WEEK 5: "THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE" scrapvivor challenge Here is the rules for this week... "In honor of the Love Holiday that just passed, we are going to focus on ourselves a little and create the ever-popular, photo-less LO also known as the Journaling Challenge! The theme will be your Love Language and you will journal, journal, journal! According to Gary Chapman, there are five Love Languages. He suggests there are five main ways to keep our Love Tanks full and that we all need to have our love tanks filled on a regular basis in order to be happy. We all utilize all 5 love languages, but we each have one specific one that we prefer over the others. Your challenge is to determine which is your preferred love language and then to create a LO about it. The Love Languages are: A. WORDS OF AFFIRMATION - verbal compliments or words of appreciation and encouragement B. QUALITY TIME - having someone's undivided attention (not watching TV together) C. RECEIVING GIFTS - something you can hold in your hand and know someone was thinking of you when it was purchased/made D. ACTS OF SERVICE - acts of service committed with the intention of pleasing the other person E. PHYSICAL TOUCH - self-explanatory REQUIREMENTS: 1. Create a 1-page LO 2. NO photos 3. Visible journaling - minimum of 100 words about the theme "My Primary Love Language" 4. A visible title 5. The monogram you created for the first Immunity Challenge 6. Stitching (either machine or hand - no rubons, stamps or sticker stitches) my stitching is located on the sides of my journaling. I chose the language of "AFFIRMATION": Journaling Reads: Rarely do I stop long enough to consider the power of my words. I need to realize that what I say can have a significant, lasting impact on others, especially my husband and likewise in return. When I first saw the book about the 5 languages of love I knew immediately which language of love I needed spoken to me and that is the language of affirmation. Sure I enjoy gifts, I relish our quality time together, love when you help me around the house and will always smile when you give me that sweet kiss on my forehead. But the love language I need most is your kind words. Those words of praise when I accomplish a goal, your words of gratitude when I am doing all I can for the family, your words of encouragement when I am feeling defeated and your words of comfort when I am feeling insecure. The tongue is a powerful weapon that has wounded me in the past. There are so many times I reflect back and what I went through before meeting you. I was told that I was fat, I was always corrected on everything I did and I was then abandoned and told that there was more out there. Since then, words have always been analyzed and taken seriously. I constantly struggle with feeling good enough. I want to be the best for you. I want to know and be encouraged and reminded of how important I am to you. I know these are my insecurities and I know you are not to blame for my past experiences. I only ask that you take care of my heart and uplift me with your words. Make me confident in your love for me. I want to be the person you need and the person I know I can be. I just need little reminders. People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be. Words are so powerful and I know your words can build me up and make me a stronger, more confident wife. Thank you for your patience and for seeing me for who I am and accepting me with all my imperfections. - Journaling 2007 TFL!