There’s a lot of rough things about military life, but one of the hardest has to be the separation from one’s family. Sometimes military families move away with servicepeople for this reason, but that’s not always an option.
And unfortunately, this can mean that duty to one’s country will require the sacrifice of some important family milestones. Or, at least it used to.
Thanks to some massive improvements in mobile technology in recent years, it’s not only possible, but relatively easy to share in your family’s most precious moments – even if you can’t be in the room.
And this is exactly the alternative Army Captain Tony Burch needed on one incredibly special day.
While his wife, Mary Pat, was expecting, he was stationed in South Korea.
The Burches had a 23-month-old named Alice, but were planning a big family.
And yet, their family was about to get bigger than they expected.
It turned out that Mary Pat was expecting quadruplets, which surprised her since she intended to “spread” her family out over time. She said, “instead, we got an instant upgrade.”
And even though he was in South Korea, Burch was able to be there for his new children.
Using Apple’s FaceTime app, he was able to see the quadruplets enter the world in real time. As Mary Patput it, “he got to see them before I did even though I was right there and he was 12,000 miles away.”
But he wasn’t 12,000 miles away for long.
Four days later, he was able to take a special trip back to the States and meet little Henry, Nathaniel, Samuel and Molly in person.