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Teen Uses Viral Card Game to Ask Stepdad to Adopt Her

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A teenager treated her stepdad to his ultimate day out before he was greeted with a tearful adoption request when he returned home.

Nineteen-year-old Caylie, from Texas, copied the viral trend of asking her stepdad, Remel, to select from two cards at a time to determine how the day panned out – giving him choices for their activities and food choices.

Caylie grew up with a single mom, and her biological father was never in her life, she said.

She was introduced to Remel in 2006, and though she had initial reservations, Remel married Caylie’s mother in 2013.

Caylie admits that she initially shied away from the topic of adoption because she thought “men leave,” but over time, Remel was there for her first car, her high school graduation, and when she eventually went to college.


Given her stepdad’s support – particularly when she wanted to travel across the world to support her career choice – Caylie decided it was time to make Remel her official father.

She planned the surprise for Father’s Day, on June 18, recording each step and documenting the day online.

Caylie surprises Remel with his father’s day gift (left) and he reads the adoption request (right). ©T&T Creative Media

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With Caylie recording from her perspective, viewers could see which cards Remel picked, revealing where they would eat, whether it would be a trip to the cigar shop or a cologne store, and where to stop for snacks.


Then, when the pair returned home, Caylie’s mom had her camera rolling as Remel opened a box that revealed a plaque that expressed Caylie’s love for him, along with the necessary papers for adoption.

The gesture brought both Remel and Caylie to tears.

Caylie said: “I told myself I wasn’t going to cry, but when I saw him crying, I started crying as well.

“I knew he was going to say yes, but when the words came out of his mouth, I was overwhelmed with joy and happiness.

Remel had been in Caylie’s life for many years, so he immediately agreed and signed the paperwork (right). ©T&T Creative Media

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“A message to the young kids like I used to be: it’s okay to let them in; it’s okay to feel the way you feel and voice those feelings.

“The worst that could happen is they say no, but they still love you.

“To the step-parents out there: don’t rush it. When the time is right, the family will know.

“And, lastly, to the biological parents out there: if it weren’t for you, the family wouldn’t be what it is today.

“I hope everyone finds love and happiness within their family if that’s blood family or a family you made.

“I’m truly grateful and honored to be called Remel’s kid.”


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