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via Instagram: Very little to look at, I’m well aware. But this picture is something that I have been dreaming of for over three years now. And something that my children banded together and brought to fruition without any request from me. When we first looked at the house where we now live, there’s this special little spot in the backyard that is the perfect for cosying around a fire. There’s an archway covered in ivy, leading into an island surrounded by liriope with concrete benches and a bench swing. Before I’d even gone into the house, I pictured our family around a fire there.
When my oldest daughter (@rena.bena.ding.dong) got married last fall, we got one step closer as my younger kids worked together and filled the island with mulch before the wedding (in our backyard). I laid a brick fire pit but it was just for looks/to hold space. With time passing and 7 other kids on the property, it didn’t survive. Today, two of my youngest decided to rebuild it, because they knew how much I loved the idea of a fire pit in that spot. They even gathered kindling and wood and laid a great fire. So tonight, we came here and roasted hot dogs and laughed and did the things you do around a fire and I’m so ridiculously happy and grateful for the amazing people that I get to call my children. #tribe #parenthood #parenting #boymom #girlmom #teenmom #momofmany #largefamilylife #fire #campfire #parenthood_moments #parentgoals
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via Instagram: Quick runaway trip to @maxiebsbakery with my favorite 11 year old 🧡 #tribe

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via Instagram: Oh gosh! “Goo Phase”! That’s PERFECT! I’ve searched for a way to express this idea before and “Goo Phase” is exactly it. 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
Posted @withrepost • @alsomelissa Awhile ago, my friend Mathew said to me: So in terms of caterpillar stages, right now you are in the GOO PHASE. (He was right.)⁣

I mean, YEAH. Sometimes you have to break it all down to build anything back up. ⁣

(The thing to remember, when you’re in Goo Phase, is that it’s not the end of the story. It’s just part of the process.)⁣

That’s how it works sometimes. Level the ruins, sift through the rubble—and then discover that something else was always inside you, waiting to emerge.⁣

I didn’t have to force it or rush it or power through, because THAT IS NOT HOW GOO PHASE WORKS. I had to sit with it, and I had to let the old thing go, and I had to wait and see what I was becoming. ⁣

And I had to do the work. Goo phase is a hell of a lot of emotional work. It’s the work of creating a new thing, and the new thing is you. ⁣

You can do that, because what other choice does the caterpillar have? The only way through is through. You go into the dark and you wait. You create a tiny opening for yourself. And then you find your way back into the light, hunched and fragile, and wait while new life flows into your wings to make them strong. ⁣

And then—you fly.

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via Instagram: Bunny Nuggets 😍😍😍 #tribe

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via Instagram: Bunny Nuggets 😍😍😍 #tribe

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via Instagram: Bunny Nuggets 😍😍😍 #tribe

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via Instagram: Bunny Nuggets 😍😍😍 #tribe

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via Instagram: Bunny Nuggets 😍😍😍 #tribe

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via Instagram: This week’s bullet journal spread, courtesy of last night’s spill 😭 Thankfully the destruction only goes a few pages back. I’ll be trying to read/remember what all was written on here to recreate my to-do list… #bujo #showmeyourplanner #bulletjournal #tribe

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via Instagram: This week’s bullet journal spread, courtesy of last night’s spill 😭 Thankfully the destruction only goes a few pages back. I’ll be trying to read/remember what all was written on here to recreate my to-do list… #bujo #showmeyourplanner #bulletjournal #tribe