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My heart was beating out of my chest.

I clutched the homecoming sign with my sweaty hands. I felt a little dumb–I’ll admit it– and a little out of place. No one else had a sign except for me.

I had spent at least a month thinking up, the narrowing down, ideas for the poster.

I had never done this before; never done the “homecoming” thing. I didn’t grow up in a military family, I barely knew anyone who served, and so I had gone to the internet. And on message boards and in pictures, it was clear: everyone had a sign.

So I made one too.

And now I stood in a MAC terminal just waiting for my fiance to show his face. The lone person with a poster.

Suddenly, John was walking out from behind frosted glass and I was in his arms, the sign all but forgotten as we hugged… and hugged… and kissed… and hugged more.

Once we pulled apart, he stepped back and looked at his poster. His face lit up.

Later we took selfies with it in the parking lot. Those photos are still treasured by both of us today.

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks

The truth is, there’s no one typical homecoming experience. Everyone lives through something a little different. It might be in the middle of the night or during the day. The time might be moved up and changed every few hours, or you might know about the date and time for weeks on end. Sometimes it’s a huge homecoming; other times it’s more intimate. Maybe it takes place in a parking lot or on a pier or a terminal. Maybe everyone brings posters… or (like in my case) no one does.

Do what makes you happy. And if that means spending a ridiculous amount of time crafting a homecoming sign, more power to you. I totally get it.

Here’s all the homecoming sign inspiration you’ll ever need:

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Hoskins/Released

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Reymundo A. Villegas III/Released)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Abby Rader/Released)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Taylor N. Cooper)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Taylor N. Cooper)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steven A. Ortiz)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steven A. Ortiz)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Joselyn Jimenez)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Joselyn Jimenez)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Joselyn Jimenez)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steven A. Ortiz)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steven A. Ortiz)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steven A. Ortiz)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steven A. Ortiz)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steven A. Ortiz)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class John Brown, 8th Military Police Brigade Chief of Public Affairs)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Alleea Oliver)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tanner Seims)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Indra Bosko)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Danny Ray Nunez Jr./Released)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. April L. Price)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kellen Kroening/Released)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isabelo Tabanguil)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isabelo Tabanguil)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isabelo Tabanguil)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(Marine Corps photo by Sgt. April L. Price)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. April L. Price)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Holly Pernell)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Holly Pernell)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Holly Pernell)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick/Released)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Zachary Orr)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. N.W. Huertas/Released)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. N.W. Huertas/Released)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stacy M. Atkins Ricks/ Released)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle/Released)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Air Force photo/Alex R. Lloyd)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Air Force photo/Alex R. Lloyd)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andy J. Orozco)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(US Marines Photo)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(US Marines Photo)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(US Marines Photo)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Sarah B. Foster)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak/Released)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(US Army Photo)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(Photo by Sgt Angel Galvan)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(US Marines Photo)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(US Marines Photo)

 

Great, real life ideas for homecoming signs. Keeping for the next deployment. #military #militaryfamily #militaryspouse #milspouse #milso #milspo #inspiration #homecomingsign #crafty #family #deployment #deploymentlife #deploymentsucks
(US Marines Photo)

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