Several years ago my family created a private group on “Snapchat” which they lovingly named “PHAM”. I wasn’t part of it for the longest time because I wasn’t a Snapchat user (It was originally created for like 13 to 24 year olds in mind ya know lol!). But when I began to regularly hear about all the fun I kept missing out on from not being a part of the “PHAM” (which Rich himself seemed to be thoroughly amused by often), I eventually decided to download the App to my phone so I could join in.

Snapchat’s unique way of communicating compared to most other Social Media platforms we use today “mirrors how people interact with each other face-to-face.” It doesn’t leave a history behind, instead it self-destructs in mere seconds so unless you capture a screenshot of it, it’s gone forever.

My “PHAM” loves to share silly Tik Tok videos on Snapchat that they found amusing and thought we may too. 

My “PHAM” regularly updates one another on the latest in News, Weather and Sports by sending articles of interest through Snap. 

My “PHAM” sometimes likes to send pics of a meal they so proudly created from scratch or one that they are about to devour while out for dinner with their friends. 

My “PHAM” will often send pics of their latest Amazon package to arrive or of a new outfit they just purchased and want to model for the rest of us.

My “PHAM” sends videos of something interesting they saw while out for a hike or from a new place we’d never been before (its also where we’ve been able to live vicariously through Jacob’s daily adventures in Israel over the past few weeks).

My “PHAM” love to create and send each other personalized and often hilarious Filters and Lenses, which are both a huge and unique feature to Snapchat and one of the many reasons I enjoy our “PHAM” group so much.

Our “PHAM” has created many memories from these silly “snaps” and we get to capture some of the sweetest moments in time which we just can’t wait to share with one another. Our “Pham” lets each other know by sending these “snaps” that we are thinking of them even when we are hundreds of miles apart or sitting next to one another on the couch. 

We are communicating with each another through our stories on Snapchat which continually opens up some pretty special conversations and great discussions afterwards. 

It may just be a “snap” in time. It may disappear from the screen. But these moments in time will forever live on in my heart. 

#snapchat #momentsintime #beinginthemoment #ourstories #thePham #family #familymatters #mentalhealth #mentalwellness #memories #blessings #kindnessmatters #communication 

Author: Kim Fluxgold

Wife, mom of 3 beautiful children, dog lover, creative sole and children's book Author. Sharing my journey with depression and anxiety through blogging in hopes of educating and ending the stigma.

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