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‘I’ve been looking for you my whole life, Papa, and now I get TWO dads for the price of one!!’ I welcomed her with open arms.’: Man discovers daughter after ‘life-changing’ DNA test, ‘She is so incredibly beautiful, inside and out!’

“A few weeks into quarantine, I received a message from a young woman. ‘I am your daughter and I have been looking for you my whole life!!!’ WHAT?!?! I’m a gay man and my husband and I have been together almost 20 years. She said, ‘I understand if you need some time. I’m an adult and don’t need anything. I just want to know my dad.'”

‘She told my foster dad, ‘It’s either THEM. Or it’s ME. Pick.’ He stuffed our clothes into trash bags and dropped us off at CPS.’: Woman finds forever father after abandoned by foster dad, ‘He chose to love ME’

“When I was 5, I woke up one morning and noticed no one was home. Soon, I heard a knock at the door. The police sat us down. ‘Your mother and step-father have passed.’ Now, here we were, put back into the system. Off to more foster homes. ‘I don’t want them,’ he told CPS. I’ll forever be thankful for the man who gave me a chance. He was young. He had never met me. But he chose ME.”

‘What could your excuse possibly be, Dad? You’ve known about the dance for weeks!’: Single father says dads aren’t ‘showing up’ enough, ‘I am doing all I can to cherish her’

“Saying ‘I love you’ when they are going to bed is not nearly enough. You can’t be over-present. They want our time. Our warmth. Our interest in their lives. There are many fathers who aren’t engaged enough (or at all) with their daughters. That crushes me. This is one of life’s most honorable privileges.”

‘All I could muster at the party was, ‘Are you serious?’ over and over, as if my husband would use such heavy words to joke. ‘Yes, they found him in his room.’: Woman recalls complicated relationship with incarcerated father

“‘I have to get naked and bend over. They want to make sure I’m not sneaking anything in my butt cheeks.’ After a revolving door of drugs and women, and a lifetime of waiting for you to change, I gave up. It felt like a knife on your exposed flesh. I could see it in your eyes but that wasn’t enough to make me say ‘Dad.’ I’d be damned before I let you in again.”

‘Here’s to the girl dads who watch princess movies, slow dance in the kitchen, and let tiny hands put polish on their big toes.’: Mom pens appreciation letter to girl dads, ‘You are building hearts with your construction hands’

“Here’s to the girl dads who babysit dolls and pause wrestling matches to conduct tea parties. To the dads who help take off training wheels, tighten seatbelt straps, and fasten car seats. To the guys guy covered in tattoos who has spent so many years learning to hold on, and will spend the rest of your lives learning to let go. You are building hearts with your construction hands.”

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