As a parent or any other close relative, one of the most treasured feelings on the planet is when your youngster sees you, smiles, and comes running in for a hug.
There isn’t much else that can compare to that actual feeling.
Amanda Taylor gave her life partner, Sgt. Brenden Taylor, the blessing of this moment on film once he arrived home after a 175-day deployment.
Amanda and Brenden have two young girls aged, 2 and a half year old and 1-year-old.
Their first young lady was brought into this world while Brenden was away in 2015, and the second in May 2017, only nine months prior to his next deployment in February 2018.
Amanda admits she was past worried about Brenden’s 2018 deployment since she’d be left to take care of “not one, but two little girls” alone.
She similarly focused on how the young girls would react to their daddy leaving and wondered whether they’d be unfamiliar with him.
When they saw Brenden off in February, Amanda said her home felt “empty” and that it just took two hours for her most settled young lady to start asking where her daddy was.
As if the day wasn’t hard enough, the 2-year-old got a stomach bug that day Brenden left and Amanda felt “helpless” knowing her daughter felt frightful not having her daddy there to comfort her.
Being the determined mother she is, Amanda decided not to get overwhelmed by his absence and instead look forward to his return by counting down the days with her girls.
Her 2-year-old loved doing this, which helped things to some degree by making his return “more bearable” for the family.
As Brenden’s homecoming moved closer, Amanda understood that she needed to make it outstanding, so she contacted Maddie Shortt, a photographer, to capture the moments of his return.
At long last, the day came, and every one of the young ladies were both eager to see their Dad.
As Brenden’s transport drew closer, his 2-year-old began shouting “Daddy!” excitedly shouting “Daddy get off the bus!”
Once he was off the transport, the little child lets go of her mother’s hand and ran into her father’s arms – while Maddie captured it on film.
When she recalled the day, Amanda said, “I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a smile from my husband like I did that day when he finally got his little girls in his arms again” and that “deployments end; love doesn’t.”
Take a look at the reunion in the video below: