How One Utah Couple’s Family Changed Unexpectedly Within 24 Hours


High School Sweethearts


Kaley and Jeremy first met in elementary school. The innocent school kids soon fell in love but had little idea of the dramatic sequence of events that would soon take hold of their lives.

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Junior Year


The pair started dating in their junior year back in 2004. Although they were just in high school, they each believed they had found their life-long partner. Despite their blossoming love, nothing could have prepared them for what was to come.

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A Large Family


Kaley and Jeremy were determined to share their lives. Their relationship went from strength to strength as the years passed. They dreamed of starting a family together, settling down and growing old together.

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Dreams


Both Kaley and Jeremy dreamed of having a large family. They both came from large, warm families and were excited to become parents to their own children. But unfortunately what had started as a dream, quickly turned into a nightmare that neither of them expected.

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An Incurable Disease


At a very young age, Kaley was tragically diagnosed with Lupus, an incurable disease that can have life-crippling consequences. Kaley still struggles with flare-ups of the disease and is dependent on daily medication to keep her body functional. Kaley didn’t know whether the incurable disease would shorten her life. What she also didn’t know was that the medication that she had to take would have an unexpected and adverse effect…

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Married Life


Three and a half years after the couple began their relationship, they decided that the time had finally come to make their way down the aisle. They wed in a beautiful ceremony, sharing their celebration with their closest family and friends. The newlyweds soon turned their gaze to the future, believing they would soon try to conceive. Devastatingly, not everything worked out as they hoped.

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Suspicions


After a few failed years of trying to have a baby, Kaley and Jeremy began to suspect that something wasn’t right. They knew that fertility problems were not uncommon, especially given Kaley’s previous frail condition.

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Find Out


The pair soon decided that they should seek the help of a doctor to find out what was preventing them from falling pregnant. As it turned out, Kaley’s health was to blame for their sad predicament. The news devastated the young couple.

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Not Giving Up


After looking into all of their options, Kaley and Jeremy decided that they would try fertility treatments. With Kaley’s health issues there was a chance that the fertility treatments wouldn’t help, but the couple wasn’t about to give up on their dream of beginning their family. Kaley went through multiple rounds of fertility treatments which began to take their toll on her already poor health. After months of medical intervention, pregnancy still eluded Kaley. Things weren’t looking good for the couple, so they were forced to go back to the doctors.

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More Bad News


Kaley and Jeremy were soon confronted with more bad news. Due to Kaley’s Lupus, the fertility treatments had no effect. That’s when the couple decided that they should start looking into other options. Kaley and Jeremy were adamant that they would not give up hope. They had their family there to support them through the entire process and help keep their spirits lifted.

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The Inspiration


Kaley and Jeremy, along with the encouragement of their loving families, soon decided to look into adoption. Kaley’s father was adopted and her sister even adopted a foster child into the family. “Ever since I was a teenager, and I knew what fostering and adoption was, I wanted that to be a part of my life whether I was able to have children biologically or not,” Kaley said. She wasn’t about to let her medical condition destroy her hopes of being a mother.

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All Options Considered


After countless attempts to fall pregnant, Kaley decided to follow in her sister’s footsteps and foster a child in need. At the same time, the couple was looking into private adoption. Sadly, private adoption is incredibly expensive and people can possibly wait years for the process to be completed. The couple was in for some huge surprises.
 

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Over The Moon


Even though private adoption was an expensive option, the couple was determined. The young and hopeful husband and wife believed that if it was their destiny to adopt a child, they would find a way to pay for it. That’s when they received the good news: they were getting their very first foster child. The couple was over the moon with excitement and joyous anticipation.

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The Pain


Kaley and Jeremy soon became loving foster parents to a fortunate child. Though parenthood came naturally, there was one thing that they weren’t emotionally prepared for, which was the loss and pain of having to give foster children away. Commonly, fostering a child is merely a temporary arrangement. The pain of losing the beloved child they had welcomed into their home was devastating. Only time would tell if they could heal…

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Overjoyed!


Kaley and Jeremy knew that the journey to welcoming a permanent addition to their family would not be easy but they never expected the heartbreak that they would have to endure after giving away a child they loved. Amidst the couple’s grief, they received an unexpected call. There was a woman who was interested in giving the couple her baby! Jeremy and Kaley were overjoyed – they were finally going to have a family, or so they believed.

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The Fall


Eventually, their hopes were dashed when the woman had decided that she wanted to keep her baby. Jeremy and Kaley were deeply disappointed, but they weren’t giving up faith just yet. A few months after the first adoption fell through, the optimistic couple received another phone call from the agency. The couple had been chosen to adopt a baby that was due to be born in about five months. Would this be the answer to their prayers?
 

