FC: C & A | Curtis & Allyson
1: dedicated to: Our Future Family
2: Welcome! We are very happy to have you read our book. This is a sample of what we believe is a marriage full of love, patience, support, and laughter. We are looking forward to being parents. It has been hard to understand why we were not able to have children but we know that we will love any child as if it were our own. Our child will know what love is at a very early age. There is a large extended family and group of friends that are waiting with open arms. We have known each other since we were in middle school. Our paths did not cross again until adulthood when we were teaching in the same area. We both were married previously and consider our marriage to be a true second chance. The time we spend together is never taken for granted and we we would love nothing more then to fill that time with loving a child. We live in a modest home that we share with "The Girls" as we call
3: "Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family." -Anthony Brandt | them. Sadie is a 4 year old Scottie and Ruby is a 2 year old Golden Retriever. They have grown up around children and love to play in our large back yard. The Girls also love to travel and so do we. Our teaching professions allow us to attend conferences that are very family friendly. Many of our colleagues are considered to be part of our work family. We hope you have noticed that the word family has been used many times in this letter and it is not by accident. Family means more than just our parents, siblings, aunts, and uncles. Family is a group of people that love, care, and help each other. We are truly blessed to have many layers to our family. A child would be welcomed into all of our many families and we hope that this book expresses the love we could provide a child. Many Blessings - Curtis & Allyson
7: "The family is one of nature's masterpieces." -George Santayana
8: Allyson Teacher - Band Director Bachelor of Music Education Master of Educational Leadership Favorite Things: Time with Friends & Family, Traveling, Going out on the Lake, Hunting for Bargains, Shopping, Attending Local Festivals, Taking "The Girls" to the Park, Decorating for Holidays, Date Nights, and most of all...getting to do all of these things with Curtis.
9: Curtis Teacher - Band Director Bachelor of Science in Music Education Master of Science in Secondary Education Favorite Things: Going on nature walks, Teaching and working with my students, Hanging out with our great group of friends, Grilling and cooking for guests, Traveling to new and exciting destinations, Spending time relaxing at the lake, and having the opportunity to share all of these things with Allyson, Ruby, & Sadie.
10: "Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future." -Gail Lumet Buckley
12: Our Home
14: My Wife Allyson... Allyson is my reason for waking up every morning. She is truly the most sincere, kind, and generous person I have ever had the opportunity to know. I never let a day pass without being | truly thankful that our paths in life have crossed. Allyson is constantly offering help to our family and friends when they are going through tough situations or need a place to stay when they are in town. She is so very patient and caring with our nephew and our godchildren. I know that she will make an outstanding mother. We joke around a lot that we are "Team Tipton," because we feel like there is nothing that we can't achieve or work out together. Allyson is my soul mate, the best part of my day, and my reason for smiling. Curtis
15: we never miss another's events with our students. He supports me in everything I do and I do the same. Curtis is my colleague, companion, best friend, and the love of my life. Allyson | My Husband Curtis... Curtis is an amazing man. He works very hard to make sure that we are always able to do things together as a family. He always knows how to make me laugh and always lets me know how much I am loved. When we get together with our friends he is always the one to jump in to help with anything. He is the godfather of two wonderful kids who adore him and he is going to be a wonderful father. We both appreciate every blessing we have been given. Our time spent together in the same profession has made me love him even more. We never
16: "Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family." -Anthony Brandt | One of our favorite places to travel is the lake. Many times we camp there and take the girls out on the boat. Yes, they have life jackets because you can never be to careful. They love it!
17: Curtis holding an alligator on vacation in Gulf Shores, AL. Us in San Antonio, TX. Taking our friends kids to Silver Dollar City for their birthdays. | Allyson holding our dear friends 1st little one the day she was born. Just for fun, Allyson in a fashion show at our local mall.
19: FAMILY IS EVERYTHING | "You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them." - Desmond Tutu