A viral video from 2016 captured an amazing moment when a man became tearful when he opened his surprise present and learned about his beloved stepdaughter’s adoption proposal.
Joe Iosco got together with Sally Hernandez and has been raising her daughter Lauren Hernandez ever since she was a 1-year-old baby. Lauren’s biological father abandoned her when she was little, and Joe has always stood by her side, comforted her, and shared his own experience growing up with divorced parents. They are incredibly close and share a special bond.
“He’s the best dad I could ever ask for,” Hernandez said. “I always considered Joe as a father.”
Joe, however, could never formally adopt Lauren.
Everything changed at Lauren’s graduation party when she was 18 years old. The young woman decided to surprise her stepfather with a gift he would never expect. She seemed nervous but tried to remain calm as Joe opened the box. Inside, there was a framed poem that moved the man to tears when he read it.
He later discovered that there was something else beneath. Lauren had prepared a stack of adoption papers that she wanted to present to him as a proposal for him to adopt her officially.
The father was taken aback. He then collapsed to the ground, sobbing uncontrollably. His daughter also became emotional and began to cry. She leaned in and hugged him tightly. Joe finally nodded in contentment. “I’ve wanted nothing more than to be her dad from day one,” CBS, reported. The touching moment left everyone with no dry eye at the party.
A few weeks later, the paperwork was completed, and the couple was legally recognized as father and daughter.
Lauren may be missing her biological father in her life, but she has been blessed with an even better adoptive father who treats her like a princess with all his heart.
The love between family members, whether blood-related or not, is always the most precious thing in the world as long as people genuinely care for one another.