Nickname: Ronnie and Kelly

Married Since: 2015

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

In choosing us to raise your child, you will be choosing a family that laughs every day, has strong faith, supports one another, and believes that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. A belief that we will pass on to your child, along with unconditional love.

Ronald and Kelly

from Virginia

Ronald

Ancestry: English, Irish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Juvenile Corrections Officer

Education: HS/Firearms Instructor

Hobbies: History, Camping, Kayaking, Hunting

Kelly

Ancestry: English, Cherokee

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Master Police Officer

Education: BS/Firearms Instructor

Hobbies: Kayaking, Camping, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Motorcycles

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

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From Us to You

Dearest Birth Mother,

We have longed for a child to shower with love for years.  We want you to know that if you bless us, we will love and cherish your baby to the moon and back! We want to provide a loving, safe, nurturing home and your child will be an addition to our family. I’ve (Kelly) always dreamed of being a mom, and never thought I would have an issue having a child of my own. I had not met the “right one” to share my life with and I kept putting off having kids until I met my life partner, never thinking it would ever be “too late.” When Ronnie and I first dated, I told him right away that I wanted children, and he told me he had once dreamed of having 4 or 5 kids! It was a match made in heaven, except he could no longer have kids biologically. Ronnie has three wonderful kids! They are caring, smart, lots of fun, and well-mannered, and I love them all as my own! But I did not have the opportunity to hold them as babies and I long for those first bonding moments. I want to be a mom, from the very depths of my heart. Our kids are very supportive of this choice and are excited to have a baby sister or brother to play with, be protective of, and help teach all the things that siblings pass along to each other. We very much want to have a child to love and raise together, and to whom we can pass our knowledge experiences.

We cannot wait to read bedtime stories, have birthday parties with all our family and friends, and enjoy snuggling every day. Our plan is for Ronnie to stay at home in the beginning, which will allow us to have more quality family time, more time to enjoy family outings, grow our family farm, as well as focus on setting the right foundation. We live on a farm, so there will be lots of things to teach your child about, like collecting chicken eggs, feeding the piglets, taking tractor rides, and watching lots of baby calves run around, and how to yell for them. Daddy will be funny because he can’t call cows very well, but Mommy learned from PopPop and they come running for her!  We can’t wait for hiking trips, camping, and playing at the river.  We know it might be a little while before full weekend trips, but we can’t wait to get the right life jacket and have your child sitting in the kayak with us and learning how to hold the paddle.  We look forward to having a close family bond. We love to take walks together, and we can picture your child swinging between the two of us as we hop over cow patties and road apples in the field, laughing and smiling.   We will teach your child about the wildlife and about the two albino deer in the hayfield.  We like to visit State and National Parks and we will pass on our love and respect for nature and this country’s beauty. We hope to spend lots of time with the grandparents, who will no doubt, spoil and love their new grandchild and tell lots of stories and pass on knowledge, like Nana’s bass playing skills, and all the things PopPop has to teach about farming and building.  Nana likes to turn on the microphone and will let your child sing to their heart’s content.   We are a family of DIYers, so there will be lots of projects to learn along the way as well, including gardening, landscaping, carpentry, and just about anything else you can think of to do at home.  Baby size hammers and blocks of wood will be good for practice.   Swing sets and rope swings will be lots of fun, and some time on the horsey will be great for rounding out afternoons in the sun!  We can’t wait to share sit-down family dinners, our love of reading and history, and building strong bonds with family and friends. Our support network includes people of all different backgrounds, and your child will learn acceptance and respect for others, no matter their race, gender, religion, sexuality, or ethnic background. We stress the importance of respect and equality to our kids, as well as a strong work ethic and personal responsibility.

Life is sometimes full of surprises, and sometimes overwhelming. Life is not often easy, and while we cannot imagine what you are going through right now, you are strong and God has a way of carrying us through the most overwhelming times. You are strong and courageous in the decision you are considering, and we hope to be blessed by your decision. While we haven’t met you, we already feel that God has a plan for us to be united.  Our prayers are with you, just as our family and friends pray for us. In choosing us to raise your child, you will be choosing a family that laughs every day, has strong faith, supports one another, and believes that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. A belief that we will pass on to your child, along with unconditional love.  We would be blessed by your selfless choice, and forever grateful.

