GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Angie Egger envisioned the "best Christmas surprise ever" for her two young children. And she helped make that happen Friday afternoon at Anniston Elementary school.
That's where her Gulfport Seabee husband, Jeff, who just returned from a 10 month deployment, surprised their two kids.
"I've had a permanent smile on my face the past couple days. Especially knowing it was getting closer and closer to coming home. Now that I am, this is sort of the last part of the puzzle. To see the kids," said a smiling Jeff Egger.
The plan to surprise his children by showing up at the classroom worked to perfection. Five year old Kylie seemed to be in shock as daddy walked in. But in just a few second, she was locked in his arms.
"Hi sweetie! Merry Christmas baby," said Egger, as the tears began to flow.
There were more than a few moist eyes in the kindergarten classroom, as 10 months of separation melted away in a moment.
"Surprise. Oh I missed you sweetheart!" said the overwhelmed daddy.
"It was a hard ten months for not only myself, but the kids. So I wanted to do something very special for them. So I thought this would be the best way to give them the best Christmas surprise ever," said Angie Egger.
First grader Jayden was next for the surprise of the season.
As he and his classmates worked on Christmas projects, the VIP visitor got the greeting he's been dreaming about.
"Hey Dad!!" said the excited first grader.
The tears flow as father and son embraced.
"Merry Christmas buddy. Surprise!" said daddy.
Though they've kept in touch with video chats, the Seabee and his some clearly have some catching up to do.
"Are you getting your teeth in yet?" dad asked.
"Oh yeah, I just lost three!" was the son's reply.
"Missing ten months of their life kind of is the downfall to the whole thing, but the kids are great," said Egger.
They're all great now that daddy is back home, just in time for Christmas.
Of course, Jeff Egger wasn't the only daddy returning home Friday. Check out more photos from the NMCB-7 homecoming on the battalion's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=252272&id=161404016711&comments