Mamas like Kelly Wolfe make the world spin ‘round. She is not only a Managing Director at Love Without Boundaries, our partner for this summer’s education project in Cambodia, but she’s also a mom of seven who is dedicated to her own children and to improving lives of kids around the world. She demonstrates the power of putting heart and soul into both her daily work and her family life. Here, we ask her about her work with the LWB team, becoming an adoptive parent, and how her journey as a mother has made her who she is today.
What drew you to working with Love Without Boundaries (LWB)?
I was first drawn to Love Without Boundaries in 2010, when my husband and I were just beginning our first adoption journey. We were researching special needs adoption, and we found wonderful resources available through LWB. They really helped us to learn more about some of the special needs commonly seen in precious children around the world who are just waiting for families to find them. LWB believes that every child deserves a family and that family care is best. It is that philosophy, as well as a child first focus, that so fully aligns with my own heart for children in need. I knew I had to be a part of this organization that was serving orphaned and impoverished children in so many critical ways. So I began volunteering in 2010 and started working for LWB full-time in 2012.
What have been the best parts about working with LWB?
The best parts of working with LWB are always the kids – getting to “know” them, even from afar, and believing that I am even a very small part of their story of hope and healing. It is an incredible joy to see the good that can come from a community of people dedicated very simply to providing the best care possible to an orphaned or impoverished child.
We have heard that you are a mom of 7 – how has your motherhood journey shaped you?
Being a mother has been the greatest and also most challenging part of my life. It is awesome and amazing, yet also a very big and sometimes daunting task. Motherhood has taught me so many things and it continues to transform me daily, often in small and simple ways. Overall, I believe motherhood has taught me to appreciate. I feel so grateful for the many blessings I have, and I see how truly fortunate I am. I have become more aware of the suffering of others, be it a child in need of medical care, food, water, or education, or a little one longing for the love and support of a family.
What inspired you to adopt?
When our first daughter was three years old, we cared for a toddler for a few months. His birth mother was going through a very difficult time and was unable to care for him. We were absolutely in love with him and we knew then, without any doubt, that we could completely and forever love a child that was not ours by birth. We are so blessed to have three biological daughters. We decided after the birth of our third daughter that we would like to adopt our next child.
When we began researching, we were initially surprised to find that so many boys were waiting in orphanages around the world, many with minor, correctable or manageable special needs. Adopting a boy seemed like the best fit for our family, and so we began our first adoption of a son from China. We now have four sons from China, ages 6, 7, 10 and 11, along with our three daughters, ages 8, 10 and 14.
What are the best parts of having a large family?
I love having a big family. It’s loud and can be a bit chaotic (sometimes it may be a little too noisy actually). However, it is (almost always) so much fun! It’s active and exciting, and there’s always something going on. Someone wants to talk or play a game, read a book, or go outside at any given time. Our kids have great times together. We try to treasure those moments, and appreciate that we get to be the parents of this large and sometimes rowdy crew. We are proud of them because of the awesome people they are, and they are our greatest inspiration. It’s incredible to see how our family comes together, with all of the individual differences and backgrounds, each child with their own story and history of adversity. Now we are all joined together as a family forever. That’s still so amazing to me.
What is something you’d like to share about the upcoming project in Sokhem, Cambodia?
This is an exciting project that was really born out of necessity, and we are thrilled to have the support of Somebody’s Mama to help us move forward with making the Sokhem Sibling School a reality. The Sibling School will allow elementary aged children who are caring for their younger siblings, infants and toddlers left behind by parents crossing the border into Thailand in search for work, to attend school. We believe this new program will help to break the terrible cycle of poverty within the village through access to education. Like all LWB programs, we seek to make a real and lasting impact on the vulnerable children in this community. I am so happy to be a part of this work. LWB believes Every Child Counts, and we continue to live out this belief through our programs in Cambodia, China, India and Uganda.
Thank you, Kelly, for being an inspiration to Somebody’s Mama and to our community! We are also thrilled to be partnering with Love Without Boundaries to meet this critical need for the kids in Sokhem. Our goal is to raise $14,320 by the end of the summer, about half of the funds needed for the school.
Want to help us build the school?
$10 = one brick and transportation costs (1,200 bricks needed)
$20 = one door (6 doors needed)
$150 = signs
$250 = paint
$300 = electricity
$500 = toilets
$1000 = water tank (or 10 friends give $100 each!)