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Stepdad Left Daily Notes of Encouragement for Daughter, 6 Years Later She Gives Them Back to Him

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Father’s Day comes but once a year. Retail stores are flooded with mugs that say “World’s Best Dad,” and novelty aprons perfect for any grilling connoisseur line the shelves.

But there are 364 other generally normal days — days that many dads work hard to provide for their families. It can be easy to feel unseen and unappreciated during those times.

Every parent has had a moment in which they wondered if they were making a difference in their children’s lives.

Years pass by and we ask ourselves, “Does what I am doing matter? Will my son or daughter ever truly appreciate the efforts I make for them?”

Amidst the terrible twos and perhaps even more terrible teen years, it can be hard to imagine rewards that will be reaped later on down the road.

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One stepdad from Maryland recently learned just how much his words impacted his stepdaughter over the years.



When Sophia Wilcox — now 20 — was in middle school, her stepdad Brian Sandusky would leave sweet, handwritten notes on her bedroom door.

Now Wilcox is grown, but she never let go of her stepdad’s words. She saved each and every one of those yellow sticky notes.

When Father’s Day came, Wilcox decided it was time to do something extra special for her dad, just like he had done for her all those years ago.

“[D]uring middle school, my stepdad used to leave me a note on my door each day to inspire me,” Wilcox wrote on Twitter.

“[W]ell, I kept those notes & It’s been 6 years since then. [T]oday I gave him those notes back.”

Watch as Sandusky opens his framed gift. The notes he wrote to Wilcox surround a photo of the pair together. His reaction is everything.

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“He was so shocked when I gave it to him because he hadn’t known that I kept all the notes. He told me later that he was beyond moved,” Wilcox said, according to The Irish News.

“He’s been in my life for about 10 years now. He’s a very supportive man and always tries to make me laugh, even on a bad day. He’s changed how I see the world and I’m very grateful for that.”

Liftable, a section of The Western Journal, has reached out to both Sophia Wilcox and Brian Sandusky for comment but has not yet received a response. We will update this article if and when we do.

Do you have a special dad in your life who has made a lasting impact? Father’s Day may be over, but every day is a good day to let someone know the difference they have made for you.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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