Katelyn Miller, a 21-year-old from Salina, Kansas, penned a touching thank-you letter to her stepdad Lance Jeske.
In the post, Katelyn thanks Lance, who has three other kids from a previous marriage, for always treating her and her brother like his own kids since he first came into their lives nearly 13 years ago.
“You are not my biological father, I do not carry your last name (yet) and I do not look like you in the slightest,” she wrote. “Any man can make a child, and stick his name on the birth certificate. It takes a real man like you to step up and care for a child who is not his own.”
“I am so extremely proud to be your daughter,” Katelyn wrote on Facebook. “He’s taught me so much,” she said. “He’s treated my mother the way she deserves. By watching their relationship grow and grow over the years, I hope one day to find someone who will love and support me the way he does for my mother.”
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the woman I have become,” she wrote in the post.
In the heartfelt post, which has amassed thousands of likes and shares, Katelyn also expressed her gratitude to Lance for always showing up and being her biggest cheerleader ― at basketball games, art shows, prom and graduation ― and supporting her as she figures out her career path.
What an amazing story!
We at Spritzenews encourages everyone to appreciate their loved ones, family is not only by blood but by heart.