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I'm just so, so, so, so excited for you and the kids and relieved to hear that he's safely returned to the US. Give him a big hug and tell him thank you for all he's given for his country.

Michelle Adams

Ours too, Josh Downs, ours too!!!! :)

Adrian V.

Great news for you and your family!


Thank you Lord for his safer return!

Kim H.

Yahoo!!!!!! That is the kind of news that I like to hear. How a fabulous reunion!!!!!

Kristi in CA

Amen! Can't wait for the updated pictures. Please thank John for all he has done for our Country - a true hero!


I usually don't check your blog on Sundays, but I was hoping for this post!!!!!!! Yay! Enjoy him!!!!!
Thanks for what you do JD!

Amy Rich

So happy for you and your family. Just wanted to share that I was at the post office the other day with my two little guys and my 7 year old saw a soldier walk in and he proudly says "thank you for your service soldier". He said it after the gentleman passed, but it warmed my heart. So from my 7 year old to your Josh Downs - "Thank you for your service Soldier - Welcome Home!"


Thank you for the sacrifice that you and your family have made over those long months. Enjoy your much deserved reunion!!!


God bless your family. Just hold each other tight & enjoy that you all are reunited. Thank you for sharing your family's love with us.

krista resnick

first and foremost-thank you Josh Downs for your act of service. Second-words cannot even express how happy I am for you Karen that he is finally almost home. Embrace and enjoy the next few weeks together. Many prayers and warm thoughts being sent your way:) Looking forward to your photog workshop in April:)

mandy friend

i am so so so so so happy for you. i am crying with joy, i can't imagine how you feel!


So happy for you and your family!


I am so happy and excited for all of you!!! I can not imagine being without my husband for that long and I admire you for that!!!

Enjoy every single second of the homecoming!!!!!!!!!!!


Add my prayers to the many that will carry him home.


Yay! I love this post! So glad you're home safe Josh Downs! Let the partay begin!:)


Thank God!


Many thanks to Josh for his service to Our Country. I can't even imagine how difficult this has been for all of you. VERY happy to hear he is on U.S. Ground again. Congrats and enjoy!

Cara Lieggi

I am so relieved to read this post! I have tears in my eyes! God Bless!!!!! Thanks Josh for all you have done for our country and freedom! Enjoy your time together! WOOOO HOOOOOOO!

A Facebook User

Doing the happy dance with a Woo Hoo. So happy that the day has arrived and little Annie does not have to wait long days any more. Embrace every moment you have over the next few weeks. Can't wait of the updates.
God is great for watching over you all and sending him home safely.


Yayyyyy!!!!!! So happy that he is back in the U.S. and that you are almost able to see him! I just got home from photographing a military homecoming here in CA. It was such an emotional experience and I feel privileged to have been able to witness it. Congratulations and Thank You to Josh and your entire family for giving so much of yourselves for our country.


Give him a kiss and a hug (or two or three or more) from all of us loving your family's service and sacrifice and following along and lending our prayers and tears for you. Love your little family and wish there were a bunch more like you.

ellen patton

God bless America and all our soldiers.

Darlene Meyer

Tears of joy!!! Thank God that JD is returning to your wonderful family safe and sound. I've been through homecomings from Iraq (my daughter), and there's nothing like it. Thank him for his service, and know that your family's sacrifice is also valued.




I've been clicking on your blog like a maniac the past week or so, hoping to see that's he's safely home! So - YAY! Can't wait to see pictures of him back at "home"!

Pamela Dunn

So glad to hear that Josh is back in the U.S.A. A big "Thank You" goes out to Josh for his service! I hope you all have a well deserved reunion.


This is one of those times when thank you is just not enough.


I'm so happy for you! I hope he makes it home soon! Annie probably won't be able to sleep until she falls down from exhaustion, and Cole, well, him too!


Im on my way to church ...and don't normally spend my time on blogs but grabbed my husbands iPhone just to check if maybe the post I've been waiting for was oddly up on Sunday-
IM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! And so so relieved your man in safe( never to be taken for granted our safe soil!) prayer have been answered & gratitude this Sunday
Hugs to you all for all the waiting & tears!


:) so happy for you, Josh and you gorgeous children. Enjoy. Look forward to catching up with the home coming when you have all come back down to earth.


so thrilled for you and your family, karen.

many thanks from my family to yours for josh's service to our country.


YAY!!! So happy for you all. Best feeling in the world to finally get your soldier home.

Amanda L.

Praise God!! I am so excited for you and your family. There are no words to truly express thanks again for your sacrifice of service to our country.


