S: Brett, Abigail & Sydney - Family Profile Book
BC: Thank you for considering us! Brett, Abigail & Sydney
FC: Brett, Abigail & Sydney's Family Profile Book
1: brett | sydney | abigail | Dearest Birth Family, It's 6:30 am and I find myself thinking of you, as I often do. We wonder about who you are, how you're feeling about your pregnancy, and what kind of support you have to help you through this process. As we consider walking in your shoes, we contemplate the difficulty you must face in allowing others, who you have not yet met, raise | your most precious unborn child as their own. Thank you for taking the steps that have brought you to this point and have brought you to us. What a gift you would be granting us - a small family of three who so desire to bring home a child. Let us provide a little glimpse into who we are. We are Brett, Abigail and Sydney, and we can't wait to meet you! Brett, who grew up in Southern CA, is a clinical psychologist who helps people from all walks of life work through life Abigail, who grow up in Colorado, was a now a stay-at-home mom since the birth | struggles and decision making. 4th & 5th grade teacher, and is of our daughter. She also works as a part-time online adjunct professor for Colorado Christian University. Sydney is an energetic, baby-loving three year old who loves to talk, sing, climb, and be read to. We pray daily for the baby (and his or her birth family) that will one day become a part of our lives. Thank you for considering us!
2: Abigail Name: Abigail Brooke Education: BA English; MA in Education Age: 34 DOB: 3/17/77 Race: Caucasian Eye Color: Green Height: 5'6 General Health: Healthy Religion: Christian Interests & Hobbies: sewing, gardening, cooking, running, playing soccer, eating, skiing, walking, and more! | Adoptive Family Information Sheet | Brett Name: Brett Russell Education: BA Psychology and Business; MA in Theology; MA in Psychology; Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Age: 35 DOB: 6/24/76 Race: Caucasian Eye Color: Blue Height: 6' General Health: Healthy Religion: Christian Interests & Hobbies: biking, playing basketball & softball, traveling, watching sports, and more! | Brett & Abby Both Share... -Date & Length of Marriage: 10 years (7/7/01) -Children in the Family: 1 -Shared Interests & Hobbies: hiking, listening to music, playing ultimate frisbee, walking our dog (Stella), camping, traveling, church activities, entertaining, reading, and being silly with Sydney (and her friends) -Description of Home: We own a small 3 bedroom/1 bath in Southern CA with a huge yard that holds a trampoline and lots of toys. Our yard also includes a large vegetable garden and many trees and flowers. We enjoy spending time with the many neighborhood kids, who often come over to play. -Childcare Plans: Abby is a stay-at-home mom. -Openness to Birth Family: Though we live in CA, we travel to CO regularly to visit Abby's family and would be open to having in-person visits during those times. We are also open to online, phone, and mail correspondence.
3: Our Home | Our neighborhood is Bustling with kids and young families! | from our garden | huge backyard with patio, trees, trampoline & toys (not shown)
4: Brett & Abigail | OUR WEDDING DAY! | BIKING IN ROME, ITALY | SKIING IN MAMMOTH, CA | ZIPLINING IN ALASKA | TIME FOR A LITTLE SMOOCH | RELAXING TOGETHER
5: Sydney is a fun-loving little three year old who is known for striking up a conversation with just about anyone! | Our daughter's high-energy disposition causes her to play hard and fall often (we often call her a "rough & tumble girl"). | Sydney loves people and cannot get enough of the many babies constantly around her. She often says that she is going to name "her baby" (our next child) Gi-Chi! We're not so sure about that! | Our little one has a soft heart that often expresses concern for the people, animals, and bugs who may be "feeling sad because they want their mama!" | Sydney cannot wait to be a big sister, and we often talk about how our family is going to grow as we anticipate our newest member. We look forward to watching her "love-on" her own brother or sister! | A Glimpse of Sydney...
