Hello! We are Michael and Crystal. We are thrilled you are considering us as adoptive parents. Before we get started, we would like to tell you our story and what led us to adoption.
Believe it or not, we met in grade school. We were best friends through high school but did not start dating until college. We took our relationship slow because we were scared of hurting our friendship. However, we eventually reached a point where we couldn’t deny that we had feelings for one another! In 2004, we got married and we immediately started talking about a family. In 2018, we were blessed to welcome our son, Christian, into the family through adoption.
Even before we were married, we had a heart for adoption. We have always wanted to share our love with a child in need of a home. Having experienced the amazing gift of adoption before, we cannot wait to welcome another child into our family and to provide the love and support they need to grow into a strong, healthy, and happy adult. Being very close with our own siblings, we are passionate about the value that a sibling relationship provides to a child. Our son, Christian, is very excited to be a brother.
As a family, we all feel that it is time for us to expand our hearts and welcome another child into our home. We hope that by reading this book we give you a glimpse into who we are and all the love we have to share with a child!
Crystal is an easy person to love. She has the biggest heart of anyone I know and she cares for everybody. She consistently checks in on her loved ones to make sure everyone is okay, and is affectionately called “Mother Hen,” by everyone in her family. Crystal is also very dedicated. When she wants to achieve something, nothing gets in her way, and she always gives her best effort!
Our son, Christian, couldn’t ask for a more amazing mother. Crystal just has a special way with children, whether we’re at a family reunion or one of our friends’ houses, they always flock to her and they can be found playing games, reading books, or drawing. Some of Crystal’s favorite things to do are reading, taking walks, and experiencing new adventures. I know that she cannot wait to expand our family and create more memories.
More About Crystal:
Education: B.A in Business, M.A. in Leadership
Occupation: Financial Officer
Favorite Music: I truly love all music! But if I had to pick… Country!
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Tradition: Being with family on holidays and goofing around!
Favorite Children’s Book: Charlotte’s Web
Fun Fact: I love exploring new places and sharing new experiences with my family.
Michael is a very patient, considerate, and selfless man. His Christian values are one of his most attractive qualities. He always puts others first and thinks about himself last. Michael is a fantastic father too. A big kid himself, he is always down on the floor playing dinosaurs, trucks, or super heroes with our son, Christian. He also loves to spend time with our nieces and nephews. Nothing warms my heart more than seeing Michael enjoy spending time with the family!
Michael has a strong passion for the outdoors and running. He enjoys running triathlons, leisure bike rides, and hiking. I know that he cannot wait to expand our family through adoption again and share new family adventures with another child.
More About Michael:
Education: B.A. in Human Services, M.A. in Leadership and Management Styles
Occupation: Financial Aid Officer
Music: Christian Rock
Holiday: Christmas, it’s the best!
Tradition: Spending time with family around the dinner table – big meals!
Fun Fact: I’m kind of an exercise nerd! I love running and training for Triathlons
Of all of the blessings we have shared in our lives, becoming parents has been the most rewarding. Raising Christian and watching him learn new things, grow so strong, and develop such a wonderful personality has truly been an amazing journey. Christian is a loving, respectful, and charismatic child and he cannot wait to welcome a brother or sister into our family.
Christian is three-years-old. He loves to play with his friends at the daycare, spend time with family, and take care of his pets – a dog and two cats. His interests right now are cars and trucks, super heroes, Paw Patrol, and Blaze and the Monster Machines. He is always learning new things and loves to problem solve. He has most recently mastered his colors and letters and continues to practice them every day.
Christian is extremely excited about our decision to expand our family through adoption and he cannot wait to play with and love on a sibling. He is always thinking of things that we need to be sure we have for his new brother or sister, like a car seat next to his or a night light just like his, so they won’t be scared in their room at night. It is truly heart warming to see how thoughtful he is about his new sibling.