Military dad surprises family by appearing in background of their Christmas photo

Navy Dad Home from Deployment Early Photobombs Kids' Photo with Santa
Navy Dad Home from Deployment Early Photobombs Kids' Photo with Santa

Talk about a truly amazing homecoming! 23 year Navy veteran and father of three, Rob Stella, recently arrived home from his final deployment overseas, and of course, wanted to surprise his family.

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Stella explained to Good Morning America that his wife knew that he would be coming home, but his kids did not. In order to pull off the perfect surprise, these clever parents were able to coordinate with the shopping mall's manager to allow Stella to hide behind Santa's perch, waiting for the perfect moment

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As the awesome dad explains, he was trying to stay in his children's blind spots, but his younger son heard the crowd laughing and got a bit confused. When he looked behind Santa, he caught a glimpse of his father.

From there, things take a turn for the emotional. Try not to cry while watching this's just not possible:

Get your tissues ready kids! I have something wonderful to share ❤ For the past year, Rob has been deployed. It was...

Posted by Rob Stella on Saturday, December 5, 2015

How heartwarming? Take a look at another amazing homecoming video, and get your tissues ready:

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