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I'm coming home today. It's been rough. I lost friends. I'm lucky to have gotten away unscathed. I still have my sanity and I owe that to Smokey. If it weren't for my guardian, I'm not sure I'd still be here in one piece.

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My baby girls were born and I'm sad I wasn't there for my wife. I'm home for some time now, so I'm grateful for that. I walked up to the door and knocked. A few moments later Magda opened it. The look of surprise on her face made my heart smile. She jumped on me and I wrapped my arms tightly around her. It felt good to be with her again. "I missed you so much. I'm sorry I missed one of the most important days in all of our lives," I told her, burying my face in her neck. "It's okay...I'm just so happy you're safe and here," she said. I felt complete again. "The girls are going to be thrilled to see you," Magda said, hopping down. "I can't wait to meet them," I replied, following her inside. "Devon! Emerson! Daddy's home!" she called up the stairs. I heard shrieks and then they came running down the stairs.

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They jumped on me and I couldn't help but tear up. They already grew so much. I kissed their heads. "My sweet girls," I said. Magdalena picked up Suri and handed her to me. "Daddy home!," Emerson yelled excitedly. "You stayin foreva?" Devon asked, getting close to my face. I nodded. "I'm here now," I said, kissing their faces and tickling them.

After spending the rest of the day with my kids, we put them to bed and crawled into our own. I've never loved anyone the way I love Magdalena and I never will.

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"I showed them photos of you and talked about you since they came into this world. I've never seen them so excited to see anyone before," Magda said. That made me feel good. I kissed her. "You're amazing. Thank you for being the best mom and wife in the world." She cuddled closer to me and I wanted to stay like this forever. Just me and girls. Safe and filled with joy.