I have been looking at all of the posts for hosted by Angela @ and Amy @ to spread awareness about this month. This photo challenge is a wonderful way to bring awareness while also giving victims a new mindset that there are options, life can be better and you deserve better (and so do your children). Domestic violence victims can be male or female, young or old. No discrimination there. Today’s photo prompt is Love is.... While so many ideas came to mind, I decided to share a photo of my very best friend. While I’m not giving some pity party for the life I have experienced, I do want the world to know what love IS. My husband, Karl, is love. He is gentle and strong. He is patient, understanding, compassionate, protective, loving, selfless, powerful, giving.... the list goes on and on. He teaches me daily that I am important, that I matter and that he loves me. I mean, really loves me. He cares for me. Words can’t truly express how much of a blessing he is to me. I know what love is NOT. I am thankful for our marriage and our friendship each and every day. If you are in a situation of abuse, believe in tomorrow. Believe that you can be loved. Don’t stay. Get out. Being alone is better than being in an abusive place. There is help. More people care than you could ever realize.