- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Ashley Sistrunk, a military wife and mother of four, found a creative way to include her husband, an airman deployed in Iraq, in the family’s 2016 Christmas card.

The 29-year-old Colorado woman told ABC News she came up with the idea after scouring Pinterest for ideas.

And so her husband, Staff Sgt. Brandon Sistrunk, posed for a few dozen shots holding a sign saying “Merry” and sent them to his wife, who had her mom snap a series of photos of her with the children, holding a sign reading “Christmas.”

With the magic of photo editing software, the telegenic family of five now appears together although separated by thousands of miles.

“We just wanted to feel a part of the holiday season like everyone else,” Ms. Sistrunk said, reported ABC News. She also has said she hopes the Photoshopped card design, which has gone viral on the internet, inspired and comforts other families suffering the sorrow of separation at the holidays.

“I always have wanted to reach out to other military spouses going through that. Just because you can feel mentally alone and emotionally alone,” she told a local CBS News affiliate. “But hopefully them seeing what that we’re getting through it, they can get through it too.”



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