Coming home! | deployment homecoming | urban vision studios

September 5th, 2011 was a long time ago. I’m not sure what I did that day, but I know what Kayla and Kyle did that day. They cherished the last few moments together before Kyle left for Afghanistan. Eight months is a very long time to be without the one you love.

When you think about it, it’s different than your typical long distance relationship. There are no possibilities of visiting, little, if any freedom to talk on the phone and then add in the daily fear for the soldier’s safety. That’s intense. I didn’t get to talk with Kyle much about it, but Kayla said she missed Kyle every single day. Some days were far worse than others, but it never felt easy. She said there were weeks that she cried every night.¬†When I talk to my father, who served in Vietnam, I get a glimpse of what it feels like to be deployed. Even 40 years later when he tells of his time there and talks of missing his family he still gets teary-eyed.

Kayla and Kyle, I am inspired by your love and the strength you’ve shown over the past eight months. It was a beautiful thing to get to see the two of you get to hug and kiss each other for the first time. May this time apart from one another help you to remember to always cherish your moments together.



sally - April 12, 2012 - 5:34 pm

So AWESOME to see my son home and so HAPPY!!! Your pictures are wonderful! A great big Thank You to Kayla for being there for Kyle!! You both are awesome :)

Jenn - April 12, 2012 - 11:12 am

Aww we had a friend return home with Red Horse Squadron yesterday, too! Thank you to Kyle and Kayla for their service. These pics are beautiful Dana. :)

Erna - April 12, 2012 - 9:45 am

So darn cute. Touches my heart from every angle. Thanks to both for their sacrifices for our country.

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