KILGORE, Texas (KETK) – For Laura and Luis Guzman, who’ve been married 11 years, starting a family wasn’t the easiest.
After trying for many years, the Kilgore couple decided to seek help but didn’t receive the best news.
“It was a pretty hard one to swallow and that personally sent me down a real dark place in my life,” said Luis.
Despite facing difficulties, the couple decided their adventure to have a child wasn’t over and knew that adoption was the best choice.
“We are doing a domestic infant adoption,” said Laura Guzman. “We filled out a lot of paperwork and sent in a lot of money.”
While they faced a number of challenges, they had a strong group of friends and a community willing to support them.
Through all of their efforts, the friends raised nearly $10,000 to put towards their adoption fees.
“We did a garage sale and created t-shirts, and all of the money raised we donated to their adoption adventure,” said Kiaty Brisendine, the Guzman’s friend.
For the group of friend, helping out the Guzman’s was an easy choice.
“To be a mom takes your whole heart, you’re always worried. But they are ready, theyir heart has been preparing for this for a long time,” said Brittany Cleveland.
Laura and Luis say they feel lucky to have such a strong community and friendships in life that are willing to help wherever and whenever they can.
“They’ve supported us throughout all of this and we never felt alone,” said Laura.
Her husband has also felt the love from a friend group he married into.
“They’re hilarious, they pray with us, they’re with us through the ups and the downs,” said Luis.
The Guzman’s have recently been approved for home visits in December, and will be officially on the list and can expect to receive a baby in the next 12 to 15 months.