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John & Crystal
We can only imagine the strength, bravery, and selfless love you must have as you search for the right family for your child. Thank you for taking the time to review our profile and considering us as potential parents. We have been looking forward to expanding our family for quite some time and will provide all the love, devotion and support that a child needs.
Our Leisure Time
We both love volunteering in our community and it is a very large part of our lives. Our favorite event to volunteer at every year is the local Special Olympics! We love getting to know all the athletes, and helping them navigate all the events they are competing in. We also spend time volunteering at a local shelter for children and families, helping with homework, playing games, and crafting with the kiddos, and are humbled by all the amazing people that we get to meet. We can’t wait to share the passion we have for these amazing programs with a child, and be able to teach them the importance of being loving towards all others and helping others in need!
We also enjoy getting out to the lake and going boating or canoeing when the weather is nice. It is a family tradition to indulge in some snow cones after a day on the water, as well! We love the outdoors and get out in the sunshine as much as we can- fishing, bike riding on local trails, and going on runs and walks with our sweet dog, Ebony. When we are not outside, John enjoys playing his electric guitar and has been teaching himself how to play his favorite songs, while Crystal enjoys crafting and scrapbooking in her spare time. We cannot wait to share our love for these things with a child, and watch them develop their own favorite activities as well!
What it Means to be Parents
We believe parenting means not only providing for your child but also always being there for the child by listening to their wants and needs. What we look forward to most about being a parent is sharing in our family traditions such as carving pumpkins, putting up the Christmas tree and family game nights. We look forward to reading a bed time story to the child every night as our parents had done when we were children. We also look forward to doing arts and crafts with the child, learning what hobbies they are interested in and encouraging them to pursue any interests they have.
We love exploring and trying new things, our most recent adventure was when we vacationed to Jamaica. We rode horses through a wooded trail that led out to the beach and we were able to ride them in the ocean. We then went zip-lining. Even though John is scared of heights he knew how much Crystal wanted to try zip-lining so he put his fear aside and went with her. We both had such a blast going zip-lining for the first time, and John even agreed to go again another time! We look forward to going on many more adventures and sharing with a child the wonders of the world and having adventures to remember.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our home- it is nestled in an amazing community where this child will have many other kiddos to play with as he or she grows up. We are surrounded by parks, including basketball courts, tennis courts, and a swimming pool, all within walking distance! We are in the heart of the city, and have access to many activities - like the Farmer’s Market, Art Festival, and International Food Festival, but we also have the small town feel with many neighborhood activities. Our favorite is the annual “jolly holiday lights” during Christmas time, where everyone joins in the fun of decorating their homes!
Although we live in the city, we have access to the great outdoors through a beautiful nature trail that runs by our home. We also have an amazing backyard where we can be found when it's nice outside, having barbeques and playing yard games with our family and friends. We love the amount of space our home offers- not only outside but inside as well! We have plenty of space for a little one to grow and play- and space to host many celebrations and gatherings with friends and family to celebrate important holidays and milestones- like birthdays!
Our Extended Families
We value family and enjoy every moment we get to spend with them. John’s parents live out of state, but Crystal’s parents live just a short drive away, so we are able to spend more time with them. However, we are also able to visit John’s family on the holidays or in the summer. Crystal has two sisters and we are able to spend lots of time with them as they live close by. We enjoy spending time out at the lake canoeing/paddle boating with her siblings. John has a brother and a sister with four children who all live out of state, we enjoy face timing them often and visiting them on the holidays.
Christmas and Thanksgiving are typically hosted at our house where the family tradition is to cook the meal together and play family games. We enjoy going to the Iowa state fair every year with Crystal’s family where we watch figure eight racing, play carnival games and enjoy going on some of the rides. When visiting John’s family, we enjoy going to the zoo and having family barbeques with the whole family. Both families are thrilled we are pursuing adoption and can’t wait to meet the new addition to the family!
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We admire your strength as you journey to find the “just right” family for your child. Please know that we will give your child a safe home and life filled with love, laughter, education, support and happiness.
We have always known we wanted to have children and always considered adoption. John learned at a young age that he would be unable to have children, and we discussed this shortly after meeting. While we did look into other options, adoption was always an option for us. We knew then adoption was meant to be our path and have been excited to start the journey to adopt a child. We understand the adoption process can be tough however we remain positive and cannot wait to share our love with a child.
We realize you have a difficult decision ahead of you and we admire your courage, selflessness and strength. We hope that learning more about us will give you peace of mind as you consider adoption for your child. If you would like to meet us and learn more about us, that is something we would welcome during our journey together.
Please know that your child will be welcomed into a loving and stable family. We met over 14 years ago and have been married for the past 3 years. The love we have for each other is as strong, if not stronger than, when we first fell in love. It may be cheesy but we fall in love with each other over and over again daily and look forward to expanding our everlasting love with your baby. Our families are both very close knit and we look forward to our own family participating in many of the same activities we did as children. Our families are beyond supportive of us and our decision to adopt. They are extremely excited at having another child in the family!
For a future child, we value the importance of education, morals, respect, maintaining a strong character and work ethic. We promise to encourage the child in self-expression, to be yourself, explore and to not give up on any dreams or goals they may have. We look forward to seeing what type of interests and talents he or she may possess, and plan on being the most supportive parents we can be.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our dream of starting a family. You are significant to us and always will be. We welcome your continued investment in your child’s life. We are happy to send e-mail updates, with pictures and stories, as well as letters. We look forward to an open communication with you. We are eager to know you and happy to work together to maintain a healthy relationship. We make this commitment to you that we will always speak highly of you and honor you with our words and actions. From our perspective, you are making a brave decision and we will always respect you for your choice. Our gratitude for your selflessness will be evident in our home.
John & Crystal
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