life as we know it

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


I knew we would eventually start a blog. The task just seems so daunting! Creating a design that represents you and is visually pleasing (thanks, husband!), committing to writing frequently enough and writing interesting, worthwhile things to keep the readers engaged and checking back, not to mention wondering- who will read it anyway? We know it will all be a work in progress. All pressure aside, we’re excited to share some of us with you all and process the journey of our lives together.

Nick entered the military right after graduating high school and spent ten years between active and National Guard duty. He finished up just a month before we got married so after the wedding, we were assured there would be no more deployments. We were married on May 27, 2007 in Cincinnati, Ohio and Nick moved down to North Carolina where I was in school.

I graduated from University of Cincinnati with my Bachelors in Health Sciences and continued on to Duke University where I earned my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. A short ten days after graduation, I boarded a plane to spend two months living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, volunteering as a physical therapist in the government orphanages. I was so blessed to have this experience and know God used it to change me. I came home, excited to see my husband again, but devastated to leave the kids behind. Nick heard all the stories and saw all the pictures and it wasn’t long before he and I knew we would be called to adopt.

James 1:27 says this, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  While reaching out to orphans is something we are so excited about, it is also a daunting, sometimes scary process. So much paperwork, money for the process, and fear of the unknown makes it very overwhelming. We have to believe, however, that if God has called us to this place in our lives, He will provide the patience, the strength, the relentlessness and of course, the funds. Adoption just happens to the way God has called us at this time to fulfill His desire, and so we will follow by faith. So THANK YOU, for following our journey and being apart of our lives during the process of our Ethiopian adoption.


  1. I am very happy for you both, embarking on your journey to become Parents for the first time. Bringing a child into your/our lives is such a huge step, and one that I know will be a huge blessing. I will support you both, and my future grandbaby, in every way I can. I am so excited to be able to share in the joy of a new member of our family!! I can just see your family strolling down the street; and of course Duke ready to protect you all!! God Bless. Love, Mom (future gran to Kelly and Nick's little blessing)

  2. I am very happy for both of you, for all of us, your family & friends who love you dearly, & for your special child, my grandchild (wow! first time I've said fills me with emotions that there are no words I felt when I found out I was going to be a mom) who may or may not be born yet as I write this. I believe that God has a purpose or maybe many purposes, for our lives, & one of yours is to be wonderful parents to a very special & lucky child(ren). You will give a child(ren) a wonderful & loving home and he/she will help make it a home...children do that. I am here for you as you begin your journey to adopt & I will be here for you as you become parents...and always. I am so proud of you. I wll do anything I can to help you. God bless and much love, Mom