Most of you know our story, but for those of you who don’t.....
I moved to MCKINNEY as a single mother over 7 years ago. I had no idea how I was going to be able to give my daughter the life she so deserved. She had already endured so much as a young kid. I had no choice but to move forward, looking back was Not an Option for us. I took a job on the MCKINNEY square at a place called “Spoons Cafe”. Never in a million years would I had thought, This little cafe is where our lives were going to change forever! Justin was assigned to train me as a waitress Two years after meeting him, we married, which I said never ever would I do again☺️ God had placed a loving, caring, respectful husband in my life and more importantly a man that would treat my daughter as his very own. He sees no difference. When these two are together you would never know he is Raylee’s stepdad! It’s beautiful to watch how tender and understanding Justin is with her!
As some of you may know, Justin is in the process of adopting Raylee. We were told by our lawyer, in order to complete the process, a few thousand would be all we would pay and that a social study or a court appearance was unlikely something we would have to do. Well, that’s not the case, the court assigned a social study service to our case, which is charging us 1,000, potentially 2,000 on top of what our lawyer is charging us and we have to go to court. If you have ever worked with lawyers, you know, all too well... when are the fees ever going to stop?! The few thousand our lawyer estimated in the beginning, has now turned into much much more than that. Problem is, our lawyer is threatening to close our case if dues are not paid ASAP. Time is not on our side. That means all of the money paid goes to waste and we start from square one. Ray wishes to start high school, officially adopted and with all of her past behind her.
The hardest part is behind us, which was, her dad agreeing to sign over his rights. He hasn’t seen Ray in over 7yrs. He has missed Every basketball game she has ever played since the third grade..100’s. Not to mention not being there to watch her grow into such a beautiful young lady!!
We are so close to once and for all fulfilling Raylee’s dream of “officially” having the last name “Cave”. It’s bigger than just a name change though. Justin and I are concerned, what if something happens to us... then what? What will happen to Ray?
So not only is it her dream/ wish to be adopted... it’s a necessity.
We have had to humble over selves and reach out to our friends and family for assistance. No amount is too small or better yet, Prayers and Facebook Shares would do wonders!!!! We love you all!! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!!
- Dana Horne
- Diane Strawn
- Clarissa Daniel
- Jennifer Jenkins
Organizer and beneficiary
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