I had an amazing opportunity to share in a soldier’s homecoming late last night. Not only have I never photographed one before, but I have also never been to one before. My dear friend was an anxious wreck all day. Which is to be expected since she has been waiting for this day since the moment he left 365 days ago. I got to share in all of the exciting moments from when she got his first text earlier in the day saying that he had landed in the states, to seeing his plane land on the skype video in the Welcoming tent.

I looked around at all of the families there waiting desperately for their loved one to finally make their way to the tent where we were and enjoyed seeing all of the joy and happiness on their faces. Such strong people there to support their loved one as they are deployed to make our country a safer one.

I feel so lucky to have been able to share this day with them. I was so exhausted last night when I went to turn in for the night, but was on such a high from all of the festivities that it took me a while to settle into sleep. I am sure the same was shared for them to finally be all under one roof again after being apart for a year.

Take a peek. :)

daughter hugging her daddy at his homecoming

Seeing his little girl twirl in her dress. ;)

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kelli posted the following on July 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm.

OH WOW!! Thats all Ive got!! lol.. These are amazing. Im so jealous I didnt get to be there!!!

Allison posted the following on July 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm.

Wow!! Incredible!! Brought tears to my eyes. So glad you were able to be there. I think every American (especially members of the media and politicians) needs to personally be there when a soldier comes home so we can all realize the sacrifies that they are making. We tend to forget as we get wrapped up in our own lives.

Laura Jo posted the following on July 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm.

LOVE them!

Angela posted the following on July 8, 2011 at 7:14 pm.

The pics turned out great! I’m so glad she had you to be there to take these for them. That’s so thoughtful of you to take the trip.
Carwin family, I’m so happy to see you all together again!!

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