At this very moment, I'm sitting at my desk with a cell phone next to my keyboard and a snoring 3 year old in my bed. This seems to be the routine since my husband deployed. I struggle all day to keep my son from destroying the house too much, I find a few moments here and there to get some work done, I run errands, I cook and clean, and then I look at the clock and realize it's nearing midnight. That's when I settle in at my desk to tackle my inbox, edit and prepare for upcoming sessions. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed I don't know how I'll get through the next day. And then there are times like right now when I look at the images from a homecoming I've shot and I think to myself, "Wow. I have no room to complain."
If taking care of one child and running a business is tough, I ought to try walking a day in the shoes of someone like Stephanie, who managed to maintain her home while taking care of two very young children while pregnant. Looking at these photos again is a reminder of the strength and will of military wives. Even though I am one myself, I'm still in awe of the ladies who handle deployments with courage and optimism and class. Stephanie is one of those women I admire. I wish I was as half put-together as she appeared to be as we waited for the buses to arrive.
Here is her family's homecoming story as told through the images I captured that evening. Enjoy!