Brian & Anna

Brian & Anna

“Look at Anna, standing in the corner! She looks scared to death!” It was my first Christmas with Brian’s family. I was nervous. Brian and I had been dating for a little while, and I wanted to make a good impression. I had carefully chosen my outfit and brought a gift for the matriarch, Brian’s grandmother. I was prepared. But it all took an unexpected turn when one of Brian’s cousins got out a video camera and decided to record the party. Then (who does this?!?), that person decided we should all WATCH the video. Hence, the laughing at me. I did look scared!

I learned something that day. Being in this family means you are part of the party. No one is allowed to stand in the corner and disappear. Every person matters, even if the family just met you five minutes ago. Brian loved me, so I was a part of the family with all the hugs and teasing that came along with it.   A child who becomes a part of our family will be no different. That child will be one of us from day one. He or she will matter and be welcomed, as I was, with open arms.

Thank you for considering us as adoptive parents. We do not pretend to understand the choices you face. All we know is that God has a plan for you, for your child, and for us. We are praying for every mother and family who reads this letter. We pray that God will give you comfort and send people to walk alongside you as He has done for us through our journey.

Becoming parents is something we always knew we would do. Before we got married, we talked about the possibility of adopting children. We were both totally on board! We have been through a lot on this journey toward parenthood, but there was always comfort in knowing that we agreed on adoption without hesitation. Adoption is beautiful, and we believe it is God’s way of growing our family.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We are not perfect, but we love each other and love our little family. We can’t wait to meet the child God has for us.

Your Friends,

Brian and Anna

Brian & Anna

About Brian by Anna

When Brian and I were dating, he called me one afternoon from his friend’s house. His friend’s wife had just rescued a kitten literally out of the mouth of one of their dogs. Brian was calling to let me know that my cat Pete was getting a sister. Brian soon arrived at my apartment with a shoe box containing a scrawny tortoiseshell kitten. Over the next weeks, he helped me nurse her back to health. That’s my husband. He saw a creature who would need a lot of love, and he jumped in without hesitation. That skinny kitten is now our roly-poly Gigi, the best gift he ever gave me.

Brian is confident, fun, and has never met a stranger. He loves serving the elderly in our community, volunteering with local clubs, and attending events at my school. Last spring, he helped me chaperone a school trip to Disney World! On that trip, I got the opportunity to see him keep a group of kids laughing and having a great time while also keeping them together, moving, and safe. It was a glimpse of the kind of father he will be. He will encourage our child to be bold and try new things. He will teach him or her to find the fun in every moment. He will love and support our child whether he or she wants to play football, sing, dance, act, paint, or do all those things! Brian loves caring for others, loves kids, loves Disney World and the beach, and will love being a dad.

 

Fun Facts About Brian by Brian

  1. Occupation – Financial Advisor (I love helping people prepare to retire or to send their kids to college and getting to know the people in my community.)
  2. Favorite Lazy Day Pastimes – Playing PlayStation or watching Tennessee football
  3. The “Glory Days” – I was All-State offense and defense in football my senior year of high school.
  4. Favorite Outdoor Activity – I love fishing with my dad, Anna’s dad, my friends, by myself….you get the picture!
  5. Fun Facts –I wrote and illustrated a children’s book called Scorch the Dragon Loses His Fire (I’ll get it published someday!) and sell my own barbeque sauce called Memphis Magic!

 

About Brian by Anna

About Anna by Brian

I went to Anna’s family’s house for Christmas in our second year of dating. Her family’s gatherings are COMPLETELY different from my family’s. Everyone was very quiet and watched as each family member opened each gift one at a time while oohing and awing. Then we all gathered around Anna’s dad and cousin who were playing guitars. Everyone started singing Christmas songs (they are a very musically talented family). I felt like a square peg in a round hole. I am a horrible singer, and all of my family’s Christmases are full of action. But, I had a wonderful time (and listened to the Christmas songs without joining in on the singing).

Anna and I, and our families, are basically complete opposites, which make us a great team! I love Anna very much and am so proud of her. She is an amazing person. She is a very intelligent person and loves teaching English and literature to her 8th grade students. She is a very talented singer, and I love watching her sing with her friends in downtown Nashville.

Anna has many amazing qualities, but my favorite is how much of a loving person she is. We have three kitties and she loves and cherishes each one. I used to travel a lot for work, but now I work in my community and only travel for work a few days per year. She says all the time how much she is glad I am home now, which I believe means she is glad I am home more, so I can occasionally check on the kitties while she is at work!

I know Anna will be a wonderful mom and will love our baby unconditionally. I love her and our family so much, and I am so excited for us to be parents.

Fun Facts About Anna by Anna

  1. Occupation – Teacher – I love teaching kids to read and write, chaperoning dances, cheering at games, and advising the newspaper club and the National Junior Honor Society. I’ll also get to spend breaks at home with our child! (Summers off!! Yay!!)
  2. Favorite Book – Julie by Catherine Marshall
  3. Favorite Movies – The Sound of Music and White Christmas
  4. The “Glory Days” – I won the Showstoppers show choir competition senior year of high school at Disney World and received a trophy from Mickey and Minnie Mouse!
  5. Fun Fact – I joined an a cappella group called Seventy South when I moved to Nashville!

 

About Anna by Brian

Our Home and Community by Anna

Our Home

Brian and I live with our three kitties, Pete, Gigi, and RePete, in a suburb of Nashville. We live in a red brick home within view of a lake, right across the street from an elementary school and playground with slides, swings, monkey bars, and lots of room to run and play. In our spacious, fenced-in backyard, are two of our Christmas trees from past years. Another is planted in our front yard. Each year, we purchase and decorate a live Christmas tree and then plant it. This is a family tradition we look forward to sharing with our little one.

 

 

Our Community

We look forward to welcoming a child of any race or gender into our little family. We live in a community that becomes more diverse every year. As a teacher, I get to see how the kids in our community, despite different cultural and financial backgrounds, just get along! (We can learn a lot from kids, can’t we?)

 

Our Home and Community by Anna

Our Magical Adventures by Anna

I might as well just say it – we love Disney!! Many of our vacations, including our honeymoon, have been to Walt Disney World, and we even visited Disneyland for our fifth wedding anniversary. What do we love about Disney? Let’s see….the roller coasters, the characters, the food, the nostalgia…everything! You should see all the Disney ornaments we’ve collected! We cannot wait to share the “magic” with our little one.

When we aren’t vacationing in Disney, we enjoy exploring new places, trying new foods, cheering on the Tennessee Titans and UT Volunteers, or chilling at home with our little family.

Our Magical Adventures by Anna