With our sincerest thoughts,
Kelly & Ronnie

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

We have chosen the path of adoption after attempting IVF because we have so much love to give and want to share the joys of raising a child together.  It is our desire to grow our family, and while Kelly loves Ronnie’s children very much, she would love to rock a baby to sleep in her arms, enjoy smelling all the baby smells, and nurturing and teaching a child that they can accomplish whatever they set their mind to.  Becoming a mom would be a dream come true.  Ronnie is a wonderful father and has loved every minute of being a dad, and he has a wealth of knowledge already about raising great kids!  As a teenager, Ronnie was taken in by his best friend’s mom when he needed a home.  We understand, first hand, the importance of CHOOSING to be family.  We want to share in the parenthood experience together as a couple, and his kids are looking forward to having a younger brother or sister!  We will provide your child a life filled with love, encouragement, and guidance.  Nothing is more important than raising happy, healthy, well-adjusted kids!

Our lives will be blessed in so many immeasurable ways! Having a child is such a gift, and we want to share all the experiences and knowledge we’ve gained over the years. We want to give unconditional love and enjoy all aspects of being parents together. As we teach a child, we ourselves also learn lessons of love, patience, and acceptance.  I, Kelly, cannot even begin to express how deep the desire is to be a mother. It sometimes feels I am missing out on the one true thing I was meant to do in this lifetime.  Being a parent is the ultimate test and GIFT.  Ronnie has always cherished being a father, and he often wishes his growing kids were still young enough to fall asleep on his chest.  We both want to share our lives with a child, and that all other things come after family.

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About Kelly, by Ronnie

How do I explain what my wife means to me and what makes me love her? I could easily say the obvious, that she is my true love, but I also want to show you some of the reasons why I feel the way I do about her.

  1. She’s extremely beautiful. That’s always helpful.
  2. She’s understanding and never stands in my way when it comes to my 3 wonderful children.
  3. Probably the most important thing, she truly loves my kids.
  4. We leave each other silly notes.
  5. When we are in public we will stand close and find ways to touch each other, bump elbows, touch feet, or just hold hands.
  6. I sleep better knowing she’s near.
  7. She has such a caring heart. When we went to the shelter to pick up our new family dog, we had to immediately rescue a second dog that was starved and in desperate need of a loving home.
  8. We have a lot of the same interests, so my hunting, camping and kayaking trips have become full family trips.
  9. She is a do-it-yourselfer. She and her father built the house that we live in (I helped a little).
  10. She and I both share the ALPHA personality, but we make it work.

This may not come close to explaining the depth of love I have for Kelly. All I can say is what we often say to each other, “I love you with all that I am.”

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About Ronnie, by Kelly

Ronnie makes me laugh!  While the world is chaotic, he puts my soul at ease and makes me feel like the most special lady on earth.  He tells me every day I’m beautiful, and that he loves me!  I waited a really long time to find my Mr. Right, and when Ronnie finally drummed up the courage to ask me out (so he says), we seemed to have a wonderful first date.  We talked for hours and seemed to have so much in common.  Then he didn’t call me back, so of course, I had to text him and ask if I misunderstood.  Ronnie said he didn’t think there was any way I really liked him that much.  He put so much effort into our second date, choosing the perfect spot at the park for a picnic, built a musical playlist, and again we spent hours just hanging out.  The first time I saw him with his kids, my heart melted and I knew without a doubt he was a wonderful man.  Ronnie enjoys planning special things, and together we enjoy laughing every day!  We both have stressful careers and being with each other, laughing and smiling, just reduces all the stress.  Ronnie will ask me to dance in the kitchen, and he’s even gotten me to dance in the aisles at Lowe’s.  He is sweet and romantic, loyal, handsome, and strong-willed.  Even when he is angry, he just tells me he’s holding my umbrella.  Ronnie gave me a picture to hang on the wall of an old man holding an umbrella over his wife even though he is upset with her, because that is what love is! We can share our work stresses with each other, we enjoy many of the same things, and he is a devoted father!  He loves his kids so much it pains him to see them go at the end of our weekends.  He absolutely adores his children.  He loves history, and passes that love on to his kids and me!  He always supports me and holds me when I need a hug.  Our wedding vows included the phrase we tell each other every day, “I love you with all that I am.”

