This picture not only depicts a bond that a close-knit family shares, it's all about 17 kind, thoughtful, and funny kids that are their grandfather's greatest legacy!
Having a large family can be a lot of fun. That is exactly what happened to mom Chrissy Roussel and her three brothers and two sisters. Chrissy and her husband have six children in total - all girls. Yes, and out of those six, a set of them are triplets. The six of them have another 11 cousins from their mom's five siblings. That's going to be a lot of noisy holidays and family gatherings, but joyful ones, nonetheless. Family time is always a great time to relax and unwind.
Recently, these 17 cousins, their parents, and their grandmother went for a holiday and they took a photo. That seems rather innocuous, because who doesn't go for holidays and take photos? But there was something unique about the photo they took. The cousins all wore color-coded T-shirts that identify their sibling set and count off their birth order. Not just that, they also stood in order from oldest to youngest, with the beautiful beach behind them.
Roussel's sister Maryellen was the brain behind the idea of taking such a unique photo. The photo was shared on Facebook as a memory and in celebration of their late father who died three years ago. Soon after he passed away, Roussel found out that she was expecting her triplets, and that her two sisters-in-law were also expecting babies. Chrissy's babies are the ones that are dressed in the hot pink t-shirts!
The photo was shared on Love What Matters Facebook page with the message: My siblings and I recently went to the beach with our Mom and all 17 of our kids. I share this photo in celebration and memory of my Dad, who died 3 years ago. Soon after he died, I found out I was pregnant with spontaneous triplets (kids 13-15 in the picture). Surprise and shock don't even begin to describe my reaction. And yet my triplets weren't the only babies on the way for my family... two of my brothers' wives were expecting two (kids 16-17)!
So when I look at this picture of my parents' 17 grandkids, I notice in particular those five rainbow babies who brought so much joy in the months and years after my Dad passed away. I also reflect on how those 17 kind, thoughtful, funny kids are my Dad's greatest legacy. A beautiful legacy of love, indeed. We miss him so much, but we feel his presence every day through the love and joy of all these kids.
Roussel told Parents.com that capturing all the cousins together was no small feat, but it was definitely worth it. "The kids really enjoy spending time together, and being able to capture that on film is quite special," she said. "They have so much fun together, and they wore their numbered shirts with pride. When we were lining them up for the picture, we shouted out each number and each child proudly marched down to his or her spot, smiling ear-to-ear!"
She then shared the same image on her Facebook page with a bittersweet message of how she was celebrating her dad and remembering all the lessons he had taught her. Her father taught her that a day at the beach is good for your soul, which explains why she made sure she made memories with her huge family at the beach because there's nothing more precious than your family.