Young girl made her stepfather moved to tears when asking him a massive question “Will you adopt me?”
In 2012, Leonardo Avila married the mother of a baby girl Alessandra, who was still under a year old. Ever since, Avila has been a father figure to her .
The stepdad spoke about when he held her for the first time that it just came naturally, as if it was meant to be. The two consider themselves best friends, and they share one hobby that is baseball.
This shared love for this game is something Alessandra used to her advantage when she decided to give her stepfather the surprise of his life.
On September 21, 2018, the now 8-year-old girl waited for Avila on a baseball field in Alabaster, Alabama and then she asked him a huge question.
Alessandra stood on the home plate as her bestie was guided onto the field with a baseball glove covering his face. Once he took it off, he saw Avila standing with a sign in her hands that read:
“Papi, you are my forever home. Will you adopt me?”
Avila was immediately overcome with emotion. The man put his head down and his hands on his knees while tears flowed down his face. Avila said yes without hesitation to the adoption, giving his baby a big hug.
Avila commented that the fact that Alessandra wanted this and chose to ask him without any outside influence made him highly emotional.
“To know I made this type of impact to her life that she wants my last name, it was an amazing moment.”
On January 10, 2019, the two made it official. They are legally father and daughter now, the duo always knew in their hearts that this was already what they were to one another.
“You stole her heart from day one, but she stole your last name forever.” he said.
Carrying on reading the letter, the stepfather burst into tears. Eventually, they added Avila’s name onto the young girl’s certificate as well. If these two children proved anything, it’s that family is much more than blood and resides in the heart.