COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A military wife and mom in Colorado has come up with a unique way to include her deployed husband in this year’s family Christmas photo.
Brandon Sistrunk isn’t set to return from his southwest Asia deployment until next month. After seeing her friends’ family Christmas photos, his wife, Ashley, wanted to make sure Brandon was included in theirs. So, she had Brandon take a photo on base while holding a sign reading, “Merry.” She took a photo alongside their four children while holding a sign that read “Christmas.” After putting the pictures together digitally, she had her family Christmas photo.
The picture has gone viral since she posted it on Instagram last week . She says the attention is “bringing light to the other half” of military families.
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I hate wanting to wish away a holiday. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, but with Brandon gone and the kids begging to have him home on Christmas, it just won't be the same. I know we are supposed to "live for today!", but I wish I could wake up tomorrow and have it be late January! It makes me sad for couples who aren't truly the best of friends. Brandon is my best friend in the whole world and my heart needs him home! Can someone call Ellen and tell her to bring him home for me?! K thanks😂 #deployment #christmas