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If you know me, you know I am a big documenter and love to have pictures of everything. So when it came time to start thinking about Parker's homecoming, I knew I wanted to have a dedicated photographer to capture our first moments back together. My friend Karly found us both photographers via Welcome Them Home, a website where photographers offer their services pro bono for military homecomings. I could not have loved our photographer more! Not only did she take the perfect pictures, but she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. 

All pictures below are courtesy of Kimber Wassenberg with Photography for Jesus. Thank you Kimber for everything!!

And now for our homecoming story...

Parker was due to land in Norfolk around 8:00 AM on Thursday, December 29th. It was forecasted to rain all morning and was around 50 degrees that day, so conditions could have been better, but rain or shine, he was coming home! I woke up at 4:45 AM to get ready, met my friend Karly and our photographers at 6:30 AM, and drove to base. Everything went perfectly, and we didn't encounter any traffic or bumps along the road. Overall, I was feeling really good. I was anxious and a little jittery, but my husband was coming home from deployment... that was to be expected. ;) 

We waited in the squadron for a while before getting word that one of the two planes had taken off the ship and was on its way to us. The second of the two planes, however, had maintenance issues and was stuck on the ship. At that point, we had no idea who was on which plane. We were assured that both planes would still be coming in that day, but instead of coming in together like they were supposed to, one would come in on time and the other would be delayed. 

We were all anxious hearing this, and of course everyone wanted their husband on the first plane. About 30 minutes before the first plane touched down, we got word of who was on which plane. Parker was on the first plane and was in the air (yay!), but all of my friends' husbands were on the second plane. It was bittersweet. I was excited to see Parker, but I hated that they were going to have to wait. 

Seeing the plane touch down and the engine switch off is such a surreal moment. I knew my husband was just a few feet away from me, but more importantly, I knew that he had officially returned home from deployment safely. There are just no words for how wonderfully freeing that felt. 

I ran right to him (okay walked quickly... I was 31 weeks pregnant, after all), and I will let the pictures tell the rest. :)








The local news usually makes an appearance at homecomings, and they asked if they could interview us when they saw how pregnant I was. Our interview actually aired that day at noon! I will try to share it next week... it's always fun to be on TV. ;)






December 29, 2016 was my favorite day of the year and easily one of the best days of our lives. I am so thankful that Parker is home safely. Now the real fun begins... it's time to have a baby!


14 comments :

Caravan Sonnet said...

What beautiful photos!! Thank you so much for sharing with us!!
:) Rebecca

Rachel said...

Aw, so sweet! The last couple definitely got me a little misty-eyed! I had never heard of Welcome Them Home so I may have to check them out for my husband's homecoming.

Nicole said...

Yay! He's home! What a great way to end 2016! It reminds me our reunion is just around the corner!

Liz Piasecki said...

I needed a good happy cry this morning! So glad Parker is home safely. I love your blog!

Jenn @ Lost in the Right Direction said...

Love it! You're pictures are so great and I'm glad he made it home before your sons birth! :)

Bailey @ Becoming Bailey said...

I cried when I saw your photos on Facebook and I cried again while reading this post. I am SOOOOO happy for you two! How much longer did it take the second plane's issues to be fixed and get off the ship?

Jen said...

I love the photos! There really is nothing like a homecoming! :)

Kelly Forbes said...

Oh Chelsea...I commented on your IG post and mentioned that it brought tears to my eyes...but THIS...their really no words to adequately describe how incredible this post makes me feel. You are such a genuine person and I truly love that about you. I'm so happy that you got your Parker back. I know he was so excited to get his hands on your belly. I already know that he's going to be a great dad...and you will be a terrific mama. I cane hardly wait until he makes his very firest appearance on your blog. Because baby boy's parents are good looking, I know your baby boy will be handsome as ever.

Susannah said...

What wonderful pictures! I'm so glad he made it home safely and it time to welcome your little man into your lives! <3

McKenzie Allyshia said...

The photos are absolutely gorgeous ♥ Welcome home Parker!

The Life You Love Blog said...

Such a sweet moment! So happy that he's home with you!

Kait said...

Oh my goodness, I teared up reading this! You guys look stunning in these photos and I'm so happy he is home :)

Rachel said...

These pictures are amazing!! You are glowing and so happy he is home!

Stephanie said...

It's so great that you have those pictures. There are no words to describe the anticipation and excitement watching them come off that plane! So happy that he is home safe!

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