It’s always hard for families when a loved one gets deployed, but it can be especially difficult for those families during the holiday season since it’s meant to be a time spent surrounded by all of your closest friends and family.
And when Colorado mom-of-four Ashley Sistrunk kept seeing pictures from her friends’ holiday photos on Facebook, she couldn’t help but feel sad since her husband Brandon had been deployed to Iraq and wouldn’t be home until the end of January.
At Thanksgiving, Sistrunk taped a photo of Brandon in his chair to pretend he was actually there, and when it came time to take her family Christmas card, she was inspired to do something similar. “Of course with my husband gone, that would make me sad and I’d think, ‘I want him in a Christmas card,’” Sistrunk said. “I went on Pinterest and typed in ‘Christmas cards for military’ and I found a couple of different ones and I sent my husband what he had to do. Thankfully he trusts me and it turned out as good as I wanted it to.”
Sistrunk and her kids posed for a photo together with the mountains in the background, and she had Brandon, a staff sergeant in the Air Force, pose in a photo in Iraq and would combine the two so that it would look like they were all actually standing together. “He took about 25 pictures because he knows that I’m very particular. We posted it on my actual Facebook and a lot of people on my friend list liked it, and I liked how it turned out, but I didn’t at all expect it to turn into this,” she said after her Christmas card went viral.
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[Featured image: Ashley Sistrunk]