Debbie Robinson and her husband will celebrate her first Christmas this year without her two sons.
Both sons, 22-year-old Newton and 19-year-old Hunter are in the Army National Guard and are currently stationed in Bagdad.
"It's rough having two sons gone especially when I go through stores and see the wonderful displays and how they used to say 'lets get this lets get'. That it makes it really hard", says Robinson.
Robinson says she looks forward to the holidays to spend time with her family but when she thinks about the entire family not being there it can be hard.
"We'll have all the family, me and my husband and his mom. We'll have some family, but it will just be two seperate empty spots there", says Robinson.
Robinson says it is not only the holidays that are rough on her.
"Seperation is rough not knowing what their doing and knowing the danger they are in and we talk about that" says Robinson.
But she reamins optimistic about when they do come home.
"My two when they do come home we'll celebrate Christmas at that time because I'll have all their presents still and they'll be wrapped and if it's Christmas again then we'll just have a double Christmas" says Robinson.
Robinson says for the times she does get down she is fortunate to have a lot of people to lean on.
"We have a wonderful support group that we call each other try and stay in contact with each other and that really helps", says Robinson.
Robinson does also have a third son who is thirteen at home who she says will get all the hugs and kisses this Christmas until the others return home.
Join us Sunday night at ten in "Celebrating our Soldiers" where we'll sit down with a wife who will also spend her first Christmas without her husband who is stationed in Iraq.