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After the horrible travel experiences we went through to get back home to Florida on Tuesday, they should call us Iron Men / Wonder Women, gang busters, honey badgers or maybe just resilient 😅💪🏻💆🏼And for those that are connected on Facebook, you know a bit of the story. For now, we want to move forward and put this debacle behind us. We even cancelled interviews with the local media outlets. So dang hard in the moment, but always making memories nonetheless. There are moments like these that even the best made plans go array and others where winging-it-wildly takes a wobbly flight. These bad experiences will not define us. Journeying half way across the country with seven kids alone was expectedly rough around the edges, but the good parts will always rise to the top and define who we become. Because after all, we cannot have a rainbow unless we have rain. That's just the way it goes. And these seven darlings are my brightest, most colorful rainbow. The two oldest (my nephew and niece) shouldered so much responsibility with me this trip. They are mature and wise beyond their years and I have to choke back tears thinking about the strength and support they gave me and my wild ones this trip and always. Family is everything and family is forever. And there's nothing I wouldn't do for these honeys 😍Grateful ♥️ #FlanneryOkla #TheFlannery5 #UnitedSucks

Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land, GOD BLESS THE USA 🇺🇸#ThankyouVeterans #TheFlannery5 #happyveteransday #veteransdayparade #LittlePatriots

The broken-hearted healer meets us ALL! And tenderly heals like only His scars can. ~Ann Voscamp
Celebrating His resurrection today with the people I want to spend eternity with. Praying Gods blessings for you and yours this Easter Sunday! #HeIsRisen #HappyLordsDay #EasterSunday #TheFlannery5

We made it out alive...and *mostly* still in love 😉 #TeamFlannery #WeHaveALotOfKids 😂😂 #flanneryfall16livelist

The past few days have been a bit rough with little ones feeling under the weather. Subpar littles doesn't coordinate well with the last day of the corn maze / pumpkin patch that's on the #FlanneryFall16LiveList! So, after church the girls met the boys at our destination to get some fresh air and cross one off the list. We went on a hayride, skipped aimlessly in the corn maze, captured and fed monarch butterflies, painted treasure boxes, ate roasted corn on the cob, played with pumpkins, headed up rubber duck races and spent some QT with our friends from church. After the week that we had, and a full day like today, we're feeling pooped but proud. Kind of like running a marathon with our shoelaces tied together 😂 But, we did it and that Florida fall warm breeze felt so right. Happy Fall, Y'all! #ItWasAnEarlyBedtime #TeamFlannery

"Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something you do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for." ~ Rachel Jankovic

Today I stand in profound honor that I get to be a part of this👆🏻From sunrise to sunset. To be given this calling. This mission. To be part of this club. This worldwide tribe. Of warrior Momma's. It is them that I draw the most strength from. This day belongs to us 💖 #BlessedMomma #HappyMothersDay #TheFlannery5

The boys helped me pull all ten thousand 🙄 Christmas boxes out of the attic yesterday afternoon. Last night was going to consist of decorating our abode, listening to the new Christmas album I bought and sipping on some hot tea. But the warm(ish) weather and TROLLS were calling our names. We invited all our local cousins and @deucewaller said YES. Cross threw his head back, clenched his fists and warrior-cried at the top of his lungs with excitement when he learned his ultimate 15 yr old hero and cousin, Deuce accepted the offer. And goodness gracious, Deuce did not disappoint. Throughout the night, he showered his little cousins with love, grace (lots of grace!) and attention. We packed up each other and headed five minutes down the street to the local drive-in. We hunkered down with our 6-person bench seat, a wagon and beach blanket. The kids were stoked and Daddy ordered all the junk at the concession stand. We left w full bellies, in love w Poppy, familiar songs on our lips and checked one off our seasonal family live list! So today. Today we decorate and say "yes" to some of their little requests (cinnamon rolls and hot tea), too. I gotta say, this mom gig is pretty rad ☺️💖 #flanneryfall16livelist #sayingyes #cousinsasbesties #familyiseverything

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{Thankfully his fatherhood and Father's Day aren't defined nor valued by social media bc this post is amost two weeks late 😅#LifeWith5Kids}

