Jul 7, 2014 8:43 PM by Joanna Wise
Sometimes, the biggest acts of love come in the smallest of packages- like a newborn daughter, perfectly nestled in her father's arms.
Can you imagine coming home to this?
Another soldier gently cradled the weight of his newborn son, and gave him the first of many kisses sure to come.
The 225 soldiers who returned home Monday morning are with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. They spent nine months deployed in Kuwait, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The brigade worked with members of the Kuwaiti Armed Forces to strengthen security and stability in the region.
Now, they are home- home in the arms of their wives, husbands and kids.
Waiting- for some, it's the hardest part.
"You just want to run and get them, but you can't," said Elana Beretta.
Beretta waited to embrace her soldier.
Written on a neon-yellow poster board, she only had one order for Sgt. Juan Burgos- to give her a kiss.
Finally, she got just that. But not before he got down on one knee, and asked her to marry him. Beretta said yes.
Burgos said they've been planning their lives together as husband and wife for months. He just never had a chance to formally propose, with ring in hand.
"She didn't even realize that the ring came to her door and she actually signed for it," said Burgos. "Her dad said that it was a birthday gift for her mom. She actually [had] it in her hand. She didn't realize it."
"Are you serious?"
"I'm dead serious," he responded.
It was a moment Beretta calls amazing.
"It means a lot. I'll never forget it. It was very special to me," said Beretta.
You could say, it was a simple reminder to embrace the little moments in life that truly mean a lot.