SAN ANTONIO — One young San Antonio student got the surprise of her life Wednesday when her mother – a U.S. Army solider in the middle of a one-year assignment in Kuwait – surprised her at school.

Major Randalle Carter has been away from her family since June 19, and while her husband knew she’d be back at some point for a break, he didn’t know when. Carter devised a plan with her mother and sister to surprise her daughter, Journey, at IDEA Walzem on Wednesday.

Watch the touching reunion above!