Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Monday 20 September |
Saint of the Day: St. Andrew Kim Taegon and Companions

Military mom comes up with a great way to keep dad in the Christmas Card

Ashley Sistrunk - Facebook

The Daily Catch - published on 12/13/16

Ashely Sistrunk is the proud mother of a military family. Her young kids have reached the age where the separation from their father is starting to have an effect on them.

“They’re old enough to be mad about it, they’re old enough to be sad. So I have to balance all of their emotions on top of my emotions and I think this one is the hardest.” “We mainly do it as a reminder that Daddy’s doing something important, rather than pretending that Daddy’s there.”

She does her best to keep her children mindful of their father while he’s gone, including putting his picture on his chair during meals. This year, however she has come up with a fun way to make sure her whole family is pictured on her family’s Christmas cards.

Ashley’s mother took a photo of her and the kids, and a military friend of Brandon’s took a picture of him. Ashley then stitched the two images together in Photoshop and shared it with friends on social media. It was picked up by local news station KKTV 11 on Saturday and has since gone viral. “Having a piece of your heart across the world, fighting for your country. It’s just a whole other level of emotions,” she said.

Cheers to the Sistrunks for staying strong during a trying holiday season apart. What a great idea! We will keep Brandon in our prayers and hope that he returns from his duties safe and sound.

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
ANMOL RODRIGUEZ
Domitille Farret d'Astiès
Attacked with acid as a baby, Anmol Rodriguez overcomes and inspi...
2
Kathleen N. Hattrup
Pope considers what to do with pro-abortion Catholic politicians
3
ARGENTINE CHILDREN
Esteban Pittaro
Argentine “Mother Teresa” was a former model and actress who embr...
4
RESURRECTION
Philip Kosloski
Your body is not a “shell” for your spirit
5
Kathleen N. Hattrup
On same-sex unions, Pope says Church doesn’t have power to change...
6
PIER GIORGIO FRASSATI
Cerith Gardiner
12 Habits of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati that every young adult...
7
Visalia CHURCH
J-P Mauro
The largest Catholic parish church in the US will soon be in Cali...
See More