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Denise M

Tears are streaming down face. I remember all those "he's finally here" feelings all over again! Welcome Home Josh Downs and hugs to you Karen Russell!!! XoXo

Beth Marchitello

OH Karen, this just warms my heart! I am so so happy for all of you and just wish you the best!!!! All my love to your family!


Thank you Downs family. I am so grateful for my freedom that you sacrificed to give me. I will not forget what you did.

Patricia Ellis

Just perfect. Exactly the way it should be now. Together, in each others arms and safe. I've been anxious for days waiting for this news. Josh, thanks for your sacrifice and service to this country. Karen and Kiddo's, so happy you have your Man and Daddy back home where he belongs. Love on him as I am sure he needs it. God bless you all!! xoxo


Welcome home Josh Downs. Thank you so much for your sacrifice.


Welcome home and many thanks to you and your family. Enjoy your time together, and home cooked dinners.

Sandra VV

Takes my breath away:) Been praying for your safe arrival, Welcome Home Josh Downs!


Welcome home Josh!!!

This does my heart good! I'm so glad Josh Downs is home and I'm so happy this family is together!!! <3 :)


Great news!


This photo makes me feel so joyful. So glad Josh Downs is home and your family is together again. :)

Kari Graves

What a beautiful shot of such a beautiful moment!! Very emotional! So happy and relieved that Josh has finally made it home safe and sound! I've been holding my breath. And if you're reading this Josh Downs...."thank you" & Karen did a great job while you were gone!!

Michelle Adams

Yay! Welcome home and enjoy your family!!!! :)

Kelly Goree

<3. welcome home josh downs and thank you for your service.

Dawn S

Woo Hoo!!! Great news!!! So glad your beautiful family is all together again :) enjoy and savor every precious moment...


YAY!!! So happy that your family is back together again!!

Robin healy

HALLELUJAH... Josh Downs is HOME!!!!


Welcome Home! Enjoy this special time with your family. Thank you for serving our Country! God Bless!


Welcome Home Josh!
Congrats Karen, Courtney, Cole and Annie, You made it!!!!


Congrats! Happy day!


Welcome home Josh Downs! I loved this truly emotionally PERFECT photo, so so so happy that you're family is back together and at home together!


So happy to see your family together again!

Julie in Aust.

Oh Wow...I knew if I checked in every day then one day I would see this...I didnt expect to cry though! Well actually...yes I did! This is the sweetest photo I've seen for a while.
Karen and have made my day...I couldnt be happier for you go enjoy your time together...


So, so, so glad he's home!


That picture is magical. Thank you, Josh Downs, for your service. Welcome home.


best picture EVER!


WELCOME HOME JOSH DOWNS!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your sacrifice of serving our country. We will forever be indebted to you and all military personnel. Those welcome home pics always make me feel so patriotic and super sappy for the families. I am so so thankful he is home safe and sound with you. May God bless you all!!

Cathy B

Welcome home Josh Downs and thank you for your service. 'It feels like home'!!!! So happy for you and your family. Cathy Babineau


A wonderful moment for you and your family to have Josh safe at home again...enjoy your family time. Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

april n.

Yay! SO happy for you Karen. I think we all have been waiting for this day with you....(although I KNOW no one can felt it as much as you). Thank you, Josh, for your service to this country...for fighting for our country...our children..and your own. Glad you are safe and back with your family, where you belong.


Praise the Lord! Welcome home, Josh Downs! I'm crying happy tears - so glad he's home safe and sound and LOVE the picture!


Welcome home Josh Downs! Thanks for all you do for this country! And thank you to your entire family for the sacrifices they make as well. Enjoy your family time!


Ahhhhhh! We can all breathe a sigh of relief! Welcome home, Josh Downs, American hero!!!

So happy. :)))


So very happy for you and your family, Karen!


Karen, so glad he's home safe in your arms.

Welcome home Josh Downs. God bless you and your family always.


Best photo EVER. My heart leaps for joy for all of you!! Glad Josh is home safe, and so thankful for his service!!


welcome home Josh Downs ... so glad you're home!

Elizabeth C.

Welcome home to Josh! So glad to know that he made it safely. Enjoy lots of family time together, and don't worry one bit about your blog. We'll all be here waiting whenever you're back.


Welcome home Josh!!! :) Bless you for serving our country!! Down's family enjoy your reunion. So happy to finally see this post.




I have never posted before, but this totally warrants a "Congratulations" to the whole family. Josh, thank you for your service for our country. To the rest of the family, thank you for your great sacrifice. May you enjoy each other! God bless you all!

Victoria Hassink

Amazing photo...a picture is worth 1000 words.
Welcome Home Josh Downs!


WELCOME HOME JOSH! Thank you for your dedication and service.


Oh, thank God!


WELCOME HOME JOSH DOWNS!! So happy your family has been reunited at last, enjoy every minute together. And from the wife of a marine (my hubby was active duty from 1992-1997) who spent a year away from us in Japan his last year in, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service to our country!! Hope you guys have a wonderful reunion!

Nancy McPeak

Just look at that photo!! LOVE it!! It just embodies all those answered prayers. Celebrate and enjoy all your family time. I am soooo happy for you. Welcome home, Josh Downs!!!!


