Lauren's 18th birthday was close when she inquired Joe about her adoption and getting a positive response she started to plan a surprise. Lauren was soon graduating from high school too she knew that her graduation ceremony would be the perfect place to make her plan come true. To give Joe a warm surprise she wanted all her friends and family to be present to witness the most important moment of her life.
#6 Reading The Sweet Poem, Joe Got Teary-Eyed
So during her graduation party, Lauren approached Joe and handed him a beautifully packed gift. Joe a bit confused as it was Lauren's big day, slowly unpacked the wrapper. Inside the packet was a framed poem and while reading it, Joe got teary eyed. The beautiful poem read:
"Some people would say you’re not my real dad,
but I know this isn’t true
You’ve been a real dad to me
in all the things we’ve been through.
We’ve had our ups and downs;
sometimes it’s hard to bend.
But you’ve always been there when I needed you,
and that’s what matters in the end.
You’ve been patient, kind and firm
over the years as I’ve grown
and I’m internally grateful for you
because you’ve treated me as your own.
For though we’re not tied by bloodlines,
The love and trust you’ve given me
Is a precious gift day after day—
That’s what counts as a real dad to me."
#7 Joe Was Not Only Surprised But Was Overwhelmingly Happy With It
Reading the poem Joe was already teary-eyed but what he saw next was enough to make him lose his composure and upon seeing the legal adoption papers he sat down on the floor crying, Lauren then informs the crowd in presence that she is asking Joe to adopt her legally. Still crying Joe nodded a big yes and gave Lauren a bone-crushing hug trying to tell his little girl that he is not only surprised but overwhelmingly happy with it.
#8 Joe Claims, Lauren's Gift Is One Of The Best Things He Has Ever Received In His Life
Lauren talking about it to media outlet says that never once in her life she doubted Joe's love for her but she is still glad that she was able to make things official, "I never doubted he was my Dad. The fact that it’s going to be official makes me happy." While for Joe, it was definitely the most important day of his life, "Lauren's gift was one of the best things I’ve ever received in my life."