Michael and Brandy

Married Since: 2019

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We have spent a lot of time praying for you — for each person who reads this letter. Whether you choose us or not, we are praying for peace for your heart and wisdom for your mind. We don’t pretend to know how you’re feeling, but we honor whatever those feelings may be.

Michael and Brandy

from Colorado

Michael

Ancestry: English, Scottish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Logistics Manager

Education: B.S.

Hobbies: Archery, Biking, Home improvement

Brandy

Ancestry: English, Irish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Marketing Writer

Education: M.F.A.

Hobbies: Writing, Baking, Reading, Biking

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Michael

Book
The Stand by Stephen King
Childhood Memory
Summers in Virginia with my grandparents
Hobby
Mountain biking
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure Activity
Archery
Music
All types - songs that make me feel something
Scripture
1 Peter 4:10
Subject in School
Math and Science
Thing to Cook
Lasagna
Vacation Spot
Mountains

Brandy

Booke
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Childhood Memory
Playing with my cousins in the woods near my house
Hobby
Baking
Holiday
Birthdays
Leisure Activity
Reading on the porch swing
Music
I love great songwriters, like Brandi Carlile
Scripture
Zephaniah 3:17
Subject in School
English
Thing to Cook
Desserts
Vacation Spot
Beach
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From Us to You

Dear Brave Mother,

As I write this letter, Mike and I are sitting in our living room, listening to one of our favorite singers while our dog, Cayenne, dozes nearby. And we are thinking of you and wondering how you are feeling right now—hoping for you.

Since we began this process, we have spent a lot of time praying for you — for each person who reads this letter. Whether you decide to choose us or not, we are praying for peace for your heart and wisdom for your mind. We don’t pretend to know how you’re feeling, but we honor whatever those feelings may be.

Please know that we believe you are brave, even if you don’t feel brave. Feelings have very little to do with bravery.

I’d love to share some of our story with you. Mike and I first met on a coffee date, in which I awkwardly went in for a hug, and he awkwardly went in for a handshake. From that moment on, we haven’t stopped laughing! It quickly became clear that God had been preparing us for each other. That each twist in the path, each scar, were the very things that made us who we were. And we loved each other for that.

Similarly, we believe that God is preparing us, and our home, for a child. I have long wanted to be a mother. Mike has two adult children, so early on we discussed whether a child was possible for the two of us. For a variety of reasons, a biological child would be difficult for us. But there was little grief in that. We have many friends who have adopted, and my relationships with them and their children began shaping my heart to mother a child who needed a home. We are so excited to welcome a child into our home and provide a safe space for that child to learn and grow.

We deeply believe that adopting a child is a rich, beautiful expression of the love we already have.

Our home is filled with laughter and smiles and, currently, the smell of pumpkin bread! Your child will be surrounded by friends who have become family over the years. There will be no lack of snuggles and tickles. Because we don’t live close to our biological families, we have looked to our community to be family. They have adopted us into their homes and their families. In return, we have opened our home to many through dinners, game nights and evenings making s’mores in the backyard. Your child will have no shortage of surrogate cousins, grandparents and aunties and uncles — in addition to grandmas, grandpas and aunts and uncles who can’t wait to come to visit!

I can’t wait to have a child to help me bake chocolate chip cookies. And Mike is equally excited to have a child to putter around in the garage with him, putting all the tools in the wrong places so he can put them back after bedtime. We can’t wait to play together in the yard and go camping together as a family. Just this Sunday, our church had a baby dedication, and we imagined our own baby there, surrounded by a church that commits to love them, walk alongside them, and raise them to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.

Our hearts and home are open. We are ready to play with blocks and read books. But more importantly, we are prepared to show a child that he or she is loved unconditionally. That nothing they do can separate them from us. And that their mother was brave and strong and that her story intersected with ours in the most messy, beautiful way they can imagine.

We don’t want to ramble. The album we’ve been listening to is almost over, and the dog has wandered off to bed. We want you to know that you are stronger than you are scared. Braver than you are fearful. But you are not alone.

Much Love,
Brandy and Mike

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About Brandy

Brandy fascinates me! She is brilliant, kind and so very talented. I have never met anyone who balances those traits as well as she does, each one shaping the other. As a writer and an advocate, she has traveled the world, to Africa, Asia, South America, and Central America to tell the stories of children in poverty. Brandy cares. She is driven by a sense of justice and is deeply affected by intolerance and ignorance. Brandy will be a great mother and will teach your child how to love unconditionally, to stand up to injustice with grace, and to treat all people with dignity and respect. She challenges me to be a better man, but that never feels forced. Brandy just brings out the very best in all of us.

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About Mike

When Mike and I first started talking about adopting and growing our family, I needed to make one thing very clear to him. I didn’t just want to be a mom. I wanted to be a mom with him as the dad. Mike is one of the most loving, kind people I’ve ever met. I’m constantly amazed at his ability to love difficult people. At his ability to fix ANYTHING I break in our home (it certainly helps that he was a helicopter mechanic for much of his career). He fills our home with dad jokes and silly dances, and I can’t wait to parent a child with him. I’ve seen how proud he is of his two adult children, and how much they love him, and I’m excited to see his love stretch to another child!