Huge sigh of relief that he is home. The last few days are the worst, I think, anticipation wise.
Thanks Josh for defending our freedom. Thanks Karen, and kids for the sacrifices you've made while he's been gone.
Just a heads up as a veteran of quite a few homecomings, the kisses are the BEST!!!!!


oh yes!!! so happy for you and your familie! you deserve this true happiness! GOD bless you !


Yaaaaaaaaayyyy! So thrilled for you all to be together again. Soak up every minute....all the best!


Hooray! Thank you Josh Downs, Karen, and family. Enjoy!


i have read and reread this post, I am soooo pleased that this day has finally come for you and your family, will be thinking of you all as you spend these next few weeks enjoying some precious time together, God bless:)

Cathy B

God bless you,Josh Downs, for your Patriotism and service. And God bless your family, kids and Karen for sharing it all with us as we hoped and prayed with you for Josh's safe return. All of our prayers have been answered! I was in tears reading your posts and so glad this journey is over for you. Bless your family and may you have a wonderful homecoming! Cathy Babineau

Jo E

This is the post I've been checking your blog daily for. So pleased to hear Josh is safe back home.


So thrilled for you and family.


So excited for you and the kiddos. Enjoy each moment and thank that man of yours from us for serving our country.


Thanks to Josh and all of you for your sacrifice on behalf of our freedom! Thank God for a safe return. I will keep you all in my prayers for a wonderful reunion.


So glad to hear the news!

Lisa A

So happy to read this post! Enjoy your next few weeks!
A huge thank you to Josh Downs and the many others that are serving!!

Nicky from Canada

God Bless you all and thankful for the safe return.


Fantastic news, I'm so so pleased for all of you.


I literally have tears in my eyes for all of you! Can't wait to see the post that he is finally home and you are all finally together again <3

teresa b

Tears of joy!! So happy for you and your family!! Welcome home!!

Victoria Hassink

Thrilled for your family! Enjoy your much deserved time together.

Kelly Jo

I don't normally comment, but I am so happy for you!!! Enjoy your homecoming moment. :)


glad I checked your blog today! yea! and a big, huge THANK YOU to Josh Downs and all those he served with.

Leigh Ann Brown

YEA! I am so happy for you! Enjoy your well-earned reunion! God bless your amazing family.

Kim L in ATL

I'm so happy he's on his way home. Thank the Lord! Enjoy your homecoming :-)

young nanny

Thank you God, for watching over Josh and his buddies, and for watching over Karen and her family. May you bless them always. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.


I am so glad that he is returning home safetly! The words thank you can never be enough for the sacrifice that you and your family have made these last months but Thank you! I look forward to reading the story of his return I know you will all be so happy to have your family complete again!

kristen self

You deserve all the joy that is coming to your family!!!

ana roat

Welcome home soldier, WELCOME HOME!!

Chris R

I have been watching for you to post this. I just want to say thank you to Josh Downs for keeping America safe and for all that he does for us. I am very appreciative and am so proud of him (even if I don't know him personally). I also want to say thank you to all of your little family for allowing him to do what he has to do. I respect and admire each and every one of you!! The sacrifices that all of you have made are great and I just want you to know that I am so grateful. I am so happy for your family!! Just reading your post today has brightened my day. Go and enjoy your time with your family and your time with Josh Downs. Hugs from lil ol me here in Montana!!


Tears in my eyes in relief for your family. Go to sleep early, if you can sleep, so tommorrow comes sooner!

Kim P

So happy for you and your family, Karen. Thank you for your service, Josh Downs and the sacrifices made by you and your family for this beautiful country. Indeed,this is the post I've been waiting for so thank you for taking the time to post. We'll miss you these next weeks but will know that you are having a special time together enjoying each other. Looking forward to the pictures and your stories when you return. I always do!

Michelle Last

Mine too, your sacrifice has been amazing and I am thankful for you and your safe return to you most lovely family, lots of love and sending a big hug to you all, enjoy being together xxxxx


Welcome home!


What awesome news. So happy for all of you! God Bless.


I just let the air out of my lungs. Whew. So glad you are only having to count hours now instead of months and weeks before seeing your beloved. This is joyous news indeed.


My heart is singing for you! I'm so glad Josh will be home tomorrow! I'm sure it felt like tomorrow would never come and I am so happy for your entire family!

Donna N.

Karen, I read this quotes somewhere, "Missing someone gets easier everyday because even though you are one day further from the last time you saw them, you are one day closer to the next time you will." And now....your "one day closer" has arrived. Blessings to all of you!

