During the holiday season, most kids worry about what Santa will leave under the tree. But for kids whose soldier parents are stationed around the world, the only thing they worry about is whether or not they’ll get to see their parents again.
One 10-year-old from South Carolina has spent the past six months living with her grandmother since her mom is deployed in Qatar. And while U.S. Army Specialist Christine Rainey was supposed to have time off to come home just before Christmas, her daughter Kaley Faris still worried she wouldn’t make it back in time.
“[I] knew that weather could be an issue, so [I] was worried I might not make it home in time for Christmas,” Rainey said. Luckily, she found out she would be flying home a week sooner than planned and decided to keep it a secret from her daughter. “It took about two weeks to plan the surprise,” said Rainey, who coordinated with her daughter’s dance teacher to surprise her in the middle of her recital.
“She’s the best part of me and to be away from her for such a long period of time is really difficult,” Rainey said. “She just sobbed when she saw me and then was super excited I was home early. I’m so thankful to be home to spend the holidays with her.”
Watch the entire video below to see the amazing moment this little girl spots her mom in the crowd during her dance recital.
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[Featured image: Facebook / Christine Lorraine]