On October 24th, Sergeant John Vorrath watched the birth of his daughter via Facetime. John was deployed to the Middle East with the Iowa National Guard and couldn’t be there for his wife’s delivery. However, while he was watching the birth, he received a message from his commander that said his request to leave had been granted.
The very next day he met his one-day old daughter, who they named Charlotte, and was able to surprise his wife at the hospital.
“I was shocked and stunned. I’m not sure if I can put into words how special it was to share those first few days of our daughter’s life together, especially since we had prepared ourselves for him to not meet her until she was approximately six months old. But as her mom and his wife and in a very difficult time emotionally, it thrills my heart that he had the opportunity to meet her, hold her, kiss her, and that she’ll know the sound of his voice now.
Everything about having him home has made him leaving again that much more heartbreaking. After having such major surgery, and having him here to take care of our kids and serve me and love me, it felt more like a dream then my reality.
Listening to him read our kids stories and take our son to the park and play ‘trucks’ with him, and rock our daughter to sleep, has been truly surreal. He’s my best friend and I hate doing life without him. As hard as this is on me as a single parent, this deployment I believe is hardest on him, so I am eternally grateful that he had this opportunity to be with our family, even if only for a short time. It gives us hope to have a taste of what our future will be in six months.”
Watch the video of John’s surprise visit home below. The footage has already received over two million views on Youtube.