Truth be told, they value him as much or more than their mommy. It's not a competition, so I'm okay with that. And really, how can I blame them? Lonngg, individually tailored (late) bedtime routines including tall tales, barrels of laughs, back scratches or rubs or massages and lots of verbal affirmations. He swoops in to brake every fall, he kisses and doctors every boo-boo and he's always an available ear to confide in. He worries enough for all of us and we endearingly refer to him as "Mr. Safety". When he steps in our world (after a very stressful, intense day in his) he doesn't skip a beat and immediately picks up a baby...or three (sometimes even while on a conference call)...trots through the house chanting "Da-da-dy! Da-da-dy!" The "daddy run" has been a "welcome home" tradition for years ☺️♥️Some may say he's "helicopterish" in his parenting ways (and this wild and free momma might agree🤣), but there doesn't lie any doubt that every one of us is loved so deep by our Daddyo! I pray our boys are drenched in his good qualities and our girls never stoop below the gold standard he has set. As we fought for our family, I always innately knew he would be a great daddy, but he has blown my mind with this fatherhood gig (secretly I'm sorta jealous😍). Happy (very late) Father's Day to the one who makes our world safe, is kind and generous and who loves without boundaries. Life is good, life is messy and there's no one else I'd want to walk this journey with ♥️@nealflannery #HappyFathersDay #SoLate

After the horrible travel experiences we went through to get back home to Florida on Tuesday, they should call us Iron Men / Wonder Women, gang busters, honey badgers or maybe just resilient 😅💪🏻💆🏼And for those that are connected on Facebook, you know a bit of the story. For now, we want to move forward and put this debacle behind us. We even cancelled interviews with the local media outlets. So dang hard in the moment, but always making memories nonetheless. There are moments like these that even the best made plans go array and others where winging-it-wildly takes a wobbly flight. These bad experiences will not define us. Journeying half way across the country with seven kids alone was expectedly rough around the edges, but the good parts will always rise to the top and define who we become. Because after all, we cannot have a rainbow unless we have rain. That's just the way it goes. And these seven darlings are my brightest, most colorful rainbow. The two oldest (my nephew and niece) shouldered so much responsibility with me this trip. They are mature and wise beyond their years and I have to choke back tears thinking about the strength and support they gave me and my wild ones this trip and always. Family is everything and family is forever. And there's nothing I wouldn't do for these honeys 😍Grateful ♥️ #FlanneryOkla #TheFlannery5 #UnitedSucks

Just a little reminder that it's all worthwhile 😍Completely and totally worthwhile♥️ #ThatSunsetTho #swoon #TheFlannery5 #FlanneryOkla #cousinsasbesties

In my humble opinion, one of the best ways we could acknowledge Memorial Day is to simply spend it with the ones we love, remembering the courageous who sacrificed for us...all in the name of FREEDOM. •
Remembering my Grandad who was a World War II Tiger fighter pilot and shot down by the Chinese at just 19 years old #Hero And my father in law who served a stint in the army. God bless this great country and the men and women who have served 🇺🇸#GodBlessTheUSA #TheFlannery5

Its totally fine that we left Briggy's shoes at home. I mean, weve been cruisin' the lazy river most of the time and he hasn't needed them anyway🤷🏼‍♀️It's fine that we ordered pizza that tasted like cardboard (Dominoes) our first night in our townhouse 🍕Who needs to eat anyway? Our first morning here we sent Daddy-o to the grocery store with a short list. He came back 3 hours later, grumbling, and food for a week.. whoopsy! Wrong list, Daddy-o, thats fine, no biggie. We can just lug it all home😜It's also totally cool that Briggy found a gopher turtle in the backyard of our rental townhouse, made a "turtle fishing pole" and named the poor guy Jimbo🐢I'm fine with all the chitlins going to bed late, crashing my bed in the middle of the night and waking up exxxtraaaa early. Who needs sleep anywho?😑We're cool that the babies insisted on using their pacis IN the overcrowded pool and lazy river. Yep, just fine with that. I mean, we are building healthy immune systems, right? 😝And bathtime? Yeah, we're fine that everyone is either screaming, crying or hyena laughing... all at the same time. All that chaos is...really no problem😳It's totally fine that during our mini family church service Fischer prayed for our toots. What the what? But... totally fine. Thanking the good Lord for it all😳Totally fine that all Rushy wants to do is nurse, I mean, I've been a one-hand-wonder for years now. No problemo. Oh and Pacey getting up five times that first night and protesting the crib? Yep, that was fine...and fun 😑And it's totally fine that I sat them all down, mustered up my mean mom voice and demanded respect and obedience... then mad as a hornet, sent them to bed early with two swats to the tooshies. Oh and that time Fischer drug Rushy down the little hill on her belly as Daddy was trying to take a pic of the kids turtle watching? Yep, fine. I mean, not for Rush. But she didn't get hurt too bad, so it was cool...ish 😶

