Oh, this homecoming. Seriously, guys. It is one that just pulls the heartstrings.
Alyson contacted me just over a month before her husband was due to return from his deployment. We’d just got to Fort Riley about a week prior, so I was incredibly excited to see what these homecomings were about. We met up for Starbucks and talked about her family. We talked about how the kids were handling the deployment, and how excited they were about him coming home.
In the weeks leading up to the ceremony, Alyson asked me if I was up for a middle of the night homecoming. Of course! There is no better reason in the world to lose sleep. Sure enough, their homecoming was scheduled for right around one in the morning. We continued to talk in the weeks to come to make sure all the details were set.
I got to the ceremony about an hour early, and sat down to save us a spot. The bleachers were packed by the time the ceremony started. They had a fun little live band playing for entertainment and to get us even more excited. The twins were definitely sleepy, but the closer that the soldiers’ arrival came, the more excited they got. Alyson’s daughter was just a ball to photograph. She was so full of smiles and giggles.
Once we saw them walk in, they immediately spotted their soldier. He was front and center- easy to run to. As they released the soldiers, Evelyn took off for her dad. That moment was so incredibly emotional for me. Seeing a little girl reunite with her daddy was amazing. The boys and Alyson quickly followed and all gave Jeff a big hug. We hung out for a bit after the ceremony to grab a few quick family photos too. I’m so thankful I was able to capture these moments. Take a look:
Welcome home, Major Gilberg. Welcome home.
God Bless ♥︎ Victoria