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“Even though you weren’t born in my tummy, you’ve always been in my heart.”

Heartwarming moment incoming! Tracey Brighton’s special message for her adopted daughter Olivia Rose on the radio made us smile for a mile:


Johannesburg, South Africa (04 December 2023) — Our hearts were ever-so warmed recently after we came across the very special message a mother shared for her daughter over the radio.

When radio host Shane Hunter of 919 asked the station’s listeners to share a message for the little ones in their lives who take up a big place in their hearts, Tracey Brighton knew her little girl deserved a wonderful shout-out.

However, behind the sweetest message Tracey Brighton shared for her 6-year-old daughter, Olivia Rose, was an even bigger message: love hardly requires being related to be just as powerful as any other kind of parental love!

In her message, she shares:

“Even though you weren’t born in my tummy, you’ve always been in my heart… you make me very proud to be your mommy,” before wishing her all the best for Grade 2. 

Tracey filmed Olivia’s touching reaction, and we’d be lying if we said our hearts weren’t melting (watch to the end)!

Speaking to Good Things Guy, Tracey shared a little of their story:

“I am a single mom by choice to this amazing little girl. In 2017 I finally made the decision to adopt after wanting to be a mom forever. Our process went quickly with the help of the best social worker ever. 

“In October 2017, my daughter and I were matched and two weeks later she came home with me when she was almost 8-months-old. Olivia knows she was never in my tummy but knows she was always in my heart. I’m her heart mommy.” 

Of her daughter, Tracey sings her praises:

“She is such an amazing little girl and has such a passion and talent for singing and dancing. She loves animals and would have a zoo at home if she could. She is such a girly girl and loves dressing up. My makeup and shoes did not last during lockdown since she claimed them all as her own.”

Her message to her daughter came at the perfect time too, due to big circumstances they’d endured the past year like losing a family member, moving home, Tracey starting a new job and of course, the shift to Grade 1 for Olivia Rose. But little Olivia Rose is said to have coped with all of it like a superstar.

“I love her more than anything in this world…the video clip was me just wanting her to know just how much I love her.”—Tracey Brighton.

Sources: GTG Interview
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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