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Growing Close


This time they thought things were going to be different. As the baby still had some time before being welcomed into the world, Jeremy and Kaley decided that they would get to know the mother and be with her throughout the entire pregnancy. Over the span of four to five months, the couple did everything that they could to ensure the mother’s wellbeing. They went with her to all of her medical check-ups, paid her doctor’s bills and offered her their moral support. The three grew very close.

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Making Room


As the baby’s due date drew nearer, Jeremy and Kaley made sure that they had everything ready for the newborn’s imminent arrival. Preparations for the baby were already complete, the house had been baby-proofed and the nursery was set up. They even moved into a bigger house just to have more room for their future daughter. Then, just a week before the due date, tragedy stuck.

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Heartbreak


Just one week before the mother was due to give birth, she made the decision to not go through with the adoption. The couple was devastated. Not only did they lose their awaited child, they spent an incredible amount of time and emotional energy on her biological mother. However, there was even more shocking news to come. The pregnant mother had been arrested and was facing extensive prison time.

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False Hope


At this point, Jeremy and Kaley received their third foster child, but this time it was two sisters named Haven and Indie. Both of them were under two years old. This time around, the couple were well-prepared for the inevitable… that the little girls would eventually be taken away.

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Cautious


Despite their previous disappointments, Jeremy and Kaley decided to continue pursuing adoption. And as luck would have it, they found out that there was a woman in a neighboring state of Arizona about to have twins. Hopefully this time all would go as planned. After everything they had been through, they didn’t know how much more they could endure.

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The Possibility


By this point the couple were emotionally exhausted. The family they had always dreamed of had slipped through their fingers twice. Jeremy and Kaley traveled back and forth to Arizona to get to know the woman who was potentially going to give birth to their twins. The couple prayed that no devastating news would come their way.

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Twins


Kaley and Jeremy had already drained their bank accounts with the previous adoption attempts. But to them, some things are just more important than money. To have a family that they could love and cherish was priority number one. Now they were faced with the option of getting two babies. Something that they never thought was possible.

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Grains of Salt


Just as Kaley and Jeremy had expected, the aunt of one of the girls they were fostering reached out to them. She expressed an interest in taking Haven and Indie. So, the couple prepared themselves for what they knew was going to happen from the beginning. In the meantime, they kept traveling back and forth from Utah to Arizona to visit the mother of their future twins; the twins they were potentially going to adopt once they were born. But again, they were cautious.

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Finally


Finally, the due date for the twins came. Jeremy and Kaley rushed to Arizona to meet attend the twins’ birth, praying they would return with two healthy children. The twins were born and finally, they had the family that they had always hoped for. But little did they know they were in for the surprise of their lives on that very same day.

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Backing Out


Jeremy and Kaley soon received another unexpected phone call. The call was in regard to their two beloved foster daughters. Their aunt apparently had backed out of the attended adoption. Since she was the only close relative that was interested in giving the girls a home, they had nowhere else to go. Soon, the couple would be presented with a surprising dilemma.

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Four?!


They loved these little girls like their own. Just having two newborns in the house would be a full-time job to take care of, but would they be able to handle four children under two years old?

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Quadrupling in Size


They may have had their initial doubts, but according to the new mom, it was the easiest decision that she ever made. They happily agreed to adopt all for children. And just like that, in only 24 hours, Jeremy and Kaley went from zero children to four children. But how would they handle all four kids, and how would they possibly afford them?

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Loving Support


After everything that Jeremy and Kaley had been put through, they were just happy to finally have their dream of a big family. Sometimes, you get more than you bargained for! Though the couple were over the moon, they were concerned about the financial pressure that would soon ensue with bringing up four kids.

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Expenses


Kaley made the difficult decision that she would leave her career in order to stay home with her four new baby girls, while Jeremy would continue to work and provide for the family. The family would go through an entire large container of baby formula a day, and around 25 diapers per day! After the babies got off the formula, they went through a gallon of milk a day, easily!

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GoFundMe


With Kaley and Jeremy’s four little blessings in need of all that growing children demand, their aunt put up a GoFundMe page on the condition that she only ask for the amount of the adoption process which had left the two young parents $20,000 in debt. The GoFundMe page only got up to $6,000 when they were suddenly invited onto the Rachael Ray Show to share their family’s unique story. On the television show, something happened that shocked both parents.

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The Rachael Ray Show


Kaley, Jeremy and their four children appeared on an episode of the Rachael Ray Show to share their amazing story with millions around the world. They admitted that traveling across the country was very difficult for them. Even going to the grocery store was a hassle while feeding and clothing their four kids proved to be a daily pressure.

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Surprise


During the episode, Rachael Ray surprised the new family with a $15,000 check from US Bank. That, plus the money that they received from the GoFundMe page, managed to get the large family out of debt, allowing the happy new brood financial freedom.