Family vacations. With five under seven years old. In the moment? You question what in the world you were thinking dragging the fam out of town. In reflection? Best.memories.ever. #theflannery5 #DaysAreLongYearsAreShort

Welp, it JUST dawned on me that I forgot to pack shoes for Briggs and my instructions for him to grab flip flops fell on deaf ears 🙄😫#MomFail His response? "It's fine!" As he flashed his signature snaggle-toothed smile across that beautiful face. Barefoot is his jam. I give up on making you wear shoes, Bud...at least for today.

Headed to Orlando for the long weekend. Boy, vacations look a lot different than they did before we had these little people that call us Mommy & Daddy 😂A lot more planning...a lot less spontaneity...a lot less sleep...a whole heckuva lot more bags...that fun game of musical beds in the middle of the night 😴and gallons of sweet tea, kombucha and coffee to fuel the parentals 🤣But we'd never consider the alternative now that we know what heaven on earth feels like💫Happy Memorial Day Weekend, Friends 💖🇺🇸#OrlandoOrBust #theflannery5

Big sisters number one fan 🤸🏼‍♀️#RushEverly #GymnasticsExpo

I wonder what it is they'll remember. Will they remember the love that oozed as we snuggled up together in bed while on our chilly mountain vacay? I do hope it stands out forever in their hearts. But what about the oh-too-often times I have to bring out the mean mom voice to motivate obedience? Or the days I try to teach them patience while yelling "hurry up"? Or the abrupt words spoken out of pure exhaustion or frustration or, quite frankly, both? My prayer is that they will remember a mama who was far from perfect but who loved them fiercely. A mama who all too often didn't hold it together, but always held them close. A mama who did a lot of things wrong, but always tried her hardest to make those things right. A mommy who taught them, cooked for them, read to them, heard them, cuddled them, noticed them, fought for them, comforted them, chauffeured them 😜, praised them, adventured with them, smooched them and always taught them about grace. Grace upon grace. Perfection is never the goal. But, love always is. And (thankfully 🙏🏻) it covers a multitude of wrongs. #TheFlannery5 #BlessedMomma

"Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something you do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for." ~ Rachel Jankovic

Today I stand in profound honor that I get to be a part of this👆🏻From sunrise to sunset. To be given this calling. This mission. To be part of this club. This worldwide tribe. Of warrior Momma's. It is them that I draw the most strength from. This day belongs to us 💖 #BlessedMomma #HappyMothersDay #TheFlannery5

My girls. Thick as thieves and learning what it really looks like to love each other 😉 #PaceMckenna #RushEverly #FischerLove

Here's to the weekend and all it's star-blazin' glory ✨Enjoying the final hours of this glorious Lords Day with my herd at our forever homesite 🏡 #DenverRanch #TheFlannery5 #SiblingsAsBesties

"But there's a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes the stories are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories, is always your mothers story, because hers are where yours begin." Mitch Albom

There was a time I didn't know if my childhood dreams of being a mommy would come about. And there was also I time I yearned for another, and didn't know if that would transpire. And then that time, I selfishly unbridled my dreams to bloom full out and begged for "just one more"...and we know how that story ended 😉👯Given the less-than-ideal circumstances, we undoubtedly fared on this side of bliss. And even though it took double digit cycles, near quadruple digit needles, and six digit figures 😰, if it meant reaching these five, I would choose if all over again. Sometimes life's stings bring you honey and sometimes they bring you vinegar. And sometimes life flipping stinks. Whether you play all your cards out until the very end or bail out early - the story will be written regardless. A brand new one will take shape after its all said and done, but for today, this story is still in motion and will be as long as my overcomers are alive. And this story is ours. And most of all, it's emerged as a story I am becoming more honored to tell because of the five little souls standing in that square 👆🏻#NeverGiveUp #InfertilityAwarenessWeek #WorthThePain #FiveMiracles #TheFlannery5 #1in8 #NIAW

