WIFE, MOTHER, PHOTOGRAPHER AND BLOGGER MICHELE PHILLIPS FOSTERS AN ONLINE COMMUNITY OF MOMS WHILE RAISING #THEPHILLYFIVE.
With the kids fast asleep, Michele Phillips is enjoying a well-deserved glass of wine as we sit down to talk more about her life with #ThePhillyFive. Michele and her husband, Steve, along with their five children, 8-year old Levi, 6-year old Dion, 4-year old Harlan and 2-year old twins Cove and Meadow are familiar faces in the Fraser Valley community, it’s hard to miss the stunning family. A mom and photographer, Michele documents her family life on the blog ‘What Dreams May Become’, and Instagram by the same name. “I started blogging because I liked writing and photography and it was a chance to document our life,” Michele remembers when she started the blog six years ago.
One of the most powerful things about sharing her life online, has been the community of moms she’s been able to connect with. “I really feel fortunate,” Michele shares, “connecting with moms and sharing personal messages around the day to day struggles (of motherhood), is really encouraging.”
One of those moms is Chloe Beans from Australia. Michele and Chloe connected through Instagram when both were pregnant – Michele with her twins and Chloe with triplets, both moms were planning on a fourth child, when surprised with their multiple birth pregnancies. “She approached me and said she’d love to share our story for other twin moms out there,” Michele remembers, “to give inspiration that they’re not alone.” Although she has yet to meet Chloe and a lot of her “pen pal moms”, Michele feels like they are already great friends, united through motherhood. “We have plans to personally meet one day,” Michele smiles.
If you follow Michele online, you’ll notice how creative she is, from hosting Harlan’s recent kitty birthday party, to throwing a rustic backyard baby shower for a girlfriend and the dreamy Instagram feed she’s created.
Artistic since a young age, Michele first picked-up a camera ten years ago. Her first shoot? A girlfriend’s maternity photos. “Then I had kids and started to practice on them,” Michele recalls. Now, she takes on 1-3 photography projects a week, “my heart is with family, births, newborns and maternity.”
At the moment, the Phillips are packing up their home of nine years, in anticipation for their upcoming move. The family is just 7 weeks away from moving into their “forever home”, a 6-bedroom house in Abbotsford Michele has dubbed “#ThePhillyFarm”.
“It’s always been on top of my dream list,” Michele shares how they found the property to build on, “it sat empty for seven years, we had looked at it before but it wasn’t right at the time.” Michele remembers how a trusted family friend called them a day after Christmas in 2015 and said “you need to look at it again.” After a long winter, construction finally began this past February. “It’s like a house in the woods,” Michele reveals, “classic and timeless with modern long craftsman lines and lots of texture and stone.” She adds, “I feel really fortunate to raise my kids here.”
This September, Michele will not only be moving into her new home, but she will also be collaborating with Highstreet on ‘The Night Market’, a curated children’s clothing and goods swap with proceeds going to Letisha’s Well. “It will be a great Mom’s Night Out with local pop-ups, Highstreet fashion, DJ, bar and more, I can’t wait!” Michele reveals. “I’m also looking forward to connecting with the community,” Michele adds, “and support a lot of local mompreneurs in Abbotsford.”
Photo Credit: Tanya Goehring, Post Photography