After anticipating their Daddy's arrival for several days, we waited on the big front porch and finally the little girls at our house were able to greet him. Lucy shyly presented her welcome home card with her handprint and some secret words which she wrote in her two year old style.
Belle wrinkled her face and greeted this stranger for the very first time with a resounding cry.
They are still surprised to find a big man coming out of the bathroom and driving the car, but they know it's their daddy and Belle smiles and Lucy teases.
Our thanks that he is safely home is tempered by the knowledge that he will soon return to his military duties and that when he returns next time, Belle will be one and Lucy will be a sassy almost three.