I don't remember the last time I was bored 😅Life with five kids under seven will always be a grand adventure, no matter how you look at it. And yesterday was no exception as the boys came rushing home from the pool coddling a new hatchling dove🐣 Excited is an understatement 😃They thought of it as an opportunity and were love struck from the get-go. After I got over the initial shock of seeing a ratty looking baby bird, I bought in to their big dreams. As you may have seen on snap or instastories we took the hatchling in and gave it water and the boys were "all in" going bug and worm hunting for the new baby🐛🐜I can't believe I get to be the momma to these little people. Gosh, it was so hard getting them here, but absolutely, unequivocally worth it 💖 #theflannery5 #TeamFlannery #HomeschoolLife

As I reiterated to my sweet ones Easter morning, the day wasnt about the egg hunts, fancy clothes, candy, and surprises. It's about His ultimate sacrifice for little ole us. To endure endless beatings, mocking and ultimately crucifixion on a cross. It's all so heavy. And as promised, He arose three days after His final breath. King of the earth, Son of God, Creator of all things. He could have called ten thousand angels, but he endured the cross for a bigger purpose. He chose the nails.

"You took fire so we could walk free. You took violence so we could be victors. You took hell so we could be healed. Sin hurt you far deeper than the spikes. So here we are, undone with a grace that we need to keep breathing. The Gospel isn't a one time message for the unbeliever, but a constant miracle for the imperfect." Ann Voscamp
#mywordsformybabies #GodIsGood

Embracing neighborhood shin-digs, wannabe tree houses, excitement over painted faces and Easter egg hunts and cake walks and bouncy houses, gangs of dirty, barefooted, shirtless little boys and our house being the hub 😍 and everything that this season of life has to offer. Oh, and the Twincesses meeting the Easter Bunny for the first time... definitely embracing that one, too 😂#theflannery5 #EasterWeek #siblingsasbesties

We hoped we would grow old together. And now here we are, creating our own Flannery family legacy, on our way, with five littles in tow. Makes my heart do somersaults. Being in love is a very lucky thing 💗 #theflannery5 #LuckyInLove #TeamFlannery

The Glory Days. As painful as early Saturday mornings of baseball games can be, I can already sense that I'll be looking back as my children age and yearn for the simplicity of it all. TODAY: Two times to bat, two hits and lots of good hustling for Cross....I didn't even pay attention if he made any points! Success came at the perfect time, as he was starting to grow weary and lose interest with so many failed attempts. And Momma learned a few new baseball things today, too...like where short stop and right field were (thanks to my sis and BIL @jd_macey). Kinda funny because I didn't realize that I was so baseball dumb 😂 And my cutie pie nephew Crew Buddy (left) earned the game ball ⚾️at his TBall game! No surprises there as he's a natural and the biggest 4yo hustler you ever did see. Surrounded by our tiny village this morning. Loving us, helping us, cheering us on and doing life with us. Turning out the lights on another day happily exhausted and blessed ☺️ #CousinsAsBesties #TheGloryDays

Hubs and I walked in reservation-less to a nice restaurant on our date night this wkend, we put our name in for an hour wait and the hostess said to us. "Well, if you're lucky, you can find a high top table in the bar area." We popped into the bar and immediately spotted a table being cleared. I came back to the hostess and said "I am the luckiest person!" She said, "you found a table?" And my response startled her with "We sure did! And not only that? But we have five children and we weren't supposed to have any!" I'm not sure what even compelled me to say that except for when "luck" is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is my people. But isn't "luck" just perspective anyway? Eleven IVF cycles...full and cancelled. What luck that I had some good eggs in there?! Before our life with children, I considered myself "lucky" that I had found a life partner that liked me. Ha! During my college years I considered myself lucky for holding down three jobs simultaneously and maintaining an 3.6 GPA. I also remember feeling like the luckiest after moving from OK to FL, and meeting a first friend to loan me money so that I could pay my first electric bill. And circling back to now. What a life. To be the mother to five children. Yes, they're the ones that have given me that deep, vertical wedge between my eyebrows, saggy chest and excess skin on my belly. But they're also, just as equally responsible for my smile lines that scream Botox, kind momma eyes, a sentimental heart, and the mind of a warrior. And never in my wildest dreams did I ever think "luck" would look this wonderful, but so grateful it does! And quite honestly, let's call it like it is. It's not "luck" at all. Its God's powerful blessings over all my life. And these guys? They're my dream-come-trues in every way possible 💓#TheFlannery5 #MyWordsForMyBabies

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