*Thank you, LaDonna Busby, for writing today’s post and for being a daily blessing in so many lives.*
Many people have told of meeting someone and having that “love at first sight” feeling. Not that I doubted them, but I just never thought it would happen to me – but it did. Glen and I had been married a few years and wanted to start our family, but were having no success. We tried everything we could, including years of fertility treatments and still no baby. It seemed to me that everyone I knew was either pregnant or had just had a baby.
I do not remember who suggested adoption, but we came to the conclusion this was the way for us to try. Not having the money for private adoption, we decided to try through the state agency. There was so much paperwork, references to find, home visits – it took well over a year to get everything completed, but one wonderful day came notice in the mail we had been approved and were now on the waiting list. We had not asked for a newborn, as we knew there were few available. Didn’t think it would take another year and 3 months before anything would happen, but it did.
I have to admit, I cried a lot and prayed a lot – especially when my sister became pregnant. It was following this crying, praying spell that I felt a deep peace come over me, and I really heard the words, “Don’t worry, there is a child out there for you. Just wait.”
I tried to be patient, but it was so hard. Finally in March 1979, we got the call, and the social worker would be at our house on March 15 to see if we would like to talk about a 6 month old little girl who was available. Was she kidding? Of course we wanted to talk – we really had no doubts, we wanted this baby, sight unseen. My feelings were so intense, even today I cannot quite explain them.
Glen and I traveled to Jonesboro on March 20, 1979, a cold, foggy, icy day. We were led to a room to wait. It seemed forever before the door opened. Zap! We both fell in love – instant, deep, holy. We all locked eyes and that was that – she was ours, and no one would even dare try to take her from us. We knew our family was complete. We would protect her with every fiber of our being, provide for her, encourage her and give thanks to God for her. Susan Naomi became our world instantly.
Gratitude? I am grateful to the young woman, scared and alone, who made the decision to put her baby up for adoption. Grateful to God for loving me and Glen so much that he had this beautiful child out there waiting for us. So, yes – there is love at first sight, and it brings happiness, hope and gratitude.