FC: Aaron & Kelley
1: Dear Expectant Mom, Hi, we are Aaron and Kelley. Thank you so much for taking the time to read our letter. We have the utmost respect for you and we know you have a tremendous amount of love and courage to consider an adoption plan for your child, we admire your selflessness. We have four daughters, Shelby, Graycie, Maggie, and Kelsey. We have a chocolate lab named Harley. We live in the country close to both of our families and the school the girls attend. We are very excited to be adding to our family through adoption.
2: You might be wondering why we want to adopt since we already have 4 children (and yes, we get asked that often!). We are so blessed to have our children and we love being parents. Due to health reasons, Kelley can no longer have children but we would still love to have more.
3: We are raising 4 terrific girls. We all want to share our love with a baby. With us as parents, your child will receive love and attention from all of us and have 4 built-in playmates and two very experienced parents. We are excited to add to our family through adoption and are looking forward to the child God will place into our family.
4: One of the most important things to our family is our faith in God and the relationship we have with Him. We’re not perfect, we have struggles and victories just like everyone else, but God still loves us. He is the center of our family.
5: We met on a blind-date, although it wasn’t technically ‘blind’ we soon found out! We were unaware until our first date we had indeed met before, multiple times. After talking about our childhood, we realized when we were in elementary school we attended the same church camp and discovered pictures of us when we were 8 and 9 years old sitting close enough to touch! It’s such a small world!
6: A little bit about Kelley- Aaron and I were married one year after I graduated high school. After Shelby our first child was born, we both knew that we wanted me to be able to stay at home with her. We have been blessed for Aaron to have a job that allows me to still stay at home with all of our children. I am the varsity cheer coach at our high school. I love working with the teenage girls. The coaching position allows me to be able to bring the kids with me to practices and games and also allows me to be a part of the school that our children attend which is so valuable to being an active part of our children’s lives.
7: I am also involved in the worship ministry at our church. I sing, play keyboard and auxiliary percussion for the worship band. I enjoy all kinds of music. I love Mexican food (especially good salsa) and playing the Wii with my girls. My first love is being a mommy. I’ve experienced a lot of different phases with four kids from teething, toddlers, tantrums, potty-training, school plays, middle school dances, to middle school drama (and not the kind that involves performances on stage, although at times, some of the “drama” I have witnessed could have played on Broadway), and I can honestly say I love it all. It’s not always easy, is sometimes exhausting and I’m not perfect at it all the time but I am wired to be a mommy and I love it!
8: “Kelley is an amazing mommy. It’s what she was born to do. I love how God matched us up with each other, she is strong where I am weak, and I am strong where she is weak. I sincerely believe that our children are blessed beyond measure by having Kelley as their mommy, and she is truly the glue that binds our lives together into a wonderful, healthy and thriving family. I think we make a great team!” -Aaron
9: A little bit about Aaron- After high school, I started working full time with my dad for our family farming operation. At that time my grandfather had already retired, and it was just the two of us working together. I cherish those times when it was just me and my dad working on the farm together, and I am so thankful for all that he has taught me. Since then our business has grown to 10 employees, which include seven family members. I love my job for so many reasons. I am able to spend a lot of time outside and no two days are the same. Our kids and Kelley are able to be with me on almost any given day which is such a blessing for them and me.
10: I enjoy working with teenagers, and Kelley and I work with the high school kids at our church. I teach high school classes at church and have a passion for helping teenagers. I am a member of our leadership team at our church. Our leadership team along with our minister help take care of the needs of our church. I have had the opportunity to serve on our local hospital board which has allowed me to learn a tremendous amount about healthcare and deepen my passion for helping others.
11: I love Italian food and family movie night. I love to take the girls fishing on our boat at the same lake I fished at when I was young with my grandma. | I have a lot of responsibilities running a family business, serving on our hospital and church boards, but none of them compare to being a daddy to my four little girls. I love being a daddy. There is no better feeling than coming home from work and having little arms wrap around my neck with a squeeze and hear the words “I love you daddy!” Being a daddy is a huge responsibility and I don’t take that lightly. | I love Italian food and family movie night. I love to take the girls fishing on our boat at the same lake I fished at when I was young with my grandma.
12: Â“Aaron is a natural at being a daddy. HeÂ’s tender when he needs to be and strict when necessary. He provides security for our family both physically and emotionally. He sets a great example of the kind of man I hope my daughters will someday marry. He is without question, my best friend!Â” -Kelley
13: Shelby is 14 and is a freshman in high school, Graycie is 12 and is in 6th grade, Maggie is 7 and is in 1st grade, and Kelsey is 4 and she'Â’s pretty much into everything! Our kids are so excited about having a new baby.
14: Our home is a 2-story cape-cod style home with a walk-out basement. We have a large backyard with a swing-set, trampoline, a pool, and plenty of room to run and play. We also have woods that our older girls like to go exploring in with Harley. We also have a detached garage that we call “Daddy’s garage” where he and Harley enjoy hanging out. Our home is surrounded by woods or cornfields, and the back yard is completely private providing a safe place for our kids to play outside.
15: Every summer we take a vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Aaron and Shelby like to go shark fishing while we are there. We also love traveling to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and enjoy the mountains. During the summer we like to have a bonfire in our backyard. (Harley loves the bonfires because the girls sneak him marshmallows!) | We love going fishing together also; even Kelsey has her own pole (Barbie of course!). As a family we enjoy going to the movies and attending the many sporting events at the girl’s school.
16: "My parents are outstanding. I am super close with my Momma. We can talk about anything. Daddy's love is unconditional and I know that they will always love me." ~ shelby
17: ""'Mommy and daddy are the best. They are the greatest Mom andDad anyone could have and I know I will be ready to take care of myself because of how they raised me.' -graycie
18: "I can't wait to change our new baby's 'pee pee' diapers...but not the poopy ones!" ~maggie
19: " 'I will teach our new baby how to play in the sand box.' -kelsey
20: We would like to share with you an experience our family had with a very special little boy. Recently, our family was blessed to have Adam in our lives. Adam is the grandson of friends of ours with whom we attend church. Adam is biracial and was 10 days old when he came into our lives. We developed a close relationship with his mother and all things indicated she was going to allow us to adopt Adam because she felt she wasnÂ’t ready to parent him. We had him in our home for 7 weeks. We took him on our family vacation with us. We loved and nurtured him. Her dad, step-mom, and mom all supported us adopting Adam. Needlessly to say, we all fell madly in love with him. Our girls were crazy over him. Our entire extended family all embraced him with open arms.
21: All things appeared to be lining up to allow us to adopt him. The papers were drawn; her entire family was in support of us adopting him. She did however suddenly change her mind and decide to parent Adam. Our family was heart broken but respected her decision. There are many unanswered questions, but we know we fulfilled what God called us to do during that time. God confirmed to us that we do not have to give birth to a child to love one. We do not understand many things in this situation but would not change, nor do we regret, a moment of our time with him. As a result of the time we spent with Adam, we feel as parents, our children and our extended family are all prepared for our parenting a biracial child.
22: We can only imagine the emotions you are experiencing right now. It is our hope you have a glimpse of our family. As you continue to search for the right adoptive family, know you and your baby are being prayed for right now as you read these pages. It’s difficult to give you a snapshot of our family in just a few short pages, but that challenge pales in comparison to the difficult decision you have before you. We would love the opportunity to sit down and talk some more and get to know each other a little better.
23: If you would like to know more about us, talk with us by telephone, or meet us in person, please let Steve or Joel Kirsh know. You can reach them at 800-333-5736. We hope to hear from you.
24: “The love of a family is life's greatest blessing”
25: “'To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.'" -Barbara Bush
27: "Family is the most important thing in the world." ~Princess Diana
29: " | "Our family is a circle of strength and love. With every birth and every union the circle grows. Every joy shared adds more love. Every crisis faced together makes the circle grow stronger"
30: Again, if you would like to know more about us, talk with us by telephone, or meet us in person, please let Steve or Joel Kirsh know. You can reach them at 800-333-5736. We hope to hear from you. GodÂ’s love and ours,