Our brave military service members defend and protect our great nation while at home and overseas.
But they make so many sacrifices along the way. They give up the everyday things we take for granted, and those little moments and small aspects of life become precious gifts.
For one military dad, that meant deployment in Afghanistan during the birth of his little girl.
The anticipation must have been completely consuming for friends and family awaiting the return of this new dad. When he returned, a part of him finally became whole again.
The video was taken by a family member at a Sacramento airport in 2013, but is now going viral. The joy on the new parents’ faces is indescribable.
Right before his wife sees him, she says, “I gotta try to keep it together!” She cradled their new child in her arms and wiped her nose.
When the dad comes into view, a huge smile is plastered on his face. A family member exclaimed, “There he is!”
He dropped his possessions on the ground as fast as he could and took his wife and new baby into his arms. His wife cried happy tears and continued holding the child.
The reunion was beyond touching as the couple embraced for the first time in five months.
The service member caught his first glimpse of his little girl and said, “She’s so tiny.”
There were sounds of onlookers and family members laughing, crying, and cheering as he took his daughter into his arms for the first time.
He couldn’t stop looking at her and was completely mesmerized. And who wouldn’t be, getting to see their brand-new child?
The husband and wife stood together, proudly looking down at their child. He planted kisses on his little girl’s head and the couple posed for photos, finally now a full family reunited.
The sacrifice military service members make every single day is humbling. They give up time, memories, and daily life with their loved ones.
Watching the reunion of one such family is a great reminder for the provision of those who are brave enough to make those sacrifices.
Whether states or oceans away, friends and family will always be waiting to welcome each of them back, with open arms.
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