We have BIG news!
We are adopting a child!
We are beyond excited and are doing everything we can to be prepared to welcome a beautiful new life into our home. As part of our adoption process, we have started a crowdfunding campaign. It may surprise you to hear that adoption related costs can easily total up to $35,000 or more. As newlyweds at our age we don't need a new gravy boat or wine glasses so this is why we have set up this campaign to help ease the financial burden that often overwhelms adoptive parents.
We hope that by inviting you into this process, you will see yourself as part of the community we hope to build around our child as he/she grows up.
Curt and Gina
Friends and family,
809 days ago we started our adoption journey in earnest. Home study (the legal pre work), adoption consultant, 9 adoption agencies, two adoption attorneys, 117 “situations” we were made aware of, 26 times we “presented,” and were told no 23 times. We had two failed matches (birth momma chose to parent after birth). On December 7th our journey started a new chapter as PARENTS!
We learned about birth mother Vanessa the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. A single mother of two (and a third that had already been placed for adoption) was pregnant again and due in a couple of weeks. December 5th to be exact. The next evening we were preparing for our holiday dinner and a call came in from the adoption agency. After hours on the eve of a holiday. Vanessa had seen our profile and a few others but was struggling to make a decision. She ultimately asked the agency to assist, and they chose us!
We had the car packed and were waiting for the call that Vanessa was in labor and we should head for Maryland. On Sunday, December 4th we got a frantic call that she had delivered in under two hours and we needed to get to Maryland ASAP. Although somewhat packed we naturally forgot a few things, but managed to remember to pack up Woody and his food and head for the DC area. She was already 24 hours old when we held her for the first time, and it was love at first sight.
This time our birth momma did not waiver, and she asked us to include the name Nuria (a Spanish / Catalonian word for Light) on her birth certificate. Which we absolutely will do. The paperwork took an extra day and included a zoom call with a Cook County judge and the hospital kept her overnight as a “boarder.” After Hazel’s birth we had to stay in Maryland until the interstate paperwork was complete. So we headed as close to the edge of Maryland as we could get, we thought we’d have to be hunkered down there for seven or more business days, but our adoption attorney worked hard to get us heading home in just three!!
We now have a birthday to add to the holiday season and so much to celebrate.
Please welcome to the world Hazel Caroline Nuria Kessler.
Hi everyone - we hope this email finds you all doing well.
Adoption is a bumpy road...very bumpy! We know it will be all worth it in the end. We remain in the hurry up and wait phase while being active on multiple out of state private adoption agency lists. We have been receiving calls, which is good. We remain hopeful that our baby is out there!!
Thank you for all of your love and support.
Curt and Gina