SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – School surveillance cameras recorded the moment an 11-year-old Utah girl learned a judge approved her foster parents' request to adopt her and her younger siblings.
"This is like the biggest thing that's ever happened to me," Tannah Butterfield told KUTV.
Video shows American Heritage School's office manager Jackie Alexander, known as Ms. Jackie to the students, grab Tannah by the shoulders and deliver the happy news.
"My heart was so happy. It was like 'Ah!' I was like screaming," Tannah remembered.
Tannah's excited, heartwarming reaction has since received an outpouring of love from people around the world.
"Crying from Australia, what a beautiful moment congrats to you all," one person wrote.
"Made my day, week, month ... thank you for sharing. In a world full of sadness and disaster, so wonderful to see this truly beautiful and joyous moment," wrote another.
*I give permission to all media outlets to use this video and post with credit to: Jackie Alexander (and American Heritage of South Jordan) Thank you* Some Mondays are better than others. I share this with permission from the parent of this student. 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. A dear family I know has been fighting for as long as I can remember to adopt 3 of their foster children that attend our school. It's been hard to watch them fight this emotional battle. My love has grown for this family and I have learned so much from them as they have tried to remain positive despite many set backs. Today my phone rang at my desk and it was my friend Jen telling me things FINALLY had come to an end and the courts were going to let them ADOPT the children!! She asked me if I would be sure to tell her sweet girl when she came to my desk for her daily visit. She knew she would want to know right away because she had been so worried. I don't think even I could understand myself what that moment would feel like. Our security cameras caught the moment perfectly. 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. 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. 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. ♥️#americanheritageofsouthjordan