Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Santa came early!!!

I don't know about your house, but here, Santa came early! See?
Oh wow! A Christmas surprise!!!

DADDY!!!!!!!!!

You're HOME!!!!

And Kennedy?
We TRIED to wake her up but she wouldn't budge! She's going to have to see her surprise in the morning. Keeghan clonked out hours ago so he'll have to wait too!

Frank and I at the Welcome Home Ceremony! (Photo courtesy of Missy Reece, Kameron's kindergarten teacher who just happened to be there! Thanks Missy!)

More tomorrow! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!!!

132 comments :

Julie said...

What a wonderful Christmas present to you all!!!!!! I'm sure you and the kids are all so excited!

Lana said...

Yay!! How exciting!! Is he back for good?

Faith's Mom said...

This brought a HUGE smile to my face. I am so happy for you all Renee!!! What a wondeful Christmas present!! Merry Christmas to you all and I hope you have a Very Blessed New Year!!

Lea White said...

Oh this is so cool.

Santa came early to our house too, but nothing as special as in your house. We celebrated early as Bianca is on steroids this week and we just know she's not going to enjoy it as much this week.

I'm really happy for you guys!

My name is Sarah said...

Wow!! How exciting. Kennedy is sure going to be surprised in the morning

Karyn Reed said...

So exciting! Praise God for a wonderful Christmas present for your entire family.

StephthefutrRxDr said...

Oh my how awesome for your family!! The looks are your kids faces are priceless. Was it a total surprise for them? How did you keep that secret? I'm very happy for you guys.

SunflowerMom said...

OMG! Yoou are just ful of surprises this week! What a wonderful gift for all of you!

♥Lisa♥ said...

OMGosh!!! i think youve had me crying everyday this week!! What an awesome christmas. I cant wait to hear about Kennedy's reaction in the A.M.
HOw'd did you not just burst and tell the kids?? I was going to surprise our kids with going to the pool today but i was so excited i just blurted it out.

What a very Merry Christmas in the Garcia house.

Holly Aytes said...

Yeah, yeah, yeah!!!!!!!!!!! I can't stop smiling I am so happy for y'all. I know the kids were so excited to see him (and you too)! The little 2 will be so happy as well. I hope y'all have a wonderful Christmas! So glad Frank is safe at home with his family :)

Bethany said...

Renee ... OMG I am soooo friggin happy for you!! Did you know he was coming?! I guess you did, you just want to surprise us! Hahaha. What a great Christmas present!

SueEllen in Dallas said...

What a wonderful Christmas gift!! I am so happy and exited for your family. Does he get to stay, or is this just for a couple of weeks? Can't wait to see Kennedy & Keeghan's faces.

Leah said...

This is sooooo exciting! How you kept it from the kids is beyond me! I would have had a terrible time with it. At least you were able to "vent" a little to ease the secret keeping! Congratulations to all of you, and I can't wait to see Kenn's face in the morning!!!!

Stephanie said...

What a sweet surprise! Merry Christmas.

Amy© said...

*wiping away a tear* OH RENEE!!! I am so happy for you two!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! :D

Amy said...

Merry Christmas. Made me cry all over again.

Anonymous said...

That's got to be the best gift ever!!! Can't wait to see Kenn's face in the morning! Wow!! I am SO happy for all of you!
Kym

Cassi said...

What an awesome Christmas surprise! :)
How exciting! I hope your Christmas is filled with lots of love and many, many great memories!

Merry Christmas!

Cassi

Kim said...

What an amazing gift for your family! Yay!

Catherine said...

I think that woudl be the best present you could ever want in your life.

Lynn said...

You just HAVE to make me cry every day, don't you?! Can't ever put into words how thrilled I am that FRANK IS HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THANK YOU, LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm here praying right now!
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Prayer Bears
My email address

hjoy said...

Such a very special Christmas gift for your family. Have a blessed
Christmas.

Cheri said...

What a sweet Christmas surprise for the kids....So happy for your family!

Violet said...

I started crying! I'm so happy for all of you! Welcome Home Frank! I guess Santa knew posting that song was your own true heartfelt way of saying, it was yours and your kids Christmas wish too!

Thank you Jesus, that Renee and her special K's get to have Hubby/Daddy home for Christmas. Thank you Daddy gets to see the kids faces light up Christmas morning. Thank you for keeping him safe and bringing him home. We praise you in all your glory!
AMEN!!!

