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.
Richard and Kelley