Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Homecoming: He's Home!

Homecoming is honestly one of the best experiences any military spouse will ever have. The emotions and excitement are so overwhelming, it's completely indescribable. Though I'd been to several homecomings to photograph families being reunited, being at my own ceremony was an experience all its own.

We got to the field over an hour before the buses came rolling in, being threatened by thunderstorms in the distance. It rained the whole drive to post, but once we got through the gate and entered the infamous "Fort Stewart Weather Bubble," there were only a few drops of rain. We continued to hear thunder rolling in the background, with the occasional strike of lightening but thank the Lord, the rain held off just long enough for a beautiful ceremony.

A local news station was there covering the ceremony. The reporter from WTOC saw Baby A's sign, "Daddy! I can't wait to WALK to you!" and interviewed us about what was going through my mind. I explained that my husband left when A was a mere 9 weeks old, and had no idea she could walk now. It was the hardest secret I've ever had to keep. I told her how excited I was to leave the house, knowing that the next time I walked through the front door, he would be with me.

It was ridiculously hot out, but we managed to stay in the shade for most of our wait. There was a pretty good breeze to keep us relatively cool. As the "set" ceremony time came and went, with no buses in sight, anxiety was at an all time high. Finally, they announced "The buses are a mile away!" It was time. 

We ran to the middle of the road as soon as I saw the police escort coming. Which bus was he on? Did he see us? Am I crazy for running through only partially stopped traffic? My man was here! 

The ceremony was pretty quick, and it was finally time to reunite with my husband. I don't think he read her sign because he still had no idea she could walk. He ran and scooped her up in his arms as quickly as possible, before she could even take a step. I couldn't help but hold back the tears. The look on his face as he saw his baby girl anxious to come to him was absolutely amazing.

That first kiss is really something I'll never forget. That first embrace is just incredible. I never wanted to let go. Once our emotions were slightly controlled, we attempted to have Adalin walk to him. She was a bit shy at first, but eventually she came around and I got the amazing experience I was hoping for. 

I will never forget these moments. I can't wait to see the rest of the photos that Carmen Garza Strong Photography got for us. I will definitely be posting them soon.

I'm now enjoying watching my husband attempt to play xbox while Adalin eats the remote and changes the channel on him. I'm beyond ecstatic to have my family reunited. 

God Bless ♥ V