Violet said...

p.s.

I though you said you had nothing to say?!

Jaimie said...

wow wow wow!!! how EXCITING!!!


:)

Ann said...

Oh my gosh that is so exciting. I'm so happy for you and your family! God bless you all. Merry Christmas! And a HUGE welcome home to Frank, thanks for all you do!

Tess said...

oh renee, damn this christmas spirit, i'm in tears! i saw frank's pic and i burst into tears...gosh!!
have a wonderful fantastic christmas now that the family is together!!
how long is frank home for?? oh it's just wonderful, really made my day.

Anonymous said...

No present can compare to the one that has already arrived in the Garcia house. I'm so glad he's home safely. Your face is awesome too...You look totally happy and releaved! Merry Christmas. Now there's just one more Garcia to bring home!!!

Lori Kyle

Lacia said...

SHUT UP!!! How awesome is that!!!! Merry Christmas to all of you! I hope he's home for good!

God's Rock Angel said...

That is awesome!!!!!

Merry Christmas Special K's!

Anonymous said...

I'm excited and I've never even met the man LOL
Is he back long term or is it just Christmas and then he has to go back??? If he's back longterm does that mean you get to start the adoption process earlier than you said??? Cause that would be pretty awesome =] =]
Merry merry Christmas to all of you =]

Michelle said...

So exciting!!! That has to be the best Christmas present ever. I'm teary eyed looking at the photos.....truly magical!

Becca said...

That's so exciting! Wow, surprises don't get much better than that. I love the looks on the kids' faces--priceless.

grammygwen said...

I am so happy that all of your family is together for Christmas.
Merry Christmas to all of you.

mom2natnkatncj said...

Oh that is such wonderful news. Did you know he was coming home already? How did you keep that a secret? He's home for a good long time now, right? I hope so. I think he's done more than his part now ;). Yay, I'm so happy you all got reunited. Darn it, I was hoping to try to get a few more aaaa's before the kidlets get up, but now I think I'm officially awake after reading/seeing this exciting news. It's definitely going to be a merry Christmas in your house ;).

mom2natnkatncj said...

Okay, maybe I better go back to bed. I just re-read my comment. What the heck are aaaa's? That's supposed to say zzzz's ;). Sorry for any confusion.

Kathyb1960 said...

OH WOW!!! WELCOME HOME FRANK!!!

OH my goodness! What a wonderful Christmas surprise! Was it only you who knew he was coming home? The kids didn't know? That is so neat! Oh that is just too too neat!

I hope he is back for good!

Congratulations again!!!! Oh man, I'm sitting here crying, too! PRAISE GOD!!!

Anonymous said...

I have been reading here for quite a while...I know Larkin's Mom. Welcome home, Frank, and thank you! Merry Christmas! I know your Christmas will be very special now!

Ami G.

momof4as said...

As soon as I saw the title "Santa came early" I thought, do I have time to cry right now? LOL! Yep, burst right into tears. What a wonderful Christmas present. Hope he gets to stay home for a long time.

Merry Christmas!

whatever to us said...

Oh wow- Don't you know it's too early for tears?? Seriously, I'm so happy that one of the most awesome families I know will be together for Christmas...enjoy your holiday, God is good :)

The Parker Family said...

Well I couldn't think of a better Christmas present than Frank coming home!! I am so glad he made it back safe & sound.. The look on the kids face is priceless!!!

Kathy said...

I'm SO happy for your family. The absolute BEST Christmas gift! *happy tears*

Dawn Hudson said...

That's so exciting!! I bet they were so happy! You will have such a wonderful christmas this year. Welcome home FRANK!!

Lu (Lucille) said...

RENEE!!!! YAY! I am SO happy for all of you! As much as I want to see pictures of Kennedy seeing he's home don't even think about updating! You spend some much deserved time off with Frank! We are SO thankful he's home and safe and now you can get started on bringing your other baby home! PRAISE GOD!! I'm in pieces here lol! Welcome Home FRANK!

Lucille

little.birdy said...

When I saw the title of the post I was really impatient for the page to load...I really hoped that your husband was home, and I was right!!! YAY!!! Welcome home, Frank!!! So many exclamation points!!!!!!!

agk11808 said...

It gave me chills when i saw the kids see their daddy! Have a Merry Christmas all together again!

Joy said...

Oh, what a wonderful Christmas Surprise!!!! The look on Kass and Kam's faces has in serious tears! Congrats and Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

I have tears in my eyes. I am so happy for all of you. Have a very Merry Christmas!!!!
Patty Corlew

Anonymous said...

I have tears in my eyes. I am so happy for all of you. Have a very Merry Christmas!!!!
Patty Corlew

manuelsmommy said...

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy for your family! These pictures made my day. Awww, I could cry! :) MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Jenn said...

OH Renee I am in tears over here! I can just imagine how excited everyone must be. Welcome home, Frank! Merry Christmas to the whole family!

peace and blessings to you all!
jenn

Kristen ~Ethan's Mommy~ said...

Ok, seriously...even though I knew, I am still sitting here crying!!! OMG. Welcome home Frank. We've missed you!!! Ok, and tell him that I will need to be sending him a lifetime supply of hot cheetos since my sorry booty didn't send him ONE care package like I promised I would.

Those are precious pictures. Kass and Kam's faces are priceless, you look radiant, and I simply can't wait to see Kenn's reaction!!!

JRS said...

Tears of joy for you all. Merry Christmas!
---Jen

Christina said...

OMGosh I am bawling my eyes out. Merry Christmas my friend.

Rita Andrews said...

OH RENEE you have me sitting here this morning crying happy tears of joy for your sweet family...was this a surprise to all of you?? Oh what a wonderful Christmas!!!! This is just awesome!!!

WELCOME HOME FRANK!!!!

Cammie Heflin said...

Yeah! Merry Christmas Garcias!

Beth said...

Who needs Santa!!!! I'm crying - so happy for you guys...Is his deployment over?????

Enjoy!

Ellie said...

Oh my goodness. This is the best Christmas surprise anyone could get....was it a surprise to you, too, Renee? Who needs Santa now?

narretto said...

This made my morning for you....YEAH he is home!!!I was just thinking the other day how hard the holidays must be with out him and hard for him to know all that is going on with the kids and Christmas...Is he home for good or just for a few days...Enjoy that man I am so happy that you all are together this week.

Amanda said...

What a wonderful Christmas present! How wonderful!

Merry Christmas!
Amanda (RR)

June Berger said...

Crying happy tears like a baby! Praise God, He is so good to us all! Did you have much warning that he was coming home? I'm sure you'll post more later. Soon as I saw the kids huggy daddy I lost it! What a blessed Christmas! So thankful your beloved is home with you for Christmas.

Peace, joy and love be yours this Christmas.

Michelle said...

OMG! That is SO awesome! I was praying that the kids would get to see him but I wasn't sure it was a possibility. Wow, that just made my day! Have a very Merry Christmas!

lesliemarie said...

Renee this made me cry! Merry Christmas to you guys! Does he have to go back again, or is he staying? I'm so excited that the kiddos will have Christmas with their daddy!

Proud Momma of 3 said...

How beautiful is that?!!! I am so happy for all of you.

Have a joyous Christmas!!!

Love,

Mary Lynn

Jennifer said...

Without a doubt, that's the best Christmas present ever! Made me cry...

marlene said...

Oh that's WONDERFUL!!!!!!!

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS for your whole family for SURE!!!! :)

Googsmom said...

OMGoodness!!!
Merry Christmas Garcia family!!!
That is the bestest gift ever!!

Mami said...

El mejor regalo!!!!
Felices Fiestas y una navidad llena de amor y junto a las personas que más aman!!

Un abrazo...

Shelley said...

Every now and then, the Army gets things right with their timing.

WELCOME HOME FRANK!!!!
Merry Christmas Garcia family!

Elizabeth said...

Wow! Seeing those pictures and reading your blog today put me in a even better mood!! I couldn't be happier for you, what a great Christmas gift, the best actually!! Merry Christmas!!

Cynthia said...

I'm so happy for the Garcia's today!
Have a wonderful Christmas!

grecia said...

WOW, you're just full of great surprises this week, aren't you? So happy for the whole family! Can't wait to see Kennedy's expression! There is always room for more blessings so wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and great family time!

Jeri said...

