Mother's Day Surprise!

May 15, 2018  •  2 Comments

Last week I was asked by my friend to help out with a super secret Mother's Day surprise. Of course I said yes! I was honored and excited for this opportunity. As a photographer you just never know what adventures will come your way. I have photographed the most touching, heartwarming, surprising, funny, weird, and loving moments. When I found out I was going to take part in a military family reunion I just knew I had to do it. Something in my heart said no matter what, I must do this good deed. 

Here's the story. A second grader and his little brother had not seen their mom in a year. She is a nurse in the US Air Force and had been deployed to Afghanistan.  Mom made arrangements with the school, W.H. Robinson in Winterville, NC, and teacher to surprise her adorable little boys during a class Mother's Day celebration.  How perfect to reunite with her children for Mother's Day weekend.  Friday afternoon the second graders hosted a Mother's Day party where the students got up in front of the class and their moms and read a poem about their mothers.  Watching that alone was adorable! Lastly, having no idea what was about to happen, the son of the soldier read his poem and when he finished, Mom walked in the back door of the classroom. The look on his face was absolutely priceless! He was in utter shock, then immediately burst into tears and embraced his mom tightly.  His little brother soon joined him and the three of them held each other and laughed and cried.  The boys kept looking at their Mom like "I cannot believe you're here", followed by lots of smiles and tears.  Of course there was not a dry eye in the room!

Lots of media were present so there was some time for interviews and photos. Then the family proceeded to the hallway where the school had gathered to cheer on Mom and thank her for her service. It was so amazing to see the school community come together in support of this sweet family.  

I have cried taking photos many times...a groom watching his bride walk down the aisle, a mom and her baby, an engagement taking place, parent dances at a wedding...but nothing quite like this. I am grateful for this experience and will hold it in my heart forever. I had a hard time selecting photos to share, but here are some favorites from the day. 

 


Comments

Carla(non-registered)
THANK YOU sssoooo much for capturing this beautiful day for my family!! It has been a blessing to have my family, friends, friends of friends, the school, and community come together and support me & my family in the way they have. So again, thank you!! God Bless!
Beth(non-registered)
Photos are great, you caught beautiful moments with touching expressions
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