U.S. airman Andrew Mast, 33, met his fiancée, 28-year-old Tia Warner from Salisbury, Maryland, online.
The two dated for over a year, getting to know one another’s families, including Warner’s 12-year-old daughter, Te’Kia Reid.
Mast, an Air Force master sergeant from Ohio, wanted Te’Kia’s blessing over his intent to marry her mother.
Te’Kia liked the plan, and agreed to keep the marriage proposal a secret from her mom.
But Mast had another surprise in store. He had bought two diamond rings: one for Warner and one for Te’Kia.
In August 2018, Warner posted a video on her Facebook page of the moment that Mast broke the news of their engagement to Te’Kia.
Warner showed her daughter the glittering engagement ring on her finger and watched as Te’Kia’s eyes grew wide with excitement.
“I asked her last night,” Mast told Te’Kia.
“So, now, here’s the thing though. You are already my kid,” Mast said.
“When I marry your mom, it’s like legal that you’re my kid, like in a legal sense, right?” he continued. “So it’s not just your mom that I proposed to.”
Mast got down on one knee, again, and pulled out a box with a diamond ring inside.
“I want to see if you will be my daughter,” Mast said.
Te’Kia smiled happily and said yes.
When Mast placed the ring, set with three small diamonds, on his new daughter’s finger, Te’Kia squealed with excitement.
The two gave each other a warm hug, excited for their future together.
Warner wasn’t sure how Te’Kia would feel about the engagement, but she was glad Mast chose to include her daughter in such a meaningful way.
“I didn’t know what her reaction would be, honestly, but I’m so glad she was happy and excited,” Warner told the Daily Mail.
“As he takes me as his wife, he wanted to ensure that she knew she was his daughter as well,” Warner said. “We don’t believe in ‘step’ in our family.”
Warner believes that family is more than biological relationships, and is thankful that hers is being knit together so beautifully.
“It’s not about who your birth parents are, it’s about who raised you,” Warner said. “We are all blessed to have one another.”
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