BC: The End
FC: "O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust..." Psalms 7:1 | Bryan, Karee & Bryson
1: Dear Birthparents, We are Bryan, Karee, & Bryson and we just want to thank you for reading our family photo book.. We know you are facing a difficult decision and we want you to know we think you are very courageous. We believe giving life to your baby is the first most important step and giving the baby the very best future is the second step. We hope that by reading more about us you will get to know our family better. And may God bless you!
2: Bryan & Karee's love story | Bryan & Karee met in 1997 when Karee was involved in a 35 car pile up on the interstate. After being transported to the hospital a "paramedic in training" came to the ambulance to give her a wheelchair ride into the hospital. Karee did not know that this tall, handsome guy was a friend of Karee's best friends' fiancé. They began dating a few weeks later and were engaged 4 months later and married 5 months after that. We have now been married over 14 years and have grown so much through the years. We never thought we would have the life we have now. We owe everything to God.
3: What attracted me to Bryan was his smile with dimples and his brown eyes. He is a big teddy bear and truly cares about his family. | What attracted me to Karee was her blue eyes.
4: Fun Facts about Bryan | Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown, but mostly grey! Loves: Family, wife, Jesus, learning about US Presidents Dislikes: butter beans & squash | Favorite Car: Smoky & the Bandit 1977 Trans Am Favorite Dessert: Reese's Blizzard Favorite football team: Atlanta Falcons | Hobbies: trout fishing & football Favorite TV shows: Dukes of Hazzard & Pawn Stars | Occupation: Training officer for the fire department. Is a Firefighter & Paramedic
5: Fun Facts about Karee | Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde Loves: Italian & Japanese food, family outings, junk food Dislikes: green beans, rude people Hobbies: decorating, painting, organizing | Favorite car: Any model Corvette Favorite TV shows: HGTV, Foodnetwork, Parenthood Favorite Dessert: Any kind of cheesecake | Occupation: Human Resource Coordinator for a chemical company and works with the accounting department as well
6: The start of our Family | After being married for 6 years we were told having a child biologically was going to be very difficult if even possible. We realized through our faith in God that adoption was our answer in starting a family. Our Son Bryson was born in March 2004 and has been such a fulfillment in our lives. We met his birthmother 2 months before she was due and were in the delivery room when Bryson was born. We had his first name picked out and she had been calling him Clay. So after meeting her we decided to name him Bryson Clay. We are so happy that we were able to meet her and give her the sense of relief after meeting us. We wanted to tell her face to face that we would promise to love and nurture her baby no matter what. We knew God put us together for Bryson's sake.
7: All about Bryson | Bryson is the friendliest, fun-loving kid you will ever meet. He loves to dress up as a superhero, loves to ride his bike and loves to fish with Dad in the mountains. He is very funny and loves to make people laugh. He is an awesome kid and can not wait to be a big brother!
8: We have been in our home for 10 years and we love it! The neighborhood is small and quiet and convenient to work & school. We have 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a bonus room, and an unfinished basement. Karee loves to decorate and can not wait to get started on the nursery. It is empty and waiting on a little boy or girl. | Home is where the heart is
9: Some of our favorite things to do when we are at home are playing basketball, football, riding bikes, and having a game or movie night. We love to be together and we have some nightly routines that we started after Bryson was born. When we are home we always eat supper together at the dining room table and we never go to bed without tucking Bryson in and saying our prayers together. We love making memories at whatever we are doing. | Things we enjoy doing at home
10: Karee's Family | Karee's sister & brother-in-law with Bryson enjoying paddle boats | Above is Karee's family at her grandparents house. Her mom, sister, and cousins were all there for a visit. To the left is Karee's cousin and her husband. We get to see them every year at our grandparents house at Christmas which is one of our family traditions. | left: Karee's cousins children
11: Once a year Karee's cousin and her daughter come to our house and stay a few days. They live out of state, so we always try to go somewhere when they are here. Last year we took them to the mountains to enjoy a corn maze and water park. | Karee's dad & stepmom | Karee's Mom
12: Bryan's Family | Above is Bryan's dad and stepmom holding Bryson. At the bottom is his dad eating Thanksgiving lunch at school . His stepsister and her daughter are to the right. Bryan has a wonderful family that loves and supports us in our decision to adopt.
13: No one in either of our families have ever treated Bryson like he wasn't part of our family. We are so thankful for that. | Bryan's Mom is to the right and above are all of her grandchildren
14: These are our friends that set us up. Bryan & Jonathon have been friends since elementary school and Karee & Jennifer have been friends since 8th grade. And now our boys are growing up to be friends too. It only seems right that they be guardians to our children if the need ever arises. | above right: Karee & Jennifer at Panama City (so many years ago)! left: our boys together
15: We have a wonderful church family and have become friends with so many great people. The family above are an adoptive family that have truly helped us in so many ways. They have helped with fund raising for this adoption and have started the adoption ministry at our church. They are a big support to us and for other families who've adopted or may be interested. The adoption ministry is also great for the adopted children in our church. They are able to bond with one another because of the common ground. | Our
16: Our Church | Our church has been such a blessing since we joined in 2008. We love serving God and hope that by our children watching us, they will grow up to have a heart to serve as well.
17: In 2007, Bryan was called into the youth ministry. This is where his love for teaching and children come together. He has been teaching Sunday school since he began the youth ministry in 2007. We both help in the Wednesday night children programs and help with local mission opportunities. | We also love to help with Vacation Bible School. It's always a lot of fun and we get to see so many children come to know the Lord that week. It's always a blessing.
18: We love spending time at our local park. They have tee ball fields, tennis courts, a pond, picnic areas and a clubhouse for parties. And don't forget the most important part, the playground! | Bryson has always enjoyed playing different sports. Bryan always signs up to help coach and Karee is always the cheerleader on the side lines. | Going on family outings is one of our favorite things to do together. One year we went to ride the Polar Express and it was just like the movie! This past Christmas we surprised Bryson and took him to Disney World!
19: Our favorite summer trip is to Myrtle Beach. One year we took Bryson's friend Chance with us and they had a blast! | Family | trips
20: Our Promise to You | We want you to know how much we admire the choice you've made to give your child life. We want to promise that if you choose us you should never worry about your child and rest assured that your child will know how much you love it too. Since we have been through this before we know that the love we have for our son is like no other and we know it's possible for us to love a child no matter the circumstances. Your child will always be loved by us and our family. With Love, Bryan, Karee & Bryson