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Fifth of Six

You may not realize it, but I am the fifth of six children.  I have four older brothers (Joe, David, Darrel, and John) and one younger sister (Denyse).  There is a nine year span between the oldest and the youngest.  All of us are grown with our own families now, and despite the fact that we ALL live within a thirty minute radius of Mom and Dad, it had been YEARS since we were all in the same place at one time.  At least one has been missing from every single family gathering. for one reason or another for what seems like ever.

Until now.  Hubs and I decided to invite them all over, with the thought in mind that if we could get the six of us and Mom and Dad together, Hubs could snap a photo with my new camera (more on that in another post).  I’d received confirmation from four of my siblings that they would be there, then got a text from one of them saying he wouldn’t be able to make it.

I’m not gonna lie.  I wasn’t above guilting him.  I sent a text back saying, “Aww, that stinks.  You’re the only one out of all six of us that won’t be here.”  I kid you not, within 30 seconds my phone was ringing.  He said he would try to make it over, but couldn’t make any promises.  I told him Mom and Dad were coming and it would mean the world to Mom if we could get a family photo.   It worked.

Just after everyone arrived and I was trying to herd them all into my backyard for the photo, it started raining.  I handed the camera to Hubs and asked him to take pictures.  He was like, “Shouldn’t we wait, it’s raining…”  And I with all my bossy sauce responded, “We can all just get wet, this chance may not come around again for years!”  So, we stood in the rain as Hubs snapped away.

the eight of us

We didn’t mind, though, because it made Mom happy.  It must have done her heart good to have all of her children under one roof again, even if only for a few hours.  I know it did MY heart good.  Though he’s a man of few words, it was obvious it meant a lot to Dad, too.

mom happy

Mom may have enjoyed herself so much that she even broke out it a fit of laughter or two…

mom laughing

There’s just something about seeing the glint of joy in my Mom’s eyes that brings joy to my own heart.   I’m hoping it doesn’t take years for us all to get together in one place again.

When is the last time you had a family photo?

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. Awww, that is awesome. My husband is one of 7 and there is almost always one family missing since 4 of the 7 siblings now live out of state.

  2. Such a sweet post! I’m the youngest of 7, age span is 21 yrs between my oldest sister and myself! I know the difficulty in getting everyone together at the same time. I loved seeing your whole family photo and the pics of your mom laughing are priceless!

  3. Great looking family! Gosh let me think. The last family pic was last year in July at Gatlinburg when we rode the tram up the mountain.

  4. Nothing wrong with a bit of guilt trip. 🙂 I am the last of 3 kids and the only girl. I so wish I had a big family like yours. I very rarely get to see my siblings. We all live in different countries. Maybe a family renunion is in order. 🙂

  5. That is awesome. I know your mom loved it.

  6. What a nice family, I can definitely see the joy in your mom’s eyes!

  7. Whoa! My mom had 6 siblings and she was the oldest! I Can’t imagine! I am good with one brother 🙂

  8. I only come from a family of 3 kids, as does my husband. We’ve always both wanted more siblings, especially now so that our kids have more cousins. What fun it would be to have a big family!

  9. How sweet of you to organize this… and what an awesome photo full of memories for you to cherish! And yes, your mom looks very, very happy!!!

  10. There’s nothing more special than a reunion. I’m sure this was something so special for your mom. It’s so great that you all got to be together. Such a nice feeling.

  11. Thank You For Sharing Your Family Story My Mother In Law Has 11 Brothers & Sisters I Can’t Imagine!! Beautiful Photos Too!

  12. I am an only child and I am always so sad that I don’t get to have wonderful family moments like this!

  13. What a wonderful story! And such great photos as well!

  14. She looks so happy! I hope yall will start getting together more. I LOVE big families – my mom was one of 8 and my dad 1 of 5. I always wanted a bunch of kids, but my husband is maxed out at 3. 🙂

  15. Now that is one big happy family! The joy in your mom’s face is priceless!

  16. The last family photo we took was at my wedding 8 years ago!

  17. I’m so glad you got a picture!! There is a 19 year age difference between me and my youngest brother! In fact, my little brother is 3 years older than my son!

  18. What a fantastic thing you did! Your entire family will remember that day and cherish it. Way to go on the guilt tripping too. 😉

  19. Aww, these photos are absolutely beautiful! Your mom looks bursting with joy 🙂 How wonderful of you to arrange this for her.

  20. I’m one of six kids too, but I’m #3. The last time we had a family photo taken was at my dad’s funeral and I don’t think it will ever happen again because there is an irreparable rift between my brothers.

    • LIz I pray that the rift can, in fact, be repaired. It’s so hard when our siblings don’t get along. Makes it difficult for everyone!

  21. Mini family reunions like this one where siblings can all get together are such wonderful things.