Stamford mother returns from deployment and surprises daughter at school


STAMFORD, Texas (KRBC) - Oliver Elementary School in Stamford, Texas, is celebrating "Random Acts of Kindness" this week.

This involves school officials doing a drawing. Whichever student is picked gets to have a special lunch with whomever they choose.

This was all part of the school's plan to surprise first grader, Isabella Edwards, who had not seen her mother since January 2017, because she was deployed to Iraq.

On Monday, Principal Kyle Chambers made the announcement during lunch, when Edwards walked in.

With joy, young Edwards rose up out of her seat in the school cafeteria and walked up to the front of the stage.

When asked who she would like to have lunch with, Edwards chose a friend, thinking picking her mom was an impossible request. After she made the request, her mother Sergeant Cillia Edwards came through the cafeteria doors, with flowers in hand!

Her daughter sprinted to her mother with utter shock! With the help of grandmother Euricka Edwards, a retired Army nurse herself, the plan was a complete success!

"I like seeing my mommy because I love her and she brought me those flowers and I'm excited," Isabella Edwards said.

"It's surreal almost. More than I dared to hope for. It means a lot. I have four children. She's my oldest. Before I left, I was a stay-at-home mom, so they were my whole world, then all of a sudden, I was by myself and just working," Army Sergeant Edwards said.

The first thing on the list for the two is a mother and daughter spa day.

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