Man And Baby Girl Aren’t Related At All, But They Are ‘Daddy And Daughter’

By REBECCA ENDICOTT

Every little girl grows up thinking that her daddy hangs the moon and the stars.

After all, when you’re just a little one, your dad is the one you trust to keep you safe no matter what.

But your dad isn’t necessarily the man whose genetic material you share. Your dad is the guy who raised you as his own, who taught you how to ride a bike and count to 100.

For many kids, these two men are one and the same, but some kids have a different experience, like the sweet girl who brought her tattooed “tough guy” stepdad to tears when she asked him to adopt her.

Sometimes, family has nothing to do with flesh and blood, and everything to do with love, pure and simple.

That’s certainly the case for a darling toddler girl named Josalen, who knows exactly who her dad is, even though they don’t share a single drop of blood.

In a viral post to Love What Matters, mom Karisa Smith explains the special bond between her husband Shane Smith, a soldier, and her sweet toddler Josalen.

She writes:

They aren’t related by blood, but they are daddy and daughter. 

My husband goes above and beyond to take care of her as his own.

When she needs him, he’s there.

We don’t use the term “step father.” He is her father.

When he fell in love with me, he fell in love with my daughter.

He took on a 9 month old and she is now soon to be 3 years old. And is the ultimate daddy’s girl.

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