Fort Hood Soldier Meets His Twins For First Time In Emotional Re - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

Fort Hood Soldier Meets His Twins For First Time In Emotional Reunion

Posted: Updated:

TODAY TODAY

(TODAY) -- Danielle Lovato is a military mom with two sets of twins — yes, two! — all under the age of three. She and her husband Phillip, who has been deployed once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan, are high school sweethearts —best friends who fell in love and have been together ever since.

Phillip's desire to serve his country means he's had to sacrifice spending time with his wife and children. In fact, he had never even met his youngest set of twins until Wednesday!

So it was an extra special moment on TODAY when Phillip got to hold his twins for the first time, in a tearful reunion filled with hugs and smiles.

"It's amazing," an emotional Phillip said, as he hugged 8-month-old babies Derek and Ariana for the first time, as well as 2-year-old twins Luke and Alysea.

And the surprises kept coming — not only was he reunited with his wife and children, but with his parents as well. "It's been a long time," he said.

Phillip joined the military in 2007, when he enlisted in the army. After graduating from basic training he proposed to Danielle, and the two were married four short months later on July 5, 2008.

In 2009, Phillip was sent to Iraq, where he served for 12 months.

After his homecoming, the couple knew they wanted to start a family. They welcomed twins Luke and Alysea on August 17, 2011.

The family was only together for three months when Phillip received orders to deploy for another year to Afghanistan. He was able to come home for two weeks to celebrate Luke and Alysea's first birthday.

And in February 2013, Danielle and Phillip learned they were expecting their second set of twins!

The news was bittersweet for the family: Phillip left for Afghanistan on September 19, 2013, and exactly one week later, Derek and Ariana were born.

The next few months were hectic, as Phillip did his best to comfort Danielle from afar, and help her to keep going, along with the support she got from her mom and mother-in-law.

They don't know what their future holds, but for now, the family is happy to be back together. And Phillip is filled with gratitude for his wife, who has kept everything together in his absence.

"She's amazing," he said.

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Google Helps Nab Child Porn Suspect in Houston

    Google Helps Nab Child Porn Suspect in Houston

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:07:42 GMT
    Google helped police catch a man suspected of having child pornography.Investigators in Houston say Google detected explicit images of a young girl in an e-mail that John Henry Skillern was sending to a friend. The internet giant then alerted authorities. Detectives say without that alert they would not have had access to what was inside the e-mail. Skillern has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography. His bond w...More >>
    Google helped police catch a man suspected of having child pornography.Investigators in Houston say Google detected explicit images of a young girl in an e-mail that John Henry Skillern was sending to a friend. The internet giant then alerted authorities. Detectives say without that alert they would not have had access to what was inside the e-mail. Skillern has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography. His bond w...More >>
  • 16 Bell County Daycares Under Investigation

    16 Bell County Daycares Under Investigation

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:00:33 GMT
    (KCEN) -- A local mom who asked to remain anonymous is outraged by a child care center in Killeen. "It seemed like a loving environment. They greeted me, they greeted my daughter," she said about Kids of the King daycare in Killeen. Within weeks, she started seeing things she didn't like during drop-off and pick-up. "I would notice that there were kids everywhere, twenty kids running around, all different ages." After doing research, she was shocked to find out the daycare was investigated b...More >>
    (KCEN) -- A local mom who asked to remain anonymous is outraged by a child care center in Killeen. "It seemed like a loving environment. They greeted me, they greeted my daughter," she said about Kids of the King daycare in Killeen. Within weeks, she started seeing things she didn't like during drop-off and pick-up. "I would notice that there were kids everywhere, twenty kids running around, all different ages." After doing research, she was shocked to find out the daycare was investigated b...More >>
  • LTG Milley Moves On To Fort Bragg, Fort Hood To Get New Commanding General

    LTG Milley Moves On To Fort Bragg, Fort Hood To Get New Commanding General

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:25:58 GMT
    Fort Hood, TX -- Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, was confirmed for promotion to general and assignment as the commanding general of United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C., on July 24.Maj. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commanding general of 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, was also confirmed for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment as the III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general on July 24.The III Corps change of command between M...More >>
    Fort Hood, TX -- Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, was confirmed for promotion to general and assignment as the commanding general of United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C., on July 24.Maj. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commanding general of 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, was also confirmed for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment as the III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general on July 24.The III Corps change of command between M...More >>
Click for Local Doppler Radar
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.