Your Holiday Mom: Kelly

kelly whelan photoTo my Adopted Holiday Child,

I am so glad to be able to share the holidays with you this year!  This is my first year celebrating as a mom to my adopted daughter and with you.

Families are mixed with many different kinds of people and ours is no different.  We are old, we are young, we are adopted and married into the family.  We are straight and gay, we are married, single and divorced.  No matter the differences, the one thing that is the same is love.  No matter who we are or how we came to the family we are all loved.

As the holidays come nearer you may feel alone but remember I will be with you this year. I know we cannot meet in person, but you will be in my heart and I hope I will be in yours. When you’re starting to feel lonely remember that you ARE loved and you are the most precious gift that anyone could receive.

If you’re feeling lonely this holiday season please imagine that you are here with us. Breakfast will be held in my little home where we will open gifts we have bought each other.  We will watch my little munchkin tear into her gifts for the very first time and also celebrate our 9 month anniversary with her 🙂  I’d like to say that I’ll be baking pumpkin pie this year but they don’t let me now ever since I dropped the pie about 5 years ago.  I’ll never live it down (haha).  Later in the evening we will all gather around the table at my parents house and have a big dinner.  This year we will set a place for you.  Dinner is usually a mix of traditional Christmas foods as well as Ukranian Christmas foods.  After we eat dinner, my sisters and I wash the dishes together and then we sit and visit until we are all too tired to talk anymore.

I hope that this year you are filled with happiness and love.  Remember that I am here when you need somebody to listen.  My family welcomes you with open arms no matter where you’re coming from.

Love your Holiday Mom Kelly


  1. Kelly says:

    Hi Ann,
    I’m glad that I can be here for you this year. Everyone deserves to be loved no matter who they are or who they love. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season

  2. Ann says:

    Your house sounds so wonderful. I truly wish I had accepting parents. They’re bery Christian so coming out as bi to them can literally never happen for me. I’ll think of you when I get sad.

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