Wednesday, 22 December 2010

The Gallery - Love - is it possible to keep finding room in your heart for more love?

This week on Sticky Fingers Blog the theme is "love."  It's a toughy  because so many pictures encapsulate love because we really do experience it in so many situations.

Imperfect Pages and Sticky Fingers have photographed sibling love.  Mumra posted a great picture showing the love she shares with her girlfriends through thick and thin. And Mummy Mishaps and Alexander Residence with their extra sensory perception both went for the love of their baby's favourite toys!

Here are my closest loves.

Love is patient
This is my Mum with my beautiful big sister.  She is eleven months older than me and lives with my parents still.  She has cerebral palsy and requires round the clock care, which my parents have patiently given her for thirty six years.  I went into social work so that I can be the best that I can be for her when it is time for her to move out and me to take over from my parents.  She is unable to talk, so she has never told me that she loves me.  But I know that she does.

Love is kind 

My three beautiful children - so special each one of them - of curse I am thoroughly biased!
It does not envy
This my best friend and I, she will not appreciate me posting this picture.  But I love it. I  love her too and we have been best friends for eighteen years now, through thick and thin, through all our ups and downs and she is always there for me when I need her.
It does not boast
Here are just a few of my many beautiful cousins with my children and I taken in 2003.  They live on the island of Borneo on the edge of the rainforest.  When I am with them, I feel a real sense of love and belonging. There are a few language barriers, but we still manage to communicate perfectly!  I do not love this picture.  I was the 27 year old boy in the St George's cross top!

It is not proud
Here we have brotherly love.  I was so worried about having more children.  My little boy would become the "middle" child and coupled with his Asperger's and his lack of ability to get on with other children,  I was worried that all the change would be a bit much or worse, that there wouldn't be a bond between them.  But I couldn't have been more wrong, Aspie Boy adores his little brother and Dizzy adores him back.  Between them is a real love.

It is not rude, it is not self seeking
Here is a moment of love between my eldest two and our dog Caleb when he was just a puppy.  He is huge now and very muscly, so we all keep our distance.

It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs
Here is out beautiful ginger tom Mr Schneebly.  He is a greedy self centred little cat, but we all love him none the less, even Caleb the dog loves him.  It's all about the cuteness.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

This is my little girl.  My first baby, she really is special, so thoughtful, full of love and wisdom.  When she was born I couldn't imagine the possibility of loving anyone more than I loved her.  But when her little brother came along, my heart grew bigger like the womb that nurtured them and made way for endless love for them both in equal measures.  When baby number three began to grow, I knew that nature would work it's magic and create room in my heart and mind for all three of them. 
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.

Parents, grandparents, an aunty, sisters, brother,  and grandchildren.  The many roles in which love is fulfilled.

This hangs on my loo wall!

Love never fails.


  1. What a gorgeous set of photos. Almost made me cry, they capture so much about your life in a single post. Thanks.

  2. Great photos and what an amazing family. So much love.

  3. What an incredible post! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Like I told you earlier Abby, this was so beautiful.. the selfless love you have given to your family and children is nothing short of beautiful and uncompromising. Your love and positivity surely has a magnetic appeal for everyone who meets you, myself included! Never forget that!!!

  5. Aww, thank you for the lovely comments. Love is such a huge scope and I should've only used one picture but I've missed most of The Galleys this year, so I'm cheating a bit!

  6. Hello! New reader here and after looking through your lovely photos I feel as if I know you!
    Lovely post

  7. Hello
    I love this post, thanks for letting us in on all your loves. Echo what Marisworld says, feel like I know you more! What a gorgeous family you have. And so much love went into putting this together, I am so glad you cheated and put in lots of pics :)


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