A Military Homecoming

Nine month deployment to Afghanistan…coming home Memorial Day.

There are no words.

So I will tell you a story in pictures….from the hours spent before his arrival waiting at a friend’s house, to the anxious hour waiting at the airport, and finally when the guys appeared before their loved ones.

Seriously one of the best moments of my life.

Photographs by Bonnie Hussey Photography.











































































It’s been an amazing, emotional and tiring week but we couldn’t be happier to have our family complete again. Enjoy your weekend and see you next week with some recipes!


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  1. I have tears in my eyes! I’m so happy that you are all together again. What a wonderful reunion! Great pictures!
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  2. These photos are amazing! I too have tears in my eyes. The absolute expression of joy on your husbands face when he walks through the doors – I’m so so happy for you and your family Melanie that you reunited.
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      I know, I love that she captured his face. I would’ve loved another photographer on the other side to have captured my kid’s faces too! lol
      Thank you :)

  3. Amalia says:

    These photos are so beautiful. I teared up when going through them. Being reunited and having everybody together again must feel so wonderful.
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Thank you so much Amalia, it feels so great. Now we both just have lots of sleep to catch up on. :)

  4. You just had me tearing up Melanie! So happy for your family to be back together again.
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  5. Kierston says:

    <3 <3 <3
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  6. Danielle says:

    So beautiful! Happy tears for you and yours, I’ll never forget the day my husband returned from his/our deployment. Glad you are all safely back together!!!

  7. lindsay says:

    this brings tears of joy to my eyes!!! hugs hugs hugs
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  8. Lauren Pearce says:

    What a great story and BEAUTIFUL photos. Sending Maj. Flynn all those nuts and berries kept him healthy and happy so he could get back to his lovely family!

    Sir, welcome home. I am so glad to hear you made it back safe and sound. It was a pleasure to work with you and thank you for turning me on to Costco’s chocolate covered berries!!

    Enjoy your life back in the states. I know I am. It’s good to be home. :)
    Welcome back.

  9. this had me in tears. so happy for you.
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  10. Heather Kendrick says:

    SO incredible!!! Thank you for sharing. I’m SO happy for you guys … so thankful that he’s home, with you and the kiddos. I can’t even imagine how much of a relief it must be to have him back home and safe and with you guys. YAY YAY YAY! Such an emotional journey … enjoy every second.


  11. I started crying just looking at the pictures, so happy your husband is home with your family!! The photos are amazing of your very beautiful family :)

  12. LOOOOOOOVE!!!!!!
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  13. jill conyers says:

    OMG! Homecomings are some of the happiest days of my life!! As a Marine aviator my husband was deployed for 6 months at a time. The feelings of homecoming are overwhelming.

    Beautiful photos.
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Thank you Jill. It was definitely a moment I will never forget, as with any deployment, but this was our first with kids. So happy it’s over!

  14. I teared up at your picture on Facebook and I’m losing it again… :) So thrilled for you!!
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  15. Maureen says:

    I, like everyone else, have tears in my eyes. Let’s pass around a virtual Kleenex box.
    I am glad your soldier is back home where he belongs! :)
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      lol, I think I cried more on the way to pick him up just at the thought of the reunion. ;)

  16. Betsy says:

    Awww so sweet! You got me all teary eyed this morning. Great pics!
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  17. I got emotional scrolling through these photos. I’m so glad your man is home. <3 Please thank him for his service to our country.
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  18. Nicole says:

    I just found your blog, and scrolling through these made me emotional. I had a brother serve in Iraq, and although it’s not the same as a spouse, I remember how thankful I was when he got home. Thank you to your husband, and your family for your service and sacrifice.

    Anyways, I am excited about your blog. I love your philosophy on food, that you have young mouths to feed, and that you are a professional. I really enjoy reading blogs where I feel like I can learn something from them. Thanks for sharing.
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