Life with triplets involves deep community connection

The Kalarovich family has a lot of diverse interests.

When Sally and Aaron got married in 2006, Aaron turned to his new bride and said, “Are you ready for the adventure?”

Little did the Kalaroviches know that in just two years, they would be the proud parents of triplets. That is when they learned the true meaning of the phrase, “It takes a village.”

“They do not hand you an owner’s manual when they discharge you from the hospital,” said Aaron Kalarovich, who works for Lockheed Martin at the Cape in the engineering facilities department. “We were learning on the fly as we went.”

The Church of Our Savior in Cocoa Beach is an integral part of this Rockledge family’s lives.

“When we found out we were pregnant, they were immediately sending cards, gifts and care packages, especially when I went on hospital bed rest,” Sally Kalarovich said.

“We were the first triplet baptism that the church had. We took up the entire altar with three sets of godparents. The church would reserve a row for us every Sunday.”

The triplets — Travis, William and Teresa—are now 12 years old.

Travis is named after his great-great-great grandfather, S.F. Travis, the original owner of S.F. Travis and Company, a landmark hardware store in Cocoa Village.

“It’s been in our family for 135 years,” Sally Kalarovich said. “My kids are the sixth generation. They do come down and work sometimes.”

The family is also part of the Cocoa Village Playhouse community.

Sally has been active in theater since age 7 and was in the first production at the Cocoa Village Playhouse. She has been serving as director of the Stars of Tomorrow youth program for the past 16 years. The children all perform at the theater, and Aaron provides security.

“I’m one of those guys that fills the door frame,” he said jokingly.

At the triplets’ birthday parties, the family asks for donations for Ronald McDonald House, a charity organization that is near and dear to their hearts.

The triplets could not come home right away after they were born. The Ronald McDonald House provided a place for the couple to stay until they could.

Aside from the many “families” that they belong to, the children all have their own interests as well.

“I go outside and throw a baseball around and play video games with my two best friends online,” Travis Kalarovich said.

William is into computer coding. “I’ve made a few games on a website called Scratch, and it’s a lot of fun. I’m going to be taking an advanced class next year at our middle school.”

A young entrepreneur at heart, Teresa would like to set up an Etsy shop. “I love to crochet stuffed animals. I make headbands and cat toys, too.”

“Honestly, we would do it again in a heartbeat,” Sally Kalarovich said. “We have more fun than anyone should be allowed.”

“It was a zap from the Almighty,” Aaron Kalarovich said. “They (the triplets) make life better. They are great.”