What a wonderful surprise. I'm glad that he is home. Does he have to go back? Hope not for you and the kids. What better Christmas present? How did you keep quite? May you and your family continue to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

Andrea said...

This just brings tears to my eyes! I am so happy for you all that Frank got to come home for Christmas. I wish you a wonderful Christmas with your family!!!

rebecca said...

What a Merry Christmas for the Garcia family!!!!

Megan said...

I usually just lurk here, but had to tell you that I am so thrilled for you. I'm wiping away the tears. Congratulations and Merry Christmas.

Megan

gillian said...

What a wonderful Christmas gift! So happy for your family! Welcome home Frank!!

Pam said...

Oh wow!!! Now THAT is the best Christmas present ever!!

I am just thrilled for you guys.

((HUGS!!!))

amanda said...

awesome. praise the lord for eraly christmas gifts!!!

Dawn said...

That is WONDERFUL!!! I love military coming home shots!! Especially if it is a surprise.

Brandy said...

What a wonderful Christmas surprise. Can't wait to see Kenn's face when she sees daddy. Merry Christmas to the 5 of you! :)

Anonymous said...

Ok Renee, seriously, this has me crying. I am so HAPPY for your family. Being together for Christmas, what a wonderful Christmas gift to you all.

Merry Christmas!
Joany and Carly

Rachel said...

Man could you make me cry anymore today. I have missed several days of catching up and today i've read them all....I've cried for an hour straight! I'm so excited for you guys.....WHAT A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS GIFT!

Welcome Home Frank!

Melissa said...

I have tears here in Virginia!! So HAPPY for all of you. Has to be the best Christmas present you could have gotten.

Lyndi said...

Oh WOW,happy tears this morning for you and your family. What a wonderful Christmas surprise. I know all the kids are thrilled to see there daddy and you are thrilled to have him back in your arms safe and sound. I must know though, did you know he was coming? You hinted about rumors before, but I didn't know if this was a surprise for you as well? Is he home for good now? No matter what the answers are, I hope you guys cherich the next weeks together while the kids are out of school and you can all enjoy just being a family. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Wecome Home Frank, and thank you for all you do for our country!

Anonymous said...

Wow that was a great Christmas present. It brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes... Awesome, your smile says it all Renee. Merry, merry Christmas and God Bless you and your family.

Deb Homan

Diane said...

That is awesome!

waldenhouse said...

How wonderful!! Merry Christmas to you all!

Now, let the homestudy begin! :)

vibrantandzany said...

What a wonderful surprise :)
Merry Christmas!!

TheAlbrechtSquad said...

Oh Renee, what a wonderful gift indeed...I'm a big emotional mess lately so this message made me bawl! Welcome Home Frank! What a wonderful gift!

Jennifer said...

Wow, that's a great Christmas present! Welcome home, Frank!

Lora Leigh said...

YAY!! I am so happy for you all! I hope you have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Lana said...

Merry Christmas "Special K" Family!!

Michelle said...

oh my goodness! How very very exciting! The BEST Christmas gift EVER! How was he able to come home so much earlier? That gave me goosebumps seeing the pictures. Enjoy your homecoming...welcome home Frank!!

Kelli said...

that brought tears to my eyes,I have been waiting and waiting. hehe. so you have you all. Is he home for good or just a break?

Cindy said...

Oh Renee, I'm SO very happy Frank is safe at home. God Bless and have a BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL and BLESSED Christmas!

Anonymous said...

A true Christmas miracle. How absolutely wonderful!! This completely brought tears to my eyes. You guys deserve to be together for the holidays. I bet Kennedy will be so excited. I haven't been able to stop thinking about that day she thought she saw her daddy outside.

Maui Mama said...

I have tears in my eyes! Welcome home Frank & Merry Chrismas to a very special family XOXO

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Anonymous said...

Christmas is definitely the time for miracles! May God continue to bless you and yours now and always. You bring so much joy to so many.

Happy Holidays!
Sherry in Indy
mom to Kelly, 15, with DS

Shari said...

Oh Renee: I have tears for you! I am so excited for you that Frank is home! Is it for good? Oh, how I hope so. Have a wonderful Christmas!

MamasHood said...

So for the second time this week your blog has given me goosebumps and tears in my eyes. I could not be happier for you and your family. What an amazing gift to have Frank home! I hope you and your awesome family have a wonderful and merry Christmas.

