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Coming Home | Lifetime Television

As many of you know, my husband Mike was deployed from May – December of last year and our sweet baby girl, Scout, was born in October. The day he met her, she was 2.5 months old. Lifetime Television documented our family’s last few days leading up to deployment and our reunion for their new series Coming Home debuting this Sunday at 10PM EST. Here’s the episode link:

Season 1 Episode 2 “Daddy’s Little Girl.”

We aren’t one of the major stories: they initially wanted to create a surprise reunion between Mike and I, but we declined in lieu of experiencing the traditional Navy fly-in, where I could hand him his sweet girl for the first time and my boys could run across the flight line to greet him. It was worth every second — and as you can see from the photos below, taken by my dear friend and photographer Deb Schwedhelm, they were well-documented, both on film and video. It was an interesting experience to share something so personal with multiple camera crews; to host them in our home and share our very personal reunion. It was such a vulnerable time for us. But, they were wonderful and genuinely interested in sharing our story, which is really universal for all military families.

The show runs for a few months. If one thing is for certain, you’ll need a tissue box (or two). You can read more about the show here. And, be on the lookout for images from Deb and Raye Law during the broadcast. We’re not sure what made the cut yet, but are hoping they were included.

I’ll be sharing a follow-up post on our reunion that has been in the works for a long time soon, along with my favorite images by Deb. We were, and are and will continue to be grateful to all of you who supported us, loved us and filled our humble lives with immeasurable joy over the past year.

Photo by Lifetime TV. Filmed on the ship. The crews followed Mike on board for several days leading up to the fly-in.

Liam was fascinated by the cameras when they set up at our house.

Deb’s captures of the media circus:

  • Rashmi - Awesomeness! Setting the DVR now! And keeping the tissues handy. The first 3 seconds of the trailer made me cry so I will be a huge mess by the end of it, I am sure.

  • Jen Wright - So beautiful. I can’t wait to see this – it makes me tear up every.single.time that I see the trailer!ReplyCancel

  • Susie - How exciting for your family!! I’ll have to find it on our cable channel! My own husband comes home in June from his deployment, I’m so looking forward to our reunion, too!!ReplyCancel

  • elizabeth pellette - I have seen the previews for this show and have been wanting to watch it when it starts.. of course now I will for sure since you and your family will be on there.. but if the trailer makes me cry I will no doubt need a few boxes of tissues to get through the showReplyCancel

  • deb schwedhelm - goodness…i miss you so!!!
    love you!

  • crystalyn - i just may have to break down and get cable now : ) would love to see you and your sweet family. what a special opportunity. xo.ReplyCancel

  • Carmen - This show is great. I wish I could do something like that for my daughter and her dad, she graduating high school and her dad was just deployed.. She sad but understands. But I’m so happy they doing stuff like thisReplyCancel

  • Dina - Lovely! What a gift, the documenting of this special moment! So grateful for wives, children, and husbands who are willing to sacrifice time together for the sake of freedom! Thank you…ReplyCancel

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