Life is hard enough for soldiers over seas, but at least communication is getting a little easier; especially for one family we caught up with in Jacksonville on Wednesday. The Reeve's home is ready for Christmas. The stockings are hung. The tree is decorated. But there's something missing. Christina's husband is in Iraq. This is his tenth deployment, and his first Christmas away from his family. Christina Reeve said, "It's something that you never get used to, as many times as he's been over there you never get used to them being gone and being over there." But communicating with loved ones serving over seas has gotten a lot easier. Christina explained, “It would take weeks and sometimes months to get a letter. And they wouldn't know when you actually wrote it so we started writing one two three on the outside of the letter, that way they'd know which letter to open first when they got it." With online messaging and web cams, communication over seas is now instantaneous. “It makes it where he's more of a part of the family as oppose to being apart from the family." Son Avery said, "I think it's really cool that I get to see my dad all the way over on the other side of the world." Larry Reeve may not be home for the holidays, but he can still be a part of his kids' Christmas. Christina noted, "It would really break his heart not to be able to see the boys Christmas morning and so we're so thankful that we have that and that the military has actually allowed it be on the bases for the guys to see us and see the events that happen in our lives while they're gone." Christina says her husband Larry puts all the Christmas lights up on the neighbors' houses. Without him home this Christmas, the neighborhood she says, is dark.
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