It only took 49 pictures– and one ‘head transplant’. The 2 year old was looking down in this shot but looked great in the previous one (including the same cute arm-cross), so my 15 year old did a bit of photoshopping to produce this ‘perfect’ picture!

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  1. Wow! What a great picture!

    You all look wonderful,


  2. Perfect!! That is one beautiful family photo. How many pictures were taken to get “the one?”

  3. awh mary – this is a TERRIFIC PICTURE. i love the colors and the smiles are perfect. 🙂 wow. great photographer and great family.

  4. What a beautiful picture of the family! You can send that one with pride! 🙂

  5. Beautiful family!

  6. It’s beautiful! Congrats!

  7. Delightful! And isn’t that the same fallen tree from last year’s family Christmas photo? What fun to compare how the kids have grown and changed from year to year.

    Love and hugs,


  8. What a GREAT picture!!! You guys look wonderful

  9. Oh wow! That is awesome!

  10. Beautiful!

  11. Fabulous photo of a gorgeous family!!

  12. You all look so great! I can’t believe how big your two youngest daughters are getting!

  13. What a fantastic catch! I can’t believe someone got everyone looking and smiling at the same time. This is a great picture.

  14. What a fabulous picture! I especially love the ‘tree’ you are all on. Almost like a piece of art.

    The 2yr old is absolutely adorable in her little pose. Just want to squeeze her!

    Oh the wonders of computers being able to do ‘transplants’……

  15. Wow, you all look great!! I love the red in the pictures. So nice.

  16. love the photo . . .especially all the shades of red.

    Thought you might be interested in this article/blog interview if you’ve not see it yet that is:

    It is about Transracial Adoption and the Gospel.

  17. Lovely. I do love the ability to do head transplants, and face transplants… now if I can only IMPROVE my ability… 🙂

  18. Thank you for sharing this great photo! I LOVE reading about your family. I tell my husband your stories all the time. 🙂

  19. Oh it looks wonderful Mary! What a great family. We’ve done the creative photoshopping thing before too and we only have 2!

  20. Excellent picture and beautiful family. I love the shades of red. Im impressed it only too 49 photos…. that is good stuff.

  21. Delurking to say – I JUST love it!!! Beautiful family captured in a gorgeous picture!

  22. Beautiful family photo! I hope we can be so lucky with ours.

  23. What a gorgeous family.

  24. And I must say… I wasn’t thinking about how many shots this must have taken… I was thinking about finding the coordinating outfits, making sure all those clothes were clean, and not in a laundry bin or something, and that no one got mud or chocolate down their front while you were setting up that picture. And I only have seven!

  25. Looks GREAT!!

  26. super! This was not easy! I don’t have a family photo, and there are only 7 of us.

  27. very nice!

  28. very nice!

  29. What a great picture! And the choice of colors for everyone is beautiful – the reds and blues look amazing against the green of the background. Hope it was fun!

  30. your family is beautiful.

  31. Love it!

  32. Fantastic! And, could those two older girls look ANYMORE like you?! LOL

  33. Simply gorgeous. I can’t believe how big your littles are getting!

  34. What a GREAT picture! I was dreading trying to pull off a family picture, but you’ve inspired me to at least give it a try 🙂

  35. Awesome!
    We did the “transplant” thing for a family picture once because we made the announcement, “Now, don’t blink!” before snapping the shots and then found that in all of them my 5-year-old brother had eyes like saucers with little marbles floating in them. So we took some not-quite-as-bad-eyes and stitched them in place to produce or finished product! We still laugh about that one.

  36. Awesome! And you totally can’t tell that her head was transplanted! WooHoo – you go girl!

  37. Gor-or-or-Gee-Ous! You did great! I only ever have to try for a good one with THREE kids and still have yet to accomplish such perfection. 🙂 Photoshop – Grand idea!

  38. Just the thought of trying to find that many matching outfits is stressful. I only have three and one always smile while slanting his eyes away from the camera. The final product is always worth it, though.

  39. Lovely! Good work!

    (Apparently your 15 year old performed quite a service there. We recently went to a Big Deal Professional studio with a certificate for a free sitting and unretouched 16×20. Then came the extras. If I recall, they were charging over $100 for one head change. If it were real and surgical, that’s a deal… I guess. But to do it digitally? Come on!)

  40. okay I really need to learn to photoshop if this is what can be done! great photo!

  41. I love it! What a beautiful family!

    We used to take our annual family pictures in the crux of a tree until our family got too big. One year, we took a picture of all of going down one of those twisty slides!

  42. Well, my word that is one beautiful family!

    You are one lucky lady, Mary!

  43. Gorgeous!! Two thumbs WAY up. [:-)

    Love, Rachel

  44. Dawn in OR says:

    Sooooo beautiful! Look what God has done from a simply thumb print lovingly given years ago! Isn’t He wonderful!
    blessings 😉

    Dawn in OR

  45. What a great picture and that is too funny “head transplant”!

  46. expectingamiracle says:

    Great pic…the photoshopping turned out well!

  47. Perfect!

  48. That is one beautiful family!! I’m hoping you have that framed and hanging prominently among the gallery of pictures in your home. That’s a Christmas card, right there!

    Cheers friend!

  49. Way to go to the 15 year old! Photoshop is awesome! LOVE this picture. We just had ours done too! 🙂


  50. love it!