Samantha Thomas spent her whole life wondering who her birth parents were. With a court order, she was able unseal her birth certificate at age 27, and finally learned her mother’s name, Valerie Lopez. Then, she began to search for her – until she received an email that made her break down in tears.
Cynthia and Richard Powell adopted Thomas, and she grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, alongside her younger sister, Marisa. Thomas thrived in her high school years, earning the title of homecoming queen and valedictorian. She was also involved with the football team and student council.
After graduation, Thomas went on to study public relations at Oklahoma State University. She then put her degree to good use working for an Owasso, Oklahoma-based restaurant group. But when she and her husband, Trent, became parents to a son, Luke, and a daughter, Lyla, she traded in her job for full-time motherhood.