Family pictures are more than just wall decorations. It’s a way to remember the people in your life for the years to come, even when they might not necessarily be around anymore. It brings people together and it’s also enjoyable.
But this particular family photo had a truly bittersweet story to it, and it’s making people feel a little bit emotional. Even more so, it’s making us appreciate the people that are around us. Sounds cheesy, but keep reading, and you’ll get it.
Louisiana mom and blogger, Chrissy Roussel, shared a photo of her kids with her siblings’ kids on Facebook. The photo shows all 17 cousins wearing different colored shirts, each indicating the birth order and color to designate which kids are siblings.
The family photo is in many ways a tribute to Roussel’s late father, who passed away three years ago.
Shortly after his death, she learned she was pregnant with triplets, and two of her brother’s wives became pregnant as well.
Roussel told HuffPost, “The kids are growing so fast that we try to capture them all together whenever we can”
She continued saying, “Since they’re all so close in age, we thought it would be fun to line them all up by birth order.”
The family calls these five kids the “Frederick Five” in memory of her father who was named Frederick Michael Fox Jr.
Roussel told HuffPost, “They’ve brought so much happiness and joy to our family when we needed it most. It is so bittersweet that he never got to meet them”
She continued saying, “The photo reflects so clearly my parents’ love for each other, in that all 17 kids are such funny, thoughtful little people.”
Roussel said that she and her siblings consider these kids to be her late father’s greatest legacy. She also noted that this is what everyone hopes to leave behind when they pass away.
The 17 grandkids range from 2 to 14 years old. Each kid was happy to go to their spots when their numbers were called.
When the picture was posted on the Facebook page “Love What Matters,” the family didn’t expect to receive over 30,000 likes. The combination of the photo and caption was really touching.
In the caption, Roussel wrote, “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 months and years after my Dad passed away”
The photo really inspired others to share similar family photos. The mom told HuffPost that she hopes this photo brightens people’s days.