Richard and Kelley

Married Since: 2010

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We will never completely understand the choice that you must be facing. However, we have been praying for you every day since we decided to adopt. Our prayer is that God continues to give you strength and peace to make the best decision for you and your sweet child.

Richard and Kelley

from Georgia

Richard

Ancestry: English

Religion: Baptist

Occupation: Electrician

Education: High School

Hobbies: Golfing, Racing, Camping, Football, Fishing, Working on cars, Spending time with family and friends

Kelley

Ancestry: English

Religion: Baptist

Occupation: Cardiovascular Tech

Education: A.S.

Hobbies: Camping, Shopping, Traveling, Spending time with family and friends, Going to Pampered Chef, Thirty-One and Premier parties

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Asian, Caucasian / Asian, Asian / Hispanic, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Native American, Hispanic, Hispanic / Native American, Native American Indian

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Baptist

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From Us to You

Hello sweet friend,

We will never completely understand the choice that you must be facing. Our prayer is that God continues to give you strength and peace to make the best decision for you and your sweet child.

We believe so much in adoption, as we both grew up with cousins that are adopted. Our extended family easily embraced our cousins into the fold and they have always seemed more like siblings than cousins to us. We are so blessed to be close with both sides of our families with many aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins who are anxiously waiting for the new addition of the family to arrive.

We met when I (Kelley) was a senior in high school, so yes, I married my high school sweetheart. We dated for six years total and were married in 2010. One of the best days of my life was the day Richard proposed to me at our favorite restaurant. The shock on my face must have been priceless. I’ll never forget our wedding day when we committed our lives to each other. Those memories are never far for me.

Over the last several years, we have been trying to grow our family. I (Kelley) grew up with two brothers and I always wanted to have children of my own to love, laugh and see grow into adults. Richard loves kids and the way he is with our nieces and nephews I can’t wait to see him with his own child to love, laugh, and play with. Yet we have faced many challenges with infertility. Our journey has included three fertility treatments and I also had exploratory surgery to help diagnose the underlying issues. Despite the best of modern medicine and treatment, we still have no answer.

Therefore, we have decided to adopt a child because we so want to be parents. We have felt God calling us to give a child a loving home. We have had such a peace since making this decision, and we can’t wait to hold your baby, love them and teach them all of our values.

I (Richard) look forward to being a dad and giving your child a life full of adventure. I imagine taking your baby on camping trips to a local river and going on boat rides and seeing their little face light up with joy. To be able to enjoy our family in this environment brings me unspeakable joy. I (Kelley) look forward to being the mom that I have always imagined myself being. Giving your baby immeasurable love brings tears to my eyes. Just taking them on outings with my friends and their children is something that my heart aches for.

We live in a quiet neighborhood in Georgia. We love to have friends and family over to our home to share life together. On holidays, and during the spring, summer, and fall we love to go camping to the local rivers or to Ginnie Springs in Florida. We love being in nature, especially with our friends and their families kayaking at the river, swimming wherever there is water, fishing on the river, and going on boat rides. Also, during the summer we like to go to the beach, Daytona or Panama City, with our extended family. Going to the beach with our entire family is a tradition we hold fast to even as all our families grow. During the fall, we love to go to college football games, University of Georgia, or have friends and family over to watch the game together. Christmas is also a very special time for us as we gather together. Most of our favorite memories include the joy of Christmas time.

Richard is going to be an amazing father. He is already so loving and kind with our thirteen nieces and nephews. They love to play with him and it always makes me smile to see how they react to his unconditional love. I often daydream about him with our child teaching them to play ball, golf, or teaching them everything he knows about cars just as his dad taught him. Richard loves to play golf, fish, camp, and to go to the race track with his father. Richard works in the agricultural irrigation business and works on the farm. He is very handy around the house and can fix pretty much anything, which is helpful because I am not. Can you relate?

I work in the medical field, which was inspired by both of my parents’ joy for helping others. My dad was a pastor and my mom was a teacher, so I was instilled with strong values to serve. My faith in the goodness of God pushes me to grow and become the best me that I can. Above all else, I want to be a mother. I am really fortunate to have had two loving parents who helped mold me into the woman I am today, yet it hasn’t been without loss. My dad passed away suddenly in 2015 and since then I have been experiencing a new strength that I hadn’t known before. That resolve drives our desire to be parents. We have felt the calling so deeply in our hearts and we believe that it is in our near future.

We both truly want the best for you and your child. We hope this letter gives you a little insight on who we are. We hope that it speaks to you to let you know what kind of life your child would have if they were a part of our family. We will always keep you and your child in our prayers. Thank you for taking interest in our family.

