“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Given the ages of the kids at the time of adoption in November, 2014, we chose to maintain their birth names, changing only their last name. After the adoption, we planned to move our family closer to the PacMoore plant I manage in Mooresville, IN. As I began pulling down the totes stored high in my garage, I came face to face with same ball glove that caused my tears and pain years earlier. Staring at the familiar initials, the hair on my neck stood on end, and I felt like the lead character at the end of a heart-tugging movie as I realized that my God had the plan all along…not only had my God provided us with the children we never thought we would see, but He provided me with a son, whose name after the adoption had become Austin Wayne Rawlins.
Listen to Adam’s personal telling of the story below, along with a slideshow of him and his family through the years of fostering and finally adoption.