Army wife Misty Shaffer gave a huge homecoming surprise to her husband Larry Shaffer upon his return at his hometown airport in Wilmington, North Carolina, after being away for a year in Afghanistan. Misty, who once weighed more than 300 pounds, dropped over 150 pounds in that 12-month period. She hadn’t seen her husband for over a year but she managed to keep it a secret surprise for him.
“I just kept pictures off Facebook, off the internet,” Misty said. “When I did send him pictures, they were from the shoulder up,” she told WSFA.
Larry barely recognized her wife when he first looked at her in the airport.
“Wow,” Shaffer said after seeing his wife. “This is icing on the cake because I’ve been happy with the way she’s looked since day one but it’s something she wanted to do and she reached her goal,” he said.
Take a look at her before and after picture:
But the weight loss is just one of the surprises Misty had waiting for him. She had also bought the family a new house.
“He’s been wanting to buy a house now forever, and I went and did it while he was gone,” she said.
Larry couldn’t believe her wife was skinnier and that they now have a new house, but also he was surprised on how much their 3-year-old daughter Nevaeh had grown in the past year.
“Everything’s new,” Shaffer told WECT. “I pretty much have a new wife. My daughter’s three times the size she was and we have our own home now.”