Danielle Cobo found a way to make a holiday photo happen for her family, even while her husband was deployed.
The mother of two, who lives in Tampa, Florida, asked her husband to take a photo of himself with his hand out without telling him why. He is currently serving a year deployment, and she said he probably knew she had something up her sleeve.
“I’m obsessed with the holiday season,” Cobo said.
Cobo also took her own photo alongside her twin boys and then posted on Facebook asking if someone could help make her vision of a family photo into reality.
“I was overwhelmed by the kindness of people offering to merge the images together for us,” Cobo said.
The result? A holiday photo that looks like the family is together again. Cobo’s husband actually won’t return until early next year, but even when apart, she tries to keep the family unit intact.
“When my husband joined the military, I had no idea the journey our life would take,” she said. “We’ve had some highs and lows. I’ve enjoyed living in different places, meeting new friends and I’m extremely proud of my husband.”
She said that it can get rather lonely at times, though.
“The hardest part is watching our twins grow up knowing that my husband is not around," Cobo said. "By the time he comes home, he will have missed half their life."
But, she wholeheartedly believes in what her husband is doing.
“There are people in other countries that don’t have the resources to protect themselves and he is helping them,” she said.