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!
This weeks #morethanaframe prompt is affection. My grandmother had a surprise birthday party for her 90th year and I couldn't contain my emotions. These are tears of joy and happiness, I promise you. She didn't know Jeremy and I were going to be there and I broke down as she walked in. I clearly couldn't contain my affection or love for her. And she deserved every bit of her party. She asked that we do it again when she turns 100. Yes ma'am, we will.
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.
Affection looks like s'mores cookies after your husband finishes his 135 page, 25,500 word thesis. This man is amazing, I tell you. He's worked multiple jobs (4 at most and 2 at least) while maintaining a 3.96 GPA and being married to this feisty lady. I've never known a man like this one - who consistently loves people well even in the midst of his own swirling busyness, who never EVER lets on just how intelligent he is (Y'all have no idea. I know I'm his wife and I'm biased but he is literally a genius and NONE OF YOU KNOW IT. But you do now because I just let the secret out.), and who consistently shows grace to people that I'd drop like a hot rock. That bearded man is far and away my greatest blessing. Now, for s'mores cookies... #morethanaframe
I don't always like going to the kindergarten to "work" because it's usually exhausting.. But I do always appreciate the instant and constant #affection I get from these precious kids. They'll run up to hug me when I arrive, they'll snuggle into me when it's time for poetry, and even though I leave the same time every time, they're surprised and don't want me to go. This is kind of my host cousin, who I recently met. She started out shy because she and her family left Ukraine because of war and she doesn't speak Romanian like the other kids. So we can't understand each other well but for playtime, feeding our dogs, and affection... Language doesn't even matter. #morethanaframe #peacecorps #howIseePC #100happydays #day51
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
This is the first relationship I've been in where we share the same love languages, and MAN. That's a game changer. We're both huggers, hand holders, and we'll share those words of affirmation until we're blue in the face (or more accurately, out of emojis 😁😉). But you know what's an even bigger game changer? This is the first relationship I've been in where we turn to God as our first source of affection. We recognize that even by loving the best that we possibly can, we still can't satisfy each other the way God can. And building our relationship on HIS affection, instead of ours? THAT changes everything. ❤️ #morethanaframe #PJandA
after sporadic workouts here and there, i decided today that it was time to get my muscles back. while i'm the same size that i was before getting pregnant, i have lost almost all the muscle in my legs and core. and while i'm a little nervous that the extra calorie burn will mess with nursing, i know that i owe it to myself to get in shape, now and before my next pregnancy. i need to show myself affection this way so i can be a strong mama (literally).
According to the Internet, the word A F F E C T I O N means "the act or process of affecting or being affected." Honestly, I love that meaning. I think most people hear that word and think hugging and kissing another person. To me, affection is so much more than PDA. 💛 It's little things like someone sending you a birthday card and making you smile alone in your bedroom. It's filling up someone's glass when it's empty or emptying a friend's dishwasher when it's full. 💛 I want to live my life affecting others in a positive way and in turn, surrounding myself with people who affect me in the best way possible. #morethanaframe #affection #thankyouformybirthdaycardAmber
And in case you missed mine:
AFFECTION. Something I admittedly suck at. Public displays of affection? Count me out. But affection is really so much more than just the physical stuff right? Affection symbolizes care, comfort and protection. At least to me. This man has taught me so much about each of those things. He cares for me by asking how I'm doing, comforts me when I face criticism or doubt, and protects me by leaving me in God's hands. To me, that's affection whether it includes PDA or not. #morethanaframe
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