Waaaay back in February, I was invited to attend a luncheon for military spouses at a beautiful gated community in our town called The Ford Plantation. This plantation was originally owned by Henry Ford and the homes are breathtaking! We enjoyed a sangria cocktail hour and mingled with the plantation residents before watching a cooking demonstration. The executive chef showed us how to make a delicious salad with grilled chicken and strawberries and a strawberry vinaigrette. All during the mingling and cooking class, I noticed a woman taking photos of us. Since I brought Jack along, she snapped a few of his adorable face. No one can resist his cuteness. I figured she worked for either the plantation or a newspaper and didn't really think about it too much.
A couple weeks later, I sat in on a VTC (video teleconference) with Bobby, the FRG (family readiness group) leaders and the guys in Iraq. I noticed the woman from the luncheon who was taking pictures was there. I asked Bobby who she was and he kinda shrugged his shoulders but said she was documenting the deployment. She took a bunch of pictures during the VTC and got some great shots of Jack. He was getting fussy, so I was playing airplane with him which always makes him smile. Perfect photo-ops!
Later that night, Bobby came home from work and told me more about this woman. Her name is Susan Weiss. She and Bobby hit it off right away. She is a retired investment banker who loves to road bike, take pictures, and travel the world doing both! She has a special place in her heart for the military family which is how we have gotten to know her so well. Since the beginning, she has been photographing our brigade's families during the deployment. She attends every event like FRG meetings, our Walk to Iraq, tree dedication ceremonies, volunteer recognition ceremonies, R&R homecomings and even the birth of a few babies! There is even talk of her getting to go to Iraq to meet the men and women of our brigade. Her project called Ready, Set, Go. is being featured on military.com. Susan would love for you to take a look and pass this along. And if you go check it out, you might even see a familiar baby...
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