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:
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.
Deb’s captures of the media circus: