It started as your typical high school basketball game, but by half time one Polk County family got their Christmas wish.
"I just saw him coming and just started running, I just ran to him," said Charydin Woody. "I almost jumped over him. He bent down when I jumped up," said Cannon Shipley. "He's been gone for so long; I didn't expect him to be coming back tonight."
Sergeant Warren Shipley returned home, after serving his second deployment in Afghanistan, making it a surprise for his 3 kids.
"Deployment was originally supposed to be for 9 months, but it got cut to six. We didn't quite make it for Thanksgiving, but we'll definitely be her for Christmas," said Shipley.
He said he missed Christmas a few years ago during his first deployment and didn't want it to happen again.
"Things are starting to settle down over there, so hopefully missing Christmas' and Birthday's is about to end," said Shipley.
Sergeant Shipley will be making memories with his wife and three kids before returning to base for a short time.
"We're going to cut our own Christmas tree tomorrow and put it up and decorate it as a family," said Shipley.
"I don't really care as long as I get to spend time with him," said Cannon. "He makes things really fun."
Sergeant Shipley will be returning to Fort Knox for a few weeks for reverse deployment processing, but says he will be back in time to spend Christmas day with his family.