By Faye Gaston
Two special events were held on New Year's Eve at Adams Pecan. Fireworks were sold into the night to welcome a New Year. A children's book was sold, autographed by the author, Tracy Larkins. She was seated at a table holding rows of the book, "Birth Angel to the Rescue". It was dedicated to her adopted daughter, Alexis Donielle, who was present at the book signing. The book is about the process of adopting Alexis, "a miraculous adoption journey". Tracy said the book is about "the blessings of adoption and the goodness of the Lord".
Unable to have a baby of their own, Tracy and Don Larkins "prayed and prayed and prayed". She got a phone call "that a birth angel was making deliveries and a special package was created just for them".
That night Tracy and Don "prayed and prayed and prayed, thanking God for the birth angel, for the gift she had delivered, their special gift from God".
They had been foster parents to over 30 children across Alabama. When the adoption of Alexis was finalized, they were caring for five foster children: twins age 12, a child 6 years old, a child 2 years old and a baby 2 months old. Tracy and Don drove to Autauga county to pick up Alexis, 2 weeks old. Arriving home, Tracy's mother and several friends welcomed Alexis. Even the mail box was decorated.
November is "National Adoption Month", and Alexis was adopted on November 16, 2006. She was born in February but her bonus second birthday is celebrated on November 16.
Alexis is a student in the tenth grade (and college!), and plays basketball. She will be sixteen in February 2022, old enough for a driver's license. She got a car for a 2021 Christmas gift. Tracy said it was "divine intervention" that she and Don became parents, "a family forever".
Tracy started work on the book in 2013. She secured Sue Lynn Cotton to paint the illustrations after seeing her work in another book. The dedication reads, "Alexis, you were the greatest gift we could ever receive. You were well worth the wait". Tracy wants each family to read this children's book together to share the message of love in an adoptive family
Tracy had a book signing at Eastdale Mall on December 4. For purchasing a book or to schedule a book signing event, get in touch with Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cover of the book reads: Tracy Larkins was born out of wedlock from humble beginnings in Eufaula, AL to a single mother. She experienced her share of challenges growing up as an only child and without an active father in her life.
At an early age, she understood the need and importance of family. It was around age 12 that she was certain of her plans to marry a devoted husband and have children. As a young adult she married Don Larkins and together they have one child, Alexis Larkins".
During the interview at the book signing on New Year's Eve, she said she was concerned at the stigma of the word "adoption". She read a long list of just a few famous people who were "adopted": Babe Ruth, Eleanor Roosevelt, John Hancock, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Nelson Mandela, Edgar Allen Poe, Gerald Ford, Michael Oder (Blindside, movie), Dave Thomas (founder of Wendy's restaurants), and Simone Biles (Olympic gymnast).
This partial list proves there is no stigma in being adopted . It also proves the "birth angel" does a great job at matching the adopted children with their forever parents. Tracy calls this "divine intervention".