Hi, my name is Landon Douglas Whitacre! I’ve got my Grandpa’s name, my Dad’s big smile, and my Mom’s ability to sleep through any and all loud noises. My favorite things are the sound of people’s voices, being snuggled up tight in a blanket, and the song “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne.

I came on the scene September 10, 2017, right as Hurricane Irma was heading up the coast toward all of us in Georgia. On the morning of September 12, when I was just two days old, my parents received what they describe as the “best phone call ever.” It was their adoption caseworker, letting them know my birth mom had picked them to be my adoptive parents.

The very next day, we met for the first time and became a family of three. My mom says that as she looked down at me, and the hospital nurse asked if she and Dad had a name picked out, she immediately thought of one of her favorite passages from the Bible:

Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
  I’ve called you by name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
  When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
  it won’t be a dead end—
Because I am God, your personal God,
  The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you . . .
That’s how much you mean to me!
  That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back,
  trade the creation just for you (Isaiah 43:1–4*).

* Mom also loves the song “No Longer Slaves” by Bethel Music. You can listen to it here:

I’m a healthy, happy baby, and my parents are so thankful I’m theirs. Mom and Dad are overwhelmed and grateful for how my birth mom took care of me before I was born, and to the doctors and nurses at the hospital who cared for me until they were able to bring me home.

It’s amazing how many people are celebrating me as the newest member of the Whitacre family! I already have so many people who love me—from my parents to my grandparents and great-grandparents, to aunts, uncles, cousins and all the members of the framily. Not to mention my parent’s childhood and college friends, coworkers, small group, and everyone who has been walking alongside them for so long on their journey toward me.

I’m glad to be here and can’t wait to meet you!

My parents made a Spotify playlist in my honor: