David & Crystalprofile id #28686
David & Crystal
are hopeful adoptive parents from Washington waiting to adopt a baby.
If you are pregnant and considering placing your child for adoption, please read the following Dear Birthmother Letter.
Dear Birth Parent:
Hi there! We’re Crystal and David, and we live in beautiful Washington State not far from Mount Rainier, the Olympic Rain Forest, and Elliott Bay.
Before we tell you about ourselves, we want to take a moment and express how much we appreciate and admire your consideration of adoption. While we don’t know what you are feeling, or the decisions in front of you, we want to thank you for considering us as a possible adoptive family.
For a couple of years we have been praying that a special child or children will join our family through adoption. We are excited by the idea that soon we might become the parents of a baby girl or boy and our ultimate wish is to become the parents of two children (twins or siblings close-in-age).
We know that God has His hands in all the affairs of this life and if it is His plan, we would love to talk with you and find out more about your adoption plans. We love the idea that we might get to know you as a person, and welcome the thought of developing a lasting friendship with you. We hope that in the end you will want to choose us as adoptive parents for your baby or children.
Crystal is funny, loves being a mom, and has a creative side. She enjoys staying home taking care of her older children; Nathan and Natalie, and uses her cooking, craft-making, and musical talents to bring joy to the lives of others around her. Crystal's deep desire is to adopt a baby girl or boy, twins, or siblings close-in-age. She loves children and believes that all children are a special gift from God.
Crystal was born in Alabama but has lived most of her life in Washington State. As a child she remembers traveling around the United States with her family on many road trips. Crystal says "when I was growing up, my family enjoyed playing and working together. Often we would volunteer to collect canned food for community service organizations or go Christmas caroling in the Winter to collect money for different causes. Some of my earliest memories are of my parents leading out in the Christian church we attended and inviting visitors to our home after the weekly services were over. The best part of growing up in a family like that was that I was able to see how God changes things. I knew I wanted to be a Christian after seeing so many miracles happen in my own family and in the lives of people we tried to help.”
After high school, Crystal attended a university in Washington State and received a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. Over the past 18 years she has worked as a mental health therapist in several different hospitals and mental health clinics. She says “I love working as a therapist helping people find God’s healing for their lives. Though I’m not currently working outside the home, I find that I often draw upon my counseling background as I parent my kids. I try to help them learn healthy problem-solving skills so that the social bumps in life don’t seem so big to them.”
Crystal loves playing the piano and guitar and occasionally composes music when the mood strikes. She also likes cooking and baking delicious treats for the entire family and often makes cards or other creative projects to give to family members and friends
At the end of the week, Crystal says she especially enjoys attending church and then inviting large groups of kids and adults over to go on walks at local parks and gardens in the Puget Sound area near Seattle. She says “with so many beautiful places to visit in Western Washington, it’s hard for us to wait for the weekend to come each week! We love getting big groups of people together and doing adventurous things.
David grew up in Louisiana with his parents. Though he didn’t have siblings, David describes his life as full of family gatherings with many aunts, uncles, and cousins living close by. David says, “When I was growing up, I saw how my parents approached everything with a Christian attitude, and I decided that I wanted to be a Christian too. Godly parents are so important these days. Every time I think about how much I have been spiritually blessed in my life, I want to make sure that my kids know how much God loves them too!”
David attended a university in Washington State and later attended graduate school in Pennsylvania. He was awarded a Bachelor's and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. After he graduated, David was offered a software design engineer position and has enjoyed being a computer programmer in the high-tech industry ever since. He describes his job as “Interesting and challenging.” He continues “It is quite fun to work on something that will help millions of people.”
David has a funny side! Crystal describes her husband as “Very intelligent with a quirky sense of humor.” She says “At off-beat moments you might hear David quote an old line from a funny movie which captures the mood of the moment perfectly!” David also thinks up puns and jokes easily and likes to make up limericks to entertain Nathan and Natalie.
David is a good dad and enjoys spending time talking and playing with Nathan and Natalie. Often you will find him planning fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. Whether it is a walk on a nature trail, sledding or snowboarding in the winter, or basketball games at the park, he tries to think up interesting and outdoorsy ways to spend time together. One recent family outing that was a big hit was a chocolate tour of Seattle. David had heard of touring groups that travel around Seattle sampling fine chocolates at the local chocolatiers. After a little thought and a bit of computer research he mapped out a chocolate sampling tour that included stops at some of the more famous chocolate-making shops in Seattle. Nathan and Natalie thoroughly enjoyed learning how fine chocolate is made and sampling many different flavors of chocolate at these various shops. At the end of the day gingerbread chocolate and rose chocolate were the two family favorites.
Meet Our Children
Crystal and David hope to adopt a baby girl or boy, twins or siblings close-in-age. They currently have two older children who are the joy of their lives. Nathan is 14 years old and in the eighth grade. Crystal says "If we had to choose just a few words to describe Nathan they would be friendly, intelligent, and sensitive to the needs of others."
Nathan seems to have a special knack for observing and understanding the needs of other people. Adults and children alike are drawn to him because he naturally shows empathy and compassion when someone is hurt or feeling sad. Crystal continues "We don’t know what God’s ultimate plans are for Nathan but we can already see that God is going to use him in a profound way as he gets older! His natural leadership ability and words of encouragement heal hearts and draw others to Christ."
Like the rest of the family, Nathan enjoys music and plays the piano and bass guitar. One of Nathan’s goals is to learn to write music and lyrics so that he and his friends can start a music group.
Nathan has a secret passion for painting pictures. When the weather is warm outside, Nathan pulls his special wagon filled with spray paint cans to the side of the house. Once he has a plastic drop cloth spread out on the grass, he gets to work. Neighbors passing by often stop to watch as he lays down a blank canvas and then by using templates and spray paint, he starts creating beautiful works of art. Sometimes he creates celestial scenes with stars and planets. Other times he paints water scenes with dolphins, or landscapes scenes with mountains and sunsets.
When asked what he thought about the idea of having a baby sister or brother join the family, Nathan got a big grin on his face and immediately started talking about how he could help his new baby sister or brother as they grow up, by playing with them and helping to take care of them. Nathan loves being around babies and young children and it is obvious he is excited about becoming a big brother to a new brother or sister.
David says "Natalie is our sweet and beautiful 12 year-old daughter. She is in the seventh grade. If we had to choose just a few words to describe Natalie, they would be artistic, outgoing, a natural teacher, and dedicated to God."
Since the time Natalie was first given crayons and a piece of paper, she has had a passion for creating beautiful works of art. Natalie often spends hours drawing with ink pens, colored pencils, and professional markers as she creates Manga characters in different expressions and poses. Natalie uses her drawings to make cards or gives her drawings as gifts to other children and teachers. More than once she has mentioned how she wants to become an author and illustrator when she grows up. One book idea that she already has is creating a children’s book using drawings to illustrate stories from the Bible. She wants to share the stories of Christ in an interesting way so that other kids can learn about the story of salvation.
Natalie enjoys playing the piano and if you were to visit Crystal and David's house you might hear her before you see her. At unexpected moments she often sits down quietly at the piano and fills the house with the sounds of beautiful Japanese pieces or starts putting chords together to compose her own songs. She wants to learn to play piano well enough so that she can accompany singers at church.
When Natalie was told that she might become a big sister to a baby girl or boy, her eyes opened wide. She was surprised at first and then started talking about all the things the family needed to do to get ready for a baby. From how to take care of the baby, to the things the baby might need, Natalie has voiced her ideas about what she thinks would help a baby feel right at home in this family. It is very clear that she is excited about becoming a big sister.