Pull out the tissues and prepare for sniffles as you join these adoptive mothers while they share their first meetings with their children. “It was just like coming home,” says Lori while talking about meeting their little Nathan for the first time. Deborah tells us that when times get tough as a parent she recalls the first meeting and is immediately transformed into feelings of peace and joy. “It sustains you through the hard times.” Adoptive parents often have difficulty sharing exactly how it feels when they first see their children. The emotions run deep, and a special insurgence of joy permeates the soul.