Welcome Home, Kristin!
About two weeks before the expected homecoming date I get in contact with Kristin's mom, Caren. Caren and I were constantly in contact every time a date or time would change for the homecoming ceremony. After a few date and time changes, I finally received the official text from Caren stating that Kristin was on her way to the US and would be home the afternoon of September 16th! I couldn't help but smile knowing that everyday is another step closer to capturing this special moment for Kristin and her loved ones.
The morning of September 16th I dropped my husband off at work, grabbed Starbucks, and headed on base. I made sure to let Caren know I was on my way and I would meet her on base! In return she informed me she was on her way with her twin-sister Cathy, Kristin's grandma, and Kristin's husband. Knowing it'll still be a few minutes before they arrive, I walk into the gym and pan around I notice that the gym is pretty full. The curtain is already dropped, the screen is already prepped for a live view of the plan landing, and people are full of smiles and laughter holding their balloons and welcome home signs.
Her furbaby!! Her husband Matthew brought their dog, Riley, to surprise Kristin! SO SWEET!!!
Kristin - Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice and choosing to defend our country. Your dedication and selfless service truly means more to me than you probably realize. Also, thank you for allowing me to have the honor in being a part of this special day and freezing these moments that I can only hope you'll cherish forever.
Matthew - Thank you, to you as well, for your duty to defend our country. It's so amazing to see a beautiful marriage of two amazing soldiers stick together as if you guys were never apart. Thank you for allowing me to capture these moments for you and Kristin!
Caren, Cathy, and Grandma - I want to thank all three of you for choosing to support and love Kristin. Without you, she wouldn't be as strong as she is today. Without you, she wouldn't be the phenomenal soldier she is today. It's because of YOU that she came home safe and sound. I hope all of you enjoyed your time here in Washington before you had to return to Texas! It was such a pleasure meeting you and hanging out for a few hours anticipating Kristin's arrival to JBLM! You guys are such a beautiful family! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this day!