Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - When Elaine Brye sent Michelle Obama a Christmas card last holiday season, she probably had no idea the small guesture would lead her to the stage of the Democratic National Convention to introduce the first lady herself eight months later.
But in a series of events, that's precisely how Brye wound up in Charlotte, North Carolina, this week where she's set to share the spotlight with another, though slightly more famous, mom.
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Hailing from Columbiana County in the swing state of Ohio, Brye is a mother of five children, four of whom are in different branches in the military. Her husband has been deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, and she was in Air Force ROTC for two years.
Brye originally sent a the letter to Mrs. Obama last winter, thanking her for her involvement with military families. Mrs. Obama, two weeks later, invited Brye to attend a state dinner held for British Prime Minister David Cameron in March, where she and her husband sat at the head table with the Obamas and the Camerons - and George Clooney.
She told the Cleveland Plain Dealer she was asked to introduce Mrs. Obama just last week.
"I am going to talk about my connection with Mrs. Obama, and how crazy this is," says Brye, who described herself in the paper as an independent voter but who has registered as a Republican.
What else will she say in her remarks? She'll just be "speaking mom to mom," according to her interview with Voice of America.
- CNN White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar contributed to this report