So let me start off this post by saying...
My brother will likely kill me for doing this!
He has absolutely no idea I'm doing this!
Now that I have that out of the way, let me begin.
My kids have a great uncle. They call him Uncle Brycie, or Uncle Bicey, depending on who is saying it. Regardless of the pronunciation or rather, mispronunciation, they are referring to their very much loved Uncle Bryce. My brother. My little brother. My single, little brother. My single, little brother who is, in short...
A great catch!
One of my greatest prayers has always been that I would inherit a sister... through my brother! But as much as I would love and desire a sister-in-law that would be "the sister I never had", my bigger desire is for my little brother to find the love of his life... someone to begin a family with and grow old with.
That is his greatest desire too!
And so here I am, joining Kelly's Korner in a "Singles Blog Party" to introduce my brother to whomever might happen to stumble upon this blog! While he might kill me for doing it, it is within the realm of possibility that he might end up thanking me one day. So, here goes!
Meet my little brother, my kids' "Uncle Brycie"...
Bryce is 33 years old and is one of the most loyal people I know. He is a hopeless romantic and a gentlemen among men. I can remember telling him in high school that he simply could not give a girl flowers every day! He didn't listen.
Other than his penchant for overly spoiling his girlfriends, here are a few more things about him:
He is generous. Really generous. He is the kind of person who hears about someone in financial distress and offers them the money off of his back; never expecting to have it returned. He got me an 85 minute massage at the best Spa in town for Christmas and a gift certificate to my favorite clothing boutique. Trust me. He's very generous. He loves to give gifts. He is a pretty good gift wrapper too and takes pride in making sure that every gift he gives is packaged very well (my mother taught him well!).
He loves kids. Of course, mine are his favorite! But he loves all kids. And he has a special place in his heart for children that are disadvantaged. He often uses his day off from work to volunteer in a school for disadvantaged children. And the kids in that school... well they simply adore him! But that's not really a big surprise... my kids adore him too!
He is a Christian. He is the Godfather to my Noah and my Molly.
He loves sports. He is a University of Kansas alum and therefore bleeds crimson and blue. He attends as many KU games as his work schedule allows and makes a mean tailgating hamburger! Second to the Jayhawks, his favorite sporting event would be any that his nephew, Noah, is playing! He has helped to coach Noah's soccer and TBall teams and cheers from the sidelines as often as he can.
He is a history buff and a wealth of useless information. You don't want to go up against him in Trivial Pursuit. Just trust me on that! And if he says something that sounds completely random, it's probably true!
He is a dog person. Even though he doesn't own one of his own at the moment. He is always "dog sitting" and even took care of one of his employee's dogs for a looong time! He is my dog's personal favorite visitor too, she wags her tail a bit harder than normal when she hears his voice!
He loves to cook. And is good at it. Actually, he's a great cook! And he loves to cook for other people. His most requested dish is grilled salmon followed closely by his "special macaroni and cheese". Yes, he makes my kids special kid food that they love! And when I was on the very restrictive "Molly tummy diet" while nursing the baby, he jumped in while we were at brunch one time and told the cook exactly how to make me an egg that didn't have any of my food restrictions in it. And when my mom ruined the icing for the Christmas cake, he whipped up a new batch from scratch! He takes care of food like that. And people!
He is a foodie. He has been in the restaurant industry for the majority of his professional career. He has been in management for the Houston's Restaurant corporation, The Bonefish Grill, and has recently joined Wichita's newest upscale restaurant, The Newport Grill, as the General Manager. His restaurant career has landed him in Kansas City, MO, Denver, CO, Los Angeles, CA, Tampa, FL, and eventually brought him back to his hometown of Wichita, KS. He is great at what he does. He is a natural in a restaurant. A great manager. Guests love him. Employees respect him. And he has aspirations to open his own restaurant one day. He even has his menu written and glassware designed for when that dream becomes a reality.
He has a dry sense of humor. And appreciates that quality in others as well. He is laid back. Easy going. In many ways, the opposite of my OCD, Type A, not-funny-at-all personality!
He is the best laundry folder I know. Seriously. He can fold laundry perfectly. His undershirts are all the exact.same.size when folded. He beats me, hands down, in the laundry folding department!
He likes to go out and likes to stay in. Equally well. He enjoys concerts, sporting events, and any other type of social celebration. But he also enjoys staying in. Cooking. Watching a good movie.
He is a family guy. At his core, his family is of extreme importance to him. He does things like take a day off from work on Emily's birthday so he can come to her birthday party. He loves family reunions and is the first to volunteer to drive with my dad to western Kansas to visit our grandfather. He loves my mom. One of the qualities I always looked for when dating was someone who had an obvious respect and love for his mother. That is one of the first things I noticed about Vance. And Bryce has that quality too. Even if poking fun of her is something he gets a kick out of, she is the first one he calls when he has something exciting, sad, encouraging or scary to share. And he respects my dad more than anyone.
He is a great catch! There are really so many other things I could say about my little brother, but they can all be summed up by simply saying that he a really, really good catch! He has had several serious relationships that have not worked out. He has had his heart broken. Twice. And that broken heart has made him a bit guarded in the dating department. But he wants nothing more than to find the "right one".
I have prayed many times over that God would reveal that special someone to him. And I know that He will, in His time.
And when He does, as much as I love the cute way my kids call him "Uncle Brycie", I will love it even more when I get to hear someone call my little brother "Daddy"!
He's a great catch! And he deserves a great catch of his own!
So I don't really even know how this Singles Party thing works... I guess if you or someone you know might be interested in knowing more about "Uncle Brycie", leave a comment :)