Dad Was Trying to Take a Family Picture- Person Popped Up Behind Them

When it's time to head off for a family vacation, it's no surprise that there is a great deal of excitement. But one dad couldn't help throwing in an extra surprise for his family. As he went to take a family selfie, the secret was revealed, and the shock had people in the car screaming.

Erik Richter and his family were getting ready for a spring break road trip. They were all set to take off, and piled into the minivan. Before getting on the road, Erik suggested to his wife, two daughters and mother they all take a big selfie. The family agreed, and everyone leaned in for a portrait.

Erick held up the camera but instead of snapping a picture, he started a video. He knew the big surprise that was waiting for his mother, wife and daughters.

His tech-savvy teen daughter immediately pointed out that he was filming with his video recorder rather than snapping a picture. Erik played it off like he didn't know, so he pretended to fix it. At that point, another face appeared in the back of the car.

Erik's son, Rowan, was stowing away in the back of the minivan, unbeknownst to his family. U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Rowan Richter told all the women in his family that he wouldn't be able to make it home for their spring break vacation this year. They were disappointed, but understood that when your loved one has a career in the military, it's a sacrifice you have to make.

Only Erik was in on the surprise and had picked Rowan up from the airport earlier, then helped hide him away in the back of the car.

No one else noticed another person in the portrait, until the dad said, “Wait, Rowan, a little to the right."

"What? Rowan?" The girls asked, turning around. When they saw Rowan, everyone was in shock. His grandmother began screaming. She jumped out of the car excitedly, saying how shocked and surprised she was. His mother immediately burst into tears.

Rowan climbed toward his family to give his mother and sisters a big hug.

"Did you know that he was doing this?" they asked.

When Erik admitted he was in on the plot, his mother responded, "You are evil!"

Now that the whole family was together and Rowan got a proper welcome home, the family was set to take off and enjoy the trip-- together.

Surprise military homecomings are always fun to watch, and will usually bring a tear to your eye if you’re not careful.

U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Rob Thomas got the whole team of the San Francisco 49ers to help him out. His family thought they were just getting a tour of Levi stadium. When they went into the weight room, they found the players surrounding and applauding someone who apparently just lifted a heavy weight. They got a big surprise when that someone working took the towel off his head, and it was Thomas.

In one YouTube video, a big brother who had been deployed overseas surprised his sister by showing up for her wedding. The sister had accepted that her brother wouldn't be able to make it, and the bride broke out in tears when he walked up to her.

Source: Liftable
Photos: You Tube

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