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Lifestyle

We live busy lives but we enjoy our family time first and foremost.  We believe in laughing a lot and enjoying the small things in life.  We often get silly around the house, just making jokes and having fun.   We relax at home, spending time with two dogs that cannot stay out of the mud or watching the chickens, which is surprisingly entertaining!  We live on a cattle farm, and often the family enjoys taking carrots and apples to the horse. We enjoy the outdoors!! We often take short camping trips, sometimes along the local rivers, packing our gear in our kayaks and utilizing the river islands to set up camp overnight.  The kids also love the outdoors and have grown into decent paddlers and each has their own kayak to navigate the rivers now.   We look forward to weekends with Ronnie’s kids and spending quality time catching up on the week’s adventures.  We like to go for walks, hikes, and drives through the pastures at home, the local countryside, as well as visiting National and State parks in appreciation of the beauty and history of our home state.

When we are blessed with a baby, our plan is for Ronnie to leave his full-time job to allow him to stay at home. He will probably work one or two days a week, but he has lots of experience with kids and will enjoy being a stay-at-home dad. Ronnie was very involved in raising his 3 older kids, and he still talks about how much he enjoyed watching each baby fall asleep on his chest after he fed them. He is a fantastic, loving father! Kelly works full time but will be hurrying home each evening to get in her cuddle time as well, and within a few years will be able to cut back dramatically after early retirement.  Currently, Kelly’s schedule includes a four-day break each “weekend” so there will be plenty of family time. Both of us believe in having family dinner whenever possible, as bonding time, so the pantry will stay stocked for homemade meals!

Most days would include waking up and having some breakfast, maybe sitting on the front porch to watch the chickens run around the front yard, feeding the animals, collecting eggs, and taking lots of walks in the fields on the farm.  Visiting with PopPop John over at the big barn, and taking rides in the tractor over to the river will likely be a regular occurrence, along with some trips over to Uncle Jason’s to see his friendly cattle and the beehives with cousin Eloise!  Cuddles with our dogs, Evie and Hayley, will fill most of the day.  Some day trips to the park to play, church with Nana, rides to town, and lots of fun activities will round out the days!  Every day will be filled with love and lots of laughter!!

We are absolutely committed to providing a safe, loving, nurturing home to your child, and raising them to be a strong, confident, and independent individual. Ronnie’s kids are excited and looking forward to having a younger sibling to play with as well as sharing their knowledge and experiences that only they can provide as big brothers and sisters.   Each and every day is one to be appreciated, and we would be blessed to share our time and love with your child.

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Home & Neighborhood

We live in a rural area, on a farm where the family raises grass-fed beef cattle. Kelly and her dad built her house with their own hands over several years, and Ronnie and Kelly got married on the front porch in 2015, a few months before moving into it.  There is plenty of green grass to play in the front yard, and a fenced yard in the back to play with Hayley and Evie, the family dogs. There is lots of space in the big ranch-style home, and family dinners are a big thing in this family!  We enjoy the time together, to talk and share laughs, ideas, and exciting news and stories from our day.  We’re surrounded by other farm families, and Kelly’s dad lives just a hillside away, while her mom and brother’s family are just a short drive down the road. Ronnie’s dad and step-mom are also fairly close for weekend visits to enjoy MawMaw’s home cooking and pies.  All of the grandparents are eager to provide lots of hugs and kisses, and lots of spoiling!!

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Our Pets

We have two spoiled-rotten, rescue dogs. We lost our last dog to cancer, and went to rescue a puppy, and ended up coming home with two! Both are loving, and adorable.  Evie is a hound mix, and sometimes gets caught drinking Mom and Dad’s coffee when no one is looking. Hayley is a super-hairy, Great Pyrenees mix, but colored like a German Shepherd. She loves belly rubs, and both dogs absolutely love when Ronnie’s kids are at home with us! They get super excited to see the kids, and often walk into their rooms just to check in on them! They are great with the kids and have a large yard to run around, and they get jealous of each other when Abi, Ronnie’s daughter, takes only one for a walk on the farm.  We have lots of chickens, and like to hatch babies each year to supplement the flock!  Watching baby chicks hatch is super exciting and we then get to have lots of hands-on time while raising them in the brooder.  We take lots of walks through the fields to check in on the cattle, see the baby calves running around, and we love to take apples and carrots to Striker, our horse!  He absolutely loves to be rubbed and groomed and will let Abi jump on and take a quick walk around the field bareback.

