Sunday, December 25, 2011

The best Christmas Present EVER!


Our son arrived home as THE last combat troops to leave Iraq.

The Welcome Home ceremony was awesome.  It was a very cold and rainy day waiting in the stands at Cooper field.  When it was time for our soldier to arrive, we watched the buses pull up on the other side of the field and all we could see were the feet of our soldiers disembarking.  Then we all shouted "Move that Bus" and this is what we saw marching across the field after the buses pulled away. 

I get teary-eyed just writing about it.  And believe me...I couldn't hold back the tears then either.  This really was the best Christmas present ever.

For those of you that have a loved one in the military that is deployed and far away from home right now, my heart goes out to you.  I hope your soldier arrives home to you safe and sound...as soon as possible.

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones wherever they may be!

20 comments:

Yvette said...

That made me cry happy tears. Merry Christmas!

Quilt Hollow said...

Enjoy! I bet it is best gift!

Pam at Antique or Not said...

Brought tears to my eyes...enjoy your Christmas with your family.

Merry Christmas,
Pam

Christine said...

How wonderful to have him home.
Our Son in law is leaving for Afghanistan on the 30th of December and we will miss him greatly and hope he returns safe and sound

Furball Farm Quilting said...

I know your tears, ......... my daughter is based in a remote location in outback Australia, she surprised me and turned up on the doorstep. I still get weepy thinking about the great gift of her presence at our home. Enjoy your holidays and New Year celebrations.

Susan said...

I am so happy for you! That is the best picture, and something to make Christmas perfect for your family. It is so wonderful to have the family together for this wonderful celebration. Merry Christmas, indeed!

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Welcome home to your DS! And thank him for serving for me. My DH was over there over Christmas a couple years ago and though we got to talk on the phone over Christmas, it was a lonely one and we are very blessed to have him here with us now! Merry Christmas!

Linda said...

What an awesome Christmas Gift for you and so many other families! Tears of joy for you! Please thank you son for what he was willing to do for all of us.

quiltma said...

Merry Merry Christmas to you.....

Darlene said...

A huge thank you to your son for his service and welcome home (HUG).

Barbara said...

My father was a career Marine. He deployed to Vietnam three times when I was a teenager. I cried every time he came home. Your post brought a tear to my eye. Best wishes.

Kathie said...

What a beautiful sight....I am so happy for you and your family.
Thank him for his service to our country it is very much appreciated and will never be forgotten to keep us free and SAFE
Kathie who lives very close to NYC

Strlady said...

Definitely the best present!

conny's quilts said...

No better gift for christmas then getting back your son healthy and alive! Enjoy his new presence in the family!

Tammy said...

Wow, what a wonderful gift! Thank you to your son for his service to our country. I remember not too long ago I was waiting for my son to return from Afghanistan. There is no better homecoming!

Talin's Corner said...

I am so glad for you. And a big WELCOME HOME to your son...there is no better gift!

Quilt Hollow said...

I saw this on tv too! I also want to say I may have spotted you in the crowd? I thought how cool!

Sinta Renee said...

That was a wonderful present... for your family and the rest of us who appreciate our brave soldiers. I am glad that yours is home with you now. Please tell him a Welcome Home from me with a big hug. What a wonderful blessing:)

Jeanne said...

Wonderful! I'm so happy for you and your family and thankful to your son for his service and sacrifice. Happy New Year!

Hands Sew Full said...

Your post made me smile... a teary smile. My nephew came home safe at Christmas too and it really was THE BEST gift to all of us.