Keep Us Together

$4,208 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 42 months
Dearest family and friends,

Russ and I have for many months been wanting to share with you the ordeal our family has been facing, but haven't been able to, until now. As most of you know, I adopted Mason with my now-ex, and I was the stay-at-home father for the first year and a half of Mason's life. Upon our breakup, I became Mason's primary custodial parent and have served in that role to this day. Our family quickly grew to include Russ and Marcus, leading to many years of amazing adventures, emotional bonding, and terrifically fun times. 

Once we had made the decision to put our house on the market, we discussed this with Mason to find out if he wanted to move with us to Colorado or remain in California. He said he wanted to be with us, as we are the only family structure he has known, and he has reaffirmed that decision many times over. Thus, we were shocked several months ago to find that my ex had filed suit for full custody of Mason, which would mean he would remain in Orange County and we would have only a few visits with him each year. Ever since, our entire family has faced a whirlwind of emotions. Not only have we had to deal with the tremendous stresses of selling our house, buying a new one, and the subsequent pack/move/unpack--while also fulfilling our full time jobs--but we have had this emotional legal battle hanging over us the entire time, ripping our family apart. We have been so saddened to have Mason taken from us over the summer, as moving him wasn't permitted by the court until this matter was settled. Marcus has missed him terribly, and Russ and I have had countless sleepless nights. You simply can't imagine how horrific it is to potentially have your child taken from you, against his wishes.

Finally, after months of hearings, court investigations, and testimony, on this past Monday the judge finally ruled that Mason could move, and we flew back to Colorado that same night, as Mason had already missed the first day of school.

Today, we are relieved, but exhausted and emotionally tapped out.

Needless to say, we have appreciated your support throughout these months. One of the many reasons we moved to Colorado was for a less-expensive life, as I have been struggling to pay back debt, only to find ourselves with what will be over $50,000 in legal fees. I've opened so many credit cards to cover the attorneys fees, and have no idea how to pay for them, which only serves to make my stress even worse. (I would prefer to work this debt off, so if you know of any freelance writing projects or marketing work which could be done in the evenings, please let me know.) Reluctantly, on the advice of friends who want to help us out, we've also set up this GoFundMe account, should anyone like to contribute.

Still, as daunting as the debt may be, that is nothing compared to the incredible relief we feel to have our "Boo Boo" back home with us. Our family simply wasn't the same without him. And we are especially grateful to all of you for your support, encouragement, and prayers.

Family has always been paramount to us, and we are so grateful to finally have ours back together.

Love,
Kergan and Russ

P.S. Please don't leave any negative comments about my ex. This entire episode has been so emotionally draining, we want only positive energy moving forward. Thank you for respecting our wishes!
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To all who have contributed, our sincere thanks.

I was raised to think that asking for help was a sign of weakness, and that somehow getting to this point was a failure on my part. I never envisioned publicly unveiling our challenges, and it is humbling to find myself doing so with this challenge. I always wanted to think that I could handle any hardship on my own. But this has been a struggle. Any day now we'll be getting a bill from our attorneys for almost $20,000, and I have no idea how we'll pay it. I'm taking on part-time jobs and we're looking at taking out a loan on our house, but even then, it won't be enough. But as harrowing as this situation may be, it's nothing compared to the heartbreak we've been through this summer, uncertain of Mason's future.

Today, we are together, and no matter what hardships we may face with these bills, the important thing is that we are through the worst of it and are united as a family. To those who have contributed, thank you. To those who have shared our story, thank you.

We are humbled, and I am personally moved by the power of the collective "we." We need help, and to those who've helped, we are so eternally grateful.

Thanks,
Kergan
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Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all who have so generously contributed to us during this time of crisis. It's unbelievably scary to have been in this situation, facing the potential of not having Mason anymore. We are so grateful to have our family complete again, but this debt we have now is scary as well. I'm totally tapped out on my credit cards, and the next attorney bill will be for many thousands of dollars, given several days in court. If you have any freelance writing or marketing projects I can do in the evening, please let me know, as I need to generate additional income ASAP. We appreciate everyone's ongoing support.
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Raised by 53 people in 42 months
Created August 19, 2015
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41 months ago
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Tom Nelson
41 months ago

keep your chin up Kergan.

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