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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A creative military mom found a way to include her husband in their Christmas card, even though he’s thousands of miles away.

Ashley Sistrunk of Colorado Springs told KKTV that the holidays can be tough of her kids.

“Having a piece of your heart across the world, fighting for your country. It’s just a whole other level of emotions,” said Ashley.

Brandon Sistrunk is a staff sergeant in the Air Force, currently deployed in Iraq. His sacrifice means he’s had to miss a lot of family milestones, like the births of three of his children and the holidays.

“We tell the kids, ‘Yes, other kids have their daddy home right now.’ But their daddy is out being a superhero, keeping our country safe and that’s important … that’s an important job,” Ashley said.

This year, she asked her husband to take a photo for the family Christmas card. He held up a sign in Iraq that said “Merry,” she held up the other half in Colorado that read “Christmas.” Their four kids stand by her side.

She told KKTV that she hopes the photo gives comfort to other military families by letting them know they’re not alone.

“You can feel mentally alone and emotionally alone even though you know that they’ll come back. But hopefully them seeing that we’re getting through it, they can get through it too,” Ashley said.