Thanksgiving day 2011.
He had just returned home from being deployed to Afghanistan for 7 months.
Captain at the time, ( now a major) his unit had been in the process of returning home for about 10 days. His was the last to land. And he was the last off the plane. The first time he held his three month old baby girl with big brothers (3 & 2 years old) and his radiant bride by his side.
This picture and this young family represent so many things to me. Not the least of which is that our freedom is not free. Brave men and women who have served our country and have given their lives…& the families they leave behind to do so.
Tuesday we sat together for lunch. It was all I could do to not stand up and say “you guys– this man is a hero-put down your taco and let’s show him our gratitude”. But he’s a humble servant leader and would never want that attention on him.
They’re here this week -here as in stateside- he’s stationed over seas- having brought a beautiful baby girl into their family through adoption. It is only fitting that on baby girls “two weeks with her forever family” I will photograph this humble hero and his family on 9/11 a day we honor the lives of many and we never forget.
And to my special friends YOU are LOVED and I am forever grateful! ❤️💙🇺🇸🇺🇸 #adoption #September11 #neverforget