Mike got to come back to the states early from being deployed to help train the next unit replacing their unit in Camp Phoenix. The bad part was that he was 3 hours away for over a month, so close yet so far away. During this time I took our youngest child (Catherine) to see him and spend a weekend with him. Catherine has last seen her daddy when she was 2 weeks old, and even though we Skyped and talked on speaker phone so she could hear his voice, she had not seen him in the flesh for 8 months. We were all a bit worried how she was going to react to him, as with every other male that tired to hold her (including grandfathers) she cried. Within minutes of Mike walking through the door he laid on the bed next to her and I got this wonderful picture of the two of them. Neither could stop smiling, it was such a sweet and wonderful moment to watch, father and daughter together at last.
For more info please see my blog at http://scraps-of-reflections.blogspot.com/2013/07/welcome-home-daddy-memory-maze.html