Mark's flight back was delayed. There was trouble with connecting flights, not enough time to go through customs to make the connections...blah, blah, blah. Mark was due to arrive into Baltimore, MD at 4:15 in the afternoon and then...he wasn't supposed to finish his travels up to Watertown, NY until Wednesday, May 7.
The kids and I didn't want to wait until the next day around noon to see him...so we hopped in the car to go and pick him up.
Yes, we drove 15 hours round trip...
He's worth it.
The kid's were over-the-moon!
I think, by the look on Mark's face in this photo, we made the right choice.
This wonderful organization, Operation Welcome Home Maryland, has the area decorated with posters and welcome home signs. They try to meet each flight, to personally thank each service member with a round of applause, and handshake or hug in addition to providing each service member with a goodie bag. One of the volunteers takes photos of every soldier that comes through! What a great organization! If you are interested in seeing the photos of Mark's homecoming...she took a whole bunch of photos of our family....click here. In this photo, I can't take my eyes of the double doors, they are opening again....
|Two of the volunteers|
So we waited. Maybe not-so-patiently...
One-by-one the soldiers would come through the double doors.
The kids held their signs for...the first two soldiers that came through. At least I got a cute photo of the moment!
The little girls decided 'chase' was more fun.
They saw him.
Look at Abbey's face...she's watching my reaction.
Of course I am crying.
I couldn't help myself.
Will was beside himself.
He wouldn't let Mark go.
Our family is together again.
The kids are happy.
Life is beautiful...