Sergeant First Class Shafer... Meet Your Son!

Being engaged to a soldier, you will often find me watching videos of military homecomings.  Beautiful families being reunited, children surprised at community events and, of course, my favorite, the first time a baby meets their daddy.  However, Friday, I was blessed to be a part of this heartwarming event first hand as Superior, WI welcomed home 95 soldiers from 950th Engineering Company after ten months deployment in Afghanistan.

On this day, it was the Shafer family, excitedly awaiting the return of their husband, father, and son.  There are no words to adequately describe the grace and beauty Amanda carried as she attended to every detail, from her perfectly manicured nails, to the personalized shirts the boys were wearing.  The bundles of energy played joyfully with others, excited by the crowds and activity, while the youngest Shafer simply slept the time away in the stroller.  (Well... until, Daddy arrived, then it was all smiles!)  To look into that beautiful baby face, you saw the face of his father and the recognition as each smiled in declaration... 'I know you'!   This was the first time they would meet, but watching them together, you realized they have known each other for some time.

To the Shafer family, I want to simply say thank you for sharing this day with me.  I was honored to share in this moment and will forever remember this experience as excitedly say "Welcome Home" to Sergeant First Class William Shafer and the soldiers of the 950th EnCo.

~ Caroline Anne

The Shafer's were interviewed by Fox 21 TV as part of their coverage of this exciting event.   Click on the link below and watch the video!

Welcome Home, First Lieutenant Troeger!

This beautiful Friday afternoon was a long awaited joy.  A moment when a wife, a son, a mother, a father and a sister would lay their eyes on their beloved Kyle and know that after ten long months in Afghanistan, he was finally back where he belonged.  HOME!

I have been honored to be a member of the Welcome Them Home organization for several years.  This network connects families of returning soldiers with photographers who can help them capture this day.  I have been fortunate to be a part of these events - both the departure and the return, for many soldiers and I can tell you this.

It never gets old and it always makes me cry.

To Kyle... Welcome Home and thank you for all you have done!  To Shannon, Ryan and all the rest of the Troeger family, enjoy this time as your beloved soldier is home!