Sandra and Art Hingst moved into their new home and new life in Hermann Missouri on September 11, 2001. With this day, as with many Americans, their lives were changed significantly. Art, who had been a successful pilot for TWA, and Sandra saw Hermann as the opportunity to bring their family closer together, close to the hub that he flew from. Within a year of the attack his airline folded and art was furloughed, the industries word for being laid off.
Having been in the Air Force Reserves, Art had an option for employment. After four months of unemployment, he was called up for active duty to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom while his wife was pregnant with his third child. This is a family that has made consistent choices to be to be together. Several years earlier, Sandra had given up her job as a nurse practitioner because she felt that she could not be a good mother and nurse at the same time. Art recently was given the opportunity to work part time at Scott Air Force Base, a job with less satisfaction then being a pilot and less monetary reward but close to home. He juggles this between work in Pennsylvania and will be deployed to Germany and possibly be sent back to the Middle East next month.
As a result, it falls to Sandra to keep the family together in Hermann, dealing with the inevitable struggles that come when one parent is home. However, the strong bonds that tie this family together would be obvious to anyone; it is truly an experience of love.