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BC: Made with Love and Care by Andre and Emily | Made with Love and Care by Andre and Emily
FC: Andre & Emily
2: Dearest Birth Family We cannot imagine the events that have led you to this point but we do acknowledge your amazing courage. We pray that as you consider the families in these books, the Lord will guide you and comfort you in this important decision. Our book was put together so you can easily get to know us and our family. How we met We met on a blind date. A mutual friend set us up and we quickly fell in love. We saw in each other a passion for Christ Jesus and ministry and decided we had to get married. We have been married for three years. We have truly seen the Lord’s hand in our marriage and the love we have for each other has grown greatly. Our upbringing André was born and raised in Colorado Springs, the oldest of four siblings. His parents and one sister still live in the Springs, with a brother and sister living out of state. Emily grew up in Denver with her parents and three siblings. We are very close with both sets of parents and get together with all of them regularly. Plans for our own family We wanted to have children quickly after getting married, and adoption was part of our plan to have a large family. However, after trying to get pregnant for almost three years, we realized that adoption might be our only option to have a family. We are excited about adoption and hope that someday we may still be able to have biological children as well. Employment Andre has worked as a “computer guy” for many years. However, he is now fulfilling his dream of becoming a high school math teacher. Currently, he is teaching high school mathematics while earning his teaching license. He will soon be a certified public school teacher. Emily works as an Emergency Room nurse at a major hospital. Her job is one of the great passions in her life. She loves to help those who are hurt or ill and she genuinely cares for them. Emily finds great fulfillment in her work because she has found the perfect place to exercise her amazing gifts of care and compassion.
3: Adjusting for baby A baby is going to rock our world, so we have already made preparations. As soon as we are selected by a birth family, Emily will schedule time off of work to give full attention to our new arrival. Andre will cut back from his volunteer duties to focus on his new family. Eventually, Emily will begin part-time nursing hours to keep her license current. We will tag-team our duties so that we will always be there for our kids and we know we can always call on our family and friends if ever we need help. Interests We both have a great interest in foreign cultures and traveling. We each lived abroad before we were married, and have visited several parts of Southeast Asia since getting married. We hope that when our children are older we will be able to expose them to other cultures of the world. Adoption Openness We are looking forward to connecting with the birth family and hope to have the unique opportunity to be a part of the pregnancy and birth. We desire to have an open relationship with the birth family to the degree that is most comfortable for the birth family and for our family. Once again, we just want to thank you for opening your heart to us and reviewing our book. With Love Andre & Emily
5: Emily's Parents | Andre's Parents
6: Side by side, year by year... | Andre and Emily
7: Knowing you will be with me in all my tomorrows, makes my today so wonderful.
8: Andre's sister, Nicole, and family | Emily and Andre with Andre's brother Jeff and family | Andre's dad, and niece, Hannah | Emily skiing with Andre's mom and niece | Andre's sisters with family | ANDRE'S FAMILY
9: Emily with Andre's sister and niece | Andre with his sister and niece | Andre and Emily with Andre's sister, Susan, and her family | Emily with three of Andre's nieces | Andre and Emily with Andre's niece
10: Emily's Family | Emily's cousins | Emily with some of her cousins | Andre and Emily with Emily's great aunt | Andre and Emily with Emily's parents, siblings and nephew
11: Emily and her sister, Eileen | Emily's mom and two aunts | Emily with her dad | Emily with her brother, Dan, and his wife, Thao | Emily at tea with her cousin, mom and sister in law | Andre and Emily swimming with cousins
12: Andre and Emily with friends | Friends
14: Traveling ... ....and Adventures | Indonesia | Glenwood Springs | Spelunking | London | Rocky Mountain National Park | Malaysia
15: Indonesia | New York | Camping | Bishop's Castle | h | Hanging Lake | Hiking | Hot air balloon | Great Sand Dunes | Seattle
16: Holidays | Easter | Christmas
17: Halloween | Birthdays
18: O u r H o m e
19: Husband Wife Name Andre Bryant Emily Joanna Education BS Computer Science, MA Education BS Nursing DOB 4/26/1969 5/15/1985 Race Caucasian Caucasian Ethnicity German/Pacific Islander German/English Eye Color Brown Blue Height 57 55 General Health Excellent Excellent Religion: Christian – non denominational Date and Length of Marriage: September 8th 2007, 3 years Children in family: None yet Interests and hobbies Andre – home improvement, Martial arts, Drawing/painting Emily – Cooking, reading, entertaining, hockey Both- watching movies, going out for coffee, traveling Pets: 4 year old cat named Baby Description of your home: 4 bedroom, 2 bath, Ranch style home. Partial finished basement and newly remodeled kitchen. Employment: Andre: Math teacher Emily: Nurse in the Emergency Department Childcare plan: Emily will mostly stay home with the baby. She will consider working a day every week or two and Andre will watch him or her if Emily is working. Openness with birth family.: Right now we would like letters, phone calls, and holidays together, although we are flexible as the relationship is built.