Military mum finds a touching way to include solider husband in family Christmas card from the other side of the world
A creative mum has found the perfect way to include her husband in their family Christmas card, even though the solider is deployed thousands of miles away and won't make it home for the holiday.
Mum-of-four Ashley Sistrunk’s struggled as she began to receive Christmas cards from her friends and their families, while her own husband Brandon was deployed in Iraq with the US Military.
The improvising mum decided that her family could indeed send out their annual holiday card, with just a little touch of Photoshop magic.
“At first it bummed me out. I was so sorry for myself, thinking, ‘I just want a picture with my husband in a Christmas photo,’ and that’s when I thought, I can put him in a photo,” she said.
The mum and her four children posed together in the Colorado snow for a photo, holding a cardboard sign reading ‘Christmas’, while Brandon posed outside his military base in Iraq with a 'Happy' sign.
Meshing them both together, Ashley created a touching image, which has since gone viral on social media.
Speaking to the news organisation Brandon said: "I was very happy with the idea of still being able to display our family greetings to our friends," he said.
"Ashley has always been very creative and good about things for us to do as a family. It helps me because I am not creative."
The mum said Christmas is a particularly difficult time for a military family, and her children are starting to feel the impact of Brandon’s absence even more as they grow older.
“It’s definitely harder during the holidays. This is actually the first deployment where the older children are old enough to be angry about their father being away," she said.