With all of our busy schedules it’s easy to overlook the little things that really matter. Despite how much we try to remind ourselves what is really important, we often get distracted by work, school, the kids, and the million and a half things in between. But it’s those small moments that help keep the family together, keep them bonded, happy, and add to the chapters of your lives together.

A new chapter has recently been written for my friends. Christian had just left the military and was preparing to move himself and his family back to the west coast when, surprise…he was called back to duty. It’s enough to stop you in your tracks and think, “What in the world? Now what?” So, now his family will still be moving back to the west coast, but without him as he will be deployed soon for a year.

I met up with Christian, Rachael, and kids to capture some sweet moments of the four of them together, which is sometimes rare.

Children grow so quickly that it’s hard to bear even when we’re with them everyday, it’s even harder to know they are growing and that you are missing the small moments that you hold so dear.

So, Christian, I hope these photos will be something for you to treasure while you’re away, just as your family will be treasuring them as they count the days until your return. You can let your boys know that…

“If ever there is a tomorrow, when we’re not together there is something you must always remember, even if we’re apart I’ll always be with you.” – Unknown

And that you cannot wait to see their smiling faces again because…

“The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.” -Thomas Jefferson