Monday, December 30, 2013

"Snow loves the trees and fields"




I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” 
― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass


All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Charity Klicka Photography

Friday, December 20, 2013

Dressember - Fighting Injustice, One Dress at a Time

My sisters and I decided to join DRESSEMBER: a challenge to wear a dress every day for the month of December. 

And to document all the dresses we are wearing, as well as our progress in Dressember, we've started a blog called: 155 Dresses

WHO WE ARE

We are five sisters who are passionate about combating human trafficking. We hope that by wearing a dress every day for the month of December (Dressemeber.net), we can stand out and make a difference: and through making a difference, we can encourage others to stand up against human trafficking and other forms of oppression.

31 days of December + 5 sisters = 155 Dresses

Through the Dressember Challenge, we are trying to raise $500 for IJM ($100 for each sister).



WHAT IS "DRESSEMBER" AND WHY WE ARE DOING WHAT WE'RE DOING?

DRESSEMBER: It's a challenge for girls to wear a dress every day for the month of December, to spread awareness about human trafficking and to raise funds for International Justice Mission

How does wearing a dress every day make a difference? Well, in and of itself, it doesn't. However, like tying a string around your finger, like posting a sticky note on your mirror, like writing down a list, it keeps something in the forefront of your mind. 

Every morning, when I look in my closet and inwardly groan at the thought of wearing a dress when the wind is howling around the corners of the house and white snow covers the ground, I am also reminded to be thankful that I am a free woman choosing what I want to wear....who will then drive to work in my car, where I will spend my day as a project manager instead of selling my body to men who affection lasts a moment....who will come home every evening to a warm house and husband who loves me.

And I will remember that justice isn't the norm around the world. That not every woman has a loving family and a caring husband. That not every little girl has a childhood where her innocence is preserved. That not every young teen has a chance to go to school and dream of college. That not every mother rocking her baby to sleep can smile at that child's future.

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are," wrote Benjamin Franklin.

This Christmas, consider donating to IJM. It doesn't have to be a lot....even $5 or $10 helps. And as you sit in front of your Christmas tree, with your family around you, your gifts waiting to be opened, and your dignity and freedom intact, you'll know that a woman somewhere around the world is being given a chance to experience justice, love, and hope this Christmas.


-Written by Bethany


Will you Help end forms of social injustice by DONATING to IJM!

All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Charity Klicka Photography

Sunday, December 8, 2013

GIVEAWAYS - Week 8-12 of Footprints in the Sand's Book Challenge & Giveaway(s) 2013



Well I am sure you are wondering what happened to the rest of the giveaways, huh? Well I've done 7 out of the 12 weeks, and am currently reading my 8th book (out of 12) for my Book Challenge. I stopped posting a weekly giveaway and a post about each book I was reading for the Book Challenge because 1) It was taking a long time to take pictures and write a post every week (especially with finals this and next week), and 2) because I wasn't getting enough people entering my giveaways (which means I can't select a winner. Sad, huh?)

So I decided to post one post with ALL THE GIVEAWAYS for the remaining weeks in it. That way you can enter as many or as little as you want, and they are all in the same place and easily accessible! That also means you'll have MORE TIME to enter and SHARE the giveaways! How does that sound? 

Down below is all 5 of the remaining book giveaways (including 2 books that I wasn't able to give away Week 5 and Week 6)! 



DETAILS ON HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY(s):

- You must like Footprints in the Sand on Facebook (if you don't already). And if you already like FS, then that is one AUTOMATIC entry for you for each book entry! 

- I NEED at least 8 people to enter each giveaway in order for me to select the winners, therefore be sure to tell ALL your friends and family about these giveaways!

- You DO NOT have to participate in my Book Challenge in order to enter a giveaway(s).

OTHER ENTRIES INCLUDE:
- Sharing about my giveaway(s) and/or my Book Challenge on your blog
- Following me on Twitter
- Twitting about my giveaway(s) and/or my Book Challenge on Twitter
- Sharing the above image(s) on Pinterest
- Following me on Pinterest
- Like Lamplighter Ministries on Facebook (One of my absolute favorite book publishing companies EVER! Go check out some of their books!)
- Like Infinity Designs on Facebook
and
- Leave a blog post comment down below with book favorites, literary oddities, favorite book characters etc (If you choose this option, you MUST enter one comment for every giveaway you enter!)

Please SHARE and ENTER my giveaway(s)! I wouldn't want you to miss out on winning some fantastic books!

While you're at it, be sure to:

- Check out Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, (Week 4 was cancelled), Week 5Week 6, and Week 7 of my 2013 Book Challenge and Giveaway
- Comment on any one of my Challenge posts about your favorite books, quotes, literary muses, story tidbits, and other bookish fun!
- Head on over to my Guest Book and say hello! I'd love to meet you!
- Check out my Book List for my Book Challenge & Giveaway 2013. And join along on the challenge, if you like!

Hope to hear from you soon!

Books Away!
All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Charity Klicka Photography