Ever since Army Specialist Seth Howard first joined the military, he's wanted to come home from a deployment and surprise his loved ones. This past December, he was able to do just that.
After spending 11 months deployed in Jordan, the guardsman returned home to Ohio on his 27th birthday. It was a big day for him: Not only did he meet his infant son, Declan, for the first time (Howard left for Jordan when his wife, Shannon, was still pregnant), but he also surprised his 3-year-old twins, Riley and Liam, during a planned celebration at their school.
"I was so excited," Howard told ABC News. "I was shaking I was so nervous."
There was nothing for Howard to be nervous about, of course — the moment he entered the gym where Riley and Liam sat unknowingly awaiting him, the twins ran up and enveloped in him in a big hug. The emotional reunion, which was captured on camera by Chelsie Casagrande of Big House Photography LLC, has since garnered hundreds of thousands of views on Facebook.
"I was going to walk into the classroom, but the academy took it upon themselves to make a big, big deal about it," Howard told ABC News. "It was even better than I could imagine."