Amie Singleton's instincts kicked in with a visit to a Rwandan orphanage, but she didn't bring home a baby -- Amie, who is 30 and single, was so moved by one young man she met that she decided to make their bond permanent.
She is the proud mom of John Hope Singleton, 20, who has been blind since he was a baby. He was in a Rwandan orphanage since he was 7 months old.
Now, he's studying music, his passion, at the Rock & Bach Music and Performing Arts School in Frisco, learning how to play the piano and singing his heart out.
Amie met John 2-and-a-half years ago while on a mission trip to his Rwandan orphanage.
They spent several hours together, but after she left, they kept in touch – calling, Skyping and emailing.
One day, John had something to say.
"I said, ‘What if I call you my mother? What do you think?'" said John.
"I started crying," said Amie. "I was just so happy that he thought of me as a mom, and I instantly felt like he was my son, too."
Amie, who is nursing student and works with children at Baylor Medical Center, started working to secure a medical visa and become his legal guardian.
"I felt that I've been given so much, and so it wouldn't be that difficult to be able to help him get good treatment for his eyes, and that kind of started the whole process," she said.
In October, John arrived at DFW International Airport to reunite with his new mom.
"My life has totally changed since I got here," he said.
Amie and John are still settling into life together, and lots of people have helped, holding fundraisers and volunteering services like legal work.
While Amie never imagined this is how she'd become a mom, she says it's every bit as joyful.
"From that point on when he called me Mom, I adopted him in my heart and he's been my son ever since, and he always will be my son, too," she said.
Amie continues working through the legal process.
She and John had a hearing last week before a judge, and she is hoping to have everything completed in the next few months.