18 years ago, a Mississippi woman thought she was just being called in for an extra shift at work. Little did she know, this would be the shift to permanently change her life for the better.
In the middle of Sara Gibbs’ shift at a local hospital, hospital staff found an abandoned baby girl laying in blankets on the front steps of the building. “I was single. I worked 12-hour night shifts. There was nothing in my life that had prepared me for a baby,” Sara thought, as she helped check the baby’s vitals and check in on her over the next few days.
Yet a certain bond with the little girl drew Gibbs in closer and she ultimately decided to adopt little Janessa and take her into her home and life. Almost two decades later, the inseparable pair is a testament to the beauty of love that can be found in even the most desolate of beginnings.
When asked how she was able to go from a single nurse working long night shifts to a caring mother of a beautiful young lady, Sara responds that the Grace of God, the support of her church and her desire to give that baby girl a fighting chance at life are what kept her motivated.
This fall, 18 year old Janessa will go off to college where she hope to earn a degree in social work to help other children, who may not have been as lucky as her. We wish her all the best.