It’s always heartwarming to receive the affirmation of love and honor from the children! That too, when they need you as their “Dad”, it’s a matter to rejoice with tears of joy! Here a deaf stepdad is in tears of joy, when his kids he’s raised for 13 years surprised him with their adoption request!
Hank and Deidre Blankenship is deaf couple and is blessed with 4 children. When Deidre married Hank, she already had two children, Alexander and Cassidy. The couple had two more children together after their marriage 13 years ago. Hank was always a great dad for all the 4 kids and made sure that Alexander and Cassidy never felt like stepchildren! However it’s good to have something in paper to move forward, and they wanted to make sure that the adoption formalities are covered with loving surprise!
One fine night while the family was eating dinner, Deidre and the children made this special surprise for Hank. The mother signed Hank to stop eating and sit in the middle of the room. Then the family gathered around him and Cassidy stood up and expressed her gratitude to the man who became her dad when she was just 2 years old. She opened a tri-fold project board that had many pictures of Hank with her. The words she marked in the middle of the board was too much for the “Dad” to break out in tears!
“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.”
And the family had some more surprises to unfold, and as a next course of action, their youngest children walked in with a shirt that reads “We want a whole brother and sister, not halves.”
Finally Cassidy hugged him and handed him a gift bag. It had a T-shirt and a packet of papers inside ..
After going through the T shirt and the paper he just could muster up to say is “Thank you, I really appreciate it.”
His happy tears and gentle embrace was the perfect answer for his kid’s request!