Sixth-grader Tannah Butterfield of South Jordan, Utah, has been living with foster parents for the last two years. Her family has been working hard to make their relationship official by adopting Tannah and her two siblings, but have faced hurdles at every turn.
It’s been hard for the family, but probably hardest on Tannah. Every day she’s been worrying about whether or not her home will be permanent.
“They’re just caring, loving, they take really good care of me,” Tannah said of her foster parents. Early last week, Tannah received news that changed everything.
Jackie Alexander, the school’s office manager, has a special relationship with Tannah. Tannah comes to see her every day, and Alexander has become intimately familiar with Tannah’s situation.
When Tannah’s foster parents got the news, one of the first phone calls they made was to Alexander. They asked her to tell Tannah that the judge had reached a decision when Tannah came in for her daily visit.
The scene was captured on security camera and shared on Alexander’s Instagram page with a lengthy, emotional caption. Tannah’s foster parents were granted permanent custody of Tannah and her two foster siblings.
Alexander, who was still shaken from the tragic events in Las Vegas over the previous weekend, posted the video and it quickly went viral. “This is pure testament that in a world full of turmoil and strife, there is still light and joy to be found in little everyday moments,” she wrote in her caption.
“I cry as I type this. In 12 years at this job, this is by far my best moment ever!! To tell a little girl that she gets her family forever takes the cake.”
Never in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined that a simple post on my Instagram and Facebook page would go viral across the nation and even across oceans. I am shocked, I am overwhelmed, and I am humbled. Above and beyond that, stunned at receiving a phone call from the Fox News Channel (national) in New York City wanting an interview and the story. After reading thousands of comments from this one simple post, it’s obvious to me that we are all more alike than we realize. We all seek and need light, love and joy. #findthegood #thereisjoy #lifestillhasbeautifulmoments #betheone #foxnews #americanheritageofsouthjordan #ahsj #ahsjeagles
The hug the two shared was heart-wrenching. Tannah wrapped her arms and legs around Alexander as she heard the news that would change her life.
“I can’t even describe that hug… and thank heavens her mom doesn’t mind that I kissed her a million times, and a million more after the film cuts off,” Alexander described in her post. “A moment needed after waking up to another morning of devastating news on t.v….but a sweet reminder today that life can be and still is beautiful in spite of it all.”
In a world that seems to be filled with tragedy, it’s important to remember that moments like these are always taking place, even if they don’t get as much coverage. “There’s a lot going on in the world and there’s a lot of sadness that we see, but you know what? There’s joy that happens every day,” Alexander aptly put it.
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