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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

The one thing every military family wants is for their deployed loved one to come home safely.

One soldier came home in a big way Thursday by surprising her son and her mother at her son's kindergarten graduation.

Carla Williams says she knew she was going to see her 6-year old grandson Devin graduate from kindergarten Thursday.

What she didn't know was her daughter would be also be there to enjoy the ceremony.

"I had no idea. This is the best gift that God could ever give. I am so happy, overwhelmed, overjoyed, oh my god."

Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her family Thursday morning at J.K. Harper Elementary School in Thomasville.

"I'm excited to be here with my kids and my family. It has been a long time coming. Haven't seen them in almost a year."

And she says she wasn't sure if she could pull off the surprise.

"It's really exciting. I thought they were going to catch me."

Smith says the hardest thing about being stationed in Afghanistan was being so far from her family.

"Very tough. This was my second deployment. By far the worst. Very tough."

And Smith's son Devin was still in shock when we caught up with him, but he told us what he was most looking forward to doing with his mom.

"Go to fun station."

Smith says she does not have a preference on what her family decides to do Thursday night, as long as they are all together.

Smith waited until the end of Thursday's ceremony, when her son's name was called, to make the big reveal.

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