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by: Author, Editor On  Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday’s sure do suck, but if the beginning of the work week has you down, here is a story that should help cheer you up.

Kaleigh Ishmael was taking part in her grade school basketball game with her 11-year-old brother Noah, and their mother looking on.  To her, it was just another game in the season, but that would change following a very special timeout.  With the cameras rolling, a stoppage in play allowed Staff Sgt. Andrew Ishmael to make his way onto the court and hug his daughter and son for the first time in 11 months.  It was a shocking moment for his children, who were noticeably surprised by their father’s appearance, but couldn’t have been happier to have him back home.

Here is a closer look at how it all unfolded.