My church is full of military families who regularly make the sacrifice to be separated for long periods of time to protect our freedoms and keep this country safe. The Blackburns are one such family that I am proud to call my friends. This sweet couple is the first word of encouragement, the first to step up and say yes, the first that come to mind when you want to invite people out to have a good time. I was so blessed to witness and photograph this special moment of Brian coming home after a sixth month stint in the Middle East. It had been their first deployment and therefore their very first homecoming. Lauren had survived a long six months of winter, with babies that were constantly sick, a first Christmas without Brian, and much more. The joy I witnessed in having him come home was indescribable. I hope to photograph many more of these special moments!