6: Sydney's cousins on Abby's side (from left to right): Jonah, George, Fitsum, Madeleine holding Charlie, Dixon holding Molly (bottom row); Abigail, and Sydney (top row) | Part of Abby's family (from left to right): Abigail, Dixon, Madeleine (bottom row); Matt, Amanda, Judy, David, Abby (holding Sydney) & Brett | Abby's mom and dad (Judy & David) sledding in CO! | Though most of Abby's family resides in CO, her younger sister (Megan) and family live in London, England. We make many trips out to CO to see her family. | Abby's sisters and their husbands: Brett & Abby, Matt & Amanda (Abby's sister), Megan (Abby's sister) & David | Jonah & George: Good Buddies! | Abigail's Family
7: The times when we can experience the laughter and busyness of the nine cousins is a joyous one indeed! | Cousins! | Abby & Brett skiing with Chris, Amanda, Abigail, Dixon & Madeleine | Abigail's Family (pictured left) | David, Megan and kids | Splashing in a fountain (Sydney with George, Molly & Charlie)
8: Brett's Family | Brett's Family. From left to right: Abigail, Sydney, Ron, Sandy (bottom row); Brett, Jen, Russell, Laura (middle row); Chris, and Mark (top row) Picture taken on cruise to Alaska - Fall, 2009 | Brett's siblings & their spouses. From left to right: Abigail & Brett, Laura (Brett's sister) & Mark, Jen & Chris (Brett's brother). Ziplining in Alaska | Brett & Chris snowboarding in CO! | (From left to right) Jen & Chris, Sandy & Ron, Brett w/ Sydney, Laura & Mark w/ Russell - Fall, 2009 | Sydney & her cousin, Russell - Winter, 2009
9: Brett's opening pitch at a Rockies game! From left to right: Madeleine, Abigail (holding Sydney), Dixon, Brett, Abigail, Chris, and Laura - Summer, 2010 | Hiking in Mammoth, CA! From left to right: Sandy (Brett's mom), Laura & Mark | Chris and Abigail at her surprise birthday party! | Day-trip to the mountains. Ron (Brett's dad), Sydney, Jen, and Chris - Winter, 2011 | Sydney & Russell on Easter Morning | By next fall, all of Brett's family will be living in CA with us. We excitedly await the arrival of Mark & Laura's & Chris & Jen's new babies who will be born soon!
10: Great Friends... | ....get messy with you! (Sydney and friends eating ice cream) | ...go the distance! (hiking in the Rockies) | ...stick around for a long time! (Brett and his dear friend from kindergarten) | ... let you act your age! (Sydney with friends at the LA County Fair) | ...let you lean on them. (Abby with teaching friends at DARE graduation) | ...provide daily entertainment (Sydney with neighborhood friends)
11: ...let you be yourself! (Sydney and friend) | ...celebrate with you! (lawn picnic at the Arboretum for Brett's b-day) | ...provide a resting place. (Sydney taking a break on Megan's back) | ...make you laugh! (at Chris & Jen's wedding) | ...teach you something new. (Sydney learning how to fish) | ...walk along side you (Fitsum & Sydney)
12: Church Events | Church softball league (Brett & Abby looking very tough in the middle of the group) | Friends eating together at a church retreat | Community Dinner with church folks at our house! | Brett and some guys playing on the church baseketball league
13: "Mirth is God's medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it." -Henry Ward Beecher | Brett, Matt, and David sledding | Sydney and Sasha | Friends dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" | Megan and Abigail riding bikes | Sydney swimming with Grandma Sandy
14: fun memories ! | Sydney and cousins in CO | Sledding with Abby's Family | Ron's birthday | Apple picking with friends
15: g r e a t times! | Tubing with the Abby's Family | Giggling together | Time with Grammy at the beach | Brett and some buddies from college
16: Trips & Outings | Brett & Abby visit New York City | Seeing the Grand Canyon | Legoland with Brett's Dad & family
17: Brett & friend canoing with the kids at church retreat | Brett visits Chris & Jen in Detroit, MI | Sightseeing in England with George & Megan's Family | Brett & Abby in Mexico | Brett, Abby & Sydney in Vail with friends
18: we are a family who... | ...strives to make a difference in our community (Abby with her grown-up students and their parents) | ...cherishes our beginnings (Sydney with her Great-Grandmother) | ...enjoys being together (Brett, Abby & Sydney at a Rockies' game) | ...celebrates! (Brett congratulating our friend - a new father!)
19: We pray that the Lord will bless and keep you; that his face may shine upon you and be gracious to you; and that he will turn his face towards you and give you peace. -Numbers 6:24