MT. JULIET, Tenn.- Sgt. Seth Frost was deployed to Afghanistan on September 11, 2011 with the Kentucky National Guard and on Wednesday afternoon he returned home to Tennessee but decided not to tell his three daughters.
"Whenever he's gone, I feel like he's not with our family anymore," explains Sgt. Frost's youngest daughter Alyx who's in kindergarten at W.A Wright Elementary School.
They'd already spent 365 days apart, Wednesday would've been day 366 but little did Alyx, or her two older sisters Raegan or Taylor know that their dad had already come home - he was just waiting to surprise them while they were at school.
Sgt. Frost's oldest daughter Taylor was sitting at lunch inside the Mt. Juliet Middle School when her principal commanded the attention of the room boasting, "We've got a special guest that's going to come and eat lunch with you today!"
At that moment, Taylor's dad walked through the double doors and the cafeteria erupted in applause.
"Daddy, I missed you. Thank you dad," Taylor said through tears as she clutched her father in the middle of the cafeteria.
Then it was onto the elementary school where Sgt. Frost's youngest daughter were waiting for a 'special guest reader' to come into their class.
When he walked into the room both girls were so surprised by the arrival of their dad, they sat for a moment not knowing how to react then stood up and ran to their dad.
"So happy to see you," one of them explained.
Sgt. Frost is taking a few weeks off to spend time with his family before he heads back to work with the Franklin Fire Department.