I was stepdad to my son for the first 3 years of his life and remember the day my wife asked me if I wanted to adopt our son and I was elated. It brought me to tears that this little boy, who thought of me as the only father he has known would forever know me as Dad.
This story touches me just as strongly, as this is a 9-year old girl who made the decision on her own…take a read and watch below.
In Sullivan, IL, Aeralyn, who is a 9 year old girl, and her mother met Jacob Thrasher when Aeralyn was only 2 and her mother married Jacob. He has been the only father she has ever know and has been a great influence on her and her mother’s life. So, at the age of 9, Aeralyn asked her mother to help her out with a special project…to ask him to adopt her.
So mother and daughter went to a lawyer and drew up paperwork for Jacob to sign and make it official. What happened next makes this story extra special.
After all the legal stuff was drawn up the mother and daughter duo set up a scavenger hunt to send Jacob on. At each turn, Jacob was given a clue to each location with a special letter to direct Jacob to the next location. Each location was specially chosen around the house and city to let Jacob know she remembers special events in her and his life together.
The end of the string of clues brought him to the court house, where Aeralyn was waiting to hand her stepfather the papers which would change the course of their lives forever. Jacob ran to his stepdaughter and happily agreed to remove the “step” and just be her father.
Get ready for the tissues. You are going to need it.