Friday, February 17, 2012

The Joy of Giving Back

This evening I had the privilege of photographing the joyful reunion of a father and husband with his young family. He had been serving his country in a far away land for the past year, while his wife and son made their own sacrifices as they waited for him.

How grateful I am to the men and women who serve in the military to preserve the freedoms we too often take for granted. When I think of the days, weeks, months and even years that they and their families sacrifice on our behalf, it seems totally inconsequential to give a few short hours to shoot some photos for them.

May all who serve experience the joy of coming home safely. That's my prayer for them.

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Sarah Haynie said...

I share your sentiments completely. How wonderful there are people like you that have such a wonderful talent and are willing to share it. I am sure they will never forget it.

Splendid Little Stars said...

so true!
wonderful shots and an adorable little boy!

Susan Anderson said...

I love these reunions. And I love that little guy's shirt, too!


Pam said...

You are the most giving person. This little family is so precious. You did a beautiful job!

Vern said...

The most sure fire way to turn me into a blubbering idiot is to watch military reunion videos on YouTube. When parents surprise their kids at school I turn into a positive MESS! (I mean, more than normal.)

psychelyn said...

This is touching. How lovely are these moments you caught.