(NBC)– Three kids got a big surprise at their Kentucky Elementary School Friday.
Their mom and dad, who have both been deployed for over a year, were the surprise stars of their weekly assembly.
U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Nicholas McKearn and his wife of 14 years, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Tiffany McKearn met in Germany 16 years ago. Together, they have three kids at the ages 10, six, and four. Their kids have not seen them since last Christmas.
The McKearns say time apart is difficult, but they’re happy to have the family back together.
“We watched them grow up in pictures, and it’s like, when did they grow up from ‘here to here?’ You know? You miss that transition. But… this will make it worth it,” said Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Mckearn.