Ann Poole

Looked up Kurdistan.... it is in Iraq. Have been watching your blog several times a day to see this good news. So happy for you and your family that your Josh Downs is on his way.


YEAH!!!!! I'm so happy for you and for the whole family. Thanks Josh Downs for fighting for our freedom.

Kate Bogucki

Welcome home to Josh and the rest of his fellow soldiers. THANK YOU for your service and sacrifice and thank you Karen and all of your family and friends for your sacrifices while Josh was deployed. I am so happy he is home safe and sound. Have an awesome family reunion and road trip I'm confident we'll be seeing more of your awesome photos when you get back to blogging!
So very happy for you and your family,
Kate Bogucki

Krista Lund

so so so happy for you and your family!!!

Linda J

So very happy for all of you. Thank you for all that your family has given!!! Prayers answered.


So happy he is safe and sound - enjoy your r&r!


Such wonderful news!!! So happy for you and your family!!!!!!!!

Cathy K

I remember all too well my relief when my son called to tell me that his year long tour in Afghanistan was over and he was out of that country! All that emotion you've been processing since they left comes pouring out. Relief, finally. Thank Josh for his service and thanks to you and the rest of your family for their sacrifice! I hope you all enjoy a wonderful homecoming!

Diane W.

That is great news and so happy to hear of Josh's safe return home. Enjoy your much anticipated time together!


What wonderful news!!! Good news on our home front too...Jeff got a job and will be moving home by the end of this month. It's been over a year now!! God Is So Good!!! I'm thrilled for all of you!!!!

amy jupin

Praise the Lord!
and please thank Josh Downs for his service and commitment to our country!


God bless you, and thank you! Enjoy every second of your family being all together!


Oh you brought tears to my eyes. Thank you Josh Downs and the Downs family for your sacrifice!

laura j

this is the blog post that i have been waiting happy for you and your family!

Rachel Z

Praise the Lord! God is so good! God's blessings on the rest of his return and on your trip!

Mary Ann Jenkins

I've been checking a few times a day waiting for just this post!! I'm so happy to hear he is back in the U.S. Have a wonderful day tomorrow as your family is reunited. I wish I could be there to see it in person.

Thank you Josh Downs for your service to our country. Welcome home!


All I can say is THANK GOD he is on home soil...... it would be like holding your breath while he is gone and now you can exhale. Enjoy your family time and holiday. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane Australi

Carrie H.

So very happy for you guys!!! Thank you to everyone for sacrifice & dedication!!! Much Love!!

Theresa in St. Louis

Definitely an answer to prayer. So happy for your family.


he was in kyrgyzstan :) my hubby was deployed there in 2010. its in southeast asia, and is a hub that a lot of folks going in and out of iraq/ afghanistan stop through to refuel, repair a vehicle, or simply just to get to their tour or to go back home amongst many other tasks. enjoy your time with josh, i cry every time i even think about the day that mine came home from deployment, the way he looked when i saw him the first time again, and re-adjusting and getting used to having him home again. Take it easy and enjoy!!


Had a feeling I should check in on you today. Well, Hallelujiah and Yee Haw!!! So happy for you, Nellie!!!


I don't usually check your blog on Sunday but I thought I would check because I had been hoping for this post! Yay!!!! I cried my eyes out reading that he was back in the US! I am so glad your family is almost back together again.

It is funny that I don't know you, we have never met and yet I have been praying for you and have been eagerly anticipating your family's reunion.

So happy for you all! Go, enjoy your family and tell Josh Downs that we are all thankful for his sacrifice and service for our country.

Nicole Campbell

LOVE reading this!!!! enjoy every moment with him!!!!!


So happy for all of you! Thanks Josh Downs for your service and thanks Karen and kids for your sacrifices! Enjoy the homecoming!!!


Thanks for posting on a Sunday Karen, this is the best news!!
Josh Downs if you're reading this...welcome home soldier, enjoy the reunion with your wonderful family, we've ached for your return too. Thank you so much for your service to our great country!


My heart is BURSTING for you guys right now! Love this!

Kim S.

oh, we Thank God he is returning safely and you enjoy every private, awesome monent with your family. Thank all of you for your sacrifice!

Woo Hoo! I'm so excited to hear Josh will be home tomorrow. Enjoy your family time and I'll look forward to hearing all about it soon. Praying for you all. ♥

susan lew

I am so HAPPY for you and your family. We really appreciate your service to our country.

Linda Atkins

Yay! Thinking of you all and praying for a joyous reunion this week! Can't wait for pictures!


Wonderful news! Enjoy your family time at last!!

Melinda Anderson

Yayyyyy! So happy for you and your family!

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