Holly's Personal Story
I was born into a military family. My father, Timothy Souders, was in the Air Force for nearly 22 years. This gave me a beautifully unique childhood that included living in Okinawa, Japan and Fort Walton Beach, Florida. While in high school my dad retired and we made Kansas home. I attended Wichita State University and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 2015.
While attending Wichita State, I met my husband, Jason Ryherd and we were married in 2013. Jason and I had a shared passion for helping children in need, which led our hearts to adoption. We wanted to help an older child in the foster care system find a 'no matter what' family. While working at an elementary school in Wichita, I met my son, David. At the time he was just 'spunky' fourth grader living in a group home. Jason and I worked tirelessly to expedite his adoption so that he knew he was home. We celebrated his adoption on his eleventh birthday in 2016.
Fast forward a few years to 2020 and I got a call from a school councilor telling me that a former student of mine, and his little brother, needed a temporary foster home and he requested me. Jason and I agreed to foster them for five months while another placement was preparing. We happily welcomed two more boys into our home. Unfortunately, things did not work out with the other placement and the boys stayed with us long after the five months. We are incredibly blessed to be adopting both boys and the adoption should be finalized by the end of the summer of 2022! As I write this, we have a 16 year old, David, a 14 year old, Collin, and an 8 year old, Ethan. In the middle of all of these boys, adoptions, and caseworkers in our home Jason and I were blessed to learn that we are expecting a baby! Doctors had told us early on in our marriage that we needed to do fertility treatments but neither of us were interested in going down that path since we were already planning on adoption. After 9 years of marriage, God blessed us with a wonderful little girl. She is due in September and I am sure she will have all three brothers wrapped around her little finger.
Honoring Timothy Souders, My Father
A majority of my clients know me through my father, Tim Souders. My dad was the most kind, giving, faithful, and hilarious man I have ever know. After serving our country for nearly 22 years he found a new way to serve people, through Medicare. My dad always had a servant's heart and was passionate about helping anyone who needed it.
I am truly blessed to have had a father like mine. He doted on my brother and I growing up and was the best husband to my mother. As I became an adult our relationship shifted to one of friendship and mentorship. With only 56 years spent on this earth, spreading his love and kindness, he passed away in August of 2021. The world lost an amazing man and I lost my best friend. I am truly humbled by his clients and their admiration for him. I take great comfort in knowing that one day I will be reunited with my daddy and be wrapped in my heavenly father's arms.