Ps. You look GREAT in that last photo.

Breckheimer Family said...

Santa brought him home! Amazing! I'm so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!

mmc said...

Ok so I saw the title of this post and I was like "I hope it's FRANK!" Lol. AWesome. seriously awesome.

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

YAY! Welcome Home Frank! And Merry Christmas to all of you!!

Tricia said...

I am SO happy for you guys! Please STOP making me cry though. I feel like a little baby when I read your blog.

Please thank Frank for everything he has done. You guys are an amazing family, and I can't wait to watch your journey as you add another K to your family.

Trish

Pookeymom said...

So excited for your family to all be together for the holidays.

Merry Christmas Garcia Family!!!

sandsmom said...

WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO
Im so happy that Frank will be home with you guys for the Holidays! What an awesome Surprise!
We sooo need to plan another trip....and then another after Kellsey is with us! :)

Laura said...

I sit, I cry, I'm so happy for your family!!!!!

I truly have butterflies in my stomach! What an awesome Christmas!!! ENJOY!!!

Thanks Frank for all your time and hard work!

Tammy said...

I'm so happy for you and the kids! What a wonderful Christmas surprise! Did you know too, or were you surprised also? Is he home for good?
Welcome home Frank!
Merry Christmas to you all!

Norma said...

How Wonderful! I have goosebumps and tears of joy for you guys!!! That is just AWESOME!!! Welcome Home Frank!!!!

nicki mcfadden said...

oh my gosh Renee! I am so happy and excited that you are all together at Christmas. What an awesome surprise for the kids! I had tears in my eyes when I scrolled the pictures.

MERRY CHRISTMAS GARCIA'S!!!!

Stacey said...

oooh, chills and tears!! I'm so happy he's home safely!

datri said...

Crying here! What a wonderful surprise! Merry Christmas!

Paula said...

How awesome for you and your children. This has been a week full of surprises. I've had tears several times this week, but these must have been the best ones!!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Paula Kolas
sixkidsmom

Shanna Marshall said...

This made me sob. This is what Christmas is all about. Getting those big wishes of the heart that money can't buy. Thanks for posting. It has made my whole day!

Julie said...

Welcome home Frank!

Merry Christmas!

Amanda said...

Merry Christmas to you all...I'm so glad Frank is home...

Tammy said...

Wonderful. I am so happy for you guys. Big hugs to you all.
Love The Giardina's.

Carey said...

That's one of the best presents ever!!! I can't stop crying!

Melissa @ Banana Migraine said...

Oh my! I'm sitting here just bawling for you! I'm so glad he's home, safe and with his family. Merry Christmas - enjoy being all together!!!

Bobby said...

Oh My Word!!!! What a wonderful surprise!!!

WELCOME HOME FRANK!!! Thank you so much for all you've done for this country!!!!!

Merry Christmas!!

w/Love,
The Susemihl Family
(Bobby, Taylor, Ryan and Nicky!)

Michael and Jana said...

Oh me! Oh my! Through teary eyes I write...HOORAY!

Courtney said...

YAY!!! I wondered if he was coming home early too. As i had told you before my bosses Dad is based in Clarksville and seems to have had the same deployment "schedule" as frank and I knew he was coming home so I wondered!!! HOW AWESOME!!!!!!!

TheAngelForever said...

Oh Renee, I am so happy for you, Frank and the Special K's. I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas TOGETHER!

Ashley's Attic said...

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH! Merry Christmas Garcias! Yay! (Seth's reaction to me reading this was just: "Your going to cry now, aren't you?" Lol...the answer is yes...just a little. I'm so happy for y'all! Enjoy the holiday!

Patty said...

WOW!!! Welcome home Frank!!!!!! I am so happy for you guys!

Lisa & Gerald said...

Yeah Im so happy for you guys that he's home!
Merry Christmas!

Milk Mama said...

Oh my gosh! I love their faces! They love their daddy!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I am just now catching up...I have tears running down my face...Frank is HOME!!! Yeah!

Please tell him, Thank you VERY MUCH, for his service to our country. Thank you, too, Renee...

Much love to all of you!

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

Tell Frank I said "Welcome Home!" And you look beautiful by the way! Love the surprised looks on the kids!