Posted March 4,2014
A photo posted on our WOWT 6 News Facebook page has gone viral, garnering more than 1.5 million 'likes'. Tuesday night we heard from the family responsible for the adorable photo.
It's a photo that captivated the hearts of over a million users on Facebook.
Baby Harper, waiting to meet her daddy for the first time in her life.
"That's crazy, i couldn't believe how fast, how many people, how fast, it went viral like instantly."
Sarpy County native -- Army Specialist Cole Tesar says his family is grateful for the outpouring of support.
His wife Logan and baby Harper were reunited with Cole Sunday. His 9 month deployment in Afghanistan came to an end.
He talks about finally holding his daughter in his arms for the first time.
"It is kind of different because it is my own baby; it is our own blood. It is definitely special, and it is a pretty good feeling."
This story was 9 months in the making.
We first met the couple before Cole's deployment. Married and pregnant -- they knew it would be a road of sacrifice ahead.
"With ultrasounds and when i went into labor and doctor's appointments, it was hard not having him there," says wife Logan.
But the two held on.
Cole says he never lost sight of the end goal.
"Knowing that when it was all said and done, I would be with my family, I would be able to hold my baby for the first time, and be back with Logan and start a family."
It makes the wait so worth it -- a sign catchy by nature based on a hit song.
But it means so much to a family who's just getting started.
What was one of the first things dad and daughter did together once home?
Cole Tesar, a soldier from Bellevue, returned home Sunday and was greeted by his baby girl, Harper. Tesar and his wife, Logan, were expecting before Tesar deployed to Afghanistan. Logan gave birth while Cole was still overseas. Sunday was the first time he met his baby girl.
Harper was waiting for Cole, with the sign in the photo, when he got off the airplane. It's generating lots of smiles around the country. The post has gone viral with more than one million likes and tens of thousands of shares and comments.
Both Cole and Logan Tesar are from Nebraska. The couple visited WOWT 6 News prior to Cole's deployment in May 2013.