Raleigh, North Carolina – Military Homecoming

One of the benefits of living in a military town is getting to know the incredible men & women who are the providers, the encouragers, the mommies and daddies behind the uniform.  We have a lot of military personnel who attend our church & are so honored to capture a lot of their military homecomings.  I can’t think of anything more appropriate to share with you this Independence Day than Matt’s Military Homecoming.  I’ve been waiting for the perfect day to share it, and at last….it has come.

Before you scroll down to see the photos, I want to take a few moments to recognize Dia, Matt’s Wife, for being such an inspirational and amazing mom.  During Matt’s year long deployment, 8,640 hours to be exact, Dia has been a rock for her kids, striving to make life at home as normal as possible.  They travelled, attended extracurricular activities, were ON TIME to church (if not early), they served the community as a family, they worshipped, celebrated birthdays and special achievements, grew a few inches and even potty-trained while anxiously awaiting the day that their Hero, daddy would finally be home.  While Matt was away, I was constantly amazed at Dia’s strength; she carried herself with such dignity and poise.  Never once did I see her lose her cool or get frustrated when her kids were just simply “being kids”.  There were some days where one could see it on her face how much she truly missed her husband, but she always smiled and softly reminded everyone just how many more months, weeks, and days were left until he’d return.  Watching their sweet family in the airport on the day of Matt’s arrival brought tears to my eyes.

Dia watched her kids wave their flags with expectancy as they kept asking, “Mommmmmm, how much longer?  Why did we get here so early?”  She would chuckle and respond, “Well guys, you’d really hate to get here late and miss seeing your dad, huh?”  The minutes seemed to creep by as we all gathered outside the terminal anxiously awaiting the clock to strike 9:55 am.  Finally….the text message: “I’m home…kind of.”  Everyone jumped up and ran to the end of the hallway where they could get a better view….and at last……

Life was a little bit sweeter…

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.” -John F. Kennedy


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ReneeTanguayJuly 6, 2013 - 2:39 am

Welcome home soldier! Thank you for your service! Beautiful photographs and beautiful family!

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