A Holiday of All Holidays

by on December 12, 2022 · 8 comments

in Ocean Beach

Kyla, Riley, Noah By Judi Curry

Eleven years ago one of the darkest moments in my family took place. It wasn’t a death – although it felt like one – it wasn’t a terminal illness – although it felt like one – it was worse.  My two great-grandchildren, Riley – age 2 ½ and Noah, age 1 years old were kidnapped by their father and taken to Australia.

Their mother, my granddaughter had no idea what had happened for some time, but when she found out she went to Australia to attempt to have them return to America.

Money talks in Australia, and unfortunately we did not have the money to counteract the system that was handling the custody case.  My granddaughter, through many lies and fake paperwork, was only allowed to see the children two days a week.  Not only did I lose my great-grandkids, I also lost my granddaughter, because she was not going to return to the US without her children. The toll it took on them; on my daughter and basically the entire family was indescribable. Not being able to see these precious young children grow up was heart-breaking.  They were only allowed to visit the US one time, 4 years ago, and having them return to Australia was heart-breaking.

Fast forward now to December, 2022.

Riley is now 14; Noah is 12.  They had requested a return to the United States and went through the right channels.  My daughter spent hours and tons of money to hire the best attorney she could find in Australia.  She worked through an attorney in Calabasas who had contacts in Australia, and with his help, her perseverance,  my granddaughter’s articulate descriptions of why Riley and Noah’s had such  desire to return here, an agreement was reached.  The agreement isn’t perfect, but for the first time in 11 years the children are returning to the US PERMANENTLY!  They will arrive on Wednesday and it is the best Christmas present that we could ever receive.

My family and I want to thank all of you that knew about the situation that offered prayers, good wishes, and support during the past 11 years.  Without the positive vibes from all of you this ordeal would have been worse than it was.  You helped carry us through the worst years of uncertainty that we have ever experienced.  We want to wish you a very happy holiday season, no matter which ones you celebrate.

May you be safe, healthy, and enjoy being with your friends and family.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Sorry not Sorry December 12, 2022 at 11:05 am

Congratulations Judy, I can’t imagine having to deal with an ordeal such as that. Happy Holidays, indeed!


Judi December 12, 2022 at 11:52 am

Thank you! Forty-eight hours to go!


OB Toby December 12, 2022 at 12:18 pm

Congratulations! This is the best Christmas present ever. What a great way to bring in the New Year. Once again, congratulations.


Duff Roberts December 12, 2022 at 12:48 pm

This is FANTASTIC! So happy for you and your family. What a wonderful Christmas present!


sealintheSelkirks December 13, 2022 at 9:40 am

Incredibly excellent news, Judi. This is so cool to finally become reality! I’m assuming you’ll be having house guests for a while, eh? HA!



Ro December 13, 2022 at 2:55 pm

I am so happy for you all! I know how hard it’s been in everyone. What a wonderful gift.


Gravitas December 15, 2022 at 8:43 am

The Angels found you and yours. What a great Christmas gift. Hugs to all. Plus, Judi, I am getting the tamales you recommended today….so, great cook that you are…please tell me how best to prepare them.
Blessings from all of my family to all of yours.


Judi December 15, 2022 at 9:22 am

Thank you so much. If you buy already cooked I wrap in a damp
Paper towel and put in microwave for 40 seconds. If raw I put them in a steamer standing up with open side up and steam for 4-5 min. Enjoy


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