Son Pays Mom a Surprise Visit at Work After Spending 6 Months with the Navy


Service men and women make thousands of sacrifices in order to ensure that we live in a safe country full of opportunities that many people take for granted.

But these brave people are not the only ones who make sacrifices. Military families also give everyday things up so that their loved ones can serve, sometimes bearing long months and years without their son or mother.

When those serving get the chance to come home and surprise their family, it can make for an emotional time for all those around. There is rarely a dry eye in the crowd when witnessing loved ones being reunited.

For example, Sgt. Jen Sabrowsky surprised her son at McKinley Elementary in Appleton, Wisconsin, after a 9-month deployment in the middle east by dressing up as the school’s mascot.

A lunchroom full of 6th-grade kids playfully shared high-fives as their school mascot, a big furry cat, walked around the tables. The mascot decided to sit across from 12-year-old Jake, who had no idea things were about to get emotional.

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The mascot removed its heavy cat head, leaving Jake in utter shock at the face underneath. “Mom!” he screamed, bolting around the crowded table for a tearful embrace.

In a different video, the roles were switched and a son decided to surprise his mother with his homecoming.

Isaiah Sepulveda joined the Navy six months ago and hadn’t been home since.

It was his mother’s birthday and he wanted to surprise her by coming home.

Carrying a large bouquet of roses, Sepulveda entered his mom’s office and approached the receptionist at the desk. He whispered something in her ear and she smiled and put her finger to her lips signaling to everyone around her to be quiet.

She pointed him to the door to his left and he entered it and walked around the counter.

Birthday balloons could be seen hanging over his mom’s desk and he walked over to her and began to sing happy birthday. His mom’s reaction was priceless!

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“Oh my god!” she gasped and covered her mouth with her hands.

They embrace as she cried and asked, “What are you doing here?”

Her son responded, “I came to wish you happy birthday.”

She continued to cry and marvel at her son who pulled off the perfect birthday present. This will be a birthday she will remember for a long time.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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