Life as a kid is not always rainbows and butterflies, and 7-year-old Hailey McGregor is all too familiar with this. A few short months ago, her family welcomed another baby into the family.
Hailey has had a difficult time adjusting to her new baby brother and on top of this her father, an officer in the United States Navy, was just deployed overseas. It’s safe to say that Hailey’s life is quite different from what it was a mere 7 months ago.
Over the past 7 months, life for Hailey has taken some getting used to. Her mother welcomed a new baby brother to the family making her a big sister but on top of that, her father was deployed overseas. Hailey isn’t used to not having her dad around so the drastic change has been a big adjustment for her.
Hailey spends her time cheerleading and going to school. On this particular night, she didn’t suspect anything different about the football game she was going to cheer in that night.
Hailey stands on the field with her team and is ready to jump into her routine when the loudspeaker comes on with an announcement. It takes just a few seconds for Hailey to hear the name they announce when she realizes it’s one she recognizes. There, with the crowd watching, Hailey hears her fathers name and in an instant is hit with a range of emotions going from happy, shock and finally to tears streaming down her face.
Her mom’s standing just feet away and she’s almost certainly pointing over Hailey’s shoulder, telling her to turn and look. But this little girl is so completely shocked and overwhelmed that she just hightails it straight to Mom:
Wait, I’m not dreaming? This is real, it’s really happening?!
“I’ve been nervous the whole night. I’ve been dying to see her. I just couldn’t wait to see her,” Steven said, calling fatherhood his “favorite duty.”
In addition to seeing his best girl, he also finally got to meet his newborn son, who was born three months earlier.
We are so grateful for our military servicemen and women and sweet moments like this warm our hearts.
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