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  • Silent Night, Violent Night on December 21, 2017

    It was our first Christmas in a new town far away from our family and friends. My husband had gotten a new job in the city. We moved the whole family – me, him, and our two kids- into a small apartment until we were able to save enough for a house. Money had been tight with the move and his checks never seemed to come in on time, putting us behind on almost all of our bills. After weeks of scrimping, I had enough money for a few presents and a nice dinner on Christmas day, but we’d have to keep it simple on Christmas Eve. I decided to make the kid’s favorite, grilled cheese.

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  • The Nightmare Before Christmas on December 19, 2017

    It was my first time home from college in a while. I was so excited for home cooked meals, my mom to do my laundry, and some time to catch up with old friends. My best friends and I got ready together, and headed to one of the more popular bars in our town. It felt like everyone we knew was already there! We finally got through the crowd, saying hello and giving hugs and made it to a table with a few friends to drink and catch up. As we were talking, I saw a familiar face from across the room and I instantly felt butterflies in my stomach. 

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  • I'm dreaming of a safe Christmas on November 13, 2017

    Our relationship started out like any other. Late nights on the phone, romantic dates, sweet texts. It wasn't long before we moved in together and were making long term plans for our future. He always made off handed comments about how I didn't dress or cook very well. Those comments quickly turned into calling me ugly, stupid, and implying no one else would ever love me. Sometimes he would get really mad and slowly back me up into a corner, yelling in my face but I never considered it abusive. » Read More
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