Sometimes it’s the simplest moments of happiness that are the most enduring.
William Ledbetter proposed to Paige Evans, his girlfriend of two years, on their second anniversary with a ring and framed family photos. But he also wanted to make sure her daughter Maddie felt included — after all, they would be officially forming a new family.
So Ledbetter decided to “propose” to Maddie as well by getting down on one knee and asking Maddie, “You want to be my daughter forever, too?” The beautiful moment garnered almost 900,000 views after being uploaded to Ledbetter’s YouTube page late last year.
“I didn’t want Maddie to see the pictures and ring I got for Paige and feel left out,” Ledbetter told The Huffington Post. “So I actually got Maddie a ring as well, along with a necklace and earrings.”
Once you see the charming way that Ledbetter includes his future stepdaughter in the moment — and how she reacts to it too — you’ll know exactly why.
Watch the full video below.