Reese Witherspoon turned 44 on Sunday, and she couldn’t help sharing her best gift of all with her fans: getting all three of her kids together for one big, happy family photo. In case you missed it, stars flooded social media yesterday with well-wishes for the Little Fires Everywhere star. And while it undoubtedly helped make it “one of the best birthdays ever,” we bet Witherspoon’s favorite thing about her special day was spending time with her husband Jim Toth and her children Ava Phillippe, 20, Deacon Phillippe, 16, and Tennessee Toth, 7.
Witherspoon took to Instagram to thank everyone for the outpouring of good vibes, sharing a rare snapshot showing her cute brood. “So many thoughtful, beautiful, heartfelt messages from so many of you!” she gushed. “Some poems, a home-cooked meal, a wonderful performance from my friend, a long nature walk with my family… all gifts from the heart. Thank you for making me feel so LOVED! I’m a very lucky lady.”
Two photos accompanied the message. The first shows Toth and Witherspoon smiling at the forefront as Tennessee sits atop big bro Deacon’s shoulders and Ava throws up a peace sign just behind their parents. The second photo shows the gorgeous seaside California vista the sweet family enjoyed on their nature walk.
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One of the best birthdays ever!🎈So many thoughtful, beautiful, heartfelt messages from so many of you! Some poems, a home cooked meal, a wonderful performance from my friend, a long nature walk with my family…all gifts from the heart. 🥰Thank you to all of you for making me feel so LOVED! I’m a very lucky lady. 💕💫🎂
It’s not uncommon for Witherspoon to share snapshots of her kids — but it is rare to see all three of them in one frame. That’s sort of the nature of little ones growing up, right? With Ava off in college and Deacon being a teen, it’s probably a task-and-a-half to wrangle both of them up when they’re home (Witherspoon shares both with their father, her ex-husband Ryan Phillippe).
Still, it’s clear they’re a tight-knit crew — among the many, many special messages directed towards Witherspoon on social media Sunday was one from Ava. Sharing a photo of her mom posing in front of the sea, Ava wrote, “Happy birthday to this living legend! I love you beyond words, and I’m endlessly grateful to share life with you today and every day.”
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