"I said 'Can you take a photo of you in your uniform with your hand out?' He really had no idea what I was doing," Cobo told WFTS.
Cobo enlisted photographer Shannon Sturgeon to digitally place her husband in the photograph, according to "Good Morning America."
"I love the holidays," Cobo told WTVT. "I love Christmas cards. I save Christmas cards. It's just a way of showing people that though we are apart, we are a family."
Cobo said her husband’s deployment should end in the spring of 2020. Until then, the photograph will serve as a reminder to her and the children that he is not far away.
"Even though we're miles apart, we're still close together. We're still a family unit and our hearts are in the right place," Cobo told WFTS.