Ronald 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

Life is sometimes full of surprises, and sometimes overwhelming. 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.

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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Dearest Birth Mother,

Life is sometimes full of surprises, and sometimes overwhelming. Life is not often easy, and while I 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 have not met you, we already feel that God has a plan for us to be united.

We want you to know that if you choose us, we will love and cherish your baby! 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. 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. Ronnie and I want very much to have our own child to love and raise together, and to pass on our experiences and knowledge to.

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, which will allow us to have more quality family time, more time to enjoy family outings, get things done around the house, as well as focus on setting the right foundation. We live on a farm, so there will be lots of things to learn like collecting chicken eggs, feeding the piglets, tractor rides, and watching lots of baby calves run around. We can’t wait for hiking trips, camping, and playing at the river. 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, laughing and smiling. 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. 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. Ronnie and I 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.

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 believe that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. We would be blessed by your selfless choice, and ever grateful.

With our sincerest thoughts,
Kelly & Ronnie

Q&A

Tell us about your home and 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. We are surrounded by other farm families, and dad lives a hillside away, while Kelly’s mom and brother’s family are just a short drive away. Ronnie’s dad and step-mom are also fairly close for weekend visits.

When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?

We often enjoy camping or kayaking when we have a few days to get away from home. Ronnie and Kelly like to take day trips or spend the weekend with kids hopping from island to island as we paddle down river. We also enjoy traveling to state and national parks and historical sites to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and take in some history. Sometimes, we take it simple and enjoy a weekend spent at home, watching movies, playing board games, or participating in a competitive card game.

Do you have pets? If so tell us about them?

We have two spoiled-rotten, adopted dogs. We lost our last dog to cancer, and went to adopt a puppy, and ended up coming home with two! Both are loving, and adorable, and a little over a year old. 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 are great with the kids, and have a large yard to run around, and they get jealous of each other when Abi takes one for a walk on the farm.

What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?

We want to teach our children about love, respect, responsibility, 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. We hope to always be a good example for our kids, and want to teach them how to be well-adjusted, successful, contributing members of society. We hope to give them the tools to accomplish what they desire in life.

What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?

We will let our child know that his/her birthmom made a courageous decision, in the very best interests of their birth child, to allow us to provide the very best home we can. Birthmom’s decision allowed us the opportunity to be parents, and that is a gift to be cherished.

Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.

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.

How will a child enrich your life?

In 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.

Describe your last vacation and/or day trip

We took a summer 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/hunting trip, which they all really enjoyed, and Joey got his first chance at a deer (but excitement got the better of him.

Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?

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. 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!

When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?

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

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