SWFL Solider home for the holidays surprises kids

CREATED Dec. 18, 2013

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 FORT MYERS, Fla. - In a Christmas miracle, U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Joshua Penery is home for the holidays to see his kids – they never saw it coming.

Inside Ms. Nowling’s kindergarten class today at Six Mile Charter Academy, the kids were learning an important lesson.

Ms. Nowling explained to the kids what a moment of silence was and why we observe it for our service men and women.

The kids were told cameras were in the class because of an interesting program happening.

Kids being kids, they didn’t think much of it.

They had no clue that the lesson would be one they would never forget, on the true meaning of holiday spirit and that twins Jaxson and Jayden Penery would be the stars.

“I told them they would have a surprise today when they got home from school,” said Staff Sergeant Penery, “they had no clue.”

Staff Sergeant Joshua Penery is Jaxson and Jayden’s dad; he’s been serving in the Air Force for his second deployment since May.

It’s been seven months since he’s seen his kids.

“I’m ready to see them,” said SSGT Penery, “it’s been a while.”

Armed with balloons and an anxious smile, SSGT Penery prepared to give his kids the Christmas surprise of a lifetime – no batteries needed, not a price tag in sight.

So SSGT Penery marched into the classroom.

The kids were in shock, as they couldn’t believe what they were seeing as a Christmas miracle unfolded before their eyes.

“I love him,” said six-year-old Jaxson, “It’s been a long time.”

“Strong kids huh,” asked SSGT Penery.

And the best part of it all?

The kids have one less thing to ask Santa for this year.

Fox 4’s Julian Glover asked the twins if they asked Santa for the return of their dad this Christmas.

Jaxson said, “Nope, I’ve already got you.”

Not a bow in the house big enough for this present.

SSGT Penery is home for two weeks before heading back to his deployment.

The family told Julian that the first thing they would do when they got home is take a nice long swim together as a family.