One the most challenging sacrifices our service men and women make is being apart – sometimes separated by thousands of miles – from their families.
Husbands miss wives, fathers and mothers miss children, sons miss parents and siblings … it can be a tough turn of events for even the hardiest of souls.
What’s more, it’s not just wishing you were with someone that’s the issue. Service men and women often have to skip milestone days in the lives of those they love; weddings, funerals, even, sometimes, births.
The latter was likely playing on Skyler Cooper’s mind when he spent seven months serving in Kuwait as a member of the Kansas Army National Guard. His wife Cydney was pregnant at the time, and with two young sons, Leighton and Corbett, to look after, the stress was mounting …
You see, Cydney was pregnant with twin girls. Furthermore, as per Her View From Home, she’d been expecting Skyler to come home in late spring.
Things took a turn for the unexpected, however, when she fell ill with the flu at just 33 weeks, forcing her to give birth prematurely. Babies Emma and Kyla had to remain in the NICU, but Cydney needed to go home since she had two other children to look after.
Once she did, of course, she was a very busy woman indeed, what with all the to-and-fro with the hospital.
In her words, at that point she was “hanging on by a string”.
Little did she know that a welcome surprise was waiting just around the corner. One day, when sitting in hospital with one of her 2-week-old babies in her arms, she received a text from her husband asking how they were doing.
Moments later Skyler himself strode into the room, an American flag balloon and flowers in his hand.
He’d been planning the surprise for a couple of weeks, but even he couldn’t have predicted the reaction his wife would have.
As one might expect, it was emotional to say the very least. Grab the tissues and watch the video below:
But wait! It gets better. The parents were then able to surprise their two sons as well, and catch that on camera too: