In A Moment Of True Joy, Dad Breaks Down After His Stepdaughter Surprises Him With Adoption Papers

"I didn’t realize until he broke how significant and important it was to him."

"This is the big-deal box, this is the big sha-bang," 17-year-old Sarah Leonard says, holding a birthday gift for her stepfather on his 39th birthday. 

In a video released on Caters News' YouTube channel, Sarah can be seen presenting her stepfather, Vincent VonTobel, with the box. As VonTobel unwraps it, he realizes it's filled with adoption papers.

Sarah's mother, Jessica VonTobel, tells Inside Edition that her husband has never treated her daughter like a step-child. 

"He said he loved us so much and he wanted to marry me and take care of us forever," Jessica says. "She was the flower girl at our wedding."

In the video, Vincent starts to cry immediately after seeing the papers, and Sarah gets up to give him a hug. 

"He is honestly pretty strong both physically and emotionally. I didn't realize until he broke how significant and important it was to him," Jessica adds in the article.  "It was like everything in our family was complete."

The publication also reports that since the surprise, the family has filed the adoption papers. They are currently waiting for the process to be complete. 

Watch the emotional birthday surprise in the full video below:

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