On December 25, 21-year-old Marissa Thamann gave her stepmother Heather something she's wanted for many years.
On Christmas, Heather opened up a Christmas ornament with a picture of the two with an inscription on the back that read, "Will you adopt me?"
Marissa's sister Olivia captured the amazing moment on video.
Heather, who married Marissa's father Brian in 2003, has always considered Marissa her own for the last 17 years. Marissa was just 4 years old when the couple first met.
Marissa informed her stepmom,
Through her tears, Heather said,
Marissa was just 3 months old when her biological mother passed away from a pulmonary embolism.
Her sister Olivia said this adoption is something that she and Heather had wanted for a while now, and it's so touching it is finally happening.
With the ornament, Marissa wrote Heather a note that read,
The family of six is currently waiting for the paperwork to go through to finalize the adoption.
Marissa said of her mother Heather,