so beautiful, love that sweet image and what your card stands for!


Jackie Trinder said...

Hi this is a stunning card. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge Blog for challenge 423 the theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of Embossing Wet or Dry and the sponsor is Star Stampz. Hugs Jackie (DT)

Tracy Barcus said...

I love this stamp and you have done so great making it stand out just right. Great day for it. When we can do nothing else, we pray. So if you can't march; you pray for the feet that are marching. You pray for the hearts that are changing and for the hearts that have been hardened. You lift up those who have forgotten how to pray for themselves, and those who have never learned. Bless you and keep fighting ALL the good fights. XOXO

Tracy said...

She's so festive. I can just picture that lovely crocheted flower in a little girls hair as she dances like this one. Beautifully done Jennifer. Praying for you.♥

Grenouille Greetings said...

Love this pretty Flamenco dancer on your beautiful card! Love your poster too! We are indeed so much better together and I applaud your efforts to share the love! Hugs, Lesley

aussie aNNie said...

Now I was over here and saw this gorgeous card BUT why did I not leave a comment?? Duh!! so I am back again to say how gorgeous this post is. Considering you are unwell you have coloured an adorable image of Mo's and one amazing card. I think this is good therapy as it's what I do when 'down and out'. good on you and fight like you have never fought before and get well...sending you cyber hugs from xxx

Paulette Creates said...

Wow...that card is gorgeous. And AMEN!


Rae Ann said...

You have brought out the essence of this image perfectly. The colors you chose and the beautiful flowers are just perfect for this image.

Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Designs for our Anything Goes challenge.

Dotstolines said...

Beautiful card! The colours are lovely! Thanks for playing with us at The Craftroom Door ATG Challenge! Looking forward to seeing you next time and good luck!
Sunila & Aditi- DT
Dots to Lines

CraftyNatalie said...

Great creation. Thanks for joining us at TTCRD this week.

Valerija said...

Gorgeous, Jennifer! Beautiful image and design! Have a great day!!
Valerija xx

Judy Markowitz said...

What a beautiful project! I love it! Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at Crafty Gals Corner. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

Judy Crafty Gals Corner DT
Don't Mess With Me, I'm Scrappy {My Blog}

Kim Salito said...

Great card, thanks for joining us at Catch the Bug.

Billie A said...

Very pretty card. Wonderful card. Thanks for sharing over at Colour Crazy Challenge
Billie A
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Such a festive and beautiful card
Thanks for joining us at Retarte#124
Maria Pilar DT

Jen Leeflang said...

Hi my friend - great to see you again! Your card is so very pretty! Thanks for joining us at Catch the Bug this week - good luck in the draw. please join us again soon!
Jen L
Bugaboo DT

Laura Fernandez said...

I love your digy and your beautiful card. Thanks for accompany us on Retarte Challenge. Laura Fdz DT Retarte

Janice W. said...

Beautiful card! The separation of family breaks my heart too.