A run for lit­tle Adler

Cou­ple holds fundraiser for Kaza­khstan adoptee

The Covington News - - Front page - By Michelle Kim mkim@cov­news.com

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.

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