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Our Home

We often talk about how our home has so much room for love. We love hospitality, and we look forward to hosting a big Thanksgiving dinner every November — and a Super Bowl party in February! We can see the mountains from our front door, and we can’t wait to take your child on walks on the trails in our neighborhood and introduce him or her to our neighbors! We are also blessed to literally share a fence with Mike’s best friend, and we know that they will grow up playing with his three children!

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Our Family and Friends

We have an amazing community of friends who have become family. It’s rare to find unconditional love with people who are not related to you, and we feel very blessed to have found that in our friends. But we won’t leave out your child’s grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins! Our family lives across the United States — Florida, Virginia, Alabama, Oklahoma and California — so there are many fun family road trips in our future!

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Family Traditions

Our traditions tend to have themes more than rules. For example, our Thanksgiving traditions are all about delicious food (Brandy LOVES to cook!) and welcoming people into our home for a few hours of laughter and relaxing. Our yearly road trip is all about quality time, and hopefully, some fall leaves. And Christmas is all about celebrating the gifts we’ve been given, whether that’s at home for a quiet morning or looking at Christmas lights with our friends.

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Our Lifestyle

I guess you could describe our lifestyle as loving. We want those around us to know how much we love them and care about them. For us, that looks like loving our friends by preparing them a meal. Loving our neighbors by striking up a conversation on a walk. Loving our church family by serving them. And loving each other through kind words and deeds. We can’t wait to show our future child how to love and be loved.

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What Attracted us to Each Other

From the moment I (Brandy) met Mike, I saw in him kindness and gentleness. I saw in him a place where I could grow and be myself — silly and sometimes a little sensitive. And Mike says when he met me, he was struck by the air of kindness and sincerity he saw — and my ability to tell funny stories! As he sits here next to me, he says, “I just wanted to listen to you all the time.”

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Our Hobbies

We love to spend time outdoors when we can, hiking and mountain biking. Sometimes Brandy tags along with Mike on the archery course, and Mike does lots of DIY projects around the house. And when we’re not together, Brandy loves reading and writing, and spends lots of time experimenting with cookies and bread baking in the kitchen. Together, we love to travel. Brandy has traveled a lot with work, and we can’t wait to take international trips together, one day showing our child the richness of the world as we introduce them to a variety of people and cultures.

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Our Faith

We both grew up with a foundation of faith, and over the past few years, we have found an amazing church that we can’t wait to raise a child in. Every Sunday, we hear the Bible brought to life, and we spend the rest of the week doing our best to release that Gospel, the love of Christ, to all we encounter. We don’t do it perfectly, but we do our best. And our church will come alongside us in raising a child, will support us and love that child with the deep, deep love of Jesus.

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Education

We both believe in the value of education. But we also know that education doesn’t look the same for everyone! Brandy was a straight-A student, and Mike didn’t love traditional school but graduated from college with honors. All that to say — we will do our best to make sure your child is educated in a way he or she can thrive. Our area has a variety of public, charter and private schools, and we will do our best to find the fit that works best.

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Cultural Diversity

We want you to know that cultural diversity is not something we take lightly. We have both been on a journey of understanding our role as advocates and how best to use our voices. We strongly believe as human beings, and as potential parents to a child of a different ethnicity, we need to acknowledge that there are things we will intentionally need to do in raising our child, educating ourselves on what that looks like and how to we will connect our child to his or her culture, and act on what we learn.

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What Kind of Parents We will Be

We want to be loving and kind, first and foremost. It’s a theme in our lives, the thing we strive to be with everyone. But we also want to challenge our child. Believe the best in them and help them achieve their dreams. We believe a parent’s role is to prepare their child to be an adult, but also to make their child’s childhood as enjoyable and safe as possible. We recently heard a quote from a poem about parenting that really resonated with us, and we are holding tight to that as we prepare to welcome a child into our home: “In you, I will plant the best in me…splendid recollections and daddy’s best protections.” Oh, and we’ll definitely have silly dance parties!

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What We Will Teach Our Child

We will teach your child that they are loved — and that they had a birth mother who was brave and strong. We want our child to always stand up for what they believe in, but with love and kindness. We will encourage them to use their mind and explore ideas, even if that means we may lose some arguments with them! We will also model to them how to humbly apologize when they have hurt others. We will help them learn how to filter every decision, every idea, every word, through a filter of love.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

Early in our relationship, we talked about what our family would look like. I (Brandy) have long wanted to be a mother, but as the years went by, I believed that God would fulfill that desire of my heart in ways other than having a biological child. When Mike and I met, he could not father more children, but there was very little grief in that. From the beginning, we have genuinely believed adoption is the best way for us to grow our family, to share our home, and to show a child love. Finding each other was a journey. And becoming parents will also be a journey. We believe we are all made stronger by life’s journeys.

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What We will tell Your Child about You

That you are brave. The bravest thing one can do is to sacrifice for the better of another. And that’s what you will have done. There is no shame in looking at your circumstances and realizing you must choose to release something so it can thrive. Your child will know that he or she was not a mistake — that the journey that brought them to us was paved with the bravery of his or her birth mother. And we will forever be grateful for that.

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