Sincerely,
Richard and Kelley

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About Richard

Richard is an amazing man. He has always made me feel special when I am with him. He has opened me up to new things. Richard was raised in a small town in the country. He learned how to farm while riding dirt roads and swimming in the natural springs for fun. He loves to work on race cars and going to the racetrack, golfing, camping, and fishing. When Richard was little he would play with his toys and then take them apart to see how they worked. This is how he is able to fix almost anything and is very handy around the house. Teaching a child how to do these things would be a wish come true for him.

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About Kelly

Kelley is a loving and caring woman. She loves to hang out with her friends and family, swim in the pool, and go camping. Kelley grew up in a small town where her dad was a pastor. Her faith means everything to her, and this passion drives her to serve others in the community. She loves to help others in need and is always willing to do what she can for others. She works in the medical field, which was inspired by both of her parents, and she teaches one day a week at the technical college. She strives to make a difference in someone else’s life by giving back to the community. The opportunity to share these things with a child means everything to her.

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Our Families

Our families are very close on both sides of the family and our friends are like family. We try to get together with our families as often as when we can. Birthdays and holidays are typically when we are able to spend time together. Richard’s family loves the mountains and going to the races and Kelley’s family loves the beach. We have 13 nieces and nephews between the two families so we all stay pretty busy. We enjoy the time that we get to spend time with them even if it’s just for an afternoon. Our close friends are always a phone call away. We love getting together and spending time with them. We go to the movies, bowling, watch football games, camping, etc.

Richard’s parents are Rodney and Patricia and he has two brothers, Chris and Franklin. Chris is married to Michelle and they have three kids: Aubrey, Abby, and Ava. Franklin has been married to Jodi for a couple years now. Kelley’s mom is Rose and her dad is deceased. She has two brothers Anthony and Daniel. Anthony is married to Christina and they have two kids: Ansley and Samuel. Daniel is married to Krissy and they have six kids: Cole, Caleb, Cameran, Caiden, Addison and Aliza. Kelley is very close to her aunt, Brenda, and her daughter Kristy. Kristy is married to Brad and they have two kids: Audrey and Ella. Also, we have some very close friends that we are around on a regular basis. Brandon and Kayla are some of our best friends. We are so blessed to have the love and support of our family and friends.

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Our Lifestyle

We have our small group over every summer for a pool party right before school begins and the kids love to come over to swim, grill, and make homemade ice cream. We live in a military town so we are very culturally diverse. We have an aviation museum that is fun to go and see all of the planes and to see the air shows. We have a park right down the road from our home that has a playground and a walking track that would be fun to take children. Our town also has a water park, skating rink, arcade, bowling alley, and a party playground that is all fun to go to and have birthday parties at. We love our families and try to see them 2 to 3 times a year if not a little more. We live an hour away from most of them and the kids are older and all have busy schedules. Everyone is excited to have the new addition to come into the family. The cousins are constantly praying for God to bring a child to us. Everyone is so supportive of us adopting and can’t wait for the day we get to introduce them to the new addition to the family.

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How We Spend a Typical 3-Day Weekend

We love to go camping. We actually have a camper and we love to pull it to a body of water and just spend some one on one time together. Most of the time we invite our close friends with us that we share life with that are actually close relatives as well. We also like to go to the golf course so Richard can play a round of golf or go to Top Golf to play together. We love going to out to eat after a long week just to decompress and talk!

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Our Faith

Our Christian faith is very important to us. Raising your child in our church is something that we look forward to. Our church has a great children, youth, and high school ministry that will love and support them. It also has an Awana program that your child will be a part of while we are at small group. Kelley’s dad was a minister so she was brought up in church. Her parents instilled the importance of having a personal relationship with God. She was taught to earnestly pray before making decisions and to allow God to lead her to the answer. Her parents were also servants and taught us that we must serve and love others the way Christ does. We want to have the chance to teach your child the same Christian values that she was taught.

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Our Traditions

When our families get together for Christmas is always a fun and crazy time. Kelley’s family tries to have Christmas at a different member of the family every year. Richard’s family typically gets together in Christmas Day and we want to start a tradition of a destination Christmas. Other holidays we may try to get together with family but mostly we get together with Richard’s first cousin and their kids for Halloween to go trick or treating. The fall is always such a fun time of year. We love college football so on Saturdays our friends and their families gather together to watch the many games on tv and cheer on our favorite team. Richard and I go camping every year in Florida and it is always a very special time. We love to have family and friends over in the spring, summer, and fall to have fun in the pool, grill, and watch whatever sport is on television.

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Our Home

We live in a nice house that we have had for five years, in a nice and quiet multiracial neighborhood. Our home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, 1600 sq. ft., and an in-ground pool in the backyard. It has tan siding with a brick archway framing the front door. We also have an American Bulldog named Sadie. She is very loving and very good with kids. There is a park right down the street from the house that has a playground, walking track, and baseball fields.

