This story will make you melt: Erin is a really close friend of mine, a best friend. But, I would have never met Erin if our husband’s were not on the same ship. My husband has been on many deployments, but this one was different. I was pregnant and so scared to do this on my own. But, I was being watched over by God when I met a couple of spouses on his ship that were also due while on the deployment. Erin was one of those incredible spouses! We share a love for the Navy (she served 10 years herself), a love for Jesus and a overall zeal for life. We both chose to look at the positives, even when life is filled with the negatives. So, we instantly bonded.
Our men were deployed for nearly 8 months. They came home a little over a week ago. And, her husband not only was away from their two sons, but missed his daughter’s birth. Erin captured some photos of their first meeting, but after settling into being back home (and before they move on to their next set of orders) we had to capture this family’s photos.
Saturday was more than a photoshoot to me; it was photographing one of my best friends, a sister. We share an experience that most people will never understand, but that’s what makes our friendship so special. I’m grateful to God for this friendship and for our husbands being home.
Enjoy the photos. Kiss and hug your family. Those of us who are military families know how fortunate we are to have them around, even though it doesn’t last.