A run for little Adler
Couple holds fundraiser for Kazakhstan adoptee
For many parents looking forward to the arrival of their first child, decorating the baby’s room is an exercise of anticipation of a looming due-date.
For the Crutchfields, it’s an exercise of open-ended hope.
Despite not knowing when their child might arrive, what she looks like, or exactly where she might come from, Jessica and Chris Crutchfield have carefully decorated a corner room of their forest-surrounded home with pint-sized furniture and piles of plush toys in a cheerful, red Raggedy Ann theme for their yet-unknown daughter.
The Crutchfields are in the process of adopting a girl between 10 to 30 months old from Khazakstan, a former Soviet Republic country more than 6,000 miles away, tucked between Russia, China and Uzbekestan. Though they don’t know who she is, they’ve decided to name her Adler, after Jessica’s grandmother.
For both Jessica and Chris, who met in 1998 while attending college in Virginia, married four years ago and moved to the area in 2001, international adoption was always on their radar screen.
A room of one's own: