The Outside World Pregnant Woman Meets Stranger After Missing Flight – And It Changes Her Life Forever Published 7 months ago on Jul 31, 2018 By Monica Huntington When Samantha Snipes was eight months pregnant, she decided to take a spur-of-the-moment trip. Not only had the path that led her to this point been difficult, but traveling while heavily pregnant proved no easy task. Nearly at the point of complete emotional and physical exhaustion, she ended up missing her connecting flight on that fateful day. As chance had it, she was re-booked on a different flight at the last moment. However, what Samantha didn’t know as she boarded the plane was that an unbelievable chain of events had just been set into motion; events that would change the fate of her life and that of her unborn child’s forever. 1. Unforeseen Future For 24-year-old Samantha Snipes, the current reality of her life was not exactly as she’d wished. A series of difficult and astonishing choices to improve her situation, however, would eventually lead to one particular chance encounter that would change everything. ABC News In September 2016, Snipes was completely unaware of what would unfold after she boarded a Delta flight from where she was living in Arkansas to North Carolina; then again nothing about the past few months of her life had been expected. 2. Unexpected Situation Three months earlier, Snipes’s life was turned upside down when she found out she was pregnant. Although she had not necessarily been planning to become a mother quite yet, she was very excited. However, there was another critical issue in her life that she’d have to address. WeHaveKids.com Although she was living with her partner and father of her unborn baby at the time, she had to face the unfortunate reality that she didn’t feel safe with him. From that moment, it wasn’t just her life and future she had to think about, but that of her child’s as well. 3. Maternal Instinct The relationship between Samantha and her boyfriend at the time had not been healthy to say the least. Samantha had already been planning to leave the relationship. But the urgency suddenly struck her knowing she had a baby on the way. Instagram/Samantha Munoz This time, Samantha knew she needed to be resolute and leave the relationship once and for all in order to protect herself and her baby. Sadly, things still hadn’t gotten any better, so one day she made a brave decision. 4. Making A Move Samantha had hoped the father of her child would change his ways upon learning she was pregnant, but ultimately he didn’t. In fact, things progressively got worse until finally she decided to take a bold move and reclaim her safety. VideoBlocks One day, Samantha had decided that she’d had enough and left in the middle of the night. She never looked back. And although she felt relieved with her newfound freedom, she now had to seek a safe place to live. 5. Safe Haven With her belongings packed, the young pregnant woman set off for her mother’s home in Arkansas. She believed she would have the time and space there to consider her next move and contemplate what to do going forward with the pregnancy. But it wasn’t necessarily easy. Instagram/Samantha Snipes Samantha didn’t feel capable of raising a child on her own. She was considering her options when she ultimately decided that adoption would be the best route for herself and the baby. But just as she found an adoption agency that she liked, something else threw her plans off course. 6. Conflicting Conditions By this time Samantha was five months pregnant. Although she had decided that adoption seemed like a good move, her mother had a last minute change of heart and wanted to raise the child as her own. Although it was a nice gesture, the expectant mother now felt all the more conflicted. lovewhatmatters.com Time was of the essence and Samantha needed to make a decision that would be definite and positive for the baby, but the answer still didn’t come easily. On the one hand, adoption seemed ideal, but on the other, she didn’t want to disappoint her mother. Still, her journey was far from over. 7. Feeling Trapped Although Samantha loved her mother dearly, her mother’s house wasn’t what she had in mind for raising a baby. She didn’t believe the household was fit for an infant, but she was starting to feel that she was running out of options. GoodTherapy.org The emotional roller coaster that the pregnant woman was experiencing was only enhanced further by all of the dilemmas in her personal life. And while she had hoped she’d be basking in the glow of pregnancy, she started to become discouraged and glum. It was then that she turned to an old source of relief. 8. Escape Samantha’s pregnancy was inevitably advancing but she still felt unsure of what the future would hold for her and her unborn baby. She desperately wanted to be assured that her child would have a place to be nurtured and grow. Wirecutter.com So to pass the time and cheer herself up, she turned to an old pastime that gave her escape: playing online video games. In particular, she enjoyed “League of Legends.” At that point, however, she had no idea how that simple development would set her life on an unthinkable path. 9. Unlikely Connection Samantha had harbored a passion for video games since she was 15. It was always what she turned to when she needed an escape from real life. For her, gaming always felt like a home away from home. Playing online also exposed her to all kinds of people she perhaps wouldn’t normally interact with. Daily Mail Through multiplayer gaming, she started talking to a young man named Tom. For months the two spent hours chatting, laughing and getting to know each other over the Internet. By then he knew all about Samantha’s situation. And although she was eight months pregnant, he pleaded for her to come visit him in North Carolina. But would she accept? 