Your Donation Will Be Matched by Jessie Ball du Pont Foundation from Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2023. post arr Donate Now

Charitable Cause: The Halo Group

What is your favorite memory as a mother?

My favorite memory is the first time I saw my daughter Kelsey in a Russian orphanage when she was 11 months old. She was alone, sick, starving, emaciated and her head had been shaved due to lice. She weighed less than 14 pounds. Despite this, she had big bright eyes, lots of energy and her eagerness for life was obvious. I fell in love with her from the first moment I saw her and knew that God wanted me to be her mother.

What was your biggest misconception about being a mom?

My biggest misconception about being a mother was that I thought I had to be perfect. I now realize that like most mothers, I get up every day and try the best I can to be the mother that Kelsey deserves. We don’t have to be perfect. Instead, we have to love our children unconditionally and be there to support them, as much as possible, in their journey through life.

What is the most useless or unique talent you have?

When my daughter wanted to try to write a book, I agreed to help her. During the past two years, we have written two books called “I Want to Make a Difference” and “A Girl and Her Dogs”. The first book “I Want to Make a Difference” stresses the importance of always trying hard and never giving up, despite numerous obstacles. The second book “A Girl and Her Dogs” focuses on the strong bond between a special needs child and her two rescue dogs. These books are currently being sold on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million and several other vendors.