Karen, As soon as I saw your blog pop up in my google reader, I was so excited. I saved your blog for last and then thought I can't read it yet, cause I don't want it to be over. I am so excited that Josh Downs made it home and you guys are all back together again. Love you all!


I have been waiting for that picture it seems like forever....Welcome Home Josh have a very special family


Welcome home and thank you for your service!!

Jen CT

With the tears streaming down my face, God is faithful. Thank you and your family for your patriotic sacrifice for all of us. I am so happy for you! HE is HERE!


Welcome Home!! Thank you!

Ann S

Oh, thank God! I'm so happy for you all!


so happy for you all! yayay!!

Brocante Girl

That's the photo we've been holding our collective breath and waiting for. Blessings to your dear family, all together under one roof once again.

ana roat


Ashley S.

So happy for you and your family. Love that shot.

Paola Norman

Welcome home Josh happy for the whole family...truly happy for you all.

Julie in Aust.

Just came back for another look at that photo...and teared up again...might have to not visit again for a few days...hope you are all still grinning from ear to ear Karen and Josh...enjoy every moment.


So glad for you! Welcome home, Josh. Thanks for your sacrifice.


Love it, Karen! So glad he is home... Enjoy every minute!


so happy for your sweet family!

Kim Johns

Your post has really made my day, so glad Josh Downs is home safe and sound xxxx


Welcome home!!!

I always follow your blog, but never really write anything, your blog is so touching... So trueful and full of love. :)

So happy for you that he is home safely. What a wonderful picture...

God bless...

From NZ

Cathy k.

Welcome Home Josh Downs!


Karen I am so happy for you guys. YOu've been on my mind a lot lately and I am so happy to see this photo! God bless you all!


Thank God! Nothing sweeter than that moment am sure! Delighted for you and especially the kids. I'm in Ireland and I check in with your blog all the time. Beautiful family. Fáilte abhaile Josh, welcome home.

Kim S.

oh, what a relief! Welcome home, Josh Downs. Hold on tight to each other.


You're home-awesome! That track is beautiful.




God Bless all of you!
What an extraordinary shot!
Kudos to the "camera man"!!!


Welcome Home Josh Downs!! I am so happy you have arrived safely back in the arms of your family!! Best picture of the year!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

Thrilled for you all! Welcome Home!


So happy for you all!! And to Josh Downs - thank you so very much for your service to our country. Words cannot truly capture how much your work is appreciated.

Michelle Arthur

Welcome home, Josh Downs!!!! And a huge thanks for your service!!!!!


Welcome home Josh Downs and THANK YOU!


Welcome home Josh!!!! And thank you for your service!
God is good!


Ahhh! Thats a whole lota happy people! Welcome home Josh!


*sigh* *tears* *more tears* Welcome home Josh...and god bless you all, for your sacrifice, your patience and your love of all that is good. So happy that you are all together again. Enjoy each other!!


So very happy for the Down's family...welcome home Josh Downs! Thank you, thank you, thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country. You are in my prayers every night.


Wooo Hoooo!

Patti Bosworth

Hi Karen and welcome home, Josh. As the mom-in-law to a captain in the army who has served two deployments to Iraq, I know the anticipation you were all experiencing these past few days. Congratulations to all of you on Josh's homecoming.

On a side note, "hi" from one of your long-lost Medford scrapbookin' buddies/fans! Since you were the first to point so many of us in the direction of for our online processing, who do you use now that has closed their doors (what a bummer!)? I was hoping to find another online resource that offered comparable services (non-standard print sizes, basic editing, sepia, b&w, borders, text). Any ideas?

Thanks...and also thanks for the sacrifice that ALL of you made during Josh's deployment...welcome home...hug one another LOTS...

Julie McD

Hooray! Go enjoy your family! ;P


god bless you guys indeed. thank you for your service josh downs.

Mary Ann Jenkins

I've been thinking about all of you! Thanks for sharing this sweet photo.

Dawn Wheeler (Go Beavs)


Cindy B.

Welcome home Josh Downs. Thank you and your family and thank you all for loving this country.


Hi Karem I live in New Zealand, and read your blog most days, I creid when I read your blog this morning, so happy Josh is home safe and sound. Enjoy each and have fun.

Yvonne C

Thank goodness Josh made it home safe and sound. Thank you so much for your sacrifice to our country. Enjoy your family all deserve it!


Beautiful photo! Welcome home Josh and God bless you and your family!

Anita G.

Oh that picture brought tears to my eyes. So happy for you and your family! Enjoy your special family time with the kids!


Welcome home Josh! YAY!!!!!!!


Welcome home! So happy for you all!

Jennifer O

Welcome Home Josh and Thank You!!!!!

Michelle Last

You are back where you belong Mr Downs!


SOOOO thrilled for you all. I have been praying for his safe arrival. This is the best news I have heard all week. Hope you have some special family time!


Sitting here with weepy eyes - as the wife of a retired military guy the photos always get to me! So thankful your family is together again!

Brandi Talmadge

WOW! I'm speechless - welcome home Josh Downs! I'm so happy for all of you :-) Warm Hugs xoxo


Made my day. Welcome home.


Happy tears here! Welcome home Josh. Thank you for all you do. God bless you all!


Thank G-d. I'm so happy for your "little family." Time for family--isn't that all that really matters?

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