S: Dustin & Crystal
FC: Dustin & Crystal
1: Dear Birth Parent, Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to share some of ourselves with you. Knowing that you love your child very much, we are so grateful for your willingness to consider an adoption plan for him or her. We realize that planning an adoption is an extraordinary sacrifice on your part, and we respect that decision and your courage more than we could ever express. We are excited for you to see this book and get a glimpse of who we are and our loving home. -Dustin & Crystal
2: Our Journey | 1999: We met | 2000: We got married! | 2003: Dustin started working in the IT field | Our story began when we met online in the summer of 1999 while Crystal was in college and Dustin was a soldier in the Army, stationed in South Korea. After quickly becoming friends, we met in person that winter when Dustin returned to the states for leave. It sounds so cliche, but it really was love at first sight and we knew right away that we were meant to be. We married one year later, after he finished out his tour of duty overseas. That year we talked to each other literally every day. You wouldn't believe the phone bills! We still cringe over that. But it was worth it. When he left Korea, Dustin requested a station in Texas and we got married in November 2000. Dustin chose to go back to civilian life a few months later. He entered the IT field in 2003 and has enjoyed being a computer geek ever since. Crystal decided to be a stay at home mom and loves it.
3: 2008: Decided to adopt after years of infertility | 2010: Our son Isaiah was born! | 2012: Ready to adopt again! | We've both known from the beginning of our story that we were meant to be parents. After years of trying, finding out we could not conceive children was a huge blow. But God is graceful and caused us to grow in so many ways during that journey. When the day came that we met our son Isaiah, we were overjoyed! Our first adoption experience was both challenging and wonderful. We are so excited to do it again and bring another child home to love. We believe in being open and honest with our children about their adoption stories and plan to tell them how their first parents lovingly and courageously chose us to raise them. They will know they are loved from day one! We are open to continuing correspondence after the adoption, if the desire is shared by the birth parents.
4: All About Dustin... by Crystal | Dustin is truly one of the most amazing people I've ever known. His capacity for love and compassion seems endless. A loyal family man, he has been a wonderful husband to me and it has been an honor watching him grow into the role of incredible father to our son. Ever a giver, he's always willing to help someone in need, whether it's a friend with a computer problem or a stranger with an empty tank of gas. He loves to laugh and make others laugh along with him. He's intelligent and witty with the heart of a child, which must be why children all seem to adore him! He loves kids too, and wanted to be a daddy from the time he was a kid himself. Dustin grew up with great parents and inherited a strong work ethic. He is a great provider for our family and has worked hard to make our lives steady and comfortable. His extended family lives in Pennsylvania, but we are making an effort to visit them whenever we can. Our kids have lots of cousins to play with up there! They all adore Isaiah and are looking forward to us adopting another baby. Dustin loves being out in nature, taking walks and looking at sunset horizons. His newest passion is health and fitness, and I am so proud of him for his focus and determination in reaching his goals. He also enjoys messing with computers, playing guitar and drums, being silly with Isaiah, and hanging out with friends and family. He shares my love of adventure and we look forward to exploring the world and creating exciting and special memories with our children. He's truly my rock and it's a pleasure getting to spend my life with him.
5: Brown haired Blue eyed 6 feet tall 32 yrs old IT Analyst Making music Working out His iPad Dark chocolate Crystal & Isaiah! | Dustin is... | Dustin Loves...
6: What can I say? Crystal is an awesome woman. She is a devoted wife and mother who always strives to put her family's needs above her own. It is because of her pursuit of what a Godly parent should be that we strive to have a home that's based on grace and compassion. She's a creative soul that works not just with materials that can be formed with her hands, but with the words of her heart and the song in her spirit. Her desire to give our son a childhood abundant in learning experiences often leaves me in awe. She takes our son to all kinds of places so he can take in the world around him! She loves to learn things through life experiences. She won't let people tell her what she can't do and she won't let others define what she might or might not enjoy. Her heart's desire is to see her children grow strong and diverse and ready to take on any challenge the world throws at them. Her compassion extends beyond just family as she frequently talks about some of the things others are going through and wondering what we can do to help. Her parents are awesome people who are very active in our lives. Although we live more than two hours apart, we make sure to get together at least twice a month so they can spend time with their grandson. Crystal is also a hobby photographer. She loves taking pictures and finding the perfect shot! She loves to capture the moments and share them with family and friends. She can be shy when you first meet her, but she's not afraid to be herself. I always get a chuckle out of how she'll do a silly little walk or dance while carrying Isaiah at the store because it keeps him entertained. She strives to make healthy, but tasty meals to make sure we all outlive each other! She wants to experience the world and the best part is she wants to take us with her! I know it's cliché, but this woman really is my very best friend. | All About Crystal... by Dustin
7: Red haired Blue eyed 5 feet tall 31 yrs old Full time mom Writing Photography Making jewelry Chocolate & Coffee Dustin & Isaiah! | Crystal is... | Crystal Loves...
8: almost 2 curious hugs giggles | Isaiah is... | Our little guy, Isaiah, has added so much laughter and joy to our home. He is energetic and silly, but has a sweet soul. He loves to dance and his face lights up whenever there is music playing. He has a huge imagination, spending lots of time "making coffee" and "cooking" in his play kitchen. "Baby" was one of his first words, and he loves being around little babies. We know he will make an awesome big brother!
9: Isaiah loves... | music books rocks bacon
10: Our Home | We recently moved into a new home that we built! It is on a cul-de-sac in a family oriented neighborhood with a community pool and play ground. Our neighbors are all really great and there are a lot of children in the area. There is also an excellent on-site elementary school. | Living room - best place to cuddle and watch movie.s | Breakfast nook - where Isaiah "cooks" | Kitchen - one of Crystal's favorite spots
11: Play room! | Future nursery - we are looking forward to transforming this boring room into a special and beautiful space for a new special someone! | Back yard - one of Isaiah's favorite places to play
12: Nursery Inspiration: Girl
13: Nursery Inspiration: Boy
14: Our Family
15: Isaiah's Adoption Day!
16: Our Family | Dustin, his grandmothers, his mom, & Isaiah | Crystal & her cousins Jonathan, Jennifer, & Hannah | Crystal & her mom | Our whole family is excited to meet a new addition! | Crystal & her dad's side of the family
17: Crystal's parents & Isaiah | Cousin Zachary & our dog, Trixie | Dustin's brother, sister in law, & kids | Crystal's grandparents & Isaiah | Dustin's parents
19: Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us. We hope that this book has given you a glimpse into our lives and shown you our loving family, eager to grow and bring another child into our happy home. We can't even begin to imagine the difficult decisions you are facing along this journey, but we want you to know that no matter what you decide is right for you and your child, you both are in our hearts and in our prayers. Sincerely, Dustin & Crystal