RINCON, Ga (WSAV) — One very deserving mom got the keys to her brand new home today after losing her husband four years ago.

Miranda Briggs and her 4-year-old daughter, Essex were welcomed with American Flags, cheering, and love early Wednesday morning. On October 6th, Miranda was surprised with a brand-new home courtesy of Operation Finally Home and Lennar.

After two months, they were finally able to walk through their home to a very special surprise. A fully furnished home where Miranda’s daughter can grow and play.

“This is like looking to her future knowing that this will be home someday, this will be hers for the next step of growing up, when she’s an adult, and she has a family this will be where she can come home to, and I think that’s just for generations to come and to be a reminder of her dad and his service and his sacrifice and what he’s given,” Briggs said.

Her husband, Garrett Briggs was a U.S. Army Ranger who suffered from PTSD. He took his own life in 2018, and before his passing, Briggs said she and her husband always wanted to own their own home where their daughter can have a space of her own.

Briggs said, “But for me it was, I have to be able to do what we wanted, we have to be able to give our daughter a home. So, getting news of this was just so immense from you know the nonprofit aspect of what they all do, but it took a weight of off me and it really made me feel like Garrett is still here and he’s still such a big part of our life.”  

Operation Finally Home President, Rusty Carroll says surviving military families deserve to be taken care of, and Miranda’s story is just another example of how important it is to give back to people in need.

“But, being able to do this and seeing that that light and that hope and certainty that wasn’t there before it just never gets old, and hearing each of one of their stories just inspires you to do more,”Carroll said.

Briggs will be able to spend her first Christmas in a place where she always dreamed of and it will be a reminder of how far her and her family have come.

Briggs said, “It’s uplifting because I kinda find myself getting into a hole of kinda of that darker space. His anniversary of his passing is coming up in January, so it can be a time of year where you’re remembering the last Christmas we shared and what was going on, so for it to be here this is first year since he passed Christmas was kinda something to look forward to.”