This is one of those tear-jerkers! 21-year-old Marissa Thamman lost her mother at a young age.  Her stepmother, Heather, has raised Marissa. For a variety of reasons – mostly financial – adoption never happened.

For Christmas this past year, Marissa got the paperwork completed and made a beautiful ornament. The words on the ornament: Will you adopt me? Understandably, Heather was brought to tears.

For this family who has lived and loved together, they will now be recognized as a legal family.  Although Heather and Marissa have proven that you don’t need a document to be a real family, having the legal acknowledgment is wonderful, indeed!

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