Sometimes people who are not biologically related to you can be better parents than your real ones.
In a heartwarming clip, an eleven-year-old girl surprises her stepfather by legally changing her last name to his.
In a now viral video, HaLeigh hands her step-father a letter which he reads out, while struggling to hold back tears.
She has changed her last name from Abila to Trevino – her step father’s surname.
The letter reads: ‘I know your birthday is 13 days away but I am too excited to hold it in…
‘What do you get a man that never wants? I can sit and ponder all day but in the end I know nothing would make you happier than what I am about to say…’
‘Today 2/1/2018 [February 2] will be a day we will cherish forever as we grow old…
‘HaLeigh Danielle Abila is now HALEIGH DANIELLE TREVINO!’
‘Happy Birthday and Valentines Day. You stole her heart from day one, but she stole your last name forever.’
Angel Trevino, HaLeigh’s mother said: ‘About 10 years ago this whole story began.
‘HaLeigh’s biological dad is not listed on the birth certificate.’
‘HaLeigh was nine months old when I met my husband. She still to this day does not know that my husband is not her biological dad.’
‘We will sit down and explain that to her when the time is right, at this time it’s been changing her last name and becoming a Trevino like mommy and daddy’.
When Tudy met Angel, he took in both HaLeigh and her two other children.
According to Angel he treated them all like ‘one big happy family’.
Initially, Angel was going to wait two weeks until Valentine’s Day, which is also Tudy’s birthday, to surprise him, but was too excited to wait.
‘There was no way I could wait that long, so I wrote a quick poem and handed it to him.
My kids and I were super blessed to have found this man and become a family with him and every day I thank the good Lord for putting him in our path.’