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12/23/13 — Holiday homecoming

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Holiday homecoming

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on December 23, 2013 1:46 PM

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Staff Sgt. Antoinette Gibson kisses her 1-year-old twin daughter Makayla, right, while holding her other twin, Makenzie, after a service at Church on the Rock Sunday. Staff Sgt. Gibson returned home a few weeks early to surprise her family during church. Her daughters were only 6 months old and were just learning to crawl when she was deployed to Africa. They can now walk and are starting to talk.

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Staff Sgt. Gibson embraces her crying mother, Rhonda Posey, who was also part of the Christmas surprise.

Inside a room hidden from the rest of the Church on the Rock congregation, Antoinette Gibson spends several moments in quiet reflection -- repeating the prayer that has consumed her for the past several weeks. "Lord, please just let my...

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