5.15.2015

#morethanaframe: AFFECTION


Even though I was involved in helping to choose the prompts for #morethanaframe, I still found this week's prompt, "AFFECTION," to be a true challenge. Maybe it's because I think of the connotation of affection instead of the denotation. The denotation: "a feelings of liking and caring for someone or something" says so much more than our society's connotation which often touts themes of physical affection. I was really impressed with everyone's use of the prompt this week and once again it was really hard to choose which photos to share! Thank you to each of you who participated- we DEEPLY appreciate you and this community!


I've been dealing with some stuff lately. This week's #morethanaframe 's theme is A F F E C T I O N and I had no idea what I'd post until I got to hang out with my little sister over the weekend. There are more than 20 years between us. Years before she was born, I tried to control all the changes that were happening in my family. Every change meant, in my mind, I would be loved less. But when Ava was born and I saw the family fawn over her and love her and all the affection she received, not for accolades or awards or achievements, but for simply being a sweet babe in our family, I swore I would mentally bottle all of that affection for her...and for me. I pictured a glass jar and I became her memory keeper. And I realized that when I was that little, everyone showed me that same love and how over the years, living in this upside down world, and my own sin, I'd forgotten it. It was such an important reminder for me and I promised her silently as I held her in my arms that I would try my best, whenever needed, to unscrew the lid of that jar of love and let her bask in all the affection she was given for just being herself. I wondered back then, and still today as her memory keeper, how it would change how we lived and loved if we could remember the kind of love and affection given so freely just because we were ourselves? After all, God's love for us has nothing to do with achievement or success and everything to do with Jesus. Let's all unscrew the jar.
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The prompt for this week's #morethanaframe collaboration is the word #affection. Af•fec•tion: a gentle feeling of fondness or liking. Devotion, Love, Tenderness, Caring, Friendship. A glimpse of the man I lay next to each night. We'll be celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary this month and even though I love him with all my heart, sometimes I worry because we've passed that honeymoon stage of our marriage. I've noticed we don't sit as close to each other as we used to and sometimes we lose patience with each other faster than we did in the past. But we both know it's important to make sure the other one feels loved. We give each other small acts of affection on a daily basis; he'll grab me a clean towel in the morning and I'll send him a little love note on his lunch break. I've learned that the small things really do make a difference, and I hope we can continue to share a deep affection for each other throughout our marriage. #morethanaframe #simpleluckblog
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16 comments :

  1. This post simply made me happy. I haven't been able to participate like I would like to be hope I can join in and finish with everyone.

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  2. There is still plenty of time to jump on in! :)

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  3. once again a great line up. Kristyn's picture really made me tear up! I love it so much!

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  4. It made me tear up too! Such a good one!

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  5. Kristyn's was one really one of the best! Such a sweet photo and kind words about her Grandmother <3

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  6. I totally agree! I knew I had to share it!

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  7. I loved the pictures from this week's prompt! Thank you for sharing mine too. Loving this community that you've put together :)

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  8. You're very welcome :) Thanks for participating and sharing awesome photos/captions!

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  9. Seriously, the captions just captivate me!

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  10. these are just amazing! Loved reading them!

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  11. Right? I was moved by all of them

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  12. I love all of these! I especially love how each person has different perspectives on a simple word :)

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  13. Me too- I think it's my favorite part of this!

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