A Deployment Homecoming

Yesterday I shared a little bit about our experiences with deployment. As I mentioned, the VERY best thing about deployment is the homecoming. I wish I could put into words what it feels like to be reunited- the anticipation, the joy, the nerves. It's such an incredible feeling. Luckily, I don't have to say much because my amazing friend Jamie from Jamie Grant Photography was there to capture it for us.

There are quite a few pictures but I feel like they really tell the story of that day so it's hard to leave any out but I will do my best to narrow them down.

We had to arrive at 4:00 in the morning that day.  I planned our outfits around our usual warm and sunny San Diego weather but it ended up being rainy that day! Of course! By the time we got in the building we were already a little soggy but that wasn't about to damper our moods.

We waited inside for about 30 minutes and then they told us we could head out to the tarmac because the plane would be landing soon!! Eeeek! It was still dark but at least the rain stopped for a while. The girls got right up at the front to watch the plane land.

It seemed to take FOREVER from this point. Adelyn didn't really know what was going on but poor Emerson was so anxious to see her Daddy. The rain really started coming down and we all ended up getting pretty wet. So much for my carefully styled hair, right?

Finally, the plane landed and the guys started to disembark. Since there were two units on the plane, we had to watch another unit get off first. We stepped back and watched as they were reunited with their families.

Then our guys got off the plane and stood in formation for a while. This had to be the hardest part of the whole day. They were RIGHT there but still not there, if you know what I mean. But once they started walking our way, we couldn't help but cheer!

Emerson told me she wanted to be the first one to hug Daddy so once I spotted him in the crowds I told her to go for it.

It's a good thing Jamie didn't capture me during this moment because this is where the ugly cry started. :)

Best feeling ever!!!

It's hard to believe it's been over three months since that day. I can say for certain that the time since homecoming has flown by WAY faster than the time leading up to it.  The best news is that we won't be facing any more deployments for a long while!! There is nothing better than having my family together.

Emily Powell said...

oh gosh, these make me cry every time. Can't imagine :)

April said...

I never ever, ever get tired of seeing military homecomings. This one was so sweet and touching. Thank you for your service to our country!

Traci@TheHallway said...

What special pictures to cherish!! I have tears in my eyes! Over joy!

Kourtney M said...

I'm happy to see you're back to blogging because I love your little blog! This homecoming looks amazing and your pictures are beautiful! I can't wait for ours in a few short months! :)

Kourtney @ www.themartinsandthemarines.com

Lyndsey said...

gorgeous pictures! they always make me cry!!!

The Howell's said...

Gorgeous photos!

Sarah said...

Amazing photos! Definitely brought tears to my eyes!

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