"I'm a go-getter and it's my dream to be a mother, so why would I not chase my dream?" asked Crystal Brown.
That dream has led this Green Bay couple down an unexpected path. After struggling to conceive for more than a year, Chad and Crystal Brown made a decision.
"We felt compelled and led to adoption," explained Crystal. "We just feel this is where we're supposed to be."
Since June, the Brown's have been working with a local adoption agency. Then Crystal read an article written by an adoption lawyer and decided to take their search one step further.
"He had said that you're your best advocate," she said. "and nobody is going to work as hard for you as yourself. So he encouraged everybody who's adopting to make a page."
That's when "Waiting For Baby Brown" was born. The couple created a Facebook page dedicated to their quest for parenthood. They've posted pictures, inspirational quotes, and shared personal stories of their struggles, hoping to catch the eye of a birth mother.
"When you post something on Facebook, you know, it spreads like wildfire," Chad said. "So anything to get our story out there and help us find a baby, that's the main thing."
After just two weeks the page has already reached nearly 500 likes.
"I log on and I have people sharing my story in my feed," commented Crystal. "It's awesome. It's incredible. I never thought we would have the support that we have gotten. It's really heartwarming and we're thankful."
It's a practice that's gaining steam nationwide. The National Adoption Foundation, which helps families across the U.S. with the adoption process, urges couples to use social media.
"When you talk about it, when you put yourself out there and you make yourself open, you find that there's a lot more people like you," said Crystal.
While they haven't found a match just yet, when the time comes, Chad and Crystal are ready. They have a decorated nursery and a closet full of gender-neutral clothes.
"If we got matched and it was a short amount of time, because you never know, I would rather be prepared than having to scramble and not be able to enjoy the moment," Crystal added.
It's a big moment that will turn a lifelong dream into reality.
Crystal also blogs about their adoption process. To see it, click here.