Family Finds Calling Through Adoption
Posted: December 15, 2015
By ELLYSA GONZALEZ, A-J MEDIA
Reprinted Courtesy of Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Krystal and Swade Moyers were cautiously optimistic when they entered the Chic-Fil-A location where they first met their now-adopted son.
When the couple got married, they knew they wanted to adopt one child. As they walked into the place where their future son waited, the couple did some last-minute mental prep. “They told us he was very shy and he took a long time to warm up to people,” Krystal said. “He had to develop trust with you. We had been warned that that’s how it was going to be when we met him.”
But he wasn’t the way he’d been described, she said. “He was not shy,” she said. “He was not quiet. He talked our ears off. “God was telling us ‘this little guy, he already feels comfortable with you. He’s supposed to be your son.’”
They adopted him on Nov. 21, 2014.
Vickie Russell, vice president of children’s services for The Children’s Home of Lubbock, said an average of about 20 adoptions are completed each year.
“It’s good for our population of children,” Russell said. “A lot of our children also go back to their birth families or relatives or something like that.”
That’s the general preference and priority for children taken away from their homes by Child Protective Services, said Mary Lauren Taylor, child placing program director for The Children’s Home of Lubbock. It’s better for the kids when placement with a family member or relative is an option. Ultimately CPS plays a deciding role in what’s best for each child.
After adopting their first child, Krystal and Swade were sure their family was complete. God had other plans, she said. “Once we became foster-to-adopt and saw the process and saw all the children in the community needing a loving home, God was telling us ‘I’ve blessed you with civil jobs and a home and financially. Now you have everything you need to care for more than one.’ We thought God was telling us ‘you can do more than one,’” Krystal said. “We adopted two.”
The couple’s youngest daughter was officially adopted earlier this year. “She was very attached to the foster mother,” Krystal said. “She wouldn’t let anyone else hold her or give her a bottle. We went over to the home to meet her. They said ‘you’re probably just going to get to look at and observe her. She won’t let anybody hold her.’ She let me hold her, give her a bottle, and rock her to sleep. She didn’t do that with anyone.” It was a sign, she said.
Krystal and Swade now have four kids – two are biological and two adopted. They’ve continued to open their home to foster care and are currently looking into adopting additional kids, she said. “We’re doing His calling,” she said.