A NAVY Homecoming Story

I’m so excited to share some of my life with you today.

A little Navy Homecoming Story, if you will…

Tuesday was a huge day for my little family.

(If you follow me on Instagram then you got to see this live!)

My husband, who had been deployed for eight months came home!

For us, eight months translated into many missed holidays and milestones, and my husband watching our daughter grow through pictures and video.

A Navy Homecoming Story

 We were so ready to finally have him home. To see our daughter’s little smile in person instead of in photos.

If you have any experience with a military or navy, homecoming it’s full of emotion and excitement. It’s an amazing day! You pretty much run on adrenaline because sleep the night before is nearly impossible, and you have to be up before the sun to beat traffic anyway.

Peleliu A Navy Homecoming Story

We arrived several hours before the ship came in and visited with our friends.

Once the ship was in view it finally felt real. The sailors were all in their dress uniforms manning the rails.

Peleliu A Navy Homecoming Story

In true Navy style, it was hurry up and wait. Once the ship had arrived, we waited and waited and waited for them to finally release the sailors. After eight months, those extra couple hours seemed like torture ; )
Peleliu A Navy Homecoming Story

But all was worth it for this reunion. There was so much anticipation about how our daughter would react to Daddy. She was only four months old when he left. But she looked at him and gave him a big smile and reached for him right away!Peleliu A Navy Homecoming Story

Seeing my baby girl with her Daddy again made my heart swell so big.

Peleliu A Navy Homecoming Story

It was the most incredible day. I’m so thankful to have him home and what’s extra special is that he is home just in time to celebrate our little babe’s first birthday this weekend.

I would have waiting homecoming sign

I hope you’ll forgive me if I’m a little distant from the blog over the next few days. I’m busy loving on my sweet little family.

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  1. What a perfect post to wake up to!!! I’m sitting here crying, but my heart is full. I am sooooo happy for you Chelsea! Squeeze that family up!!!

  2. Yay!! So glad he’s home! I’ve been to a few Army homecomings and they always make me cry!

    Beautiful pictures!!

  3. So, so happy for you, friend!!! Enjoy every second that he’s home! You have such a beautiful family! 🙂

  4. WHOO!!!! So happy for you. I bet it felt like every holiday ever rolled into one. I know exactly what this feels like to get to see them when they finally come home.. minus the being married. and the baby. lol I am so happy your hubby is home for your daughters birthday and I bet he is too.

    Celebrate and enjoy girl!!!!!!!

    PS: I didn’t have to wait, because it was Super Bowl weekend and the Chargers were playing in SD so. I got stuck in tons of traffic and was so late… jim wondered if I was coming. so sad 🙁 but after 20 years of marriage I think i made it up to him.

  5. YAY! So happy for you friend 🙂 Gorgeous photos, enjoy your time together.

  6. 8 months is a long time! Enjoy your reunion! my heart feels like it’s in my throat, i am so full of happy emotion for you and your little family!

  7. We are a coast guard family so we can relate! Homecomings are incredible and emotional. enjoy having your hubbie home!!!!

  8. Oh, sending the biggest thank you to you and your husband for the service to our country! Hope you will be having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Precious photos of your sweet family!

  9. new follower here! found you through ishouldbemoppingthefloor. i love these photos. they are so cute! we have so much in common. my husband is in the navy and our daughter’s name is peyton. 🙂

    looking forward to checking out more of your blog.

  10. Every single time they show the navy homecomings on the news, I start bawling. I just love the pictures of your husband & your little girl, so sweet! Thank you to your husband for his service and thank you for all you have to go through too!

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