Monday, June 13, 2011

While I'm Waiting...a Beautiful Military Family

Today is a special day for Just the Girls: Real Beauty, because we have a guest featured photographer!  Jessica is one of our favorite beautiful girls, because she has been so helpful and encouraging to Faith and Aubrianah.  Jessica is WAY pregnant, due with her second boy any time now.  Her husband, Bryan, is serving in Afghanistan as an Army chaplain.  Jessica is in Hawaii, away from extended family, taking care of her young and rowdy (and beautiful) son Josiah, and anxiously awaiting the day her baby arrives and the day her husband comes home.  She knows what it’s like to be a beautiful girl immersed in the worry and wait of military families, so she asked me if she could include a couple of guys in her Just the Girls post.  “Only if they’re beautiful!” was my answer.  Are they?  Meet them and see for yourselves……

"I feel so honored that I was asked to be a guest photographer (that makes me sound official and I am not sure I am ready for that haha!) on my sweet friends’ blog that honors beautiful women…seeing as how I have been pregnant and my camera has been collecting dust for the past few months, I wasn’t sure who I wanted to nominate for this special post and wasn’t even sure if I had any photos that I could use.  But then the Lord reminded me of a fun session that I did back in March.  I know that the blog is meant to honor beautiful women, but I thought it might be nice to honor a beautiful family instead. 

This is the Guyett family.  We have the pleasure of knowing them from my husband’s unit and have enjoyed getting to know them while we are all stationed in Hawaii.  Shawna’s husband, Trint, is currently deployed with my husband in Afghanistan.  They have 3 beautiful children, Tristan, Shaylee, and Sydnee, and I love them to bits.  Their family loves the Lord and they serve Him in so many different ways…it is refreshing to see young families that make God a priority in their house!  They are always serving others, even in the midst of a deployment, and I am grateful for their example.  

The military life is not an easy one, and definitely not something that many have the insight to understand, unless you are a part of it.  I don’t fault others for this, but am so thankful that I am able to see, on a daily basis, the sacrifices that are made by less than one percent of our nation, in order that we are able to maintain our freedom.  This doesn’t stop with our service members.  We need to be reminded of spouses and children that are left behind while our service members are on the front lines.  Military families have one of the toughest jobs in the world and, yet, I think that they are some of the strongest and most resilient people I know.   The Guyett family is no exception. 

I am thankful for the Guyett family and so many others that are willing to put everything on the line for our country.  I am even more thankful that they know and love the Lord, and serve Him with their lives!"

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