JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Nine months ago to the day, two sergeants said goodbye to their little girl.
"She is like the world to us and you know it was very hard being away," tells Sgt. Michael Watson-Smokes.
He and his wife, Sgt. Brittany Salley Watson-Smokes have been counting the days until this moment, a surprise put together for 4-year-old Breionna Watson-Smokes. As little Breionna sings with her class at Providence Child Development Center in Jacksonville, her parents sneak quietly in the back of the classroom, past the line of students and turn her around to see their smiling faces.
As tears begin forming in Brittany's eyes and she holds her daughter in her arms, it is a family reunited.
"Hi! You miss us?," says Sgt. Michael Watson-Smokes to his daughter.
The Watson-Smokes have already served three tours of duty and while they were overseas, they worked to stay a part of their daughter's life.
"We missed her a lot, we talked to her on skype, face time," tells Sgt. Brittany Salley Watson-Smokes.
"We do pretend tea parties," chimes in her husband with a smile.
Both agree this day is even better than they imagined. Providence Child Development Center even decked out the school and all the students in red, white and blue.
For Brittany, there aren't enough words to say thank you to the teachers, family and especially her mother who watched over Breionna while they were overseas.
"Thank you so much for taking care of her, I just couldn't imagine it being any better than this," she says through tears.
As they sit together at the schools homecoming party for them, Sgt. Michael Watson-Smokes takes in the moment.
"This is the happiest moment of my life."
First Coast News