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Our Careers

Richard: I am a farmer and I work on irrigation equipment that helps water the crops in the field. I actually grew up on a farm with my father teaching about how tractors work and how food is goes from seeds to food on our table. I work long hours during the spring and fall trying to get the crops planted in the ground and then harvesting them to sell. My boss is aware of our adoption and I am flexible when it come to my hours. I am able to take off of work when I need to and my pay is not affected. My employer had actually been trying to get me to work for him for years prior to my employment. I would like to think that they feel like I am an essential asset to the farm. My co- workers look to me when something isn’t working right to help fix the issue at hand or to help guide them on how to do something.

Kelley: I work in the medical field as a cardiovascular technologist. I specialized in the heart so that I can help others with heart disease. This was inspired by both of my parents. They both had heart disease and my dad had a rare surgery. I wanted to know more about how a person like my dad and mom could have this type of heart disease and how it could be treated before having to have surgery. My job is flexible when it comes to getting off early and taking time off. My employer and co-workers would tell you that I am reliable, dependable, and an essential part of the work place.

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How We Met

We met at Richard’s birthday party and began talking. We began as just friends hanging out with the same group of people. We grew closer and closer to each other the more that we were around each other. We began dating and dated off and on for six years. Early in our relationship Richard would cook spaghetti and we would watch a movie. We always felt like the strength of our relationship is our friendship that laid the foundation. In 2009 we began dating again and began talking about our future. We both loved each other so much and just knew that we were meant to be together forever. We talked about it so much that Kelley actually bought her dress before Richard actually proposed. Kelley’s dad was a huge University of Georgia fan and Richard knew that he would be going to the meeting in the spring to meet the coach. Richard went with Kelley’s dad and Richard asked him for Kelley’s hand in marriage. The next night Richard took me to my favorite restaurant and proposed. It was amazing! When I called to tell my parents, my dad said to my mom “I thought I would have more time to process that my little girl was getting married.” It was like a dream come true! Our wedding was a perfect day. We had the wedding at the church where Kelley’s dad was a minister. We will always hold that day close to our hearts because her dad actually did the ceremony. He had the whole church in tears and right before he presented us as husband and wife Kelley just reached up and gave him a huge hug. Afterwards, we went to the reception in a white corvette at a different location because I wanted to dance with my dad and also have a dance with Richard. We weren’t able to go on our honeymoon right away because I was still in school, but right after finals we headed to Orlando where my parents have a timeshare.

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What We will Tell our Child about their Birth Mother

We want you to know that your child will have many adventures and a home full of love. We will make sure that they know of your amazing strength and your unconditional love for them. We want them to know that they were a gift that was given out of pure love for them. We pray every day for God to grant you the strength, wisdom, and peace that you need to make this decision. We plan on sending pictures of all of their milestones in life so that you may see them grow into the person that you have envisioned them to be. We want to thank you for considering us to raise your child. Giving us the opportunity to be parents is a debt that we could never repay and we will be very grateful if you give us that chance.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

We began our journey of fertility six years ago. After trying to have a baby for two years and moving to our forever “home” we decided to go to the doctor to make sure that everything was okay with us. We went through three artificial insemination procedures that didn’t take and Kelley had a diagnostic surgery to see if there was a problem. Unfortunately, we still have no answer to why we aren’t able to have children. After many prayers and tears of asking how we would want to have a family we decided that adoption would be best for us. We both grew up with adopted cousins in our family and Kelley’s cousin was raised more like a sister than a cousin. We felt such a peace after we made this decision that we know that God is leading us to adopt a child into our home.

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Our Promise to You

Hello Friend – we want to thank you for taking interest in our life to raise your child. We feel honored that you are considering us. We want you to know that we admire your decision and pray for you daily, that God gives you the strength and peace that you need to make the best decision for your child. We want nothing but the best for you and your child. By giving us the best gift, anyone could give us is the gift of becoming a parent. We would love them unconditionally and give them many opportunities. We have always wanted kids but when we were in the fertility process, I (Richard) actually told Kelley that I didn’t want to lose her in the process and that as long as we had each other I would be okay. A child will complete our family and will bring Kelley and me that much closer. Our greatest prayer for your child is to have a great life. I, Richard, have always wanted to be a dad and be able to love children and teach them everything that I know and also for them to teach me too. We want your child to always know that they are safe in our home and that they are loved unconditionally. We want your child to always know that they can come to us for whatever they need even if they know that we may not approve of their actions. I, Kelley, look forward to being a mom. This is something that I have always dreamed of. Being able to rock a child to sleep, getting woken up in the middle of the night, falling asleep in the rocking chair while comforting your child is something that I often dream about. It will complete our family. Richard loves kids… seeing him with our nieces and nephews is amazing. He doesn’t mind playing in the yard throwing the ball around or being a jungle gym in the pool or on the floor. Richard is actually the one that asked me if I wanted to volunteer in children’s church. We were in one of the rooms and this little boy never cried when Richard was there and his mom actually thanked Richard for being there because it gave her comfort that her child loved Richard.

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