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He’s home!

I have great news!  Last night my husband, Dave, returned home safely from Afghanistan! This was his third deployment since 2007!

The Eves Family - Afghanistan Homecoming 2 April 2014 - Vilseck, Germany | JavaCupcake.comAt exactly midnight, almost 150 soldiers walked into the gym at USAG Bavaria – Rose Barracks, Vilseck, Germany to greet stands full of cheering friends and family!

I was at the gym with my daughter, Emily and my son, Matthew along with my best friend Chasity (who was behind the camera taking all the pictures!)  As the soldiers began walking into the gym… my heart started racing, looking for my soldier!  Finally, my daughter whispered to me, “I see Daddy!”

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And there he was in the front row, directly in front of us!  You can see in the picture above that he’s standing to the right of the soldier wearing the Stetson hat in the front row!

We were minutes away from our reunion and I could hardly contain my excitement!  Even though I’d gone through this ceremony twice before,  seeing my husband standing there gave me chills and brought extreme joy to my heart!

The Chaplain said a prayer and a high ranking Colonel in the unit said a few remarks.  And after 2 short minutes… the soldiers were released!

Me and the kids waited at our seats for the crowds to pass and for Dave to walk over to us.  But, my daughter Emily could hardly container her emotions.  She was so happy, elated, emotional that tears instantly started flowing as she ran to and hugged her father.

Emily welcomes home her Father after his 3rd deployment |

This was Dave’s third deployment, and the shortest.  His first was 16 months to Iraq, second was 12 months to Iraq and finally this deployment was 7 months to Afghanistan.  Although this was the shortest deployment, it was definitely the most difficult.  I was in Germany while he was at war… far away from my family and friends.  And I now had a toddler and teenager to raise on my own.  Challenges I never imagined being able to tackle without my husband.

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But, the moment was finally here.  The moment our family would be together again. 7 months had gone since I had held my husband in my arms.  7 months had passed since I had felt his arms around me.  7 months since I felt the love in his kiss.

Once Matty got a hold of Dave… he wouldn’t let go!  I snapped this picture just as we were heading out of the gym… So precious.

Matty doesn't want to let his Daddy go! |

My husband is home.  My family is together again.  And I am so filled completely filled with joy!  These next few months of our lives together are going to be so amazing.

The Army has allowed Dave to take 4-day weekends between now and Memorial Day and then in June he’ll get 22 days off!  We plan to travel, spend a lot of time together and enjoy our time here in Europe!

Welcome Home to my Soldier! 3 April 14 - Vilseck, Germany |

Thank you to everyone who has loved and supported me though out this deployment.  I truly appreciate your kind words of encouragement and support!  It has truly helped get me through it!

My family together at last! Welcome Home to our Soldier! 3 April 14 - Vilseck, Germany |

As you might imagine, I’ll be spending the next week or so glued to my husband.  So… I’ll be taking some time off from baking and blogging.  Have no fear though! I’ve got two of my great friends and bloggers filling on JavaCupcake for me!

Toni of Make Bake Celebrate and Erin of Texanerin Baking will be here next week bringing you some super sweet treats!  Make sure to come back next week to see what they’ve got baking for you!

And just for fun… here’s a look back at the Homecoming Ceremonies from all three of our deployments! Boy has my family changed!

The moment my husband returned from each of his deployments |

Erin @ Texanerin Baking

Thursday 10th of April 2014

Aww. That picture of Emily hugging her daddy almost made me tear up! So sweet. All the pictures of you guys are great. It's nice to see people so genuinely happy and not faking it just for the pictures. :)

I really don't know what to say. Just that I'm SO very happy for you and your family!

Betsy Eves

Friday 11th of April 2014

Thank you, Erin! :) You're so sweet!


Friday 4th of April 2014

CONGRATULATIONS! Thank your husband on my behalf for his service. I hope that was his last deployment. You guys need some family time and some time to enjoy life together. Best wishes!

Betsy Eves

Saturday 5th of April 2014

I hope it's his last too! :) Thank you, Mary, for your thoughtful comments!

Holly Waterfall

Friday 4th of April 2014

Visiting from the I Am Baker G+ group - CONGRATULATIONS!! What a feat to have made it through 3 deployments! You are superwoman! Being a military spouse is so dang hard, and I'm just starting out on this journey as mine just finished basic training and is away at tech school. Enjoy your time with your husband - you are obviously deserving of that time!!

Betsy Eves

Friday 4th of April 2014

Hi Holly! Thanks for stopping by! :) No matter how far into this military spouse thing you are.... it's never easy! Thanks for the kind words... and good luck with getting through tech school!! <3 I'm heading over to your blog to check it out right now!! It's great to connect with other food bloggers who also have a military connection!


Friday 4th of April 2014

YAYYYYY! I am sooo happy that he's home! You enjoy your time! <3

Betsy Eves

Friday 4th of April 2014

We will!! xoxo

Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

Friday 4th of April 2014

Gah I'm sobbing. Thank you so much for serving. Thank you for being a family and serving together- it's surely a team effort. We appreciate you.

Betsy Eves

Friday 4th of April 2014

It absolutely is! THANKS YOU for your kind words, Katrina!