Finally. After 7 long months, this deployment is over.

Jon is home.

And we are just tickled pink to have him back. :)


A big thanks to my sister, Jessica, who came all the way to the fly-in to take pictures for us… despite her horrible morning sickness! We are forever grateful to have these memories captured by her talented photography!



Layla was ready to see her Daddy.

She was only 8 months old when he left.







Emma Jo was ready to meet her Daddy, too.

8 months pregnant.




It was so, SO cold.

The wind felt like it was blowing from the arctic.

Hence, the wonderful windblown hair.



Here they come!








Layla wasn’t too sure at first.

She needed a few minutes to warm up.

(Figuratively and literally).






I love how she kept sneaking peeks of him.

It was the cutest thing ever.



…and when Daddy took her to see the jets, she was just pleased as punch.



Together again.



…for a short time.

But who wants to think about that at a time like now.

We are thankful for answered prayers.

We are grateful to have him home.

We are just going to enjoy the time we have now.



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  • Darlene Lowry

    What a thrilling piece of news!!   So glad Jon is home, safe and sound.  You 3 and half enjoy each and everyday.  Please let me know when the newest member of the family arrives.  :)

  • Anonymous

    Love the pictures!!  Enjoy the R & R- you all deserve it!  Hugs!!!

  • Amy J.

    So heartwarming! I’m so happy for all of you.  Layla is such a sweetie. :)

  • Ksardo

    What sweet picturers!  I love the one of the two of them walking and holding hands.  Enjoy your time just the three of you.

  • Helendlc4

     what a wonderful homecoming! i love the pic of your charm “deployment survivor.”

  • Ruthann

    Yay!!! Your hubby is home!! I’m so happy for you Melissa!! God bless your sweet family and give a big Ol’ thanks to your hubby for serving our country!! Love these pictures….they just blessed my heart! By the way you look soooooo adorable as does that sweet baby girl Layla!

  • Rebecca

    Welcome Home!

  • Jillsfrill

    Aunt Ruthie sent me over! Beautifully captured memory of your family reuniting. I remember those days with my dad. He would return to port in San Diego and the whole family would be at the pier waiting to greet him. He was a submariner for 23 years in the U.S. Navy. Gone 8 to 9 months on a west pack tour under the ocean. My mom was a very strong woman to have raised 4 children. Miss my dad and mom. They left us with wonderful memories.
    Enjoy you time being united and good luck with the new baby girl coming soon!

  • Amie

    Thank you, Thank you for your gallant, helpful, heroic, noble, unselfish service for our counrty! I admire you both! Welcome home!

  • Pamela

    What a beautiful post and such a beautiful family! Thank you for all of your sacrifices for us all! This post brought tears to my eyes! Aunt Ruthie sent me over!

  • Delia Gomez

     So thankful for great Heroes and families like yourselves. I am so glad he is safe and back home with his precious family. We worry and fret over our love ones while they are away defending our nation…but we have a God who gives us strength and comfort. God Bless.

  • Martha

    Aunt Ruthie sent me over. Thank you so much for sharing your special moment with us. Thank you is so inadequate to recognize the sacrifice you made to allow us the freedoms we too often take for granted. Thank you for your service and will pray for you and your family. We have nephew that is a Marine Harrier pilot who missed the birth of his daughter while being deployed. That brought the reality of the sacrifices that military families make close to home. Enjoy every moment you are here and again thank you for your service.

  • Gsusrocks

    Seen your blog on Sugar Pie Farmhouse and wanted to say “welcome home”!!!  Picked my hubby up on the pier after many WestPacs.  Now I will be doing the same with our Son.  Special time when they get home, enjoy.  And thank you for your service, all of you!  God Bless.

  • Melanie Riley

    Melissa ~ I am new to your blog; was sent here by Aunt Ruthie. I love this first post…so beautiful and heartwarming! You and your family are beautiful. May God bless all of you and keep your hubby safe as he serves our country.

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  • Bandi1994

    Saw your story on another post. Congrats and best wishes for a healthy delivery. Warms my heart.

  • Jessica

    I’m so happy for you! :) I just wanted to also let you know that I gave you the “Sunshine
    Award” on my blog, posted at http://scrapbookingez.blogspot.com/2012/04/sunshine-award-my-10-fav-blogs.html.
    Your blog is one of my all time favorites! Thanks for all your amazing posts
    and everything you share. Have a wonderful Easter!

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  • Beja Foster

    I just happened on your blog by accident, but I kept looking at all the gorgeous pics on this post and had to comment. The one right above your commentary that Layla wasn’t sure at first is one of the best candid photos I have ever seen. I hope you have it blown up big and hanging on the wall. Thanks for sharing your journey, as if your sacrifice weren’t enough!