Via Jackie Alexander
Monday — the most dreaded the day of the week. Some of us don't want the weekend to end, some of us don't want to go back to work, and some of us just don't like Mondays. But for one 11-year-old girl, this past Monday was the best Monday of her life — and luckily, the evidence is caught on tape..
Tannah Butterfield is a sixth-grade student at American Heritage of South Jordan in Utah. On Monday, Tannah found out she was going to be adopted by her foster parents, Jen and Jeff Fisher. The heartwarming moment Tannah discovered her adoption was to be finalized was caught on her school's security camera.
*I give permission to all media outlets to use this video and post with credit to: Jackie Alexander (and American Heritage of South Jordan) Thank you* Some Mondays are better than others. I share this with permission from the parent of this student. This is pure testament that in a world full of turmoil and strife, there is still light and joy to be found in little everyday moments. A dear family I know has been fighting for as long as I can remember to adopt 3 of their foster children that attend our school. It's been hard to watch them fight this emotional battle. My love has grown for this family and I have learned so much from them as they have tried to remain positive despite many set backs. Today my phone rang at my desk and it was my friend Jen telling me things FINALLY had come to an end and the courts were going to let them ADOPT the children!! She asked me if I would be sure to tell her sweet girl when she came to my desk for her daily visit. She knew she would want to know right away because she had been so worried. I don't think even I could understand myself what that moment would feel like. Our security cameras caught the moment perfectly. I cry as I type this. In 12 years at this job, this is by far my best moment ever!! To tell a little girl that she gets her family forever takes the cake. I can't even describe that hug...and thank heavens her mom doesn't mind that I kissed her a million times, and a million more after the film cuts off. A moment needed after waking up to another morning of devastating news on t.v....but a sweet reminder today that life can be and still is beautiful in spite of it all. ♥️#americanheritageofsouthjordan
Earlier that day, Jackie Alexander, an office manager at the school, got a call from her friend Jen Fisher. Jen had good news: She and her husband, Jeff, were finally able to adopt Tannah. "She asked me if I would be sure to tell her sweet girl when she came to my desk for her daily visit," Jackie wrote in her Instagram post. "She knew she would want to know right away because she had been so worried. I don't think even I could understand myself what that moment would feel like."
In the video, Jackie opens the door and tells Tannah the exciting news. Tannah leaps into Jackie's arms as they hug and celebrate together. "All that excitement, joy and happiness that you see in Tannah went right through to me," Jackie told ABC News. "We could not quit embracing. She just held me tight. It was pure joy at its finest."
Tannah's new mom, Jen, loved her reaction just as much as we do. "We were just shocked," Jen told ABC News. "I did not expect that from Tannah. It was amazing." But, the good news gets better. In addition to adopting Tannah, the Fishers will also be adopting her siblings, Teagun, 6 and Tallie, 2. The Fishers also have a biological son, Aiden, 13, and a biological daughter, Macy, 10.
"We just loved them so much," Fisher said to _ ABC News._ "My husband and I had a lot of infertility problems and we had wanted more."
We are so happy for Tannah and her family!
h/t ABC News