FC: The Gibson Family | Est. 2006
1: Dear Birth Mother, Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about our family. Only God knows how you’re feeling right now and the circumstances that have brought you to this point. Though you have not been aware, we have been praying for you for quite some time. We pray now, more than ever, that Christ Jesus will cover you with love and peace as you seek to make the best decision for your child. We cannot discern for you the Lord’s will for your life or what decision you should now make. We can only pray for you and let you know our hearts, so that if you feel led to place your child in our family, you will have peace and assurance knowing your child will be loved and cared for just as Christ loves and cares for you. You may not understand why things have happened the way they have, and none of us may ever know the reason for all of this until we face eternity with God the Father. But “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). We pray that this information about our family will help you as you seek to follow the Lord’s will for your child. In His Love, Jason, Kellyn, and Luke
2: Our Story We met at Kellyn’s church October 14, 2001. Jason remembers Kellyn for the crazy toe socks she was wearing that day. Kellyn remembers Jason as the new guy at church. We became friends pretty quickly and our friendship evolved and grew for three years before we began dating June 4, 2004, after Kellyn’s first year of college. We had a long distance relationship for most of our dating and engagement, but spoke daily and saw each other about once a month. While on break from a summer camp where we were both working, Jason proposed to Kellyn on July 18, 2005 at Kellyn’s parents' house. Jason was very sneaky and smooth with his proposal, involving both sets of parents, 2 of the 3 siblings, and his seminary roommate. Jason and his roommate spent countless hours making letters from dowel rods and wire to spell “Will You Marry Me?”, then used fishing line and balloons to suspend the message on top of Kellyn’s parents’ pool. He conspired with Kellyn’s sister to keep Kellyn out of the house for a few hours and when she returned home was told he was swimming in the pool. When she went outback, she found Jason on one knee and the message in the pool. She immediately said “YES!” and was then surprised to find both families hiding, knowing the plan all along! We were married November 18, 2006 at the same church where we met. After finishing graduate school we moved back home and bought a house and began seeking to start our family. On March 1, 2010, we were blessed with a son, Luke. Now we are in the process of growing our family again and are eagerly awaiting the day we add another child to our family.
4: All About Jason... Jason was raised in South Alabama in a very rural community. His dad pastored a church there for over 20 years. His mom worked and continues to work in community health and maternity care. Jason has an older brother and a younger sister. Jason graduated with his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and currently is the director for a residential facility for boys with behavior and psychiatric disorders. He truly enjoys the work he does with these young men and the impact he has on their lives. Jason is an amazing and God-fearing man. He teaches Sunday school, works with the college ministry, serves as a deacon, and volunteers in the nursery at church. He has a heart for children and the kids absolutely love him! One of his greatest joys is spending time with his family, especially our son, Luke. The smile on his face and in his eyes when he sees Luke is a blessing few can imagine. Jason is a very involved and supportive husband and father and so much more than I ever dreamed possible.
6: to help them overcome their issues. Long before we ever had Luke or started the adoption process, there was no question in my mind that Kellyn would be a wonderful mother because of her effortless ability to love children no matter who they are, where they come from, or what they look like. | All About Kellyn... Kellyn has been my best friend for several years now, and I cannot imagine life without her. She has the most wonderful parents in the world, who have set a great example for us in parenting and marriage. Her parents are both hard working and they taught that to her. Throughout her school career, Kellyn has always been one of the brightest and smartest people in her classes, studying hard and rarely making below straight “A’s”. Her chosen profession as an occupational therapist fits perfectly with her personality and passion for helping people, especially children. It is such a joy to hear her tell stories of working with delayed or disabled children and how she is able
8: Luke Luke blessed our lives on March, 1, 2010 at 11:43am. He is the sunshine of our lives. We prayed daily for him before he was born and continue to daily pray that we raise him in the love and teachings of Christ. When Kellyn returned to work, Luke stayed with Jason’s mom for about 5 months and then began going to a Christian daycare in Kellyn’s parents’ neighborhood. Luke is a bundle of smiles and energy, with a contagious laugh that melts your heart. He loves playing with other kids and we look forward to the day he becomes a big brother.
9: Luke Thomas
10: Jason's Family Jason parents, Bob and Jeanette have been married over 33 years. They pastored and served a small church in South Alabama for over 20 years before Bob retired and they moved near us. Like Kellyn’s parents, they are excellent role models for us in marriage and parenting. They are very active in Luke’s life, and we see them and talk to them several times each week. Jason’s older brother, Bobby has been married to Natasha for 4 years and they have three children, Ry’lyn, Kaytlyn, and Bo, who is three days younger than Luke. They live in Texas, but we continue to talk to them monthly and see each other several times a year. Jason’s younger sister, Catrina, lives in Mississippi and is engaged to be married in July of 2012. We see her less often, but talk with her and email her several times a month.
12: Kellyn's Family Kellyn’s side of the family is made up of her parents and her sister’s family. Though they are few in number, they are amazingly close and loving. Kellyn’s parents, Tom and Soyna, are excellent role models in marriage and parenting. They have been married over 39 years and still live in the same house Kellyn grew up in. Nana and Tata, as they are lovingly known as by their grandchildren, enjoy taking the boys to the park, swimming, and playing. Kellyn’s sister, Amy has been married to Jeremy since December 2001 and they have two sons, Jackson and Anderson. Kellyn and Amy, as well as her Mom and Dad talk on an almost daily basis and continue to get together as a family about once a week.
14: Our Home
15: Our Church | Our Town | Our Local School | Our Park
16: Chief Chief “Little Big Foot” is our four year old fur baby. He is a basset hound we rescued in 2008. Chief loves, loves, loves children and is great with Luke. Each day when we come home, Chief comes and greets us and immediately checks on Luke, sniffing to make sure his baby is okay. He is great with other dogs, people, and kids, and Jason even takes him to work as a “therapy dog” for the boys some days.
17: Squaw Squaw is our adopted fur baby who joined our family in late 2011. She is quiet and shy, but knows how to get love and attention. Squaw is also very good with Luke.