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Racial & Cultural Diversity

While every one is equal, we are each unique.   We both have friends and family that look, speak, and even think differently than us.  We believe that there should be no differences based on race or ethnicity.  Every individual is just that, an individual!  We choose our friends and family based on the love and support that they provide.  We endeavor to treat everyone with respect and teach our kids to do the same, no matter the age, race, gender, or ethnicity.  We should all be striving to appreciate and learn from each other, rather than tearing each other down.  We have many close friends, that we call family, that are from different backgrounds.  We enjoy sitting down with all of our family and friends to have in-depth conversations about their varying backgrounds and lifestyles.  Every person has a story to tell, and each one is a valuable lesson.  Your child will always know that they were given in love and chosen from love, and provide them with every opportunity we possibly can!  Life is an experience, a journey and it is best to be prepared for it, and having a big, loving supportive family is one of the best ways to have the most rewarding journey!!

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What We Will Share

We will tell your child that you love them and made a courageous decision, in the very best interests of your child, to allow us to provide them with the very best home we can. We will tell them that your decision allowed us the opportunity to be parents, and that is a gift that we will always cherish.  We will honor your sacrifice, help them to learn about their heritage, and embrace their own story and journey.  Your decision is not an easy one and is done out of love.

We will be forever grateful for your precious gift. We will love and cherish your child, and you need not worry! We cannot explain in words the emotions in our hearts. We want to raise a child of our own together. Ronnie has had the gift of parenthood, and he loves his kids with every fiber of his being. Kelly yearns for that love and connection, to have a child of her own, from her very soul. We will be wonderful parents together, just as we are partners in life. We are thankful to God and thankful that He has led you to cross paths with us in this adoption journey.

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Our Favorite Things

Kelly most enjoys spending time with family and friends and taking advantage of precious quality time.  Whether a movie night at home with Ronnie and the kids, grocery shopping with her mom, or girl’s day with her closest friends, she enjoys building on the relationships she values most.  She also enjoys kayaking and camping with the family and testing herself on the jiu-jitsu mats.  She enjoys a day at the range practicing shooting skills and hopes to sign up for competition matches in the future.

If asked what his top 3-4 favorite things to do, he would list: spend time with Kelly, spend time with Caleb, spend time with Abi, and spend time with Joey.  Time spent with family is always at the top of the list for Ronnie!  He is always excited for the weekend spent with the kids, and it is when he is most relaxed and happy!  He enjoys camping and attempting “survival” weekends with the boys where they build their shelters and choose a limited number of survival items for their camping trip.  He looks forward to Sunday at his parents, when MawMaw cooks the meal, and everyone splits wood or plays football or war.

We both enjoy time spent on the farm, outdoors, whether it is working cattle, building and mending fences for the chickens and pigs, or just sitting on the front porch enjoying the sunset.  Outdoor activities in which they can enjoy nature and clean fresh air are always a source of relaxation and enjoyment!

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Our Families

Kelly’s brother, sister-in-law, and their young daughter live close by and also raise beef cattle.  Cousin Eloise will be a great little mentor when it comes to reading and collecting eggs, and learning about farm animals.  Kelly’s mom lives nearby as well and cannot wait to have another grandchild to spend time with and shower with love!!  The entire family gets together often, especially on holidays and birthdays to celebrate.  Ronnie’s parents live within 45 minutes of home, and we visit them almost every other weekend whenever his kids are home for weekends.  Our oldest son, Caleb, still comes most weekends to spend time with us and his younger brother and sister even though he is well into adulthood.  The kids all have a strong bond, and they all have a group text, along with Ronnie, where they laugh and joke every day to stay in touch when they are not together.  We have lots of friends that we love to spend time with, and everyone is excited about welcoming a new family member!  All of our family and friends are supportive and our kids can’t wait to have a new baby brother or sister.  Abi likes to focus on her school-work and plans on attending college in the future to become a veterinarian, while Joey is on the cheer-squad at school, even though he is a little shy.

