you can always come back home

 He’s home. And my, were we happy to see him.

Still himself, just a little sweeter, a little kinder; just as silly. His knees are covered in thick callouses from hours of prayer. All the kids slept on the floor of his room the first night. A week later we are still staring at him, pinching ourselves to make sure all this happiness is real.

p.s. they say the #1 indicator for happiness in marriage is how much a man’s children adore him and vice versa. Watching Erik’s face in this video made me fall in love with him all over again.

March 22, 2013



  1. kara jayne

    March 29, 2013

    i love everything about that video. congratulations to you and welcome home ben!

  2. Laurel C.

    March 29, 2013

    Absolutely beautiful! A beautiful family, beautiful missionary service, and a beautiful welcome home. What a touching and wonderfully done video. Thank you for sharing this moment.

  3. Cassandra Anne

    March 29, 2013

    Two years of love condensed into a moment. What a beautiful video!

  4. Grandma Honey

    March 29, 2013

    This was so heart warming beautiful!!

  5. heathermommy

    March 30, 2013

    I have been checking and checking for this post and I was mentioning to my husband that you STILL hadn’t posted. He said “she’s probably making an awesome video!”

  6. Adri

    March 30, 2013

    Tears! So, so happy for your family!

  7. Lisa

    March 30, 2013

    Seriously I can not watch this one more time for there are no tears left! So beautiful to watch…thank you for sharing!

  8. Cath

    March 30, 2013

    Crying… Your reunion was the most tender. Couldn’t stop sniffling. So glad you had someone else behind the camera. Love you. xoxo and Welcome Home Ben!!

  9. Linn

    March 30, 2013

    It is right before midnight where I live and I am sitting here sobbing. I loved everything about it. Welcome home Ben!

  10. Lettie

    March 30, 2013

    I love every video you’ve made and posted on here. What a wonderful video and the HUG. I could feel the love in the hug you gave him. I can’t imagine not seeing my boys for 2 years. How magical it must be to have him come home and for you to see his smiling face in person. Congrats to your family. And, again, beautiful video!

  11. Claudia

    March 30, 2013

    Okay so I’m a bawling mess! So awesome M. Thank you for letting us all share in your journey. Love you all!

  12. jen

    March 30, 2013

    smiling as hard as i can!

  13. Tracy

    March 30, 2013

    Sobbing. Good job, mama. xoxo

    Happy Easter.

    Love yous so much.

  14. Tifani

    March 30, 2013

    You have everything, Michelle. It is beautiful.

  15. Ang

    March 30, 2013

    Love it. So happy for you, Michelle!

  16. Anne Marie

    March 30, 2013

    Wow. Incredible. Thank you for sharing this beautiful, beautiful moment. Welcome home to your sweet son. The love in your family is absolutely palpable.

  17. Alison

    March 30, 2013

    Oh, that was just beautiful. (typing through tears)

  18. Kerri

    March 30, 2013

    So beautiful. So much love. I’m so beyond thrilled for all of you.

  19. Janessa

    March 30, 2013

    I adore your family. Every time I watch this, I just cry at how beautiful that moment is. Welcome home Ben!!

  20. Lizzy

    March 31, 2013

    Beautiful! Michelle, you are super skinny.

  21. Becky

    March 31, 2013

    I’m so happy for you guys! Glad he made it home safe and sound. Love the video!

  22. Seagulljaap

    March 31, 2013

    Looks exactly the same! I hope he’s doing well. I imagine I will see him at the Y before I finish up.

  23. QueenofHome

    March 31, 2013

    Such a beautiful homecoming. I am in awe of your precious family. Welcome home 🙂

  24. lisastassforth

    April 1, 2013

    wow, I’m in tears…congratulations…I have 4 months til my Hermana comes home.

  25. Michelle

    April 1, 2013

    Makes me bawl.

    I’m like Heathermommy…was dying for your next update. I watched the video the other night but it made me cry again tonite.

    Tonight it felt like a metaphor to me, too, of what coming back Home might feel like someday. Like I said before in my too-long comment, there is NOTHING like that day of coming home from a mission.

  26. Raluca

    April 1, 2013

    Wow!! Super video, Michelle! What a family you are! There is so much energy and love there! You are blessed! THANK YOU for sharing and enjoy the time together!
    Kisses from Europe!

  27. House of Estrogen

    April 1, 2013

    Oh Michelle, that brought tears to my eyes…. your family is so beautiful – inside and out. Enjoy the homecoming!!

  28. Selwyn

    April 2, 2013

    Oh, I’ve only just seen this! So lovely, Michelle, I’m so happy for you all!

  29. Heather

    April 15, 2013

    What a fantastic video! I was so teary-eyed watching it. So happy for you! Congratulations and just in time for Easter–perfection!

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