“It takes a great man to love a child that is not biologically his the way he does.”
In 2007, Janna gave birth to her daughter Jayda. Three years later, Janna — who was raising Jayda as a single mom — was shoveling her driveway after a snowstorm when a kind man named Clifton pulled up and asked if she need any help. This was the beginning of Janna and Clifton’s love story.
Jayda and Clifton had an instant connection, which only made Janna fall more in love with him. On Christmas Eve of 2013, Jayda asked if she was allowed to call Clifton “Daddy,” and it wasn’t long before he proposed.
In January 2016, Jayda’s biological father passed away of natural causes. In the wake of the unexpected loss, Janna and Clifton took her to Clearwater, Florida, to relax and clear their heads. “The sand and ocean water tend to take all worries and pain away,” Janna told LittleThings. That weekend, Clifton spent a whole day with Jayda. He took her to the jewelry store and she was so happy when they got back.
Fast forward to the wedding day. After Clifton and Janna said their vows, he asked her to step aside and called for Jayda to come forward. “My heart dropped!” Janna told us. “The only people he told about this were the best man, the pastor, the DJ and the photographer.” When Clifton said his beautiful vows to Jayda, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. “It was at that point that I realized this wonderful man is 10 times the man I thought he was.”
Jayda turned to leave the altar, but Clifton had one more surprise up his sleeve. “Ring, please,” he said. Jayda was shocked to be presented her with her own 14-karat white gold diamond ring. Suddenly, Janna realized that “father-daughter” day in Clearwater included a special type of ring shopping.
“He was more nervous over the vows to her than he was to me,” Janna says. “He always knew that I was a package deal, and Jayda was always my number one. Now, she is both of our number ones, and I couldn’t be happier to say that.”
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