ATLANTA – “She’s magnetic,” says Brian Pierce of his adopted daughter, Hattie.
When Brian and Molly Pierce were on their honeymoon, they met a family with a 12-year-old daughter adopted from China. The Pierces had always known they would adopt someday, and spending time with the family confirmed it was something they wanted.
Brian and Molly communicated through their adoption agency that Brian had a cleft lip and palate as a child, and that it was something they were well-equipped to handle. When they opened the envelope containing a photo of their baby-to-be, Hattie, smiling back at them, Brian wasn’t surprised to see that she had been born with a cleft lip and palate, just like him.
He felt an instant connection with Hattie. Molly said, “She smiles with her eyes,” the same thing she had said to Brian on their second date.
Ten months later, the couple brought her home to meet her …