Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Soldier's Surprise

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Over the weekend, Andy's family had quite the surprise!

We were all supposed to gather at my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's house to celebrate a few birthdays. They unfortunately both came down with the flu, so the gathering was postponed. Saturday, I left a comment on my SIL's Facebook page saying I was sorry she was sick, and a few minutes later, Andy got a surprising call from his cousin Matt.

When I met Andy's family, Matt had done several tours in Iraq with the Marines but was now out of the Marines and living life in Nashville. Last year, he joined the army as a photojournalist and was deployed to Afghanistan.

Fast forward to Saturday, and Matt was calling Andy. He was back home and planning to surprise the family at the now-canceled get-together! A small group scrambled to make sure that we all still got together, this time at Nanny's house--so Matt's surprise could still happen. What made it even more crucial to get together still was that he had involved a news crew in his homecoming surprise!

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We gathered and Matt's immediate family, including Nanny, had NO idea what was going on. It was nerve-wracking! We ate a pizza lunch and were hanging out when Andy's dad pulled everyone into the sunroom and in walked Matt with a cameraman behind him!

Matt's family was so surprised and we were all SO happy to see him after a year.

You can see the news story below--they did such a great job! (If you're reading in an RSS feed and can't see the below embedded video, please click here!)

WKRN, Nashville News, Nashville Weather and Sports

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  1. Totally made me cry at nine o'clock in the morning! Matt seems like such a sweet guy. I'm glad that he could surprise the family like that.

  2. tears again... every time I see or hear about this I cry! What a sweet family you have married into. So happy that Matt is home safe and sound. Happy belated birthday to Nanny!

  3. What a wonderful surprise.

    Next time you see Matt, be sure to tell him thanks for me.

  4. Things like this ALWAYS make me cry!!!!!!!!


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