LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - For Anthony Courville and his twin sisters Megan and Michelle, the absence of their father has always been something they wished would change.
"We've had contact with our biological mom every now and then, but we'd ask her and she wouldn't really give us any information about him. Like she didn't know where he was or anything, and I've always wondered what it would be like if we meet him," said Megan.
After 18-year old, Anthony wrote into The Lagniappe Magazine a couple weeks ago asking they track down his father, private investigators were able to locate him in Corpus Christi, where he immediately agreed to re-unite with his children.
The time and place was set for noon at Pats of Henderson in Lake Charles, where Anthony and his sisters waited anxiously and nervously for their father's arrival.
"I'm really nervous, but I really don't know him. I don't really remember what he looks like because he left whenever we were little," said Anthony.
As the children's nervousness grew by the second, the moment they had been waiting 15 years for had finally come, their father, Carl Anthony, was finally back in their lives.
"I was nervous, I didn't know if they'd be mad at me, disappointed. I didn't want them to think that I abandoned them because I didn't. Things happened the way that they did, but I never stopped hunting for them, never stopped loving them, never stopped caring about them. They were in my dreams and in my prayers every day that they were apart from me," said Carl.
The emotions in the room after the reunion were overwhelming for the father and his children.
"All kinds of different emotions, like relief...shock," said Michelle.
While Megan added, "It's just like another piece of the puzzle that's been missing for a long time that's finally glued together."
For the father, being re-united with his children will always be one of his life's greatest moments.
"I'll put it this way, this is the second happiest day of my life. The first day was when I saw them being born, this makes the second happiest day of my life. I'll never forget this, ever, every in my life," said Car.
After the reunion, the four began catching up on the last fifteen years, and started making the first of what they hoped to be plenty of new memories.