A Military Family Christmas


While spending the Holidays away from loved ones is tough, one Vestal family is doing their best to make the most of it. 

Sean Coughlin is a major in the U.S Marine Core reserves and works full-time as an engineer at Lockheed Martin.

Coughlin’s unit was activated for a year starting in June, he was then deployed to Europe in September.

Sean’s Wife Nikki, in preparation for her first Holiday Season without her husband, made a Christmas card representative of their situation.

Last year’s card featured a perfect picture of their family on one side, and then a picture on the other side that displayed the chaos of what a parent experiences while their spouse is deployed.

She says that she figured it’d be a fun way to bring attention to what a lot of families are going through this time of year. 

This year’s card featured Nikki on one side pushing a car with the Coughlin’s kids in it with their daughter who just got her permit in the driver seat..

Then on the other side was a picture of Sean with a poem written by Nikki.

Coughlin’s neighbor Agata Langer is the owner of Shutter Imagination Photography.

She helped Nikki create the unique Christmas Cards for this year and last year.

Langer believes they were able to capture how crazy life can be for military families. 

Nikki says Sean will hopefully be back with the family in time for New Years. 

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