Moms make a lot of sacrifices, and military moms make even more. Not only do they go to fight for their country, but they also have to leave their families behind when they do it. They go months and sometimes even years without seeing their children.
One military mom recently got to enjoy the feeling of being reunited with her loved ones.
The reunion was caught on camera, too. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Chelsey Speicher recently returned from a six-month deployment to Jordan. She couldn’t wait to get home to see her 2-year-old son.
She and her son, Bennett, had been able to talk via video chat while she was deported, but the toddler wanted to see and hold his mother in real life. As soon as Bennett saw his mom, he yelled:
He ran into her arms, and she scooped him up.
She seems surprised to see how big he has grown in just six months. A few moments later, her husband arrived, and the family was together at last. Tears were flowing down their faces, and it’s clear they had all missed each other tremendously.
The amount of love in that airport was unbelievable. Speicher will get to spend some time with her son and husband. There is no word on whether she will be deployed again, but at least for now, she is home with her loved ones and can enjoy being a mom.
Another military mom answered some of the many questions people sometimes ask when they find out she is a military mom.
“Being a military mom is really tough. You miss so many holidays, birthdays, and special occasions, but it’s missing the little special things that is the hardest part of being away. Going on a deployment is not the only thing that keeps me away. I can’t tell you how many times I had to go on a trip to another state for some kind of training, conference, or workshop and the countless days I have spent working over 12-16 hours while at my home station.”
“Last Monday was the first day of school.
“My daughter learned how to ride her bicycle over the summer and was so excited that she could ride her bike to school for the first time. I told her I would ride my bike with her on her first day because she was a little nervous. Unfortunately, we had some things come up at work, and I was unable to ride my bike with her because I had to go into work early.”
“My kids learned at an early age to ‘adjust fire,’ as we call it in the Army, with last minute things that come up and me going into work when I was supposed to be off. Last month, in July, I had some time off from work scheduled and had plans with my family to go on a road trip. The day before the scheduled road trip, the equipment I was trying to get moved was still not moving. I ended up going into work the next day to make sure the trucks came in to move the equipment. My kids were sad because they were looking forward to the road trip, but they were understanding.”
“As hard as it is being a military mom, it is also rewarding.
“It breaks my heart every time I see their faces drop when I tell them I have to change our plans or when I tell them I am going back to the Middle East for a year. But they also know the true value of family time and they know that it is not the holiday or birthday or the special occasion that makes it wonderful, but the fact that we can be together when we celebrate it.”
Watch the lovely moment below.
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