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um, I think Miss Maggie missed him too.
Thank you Kim for sharing all of this with us... you didn't have to, but you did and it makes us all understand a little bit better.
He's home and he's safe and we thank him and hold all the others in the light till it's their turn.
so happy :) :) :) xxx


Donna T.

Thank you, Shawn.

Delaine Gabriel

I am SO happy for you and your family. Thank The Lord for his safe you can breathe again <3


Why did I read this at work? I can't see thru the tears. I am so happy for all of you. Tell Shawn thank you for us. Safe & sound back with his mama. Love to you all.

Renie Cee

Dear Kim:

Thank you for sharing such wonderful moments of Shawn's homecoming. It brings tears to my eyes. Tell Shawn, thank you for keeping us safe and so glad that he is home safe and sound! The story about Marley's bandanna was very touching. I hope or I know, you and your family are so glad to be back together again. Enjoy, Enjoy!



Your post made me cry. I'm so happy your son is home. I know your granddaughter is so happy to see her daddy. Happy for all those famililes who have been reunited. Wonderful pictures.


Such happy tears! So thankful he is home safe and sound along with all the others. Give him my thanks, please.


tears of joy and happiness.
shawn you are ho!me sweet home.
and thank you .
reuniting with your family and marley - how wonderful.
enjoy your time at home - I know your mamas so happy!
and that makes me happy too!
hugs - linda

Suzy Miller

I'm so happy for your family, Kim!
When you have a free moment...please post a photo...or two of Shawn and his Mama reuniting ;-)


I am crying tears of joy! Thank you Shawn. Thank you Kim for sharing.


Oh, I cried....for you.....for Shawn....he's home!!!


Absolutely beautiful. Thank you Kim for giving so freely of yourself and sharing these wonderful pictures. Just by looking I know everyone was excited especially Marley, Maggie, and Bentley. :-)


{{{{KIM}}}} I haven't been on here in so long. Last night as I was counting my blessings, I thought of you and I thought of your boy and wished for his safe return. I am so happy for you and your family! My heart is overflowing with joy. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for being you.

{{{HUGS}}} {{{HUGS}}} and more {{{HUGS}}}



whether you have been here in word or spirit...
i know you are here.
i cannot thank you enough.



Amy Jo


I am so happy for you and your family!! I am thankful to Shawn for his service to our country.

Amy Jo

Shannon LInde

Kim, Many thanks to your son and your entire family for the sacrifices you have all made. I am so thankful Shawn arrived home safely, to his loving family. Your pictures made me cry and feel an overwhelming thankfulness to all of the families who serve our countries. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful homecoming. Peace and love to your family. Shannon

Beth K.

Oh, Kim!!! All I needed was that one word: "reunited" and I began praising God! And smiling. We won't stop praying for Shawn and the healing days ahead. I am SO happy for all of you! Thank you and Shawn for giving...



Red Rose Alley

So glad your Shawn is back home safely.



Welcome Home Shawn!!! Just Beautiful Kim!! trying to type through very happy tears!!
Reunited indeed!!! xox :)


I am crying happy tears, too - thank you, Shawn, for serving - and thank you Kim for including us in this VERY special event in your family's life!!! So happy for all of you - including the puppy dogs!!

Donna Bradley

My heart knows your JOY! Praise the Lord for Shawn's safe return home!
Lots of love from Texas,

Becky from Tennessee

BEAUTIFUL, Kim! Welcome home Shawn!!! Thank you, Shawn, for your thankful you are home with your family! I can only imagine how happy you and your family are because I know your Mom's blog friends are extremely happy for your safe return. Loved the pictures with Marley and bringing his bandana home for him to wear once again. Kim, I am so thrilled for you. Enjoy your "boy" being home safe and sound!! Many hugs for all of you!

donna meeker

welcome home!!!

Lynn Day

It doesn’t get any better than this, Kim. We all have much to be grateful for.

Judy L.

Welcome home Shawn and a big thank you for helping to keep us safe! The pictures are wonderful....priceless. I especially love those of Shawn and his Marley :-)


This post put a lump in my throat. I have followed along and have felt your pain in your words and even in your pictures as you have missed your son. Thank you for sharing his welcome home and for providing pictures so we can all rejoice in his return. WELCOME HOME SHAWN...and THANK YOU for serving our country and protecting us.

~ Lisa from Indiana ~


I sit with tears in my eyes. I'm so happy he has come home to you all. What a wonderful day that was!! The best of everything to you all.

Jenny L.

So happy for all of you that he is home. I know you are all so proud of him - what a fine young man you have raised. I loved the pictures - especially the way Summer Lynn was looking at Shawn.


Tears are in my eyes. So happy he's home and safe.
God bless you all.


