Meet Brandon and Erica:

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About us:

We met over eight years ago, for our first date, we met for coffee – six hours later we were still talking and neither of us wanted to end the conversation and go our separate ways. We’ve been best friends, a great team and committed to one another ever since.

Brandon is a senior analyst at an insurance company. He has been part of the same company since graduating college, receiving multiple promotions. His company has fantastic benefits, including paid paternal leave, so he will have time off from work once the baby arrives. Erica is a self-employed graphic designer who works from home, which will allow her to be a stay at home mom.

What we do for fun:

Together we enjoy attending the occasional live music or sporting event and spending time with our wonderful rescue dog, Chelsea. We enjoy tending to our garden and whale watching in the summertime. Brandon enjoys working out in our home gym, watching movies on the big screen in our home theater and also likes woodworking. Erica can often be found with her camera, her hands covered in dirt from planting flowers and gardening, painting furniture or hunting for treasures at thrift stores.

Qualities we see in each other:

Erica says, “I admire Brandon’s easy-going, laid back personality. He is kind, patient and supportive in all that I do, he makes me laugh every day and always knows exactly what to say and gives the best hugs.”

Brandon says, “Erica has one of the biggest hearts of any person you’ll ever meet. She is very nurturing, and I know she will make a wonderful mother.”

What we look forward to:

Erica looks forward to continuing current traditions as well as creating new traditions and memories. She looks forward to being able to attend school functions and chaperoning school field trips. She is excited for photos with Santa and the Easter Bunny, as well as reading bedtime stories and doing arts and crafts. Brandon is looking forward to throwing the ball, teaching our child how to ride a bike and family vacations.

Our extended family & holidays:

Family is so important to both of us. Brandon has his parents, one brother and two nephews as well as three younger first cousins. He has two grandfathers and one grandmother. Erica has her parents, one brother who was adopted through Adoptions With Love 29 years ago, seven first cousins and many second and third cousins that we seen regularly as well as one grandmother.

Since we bought our house, it’s become tradition to host Thanksgiving for Erica’s parents, brother and Brandon’s family. Usually more of Erica’s extended family joins us for dessert. We have two turkeys, one cooked on the smoker and one deep-fried - it’s hard to choose a favorite because both are so delicious! Christmas is spent with Brandon’s family in Texas at their beautiful farmhouse and we celebrate Christmas with Erica’s family when we return home. We’re always having gatherings with our core group of friends, getting together for potluck brunches, celebrating someone’s birthday, or hosting our annual Super Bowl party. We’re grateful to have such a genuine and supportive group of friends and family.

Our adoption story:

We will be open with our child about the huge sacrifice you made by your adoption plan. We will let our child know that because of you and your selfless act, we were given the opportunity to become parents.

Our home & neighborhood:

Our home is part of a private neighborhood with a good mix of empty nesters and younger families with children. Our house is situated at the end of the street on a cul-de-sac that is perfect for riding bikes. Our home consists of 3 bedrooms and 2 ½ bathrooms, an open concept living room/kitchen and dining room. The finished basement consists of an office area and media room. Off the eat in kitchen, there is a deck that leads to a fenced in grassy yard with raised garden beds lining the fence. The elementary school is located nearby, there are many parks in the area and we are only five minutes from the beach.

 

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