b'really able to do before, SOMAS GOLF CAMP FOR KIDSsays Miguel. And then VOICE OVERwe said, Yeah, lets mess PINOT & POTTERY that up.YOGA Becauseoftheun-BROADWAY SHOWS knownsinvolvingthe WRITING geneticsofAdelaides PIANO & GUITAR epilepsy,Kellyand FLAMENCO Migueldecidedthey GOLF BASICS would not have another 90 biologicalchild.And YEARS CLASSES PAINTINGAdelaide passed away on October 12, 2019just dayswhile they were consid-& MORE! eringadoptingachild WWW.SOMADULTSCHOOL.ORG shy of her fourth birthday.from Colombia, another opportunitycameupa shy of her fourth birthdayAdelaidebit closer to home. Technically, shes died. The machines are off. Her bed ismygrand-niece,saysMiguel.Were empty. The quiet is deafening, wrotestill finalizing the adoption. The couple Kelly in an Instagram post announc- has been navigating the complicated lo-ing the news.gistics of the adoption system. On No-AskMiguelandKellywhattheyvember 5, 2021, the Cervantes family rememberabouttheirdaughterAd- brought home Anessa, who is now four elaide,andtheyimmediatelyrecallyears old. She brought sunshine and that she was in love with the music oflaughter back into our lives, says Kelly.Frank Sinatra. She loved to play withAccording to both Kelly and Miguel, her brother. She was feisty, she had herAnessa immediately gravitated towards own personality, and her life wasnt en- Jackson. He loves being a big brother. tirely tragic, says Kelly. Shes a pistol but he rolls with it, says TheweektheycalledmetogoKelly. I mean, theres a seven-year age to Broadway was the same week afterdifference, but he meets her where she Adelaidedied,saysMiguel.Afterais and they figure out ways to play to-successfulrunperformingHamiltongether. They absolutely love each other in Chicago, Miguel was asked to takeand annoy each other. They fight as if over the role full-time on Broadway.they have been siblings from the begin-ThefamilyreturnedtoMaplewood.ning and its wild and beautiful.Now we were a family of three, griev- While Miguel continues to perform ingourfourthandmovingbacktoonBroadway,Kellyisreadyingher New York.Thesadandreallytragicbook, titled Normal Broken: The Grief part of Adelaides death is that our life was just unbelievably easier. We didnt have to go through special security on our airport trips [anymore]. We trav-eled like a rock band with all of [Ad-elaides] equipment, says Miguel.Jackson Cervantes is about to fin-ish fifth grade at Tuscan Elementary School. He has more empathy in his pinky finger than I think most people have in their entire bodies, Kelly says oftheirson.Attheageoffouror five, he could walk into a room and he would get a sense for it and sort of mold himself to fit the atmosphere of the room.When we moved back [to Maple-wood], we created a new bond. Our lit-tle threesome had this beautiful rhythm.The Cervantes family has adopted 4-year-We were now sort of finding this reallyold Anessa, who immediately gravitated amazingjoyandspendingtimeto- towards Jackson. Kelly says, She brought sunshine and laughter back into our lives.gether in a peaceful way that we werentPhoto by Julia Maloof Verderosa.14/ matters magazine / summer 2023'