‘You have no idea what that means to me!

This is a special moment in time when a young woman leaves her beloved stepfather in tears.

Image: Lori Ann Lynde

Image: Lori Ann Lynde

The tears are not of sorrow, but of joy. She has just asked him to legally adopt her as part of a birthday surprise to him.

Gabriella Guardado, who is 22, placed her adoption papers inside a gift bag, ready to be opened by her stepfather, David Lynde.

Woman asks for adoption

Image: Lori Ann Lynde

In the video, David is seen opening the bag and pulling out the papers while surrounded by his family.

Woman asks for adoption

Image: Lori Ann Lynde

Once he realizes what the papers mean, emotions suddenly are off the charts!

Woman asks for adoption

Image: Lori Ann Lynde

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Video: DailyMail