Military Dad Surprises Daughter for Christmas

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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- A Leavenworth soldier has been away for most of his daughter's life after two deployments to Iraq and nearly five years in the army. Captain Jim Breneman had a surprise for his little girl and the timing couldn't be better.

Sienna Breneman is just four-years-old. This year, she made out her own Christmas list for the first time. The first thing on her list was to have her daddy home from Iraq. Her list also included a drum set and a unicorn.

"She did it all on her own this year," Sarah Breneman, Siena's mom said.  "She wanted to do her own Santa list and she put Daddy on there."

Her dad has been in Iraq more than he's been at home in the past few years. She'd expect to see Santa walk into her pre-school before she'd expect to see her dad in military fatigues. She got a big surprise on Wednesday when here dad showed up in her class!

"I missed you so much," Sienna said.

She says she's very happy to have her dad home for Christmas. Sarah Breneman says her husband was gone when their daughter was born and he's missed two of her four birthdays.

"I take a ton of pictures," said Sarah Breneman. "People make fun of me because I take so many pictures but it's so I can show  him everything that he's missed."

Capt. Jim Breneman said he's glad to be home.

"You know, I've been gone for 22 total months in Iraq, and actually able to be home be here to watch her grow up is going to be great," Capt. Breneman said.

Siena may not get that unicorn, but two out of three on her her list isn't bad.

Capt. Breneman is home for the holidays but in January he goes back to Ft. Hood until March when his five year service ends. The he'll come back to Leavenworth for good.



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