Powell, Knox County (WVLT) - Another pair of homecomings has members of one family counting their blessings this Christmas.
Last year, two of their children spent the holidays serving their country in Iraq.
Volunteer TV's Rob Pratt brings us more from the Britton home in Powell, where the family military tradition didn't interfere with Christmas this year.
"It's a wonderful feeling to have them here," said Midge Britton.
The Brittons celebrate together this year. Last year, two of their eight children were serving their country in Iraq.
"I think right now, with my sons back, especially of the families who have lost loved ones, and I hope they know that our thoughts and prayers are with them," said Midge.
"We're really praying a lot for folks right now. In our Church, Temple Baptist Church, I lead a prayer session where we pray specifically for military folks every Sunday," said David Britton, Sr.
A typically thoughtful response from this family with a history of military service dating back to the revolution. Grandfather, Kenton, was a pilot during World War II.
"The Lord has brought us through and we're all back together again, so it's Thanksgiving more than anything else," said Kenton Murphy.
"Everything that we do over there makes this possible," said Barry Britton, Jr.
Barry Britton Junior is a Marine. He and brother David, who's in the Army, downplay their sacrifices.
"Of course we miss our family, and we'd rather be home, but really we just try not to think about it for the most part and just look forward that much more to the next Christmas," said Barry Britton, Jr.
"I've got family here, yeah, but I don't have a wife and kids. I don't see how the guys that go over there do it, especially the ones that have children that are born while they're over there," said David Britton.
The Brittons say they'll keep praying, and hoping that every family will get the gift they got this year, a chance to be together.
Both Barry Junior and David are on reserve status and living in East Tennessee.
Barry's been to Iraq twice.