10. Taking The Plunge Samantha thought about the offer. Although she wasn’t entirely certain, she eventually decided to take a chance and go to North Carolina. There was something about this guy, and they both wanted to see if there was anything more than friendship to build their relationship on. MakeMyTrip.com So at eight months pregnant, she went to the airport and mustered all her energy to navigate the bustling hub. However, when it came time to find the gate for her connecting flight, she was unsure of where to go. It was then that he heart suddenly sank. 11. Missed Connection After everything, Samantha couldn’t believe it when she realized she’d missed her transfer flight! She was tired and frustrated, but just when she started rethinking the whole thing, Tom made some calls and got her the next available standby spot. Mommy Points – BoardingArea Samantha had to wait a while until a seat opened up, but eventually something came up and she made her way again. She had no way of knowing then, but that missed connection flight would irrevocably change her life forever. 12. Before Takeoff Things were looking up further when an airport employee arrived with a wheelchair to take her to the gate. Since she was flying standby she didn’t have a choice when it came to seating although she was seated in the first available spot. Popular Science The traveling pregnant woman could finally breathe a momentary sigh of relief when she at long last settled herself in her plane seat. But she had no idea who the stranger in the seat next to her would turn out to be. 13. In-Flight Friendship Samantha’s relief was short lived as her nerves about flying soon returned. However, it turned out that she was seated next to a delightfully bubbly woman in her 40s named Temple. The woman was very friendly and sensing that Samantha was nervous, struck up a conversation with her. BellyBelly.com.au The two start chatting and Samantha found comfort in getting to know Temple. Although it was only an hour flight, the two women laughed and bonded, forging an instant friendship. While they had an enjoyable flight together, Samantha wasn’t expecting what happened when they got off the plane. 14. Parting Ways During the course of their conversation on the flight to North Carolina, Samantha had told Temple about the circumstances of her pregnancy. She also confided in her new friend that she had some reservations about having her mom adopt the child. DIA.com As the two disembarked from the plane, Temple went with Samantha to the bathroom to help fix up her makeup and exchange some encouraging words before meeting Tom. They then exchanged phone numbers while Temple waited with Samantha to make sure she was picked up and safe. The two women parted ways not knowing how their lives would incredibly overlap once again. 15. All Of A Sudden Samantha had just three days with Tom before she started having contractions. As the reality that the baby was coming struck her, the two frantically tried to decide whether Samantha had time to go home. Time was running out, though, and she had little choice. lovewhatmatters.com Ultimately, Samantha had no time to go home. Regardless, she wasn’t allowed on a plane at that stage in her pregnancy. Her contractions were growing stronger, and although Tom offered support and encouragement, they had to rush her to the hospital. 16. The Big Moment Although Samantha was somewhat scared and felt unprepared, she was supported by Tom and a midwife who surrounded her with encouraging words. And after just 12 minutes, Samantha had given birth and was the mother of a beautiful six-pound baby boy. lovewhatmatters.com Much to Samantha’s joy, the infant was healthy. Samantha was also in good condition and was able to have some time to bond with the newborn. She was overcome with emotion, but soon she was also gripped by another overwhelming sentiment. 17. Emotional Rollercoaster Having given birth out of state, the medical staff wasn’t necessarily aware of her situation. To make matters more distressing, the day after giving birth, Samantha was starting to feel overwhelmed and lonely as Tom had to go to work. LifeDaily Despite the joy of seeing her healthy baby, Samantha admitted that she still didn’t feel as much like a mother as she thought she should. So she called her mother but her unwavering insistence on raising the child only further upset Samantha. It was then, with tears running down her face, that a name popped in her mind: Temple. 18. Heaven Sent She remembered that Temple, the friendly woman whom she’d met on the plane, told Samantha she could feel free to call if she found herself in trouble or needed anything. So Samantha called Temple, explaining that she’d had the baby and asked if she’d be willing to visit. Daily Mail To Samantha’s delight, Temple agreed to come and even asked if Samantha wanted her to bring anything. She was emotionally overcome by Temple’s compassion and generosity, but looking back, Samantha says she’s still in disbelief about what was about to happen. 19. A Friendly Face Samantha couldn’t have been happier when Temple arrived at the hospital. She was grateful for just a friendly face to keep her company. The two women caught up on what had occurred in the few days since their flight, but that wasn’t all. Today As the medical staff brought the baby into the room, Samantha asked Temple if she wanted to feed him. With trembling hands Temple agreed. As she held the child and lifted the bottle to his mouth, Samantha had an idea, but she hoped it wasn’t completely off the mark. 20. Perfect Fit Having seen Temple with the baby for just an hour Samantha thought: “Temple would be perfect for him!” She looked so natural with the child and Samantha thought she’d make a great mother. It seemed that Temple bore the maternal inclination that Samantha just didn’t feel. It also already looked like Temple loved the baby. lovewhatmatters.com During the course of the visit, Samantha got the courage to ask Temple if she’d like to adopt the baby as her own. Temple was in disbelief. She had been caught completely off-guard and started shaking uncontrollably as she pondered the question and shared the reason she’d never had children. 