It takes a village.

By: Melissa Beckley

I know that many of us have heard this over and over before, but it is so true! I am a wife to a recently retired coastie, so we’ve made our fair share of moves and the closest we’ve been to family during my husband’s career was about 5 hours from his family and 9 from mine, needless to say we didn’t get to visit as much as we wanted. Because of this, I have found the truth and importance behind the “It takes a village statement.” This is exactly why I am a huge fan of Mom’s groups!

I have 5 children with a HUGE age range, my oldest is 13 and my youngest is 10 months old. I can tell you I would not have survived without my momma friends! Whether you are near family or not it’s so important to get plugged in with “your people, or village(AKA mom groups),” these mommas have either been there, done that or are going through what you are right at that moment. They can either help guide you, cry along side you, drink insane amounts of wine with you and even cheer you on.

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Whether we lived in California, Alabama, Michigan, Louisiana or Florida, the one thing that remained a constant, was my support system in a local mom’s group. They helped encourage me in my journeys as a wife, mother and photographer.

I encourage all moms to join some sort of mom’s group. Whether you need someone to pour your heart out to, find out what events are going on this weekend or make a play date for your kids, to keep them busy and give you a few minutes peace, it’s so important to join that village.

untitled-279 copyI’m Melissa, wife to a handsome guy and momma to 5 crazy kids (ages 10 months to 13 years). I am a birth, newborn and baby photographer and I love living in Florida!

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