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This color-coded family portrait is just genius

Posted June 26

When you’re one of six siblings yourself, the cousin count is going to rack up quickly. And that’s precisely what happened for Chrissy Roussel and her family. With a combined total of 17 children between the six siblings, you can imagine that “family portrait day” might get a little hectic. But this genius hack solved all of that.

The siblings had their families dressed in matching, colored T-shirts and stand in their birth order. That way, it would be easy to spot all 17 children and immediately recognize which family they belonged to. Pretty smart, huh?

For instance, Roussel, who had her family dress in hot pink, is responsible for six of the 17 children. Given their brightly colored shirts, it’s easy to spot all six of them.

As far as their birth order, they make up numbers five, six, nine and 13-15 because yes-there’s a set of triplets in there!

The color-coded photo was posted to Roussel’s personal account, but it gained popularity online when it was also shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page as a touching tribute to Roussel’s father, who passed away three years ago.

“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,” the photo is captioned.

“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 definitely can’t take all of the credit for the photo, though. This was definitely a group effort. “The photo was my sister’s idea,” she told PopSugar. “Having a big family means lots of noise, laughter, and, most importantly, love. Between the 17 cousins, there’s always someone to play with and have fun with. They have a ball together. I loved having a big family growing up, and I’m so happy that my kids have the same experience.”

With big families come big family portraits, but this was a pretty genius way of displaying everyone in a very organized way, and I’ve got to say-I’m impressed!

Are you making a mental note of this for your next family photo? Good idea!

This story originally appeared on Simplemost. Checkout Simplemost for other great tips and ideas to make the most out of life.


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