21. Family Dreams Temple Phipps explained how she had previously been married but had never had any children. Even though she had been single for a while up until that point, she actually had always wanted kids. However, she’d always had some reservations. Facebook/Temple Phipps Seeing that Temple’s parents had divorced when she was young, she had always been very cautious about how and with whom she would have a family. Therefore, for several reasons, it just never happened for her. So as the shock wore off, she reached her emotional final answer. 22. Meant To Be Even though Samantha and Temple were practically strangers, Temple ultimately agreed to adopt the baby! Even though it was a difficult decision, Samantha felt it was right. The two women were full of emotion and crying tears of joy as they contemplated how life had serendipitously brought them together. au.news.yahoo Temple had actually contemplated adopting a child before, but had always been overlooked as a single woman. Now, however, the legal issues were quickly arranged and soon Temple was able to take her new son home. Meanwhile, Samantha braced herself as she prepared to confront her mother with the news. 23. Bittersweet Birth Announcement Samantha was dreading the call to her mother, but she knew she had to inform her of her decision. Unfortunately, her mother didn’t take the news very well. Her mother felt upset and betrayed. Life again seemed uncertain for Samantha until she was pleasantly surprised yet again. Yahoo Although they barely knew each other, Temple once again was at Samantha’s side. Samantha was blown away when Temple helped her make living arrangements and offered to help financially until Samantha could get her feet on the ground. It was at that moment that Samantha Snipes’s life was swept up in yet another whirlwind. 24. Another Big Change Tom, the young man Samantha had initially come to North Carolina to visit, heard about all that Temple was doing for Samantha and it made him do some thinking. Although Samantha and Tom had also only known each other for a short period of time, he came to a profound understanding. au.news.yahoo In light of everything they’d been through together in such a short amount of time, Tom declared his love for Samantha. Not wanting to be apart from each other, he asked if she wanted to move in together and she agreed! Two years have since passed and some surprising events have transpired. 25. Baby Blessings Temple officially adopted the baby she named Vaughn in August, 2017. She recalled that before going to the hospital to visit Samantha and baby Vaughn, she had been nervous and called her own mother to recount the story. But when she saw the baby, she knew she’d become his mother. wral.com “I count my blessings every day and I look at him and think I cannot — I still can’t believe this happened to me,” she told CBS News. “I won the baby lottery for sure, miracles do happen.” But what about Samantha? 26. Not Far As it turns out, Samantha and her boyfriend Tom are still together and going strong. She lives only an hour’s drive from Temple and Vaughn and is able to visit them often. Actually, Samantha still has a fairly active role in their lives. Instagram/Samantha Snipes Samantha regularly attends events in Vaughn’s life such as birthday parties. Samantha, Temple and Vaughn even have pictures of all three of them together and they have accepted that this is how their slightly unconventional family will be. Surprisingly, the bond between Samantha and Temple actually goes even further. 27. A Modern Family While Samantha is sure to give Temple and Vaughn the space to foster their mother-son relationship, she actually does talk with Temple almost every day. After moving to North Carolina, Samantha could not be more grateful for her chance encounter with Temple. CBS News Having gone from strangers on a plane, to so much more, Samantha was happy to find more companions after being introduced to Temple’s group of friends and Tom’s family. Incredibly, Samantha and Temple also work together now! But their story doesn’t end there. 28. In Ink Their amazing story understandably attracted a lot of media attention, but there’s still more to tell. Their lives have settled somewhat and they have had time to reflect on the incredible turn of events that led them to one other. Insider Samantha and Temple are now thinking about writing a book together about the life-changing missed connection flight that sealed their destinies. In the meantime, they’ve found an adorably heartfelt way to document everything and encourage each other along the way. 29. Worth 1,000 Words For their one-year anniversary, Tom gave Samantha the gift of a camera. Since then, she has been pursuing her aspirations of becoming a photographer. While focusing on child portraiture and working to build her portfolio, she has found the perfect subjects. lovewhatmatters.com Samantha loved photographing baby Vaughn and Temple both for her career pursuits, and of course as invaluable family mementos. After all that happened on the extraordinary path full of twists and turns, Samantha has a surprising outlook about it all. 30. No Regrets Samantha took to the Internet at one point to write a moving blog post about her experience. There, she expressed her happiness with all of the decisions she made along the way, no matter how difficult. She regards the events of her life as blessings and stated that she has no regrets. People “I want everyone to know that even though the walls may feel as if they are closing in on you, if you just trust your heart and have FAITH, it will get better,” she wrote. “I have met a love, as well as meeting a once in a lifetime friend. 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