Norman mom returns from Afghanistan for tearful reunion with daughters

Army Spc. Jari “J.J.” Murphy was reunited with her daughters at their Norman schools Wednesday after being in Afghanistan for nearly a year.
BY JANE GLENN CANNON Published: May 16, 2013

Army Spc. Jari “J.J.” Murphy hugged her daughter Shoshoni, 10, like she never wanted to let her go.

“I'm so glad to be home. I missed you so much,” Murphy said.

The emotional reunion at Truman Elementary School, where Shoshoni is a fifth-grader, was only the first. Mother and daughter then went to Truman Primary School to surprise Murphy's youngest daughter, Seneca, 8, a second-grader.

Murphy hadn't seen her daughters since July 5, when she left with her National Guard unit for training before being deployed to Afghanistan. She landed back on home soil Wednesday with only one thing on her mind.

“I couldn't wait to see my girls,” she said.

The girls stayed with relatives while Murphy was overseas. Both of them were overwhelmed to have their mother back home.

“I knew she was coming home today, but I didn't know she was coming to my school,” Shoshoni said.

Right before the reunions happened, Murphy put her face in her hands and cried.

“I've missed them so much. This is very emotional for me. I just can't wait to see them again,” she said.

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