I have always said how choked up I get at homecoming ceremonies involving little children. Those onesies that say, "I've waited my whole life to meet you!" and the little girls twirling around in their red, white, & blue tutus make tears spring to my eyes almost instantly.
I don't think you can "rate" the emotion of homecomings, but getting to witness one with a teenager & older child...man...it got me. It got me good. I guess because I know that these children really understand what a deployment entails and they have a concept of just how long their daddy has been gone. It was so rewarding being able to witness Captain Gritman's reunion with his family.
^That smile on her face says it all. :)
After they had a chance to reconnect as a family, we got to go out to Sackets Harbor and take some family pictures. This was definitely a lively bunch, and I hope I captured some of their quirky spirit and sweet connections.