Help Ed and Erika with baby Emmet

$15,006 of $35k goal

Raised by 123 people in 20 months
Erika Hornbeck  APEX, NC

We are so head over heels in love with our baby boy and are beyond thankful for everyone who has helped us along the way. Whether through donations, words of encouragement, or new clothes and goodies for our boy, we will never have enough words to show our gratitude. For anyone who doesn't know, Emmet Anthony arrived on August 19th at 12:37pm. We have been blessed by 2 wonderful people and will forever be grateful. Thank you all for your love and support!

Dear Family & Family,

For all of you who have ever said we would make great parents, here is your chance to help!

A little background on our journey!

Ed and Erika met in 2005 when Erika first interviewed at a company Ed was working for in New Jersey. Coincidentally, Ed was the interviewer! Erika didn't originally take the job (and she claims it had nothing to do with the interviewers). It wasn't until a year later that their paths crossed again when she when she finally end up at the same company. They worked in different departments, and every now and again Ed caught her eye. It wasn't until Ed was changing positions that would send him across the country to Scottsdale, AZ that the 2 of them decided to start dating. It was March of 2007, and they had just a few months to get to know each other before they started their long distance relationship. After a year of phone calls, plane rides, and missing each other terribly Erika decided to take a chance on love and move to Scottsdale to be with the man of her dreams. 

In December of 2009 their love story grew, they got engaged! It was the greatest Christmas season of all time! Immediately the planning started. The date was set. May 29th, 2011 would be the best day of their lives.

Growing our family:

During our engagement we knew right away that we wanted to start a family. After the wedding we wasted no time! It isn't until you try that you know how hard it actually is to start a family. We became frustrated, nervous, scared, and quite emotional. We sought out the help of a doctor. After several failed attempts at a procedure called an IUI we took a few months off as we moved into our forever home. Now was the chance to build our home and really dig deeper into what was going on and make this family grow, grow, grow! We went to a specialist only to find out that our next option was IVF, a procedure that is physically, emotionally and financially draining. We decided to go for it! We were just plowing through every obstacle thrown our way! Nothing could stop us! Well, that's what we thought until our dream was crushed with another failed attempt. All that time and effort, all those medications, and did I already mention the cost? Oh the cost... Just went right down the drain. To say we were devastated is an understatement. 

The change:

We took some more time off, enjoyed each other. Went on vacation and just tried to have fun. We even made some major life changes with our health! We started eating clean, working out, tried acupuncture, chiropractic care and massage therapy! The works. Once we made that change we decided it was time to try again, but of course there was that dreaded cost. We applied for a grant which would cover some, but not all, of the costs. We were accepted and we had a chance drop into our laps! We went through the whole process again, only healthier and less stressed. On paper our odds looked amazing, and yet again our hopes were shattered. 

Our new adventure:


Through all of this the one thing that has always been there is the fact that we have love in our hearts and we want to share it.  We want to have our family. Together, after many talks, and heart to hearts we decided it was time to make this decision. We want to adopt! We are thrilled and so excited to begin this process. We know that we want to be parents. Having a child, being a mother, being a father is our dream. We have so much love to share and what better way to share our love then to give a baby, someday our baby, all the love he or she deserves. We can't wait to share this joyous time with everyone we know and love. 

Our hope and your chance:

As you may have already guessed the cost of adoption is going to be the next obstacle we plan to overcome. We have a plan, but every little bit of help will go a long way. 

Our hope is that you read our story, share it , grow with us, and give what you can. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts :)

Much love,
The Hornbeck's
+ Read More
Update 1
Posted by Erika Hornbeck
7 months ago
We have been blessed with the arrival of Emmet Anthony and so very much in love!
+ Read More
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.

$15,006 of $35k goal

Raised by 123 people in 20 months
Created September 3, 2015
Erika Hornbeck  
John Hoermann
5 months ago

Merry Christmas

Jessica Monaco
6 months ago

We always wanted to donate and I never got a chance to. I am so happy for your new arrival and that your baby boy seems to have such wonderfully loving parents. Not much of a donation but buy yourselves some diapers lol always necessary :) congratulations!

Jess Patel
6 months ago

We are so thrilled that you finally have your perfect little Emmet at home in your arms♡ Many congrats, and so much love.

Maryellen / Kitty Perez
8 months ago

Wishing your new family all the happiness and joy a new baby brings!!! Congratulations!!!

Melissa Basile
8 months ago

I cannot wait to meet your baby boy or girl! I'm going to shower him/her with gifts and tons of smooches! Love you guys!!!

Kimberly Cakerice
9 months ago
Rachel Rodgers
9 months ago

Good luck, guys. This donation is in honor of Rosie May Rodgers. Best of luck in journey.

Jaclyn Cook
9 months ago
Kim Casale
10 months ago
Robert Gussoni
11 months ago

Wish I could do more but as you'll soon find, having a little one isn't cheap. lol. Best of luck to you both!

Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now

This campaign needs your support

Any amount helps!
Donate Now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.