Here’s the story of a lovely lady, who was bringing up three very lovely girls. And here’s the story of a man named Gibson, who was bringing up three girls and a son of his own. They’d both spent their lives in education — teaching and learning — but they were all alone. Then one day, more than two decades ago, they met at an education conference and exchanged telephone numbers. Though it took him months to call her back, they knew it was much more than a hunch. "I was dating a different lady at the time,” Glenn Gibson said. "But I knew she was moving to Georgia over spring break. After that, I called Evelyn.” And that’s the way they became the Gibson bunch. Unlike TV’s iconic 1970s sitcom "The Brady Bunch,” the Gibson version didn’t include a housekeeper named Alice, and it included only five children, because two of the group had grown to adulthood. But a tightly bound family did spring from this second chance at lasting love. Glenn, who dabbled for a while selling insurance, has worked most of his life as an educator and coach in Oklahoma, Michigan and Germany. He once was basketball coach at Langston University. But he’s not the only coach in the family. "Evelyn was a coach, too,” he said. "She coached high school football years ago as well as basketball.” It’s no surprise once you learn Evelyn’s brother was the well-known high school basketball coach Charles Davis, who guided Classen High School to a state runner-up finish and won the first two state basketball titles in John Marshall High School history. Evelyn, now a guidance counselor for Oklahoma City Public Schools, is in her 43rd year as an educator. Glenn retired five years ago, due in great part to his health. "Probably the biggest challenge we’ve had in our marriage has been Glenn’s health,” Evelyn said. "He’s survived eight heart attacks.” Evelyn said trust and family support has gotten them through it. That trust and support was earned. The blended family has stuck together through success, failure, good times and grave. The Gibsons brought both of their mothers into their homes as their health failed, to ensure they spent their waning years surrounded by loved ones. In their 21 years of marriage, the Gibsons always have made room for family. "As long as there’s floor space,” Glenn said. "We just make pallets when we run out of beds,” Evelyn said. One Christmas a few years ago when the weather kept everyone, including eight grandsons and a granddaughter, in the house, they resorted to fashion shows and board games. The Gibsons agree that communication and respect have been the keys to their successful union. Glenn said meeting each other after developing a sense of maturity has certainly been an advantage. "If either of us have something bothering us, we don’t let it sit,” Evelyn said. "We communicate constantly.” Communication is Evelyn’s job description as a counselor. She said those skills have served her well as a wife and parent. "It’s easier to step back and be objective at school,” she said. "But encouraging kids to make choices and understand that some might be just fair is what I try to do. A fair decision is better than no decision or a bad one.” She also said when she got home to the kids, she had to ask for a half-hour to "power down.” "I’d tell them, ‘Don’t ask me anything for 30 minutes. Let me shift from being a counselor to a mom.’” Now that the kids are all grown, Glenn and Evelyn spend most of their leisure time together. Evelyn does enjoy bargain-hunting on her own and a monthly girls’ night out playing Biz Whiz, but otherwise they’re inseparable. Evelyn said retirement is not too far in the future, and when it comes, she and Glenn plan to do some traveling. "We’ve got grandkids in Maryland, Texas and California to visit,” she said. "So that should pretty well take care of us across the country.” As long as there’s floor space.