Separated By Service, All Three Jones Children Make It Home For Christmas Eve

Danielle is the oldest-- a non-petty officer in the Navy.

The middle child is Hailee--Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class.

Private First Class Mark is the baby.

"For all three to be here, and to be able to interact together, it makes me think about when they were little," said Trish Jones.  All three of her children are in the military.

"It's hard to get used to all the kids being so far apart," said Dennis Jones, their father.

Right now, Mark is stationed in San Antonio, Hailee is in South Carolina, and Danielle is in San Diego.

Trish said it's scary to think about having a child on every coast protecting the country.  But that's when pride takes over, she said.

She told them all she wanted for Christmas was a picture of all three of them in uniform.

They couldn't say no to Mom.

"You don't actually realize how much you miss them and love them until you've been separated," said Non-Petty Officer Danielle Maloney.

"The first thing I did when I saw all of them was give them a big hug and a kiss," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Hailee Jones.  "I can text them and talk to them on the phone all the time, but I don't get hug and kiss all the time."

"You can always buy a new CD, but you really can't replace family members," said Private First Class Mark Jones.

The timing of the visit could not have been more perfect.

Mark is close to completing combat medic training.  He is scheduled to deploy to Iraq in the spring.

"This time is going to be more emotional because I might not be able to see him for a long time," said Danielle.  "It's hard, but we get through it."

But they were thankful for family time--hanging around, talking, taking photos--doing as much as they could together with the little time that they had.

Both Hailee and Danielle are scheduled to return to their respective bases Christmas Day.

Mark returns to San Antonio on January 2nd.

Layron Livingston, Reporting