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Late Spring Snowfall Helps Military Family Celebrate Christmas in March

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — While many on Tuesday wished the snow would stop falling, the Kilareski family enjoyed the winter wonderland.

For the past 10 months, Air Force Maj. John Kilareski has been deployed to the Middle East, but he returned home to Woodbridge 11 days ago. Back in October the Kilareski children Matt, 9, and Sarah, 7, decided to put off celebrating their birthdays and Christmas until March so that their dad could be home with them explained Carrie Kilareski.

“The kids were so excited, this was completely their idea,” Carrie Kilareski said in a phone interview. “They chose being with Daddy over opening their gifts.”

Last week, the children celebrated their belated birthdays with Dad. This past weekend, the family hung stockings and decorated the Christmas tree and on March 25, it was Christmas. The weather decided to cooperate with the Kilareski family. It snowed all day while they listened to Christmas music, opened all the gifts, and ate a huge turkey dinner.

“It’s been great to have the family back together,” Kilareski said. “I’m very proud of my husband and his service to our country. I’m amazed at the patience of my kids.”

John Kilareski has served in the Air Force for the past 16 years. This is not his first deployment, but his longest. In total, Kilareski went 300 days without seeing his wife and children in person, kissing them goodnight or sleeping in his own bed.

“I honestly don’t know how I would’ve survived without my faith,” Kilareski said. “I have wonderful friends who helped a lot when I asked for it. We’re all just so happy John’s home.”

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