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Family Traditions

One of our family traditions is to have family meals together when all of the kids are with us!  Nothing beats a home-cooked meal being shared among the ones you love.  We believe in using that time to build our relationships through conversation and laughs.  Even though Ronnie’s oldest son is in his early 20’s, he still comes to visit on the weekends so he can spend time with us and his younger siblings.  We also love to have family games of rummy, and usually on Sundays, we are visiting the grandparents, who get right in on the competition.  We have all become quite the strategists when it comes to our card games!!  The chessboard comes out pretty often as well, and we play Jeopardy and Clue as well.  We also enjoy target practice!  We always make safety a priority and have strict rules in place whenever we are at the range or family land to target practice.  We strongly encourage each of the kids to think for themselves and come up with their own opinions on matters.  They have grown into respectful and happy young adults, and we are so very proud of each of them!

As a couple, Ronnie and I tell each other every day how much we love each other.  We often take a moment to just dance together to one of “our songs” in the kitchen, or sometimes even in the aisles at Lowe’s (yeah….I think some people stop and stare, haha).

Our Faith

Although we do not currently attend regular services, we both have very strong faith. We hope to find a church close to home that would be a perfect fit for us as a family.  We look forward to having more time to attend in the next few years.  Our faith is so very important, and we often must remind ourselves that God has a plan, and we must trust in Him. He provides us with so many opportunities and blessings and we pray that He will lead YOU to US!

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Trips & Travel

We often enjoy camping or kayaking when we have a few days to get away from home. We like to take day trips or spend the weekend with the kids hopping from island to island as we paddle downriver. Sometimes a “survival camping trip” is the goal, and everyone gets to choose just a few survival items for the trip, similar to one of our favorite survival shows, “Alone!”  We also enjoy traveling to state and national parks and historical sites to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and take in some history.  We often like driving along scenic byways and hiking up to some of the waterfalls or overlooks.   Sometimes, we just make it simple and enjoy a weekend spent at home, watching movies, playing board games like Clue or chess.  Often, there are competitive games of Rummy amongst the entire family, even when visiting with the grandparents!

Last summer, we took a vacation to Wisconsin and enjoyed days at the pool, trips to caves, and the boys went fishing while Ronnie and Abi went horseback riding. There was also some time just relaxing together, watching TV and reading. Ronnie recently took the boys on a camping and hunting trip, which they all really enjoyed, and Joey got his first chance at a deer (but excitement got the better of him).

We took a trip to Gettysburg and got to walk many of the battlefields and learn about our nation’s history.  Ronnie loves history and has passed that love on to all of his kids. On most trips, he acts as our personal tour guide since he has such a great way of recreating history stories.

A weekend trip to the beach, or the mountains, where we can enjoy the scenery and plan some fun things to do is one of our favorite things to do.  We all enjoy being outside and any activity in which we can breathe fresh air and take in the beauty of our surroundings will usually top the list!

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What We Will Teach

We will teach our children about love, respect, responsibility, determination and confidence. We want our kids to have integrity, a good work ethic, and to always know they are loved and that they can achieve anything they set their minds to accomplish. We will always do our best to be a good example for our kids, and want to teach them how to be well-adjusted, successful, contributing members of society. We will give them the tools to accomplish what they desire in life.  With these ideals as a foundation, and with strong faith, ALL things are possible.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to keep your child safe, and loved….always!   You can rest assured that we will love your child with every ounce of our being, and will do everything in our power to give them the best life possible.  Your child will be supported, loved, and encouraged, and raised to “pay it forward”.  Kelly’s parents raised her to believe that she could do ANYTHING she set her mind to. We firmly believe that type of encouragement is what makes children thrive.  Ronnie has instilled in his kids the same philosophy.  Life is not always easy or fair, but with the right mindset, we can always get past tough times to enjoy our accomplishments.

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!