A heartwarming video shows the moment a father was reunited with his children as he returned home after spending four months abroad.
Dean, 42, works in the RAF as a sergeant and recently returned to his home in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, having been stationed outside the UK since April.
His wife Kerry, 39, wanted to surprise their three children – Amelia, 14, Sydney, ten and Sam, eight – and kept Dean’s arrival a secret.
Kerry told their kids they were taking a picture to send to Dean and had them make a sign that read, “Welcome Home Daddy.”
The trio were speechless as their father walked out from behind them, before the family embraced in an emotional group hug.
RAF flight sergeant Dean, 42, surprised his children, Sydney, ten, Sam, eight and Amelia, 14, when he returned home early to Sleaford, Lincolnshire after being stationed outside the UK since April
In the video, filmed by Kerry, her three children posed with a banner that read “Welcome Home Daddy.”
She told them they were rehearsing for Dean’s return home, but the kids were unaware that he was already back and ready to surprise them.
As the children said how excited they were to see their father, the RAF sergeant quietly walked out of the house and watched his children with their mother.
He began to walk slowly towards his family while his children, unconsciously, continued to talk to their mother.
The family hugged each other in a sweet hug, pictured during the emotional moment filmed by Dean’s wife and mother of the children Kerry, 39
Finally, Sydney and Sam turned and realized that the man they had all been waiting for had come home early.
A stunned Amelia put her hand over her mouth as she watches her mother.
The family fell silent and the three children rushed to hug Dean, while Kerry continued to film.
Kerry, a catering assistant, explains: ‘He’s been in the RAF for 23 years – I’ve always said I’d never date a soldier, but a mutual friend arranged a blind date for us and a year later we got married.
“They had no idea he was coming back and that was the first time I saw him.
In the video, Dean quietly walked out of the family’s house behind their children, who said how excited they were to have him back home.
As the two youngest children ran to their father’s arms, left, the oldest daughter was speechless before joining the embrace, right
“We hadn’t seen him since the beginning of April and it’s very difficult.
“The kids are often upset when he’s not around and for the first few weeks they tend to play in the bedroom because they want him to tuck them in, but after a while you get into a routine.
“I filmed the video with my mom and we had been planning it with Dean for a few weeks.
“I told the kids that we should take some pictures with the banner in front of the house as a present for their father.
“Coming home meant a lot to them – it’s been a rough couple of years.
“After we finished filming the video, it was as if he had never been away and was all cuddling on the couch watching TV.
“The kids went to bed and it was the best thing they’d experienced in the past four months.”