We would have been a loving family . . .

We would have been a loving family . . . April 20, 2015

. . . if there had been somebody there to take pictures of us every minute of our lives.

No, but seriously. Several months ago, before the baby was born, we had a photographer at our house for three days, documenting What It’s Like to Live In a Family of Twelve.  The photo essay came out last week in New Hampshire Magazine, and we are delighted (EXCEPT DAMMMIT I TOLD THOSE BOYS TO PUT SHEETS ON THEIR BEDS).

Here is just one photo, one of my favorites out of the nearly thirty that made it into the online story:


nh  mag kids on slide


It’s such an honest but positive story. I have so much to say about the experience of having our family life documented! But things keep turning up. In the meantime, check out the story and the rest of the pictures here, and find more wonderful photography by the very gifted Matthew Lomanno at his website.  Especially take a look at the documentary collections.

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  • Fr. Denis Lemieux

    Nice story and photos… and nice Flannery O’Connor reference in the blog title. You’d have been great if someone had been there to shoot you all continually.

  • Awesome thanks so much for sharing. I will repost article in NHM.

  • Kathleen M. Ritter

    One of my favorite Flannery quotes 🙂

  • Anna

    Lomanno did a lovely job, both with the photos and the writing! I hope someday I’ll manage to emulate you in the “preferring a mess” department. I still often end up with the mess, just not gracefully.

  • Rebecca Kirby

    The gloves and hats on the door! I love that idea. I”m going to have to get some of those hangers.

  • MightyMighty1

    So nice! Does your property back up to a creek?

    • simchafisher

      Yes! It’s a gorgeous spot, very cool and quiet.

  • Clara

    Fantastic. I loved the article, and I loved the photos. Thx for linking.

  • JoAnn

    Awesome! Children are blessings! Noisy, messy, annoying little blessings! I have two, and feel blessed (most of the time).

  • Rebecca Fuentes

    I have curtain rods just like that-you know, the ones that are lower in the middle! Every time I looked through the photos, I thought, “Okay, THAT one is my favorite,” until I saw more, and then I couldn’t decide on a favorite. I do love the one of Lucy in the woods, though.

  • June1111

    The fact that you and Damien still hold hands after 10+ years… it just says it all. 🙂

  • Leeandra Nolting

    Beautiful photos!