The holidays are all about spending time with family, but this military wife had to get a bit of Christmas magic involved when it came to creating their holidayÂ card this year.
Ashley Sistrunk is a mother of four, and her husband and father of their kids, Brandon Sistrunk, is currently deployed in Iraq. But, that didn't mean that posing for the family Christmas card was going to be any different this year. Sistrunk was determined to find a way to make it happen.
And even though she and the kids were all the way in Colorado Springs, Colorado, they still got to pose with their husband and father for the holidays.
The Huffington Post explained how it all went down. Ashley got her mom to take a photo of her and the kids, and Brandon got a pal of his to take his photo in Iraq. He's holding a sign that says âMerry,â and Ashley's holding one that says âChristmas.â And voila!
With the help of Photoshop, there's now one very special Christmas card that shows a family connected despite a 7,000-mile distance between them. Like I said, magic!
Sistrunk posted her patchwork photo to FacebookÂ and Instagram, and that's when a local news source picked up the story. Since then, the photo has garnered hundreds of likes.
Ashley explains to KKTV that having to be separated from her husband over the holidays isn't easy.
âHaving a piece of your heart across the world, fighting for your country. It's just a whole other level of emotions," Sistrunk said.
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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 thanksð #deployment #christmas
We can only imagine the struggle of celebrating the holidays without a key member of the family.
âWe tell the kids, 'Yes, other kids have their daddy home right now.' But their daddy is out being a superhero, keeping our country safe and that's important ? that's an important job,â she told the publication.
Thankfully, Huffington Post reports that Brandon is set to return home in early 2017. And that really is something to look forward to, even more than Santa Claus!
[h/t: Huffington Post]