Daisy Cottage just got a little more brighter! The love and happiness flowing through it right now just has to make it shine. So happy for all of you being together again!


So many tears of joy and thankgiving for you Kim..... Your Son & Soldier has come back home!!What joy for you and your family.. I am sitting here laughing and then crying and then laughing and then... well you know!!! Blessings.. Blessings.. Blessings!!!! Terri (Thank you Shawn for serving our nation.. for your willingness to go!! ) Terri


Absolutely breath-taking photos and emotions.
Thank you,Shawn. Welcome home. - Joanie in Michigan


Beautiful. I am thankful that the Lord brought him safely home to all who love him.


Tears are in my eyes and my heart is full. I loved all the photos of Shawn but the one with Marley broke me up. I am so thankful Shawn is home safe and sound. Your pictures shows us what is in everyone's heart. Thanks for sharing these precious moments with all of us.



Such beautiful pictures. I'm so happy your family is reunited. Thank you Shawn for your service.

G from Ga

You've captured such emotions of joy, I have a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. Words can't express how happy I am for you and your family. Welcome home, Shawn, and thank you for your service.

Patty Marker

I just saw this post Kim and wanted to let you know how much your photos and beautiful words touched me. Thank your brave and heroic son for me and mine. Warm hugs and counted blessings, Patty

MJ Smith

So happy that Shawn came home safely! Seeing Summer Lynn look at him was just precious. And seeing Shawn greet Marley and the other pups ... well, beyond precious!!!! Very, very happy for you and your family!


I'm late with my welcome home and thnk you to it's difficult to type through the tears...thank dear soldier for your brave service and for representing the U.S.A.
Big hugs


Praise the Lord. Shawn is home. Tears also running down my cheeks because I can only imagine the thankfulness you have in your heart. Cherish every moment and thanks for sharing the pictures. Mom, your son is home!


Pure joy!
Thanks for sharing your happiness with us!!
I love the ones of Shawn & Summer Lynn...such a sweet, quizzical look on her face. My favorite though, is the "oval" photo of Shawn. He looks simply content and oh, so happy!!

Enjoy life!!

Peggy Williams

Tears but so happy for you all! Many prayers that wonderful young man. So glad he is home!

Cristina Del Nero

Kim, the picture from your son and his dog is so beautiful that I put in my page on Facebook. It gave me hope and I hope you dont't mind.


Dear Cristina,

I would never mind and I am so touched that you wanted to share. And we all need hope - how loving of you..... Thank you so much.

Love always,

Debbie from Texas

So glad he is home safe and sound!! Enjoy your time is so precious. Thank you Shawn for doing what only you do best! You are special man!


How did I miss this post? (I'm not happy with the substitute I use for 'Google Reader.")

So GLAD I found this post and that the day finally came for you to post of Shawn's arrival HOME. What JOY for all of you. Thankful for his safe arrival home and for his service to our country. Blessings.


SO glad I came upon this. I have been watching...I knew last October that August return was mentioned. Praise to the Lord Shawn is home. God bless him. I was at my middle son's Marine Boot graduation at Parris Island last week, and then his wedding so I missed this post. Prayers have gone up for Shawn, here in this nest. My first son, (also a Marine) has deployed 3 times and done an Afghanistan tour. It is hard mama...hard!! You are a warrior yourself now. My third son is now at Basic in the ARMY!!! GOD BLESS THEM ALL!!! HOOAH Shawn. Thank you. You are a hero. Stay strong all of you. cheers and tears here from a military mom. Thank you for all the pics. We get the doggie part too. we have three, and the drama is just as high with them. :-) :-) Military reunions are indescribable. <3


thank you ALL so so much for all of your comments and love and support above. i pray you know how much you mean to me.

thank you and your soldiers from the bottom of my heart.


Rachael S.

I have been waiting on this moment along with you. I am SO happy you have your boy home! :)

Susan Goffman

Kim - I do come in and take a look now and then and I am SOOOO happy to know about Shawn. I saw a dog food commercial they other day with a dog licking his soldier's face and thought of Shawn and Marley right away! So happy for all of you!


Thank you for sharing Shawn's homecoming with all of us. I loved all your photos,but have to say Shawn and Marley -- well -- extra special! Nothing like man and his dog ... or dog and his man!



OMG.... I haven't checked your blog for awhile. I didn't know Shawn was home!

Sweet sweet pics. Marley looks so proud getting his bandana put back on by Shawn.

Thanx for serving our Country Shawn.



What an incredible blessing Kim!! I'm so glad to see that your son is home and all is well. Very happy for your family and the dogs. :)

Nancy Maisenbach

Oh Mama Kim, What joy has filled your big heart. Thank you Shawn for all you and all who serve have done in the name of peace and goodness. Welcome home!

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