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Operation: Love ReUnited

Hi Everyone!

I haven’t been posting much lately, but I have a good reason…My husband is home! The deployment is over!!

Needless to say, I’ve been ecstatic about his return and have immediately turned over all trash and potty training duties to him. 🙂

While my husband was deployed, I heard about a program called Operation: Love ReUnited. OpLove.org is a nonprofit organization that recruits volunteer photographers to take pictures of deployment departures and homecomings. They also take pictures of the family back at home to send to the military member while they are deployed.

I was excited about the program, especially since we haven’t taken a professional family photo in over 3 years. The photographer I chose, Heather Bullard, was absolutely outstanding! I probably gave her 2-3 different times before the final time was confirmed: 10:00PM on a Saturday night! But that didn’t deter Heather. She actually beat me and Little Man to the airport!

Here are a few of the pictures she took for us.

Anxiously Waiting – Picture taken by Heather Bullard


The Joy of Being Reunited! – Picture by Heather Bullard


The photos were captured in our natural interactions together. We only posed for one picture and that was at the end. After the photo session, Heather promptly sent me fifteen 4×6 photos of the homecoming for free! I’m so thankful for Operation: Love ReUnited and the willingness of Heather to volunteer and be flexible for such a worthy project!

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  • Christina June 19, 2011, 9:25 AM

    These are beautiful pictures. Wow you have the most adorable little boy. I love kids and every time I see one it puts a smile on my face and your little cutie has definitely put a smile on my face this morning.

    • Tonya June 20, 2011, 10:39 PM

      Thanks Christina. That’s my Little Man! 🙂

  • Jessica June 5, 2011, 11:15 PM

    YAY!!! your hubby is home!!! please tell him welcome home and thank you!!!
    Pictures are great! =)

    • Tonya June 20, 2011, 10:39 PM

      Thank you Jessica!

  • Julie June 3, 2011, 7:28 PM

    That is awesome! So glad to hear he is home 🙂

  • Donna Perugini June 2, 2011, 12:42 PM

    What a beautiful act of kindness they did for you! Glad your husband is home. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Larie June 2, 2011, 6:23 AM

    I remember the times of the changing arrival times and then just waiting and waiting! Have fun!


  • Unknown Mami June 1, 2011, 6:55 PM

    The photos are beautiful. Enjoy your family.

    • Tonya June 1, 2011, 11:06 PM

      Thank you! I sure plan on it!

  • Amber June 1, 2011, 6:36 PM

    Yeah! Glad to hear your hubby is home safe and sound!
    Great pictures and what a neat program!

    Please tell hubby thank you for his service!

    • Tonya June 1, 2011, 11:06 PM


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