FITZHUGH, OK - Troops in Afghanistan will have to wait another few years for a full withdrawal but today one Pontotoc County soldier serving our country in Afghanistan returned home to the surprise of his family.
It was a very special day at Roff Head Start school, especially for
6-year-old Jakob and 3-year-old Jordynn Bellville who had no idea their father, a national guardsman, was home for the holidays.
It's been nearly a year since Jakob and Jordynn Bellville's father deployed to Afghanistan with the Oklahoma national guard.
"I've been there just over 10 years now," Bellville said. "This is my third deployment."
Staff Sergeant William Bellville fought on the front lines with the 45th infantry.
"He was originally supposed to be home for Jordynns birthday in January then it got changed to December," Teacher Nikki McElhannon said. "Heather told me it was going to be December 14th. We didn't have our Christmas party planned yet then it donned on me one weekend it was going to be all at the same time so I offered to Heather to surprise them here at school with their daddy coming home."
"It was so hard to keep it a secret because they would get so upset about William not being here for Christmas and they would say things like 'oh i wish daddy would be here' and it was just so hard not to say 'oh dont cry baby, he will be here," Bellville's wife Heather said.
Jordynn's classmate Kierstyn's father is also serving our country overseas but can't make it home in time for Christmas.
"Her daddy was supposed to come home in January," McElhannon said. "We didn't know how she was going to react so I just thought it was awesome that we got the locket for her we thought that may, you know ease her mind about it and everything and that way it includes her. I know its tough for her and to see Jordynn get to see her daddy and she doesnt get to see her daddy."
"I know its hard for them," Bellville said. "I just wanted to make sure she knew her daddy was thinking about her."
Bellville has to go back to Afghanistan at the end of the month but is scheduled to return to the US early next year.
Staff Sergeant Bellville said he only gets to talk with his family one to two times a week while on deployment so getting to spend this holidays with his wife and two kids is really special.