We met Emily in December at a ‘party’ for a group of young women who share friendship, fun, laughter and an unbreakable bond of support for each other while their husbands are deployed. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know Emily – she is bright and beautiful – a high achiever. Her friends tease about her title “Dr. Bradshaw” – yep, she has already earned a doctorate degree in the field of physical therapy, and I swear she gets as much accomplished before 7:30 am than I sometimes manage to pull off in an entire day! But what strikes me most when I think about Emily is her undeniable devotion to her husband, James, and her amazingly positive attitude. I see her facebook posts – often mentioning happenings that might make the rest of us grumble or complain, but Emily never fails to find the positive spin. I am sure I am not the first friend to compare her to Snow White ;-D
So, when we learned that James would soon be arriving home for R&R, we did some scheming with Emily and arranged to meet them for a photo session to celebrate their time together. We met Emily, James and their four-legged ‘son’, Gunner, at Pt. Defiance Park for some playtime on a gorgeous spring day Talk about two people that were absolutely made for each other!! There is a quiet, yet at the same time – very powerful – strength to their relationship. Take a look at this little video we created using images from our time and the park and I think you’ll see it too Knowing that they took some time to go see George Strait in concert while James was home, we hope the music we chose to go with their photos will lift them both up with happy memories of their time together
And here are a few of our fav’s from the day:
I am sure that two weeks never go by quite as quickly as when couples are sharing R&R together…sigh…James is already back in the Middle East and Emily has gone back to her without-James-daily-routine.
Emily & James – we are honored to know you – here’s hoping that the rest of James’ deployment passes swiftly and safely for you both. And straight from our hearts, please accept our prayers, support and gratitude for the sacrifices you both so willingly make on behalf of us and our entire country, in order to protect the freedoms we enjoy as US citizens.
Erin & Bill