A Missouri family is back together after an emotional reunion.

Sergeant Jerome Harvey left to serve his country in Afghanistan on April 12 of last year. Now, he's back home, and he couldn't wait to see his two daughters, so he showed up at their schools.

He returned home on Jan. 21. He hadn't seen his daughters in more than nine months, and they had no idea their father was coming back.

To help with the surprise, Laquey Middle School allowed local media inside Harvey's 13-year-old daughter's classroom under the alibi that they were working on a story about how hard it is on children with parents deployed in the army.

"Sometimes I cry whenever he's on the phone, and especially when he says he has to deploy," Jasmine Harvey said of her father.

Harvey said his girls have wanted to video chat several times, but he kept telling them the internet wasn't strong enough for the call. In reality, he was just trying to not blow his cover.

"He lied to me but I'm not mad. Every time he had always just go see him at the place where the plane flies in. But this time he did something elaborate," Jasmine said.

Overall, it was a surprise good enough to get out of school a little bit early.