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Mario & Brandon

Hi! We're Brandon and Mario, two happy husbands living in San Antonio, Texas, where we met. We live close to our large, supportive families and community. Thank you so much for considering us. We would love to open our hearts and home to a child and build a family. We very much look forward to expanding our family through adoption.

About Us

Software Engineer
Software Engineer
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science
Legally Married

Our Cultural Heritage

Dressed Up for Brandon's Sister's Quinceañera

We both grew up in multicultural households. Brandon's dad is from the Midwest, and his mom is Mexican-American. They both met in El Paso, a city next to the border, where Brandon grew up. His grandparents were both born in Mexico. Brandon grew up speaking English at home and Spanish with his grandparents and extended family. Brandon is excited to share his Mexican and Latino culture with a child. He's looking forward to cooking Mexican food for the family and teaching a child how to dance different types of music.

Mario's dad is a Venezuelan immigrant, and his mom was born in the Midwest near Chicago, where they met and had Mario. Mario grew up in Texas since he was 5 and regularly visited with some of his Venezuelan family and his mom's side too. They'd have sancocho, a Venezuelan stew, for dinner one night, and be eating his mom's homemade stuffing the next night. Mario also developed an interest in Japanese culture, and speaks English, Spanish, and Japanese. He looks forward to sharing his cultural heritage and interests with his child through language and food. He also is excited about learning more about his child's background.

Our Leisure Time

Brandon Building an Outdoor Bench

Brandon comes from a family of builders, so one of his main hobbies is woodworking. Brandon is very excited to teach our child how to work with their hands like he was taught. He also likes to do graphic design and is very musical. His favorite instruments are the piano and the trombone. He's looking forward to making decor for a child, birthday invitations, as well as teaching a child to dance and play various instruments.

Mario Running His First Marathon

Mario likes to run in nature, read, and learn languages. He's run multiple marathons and is looking forward to taking our kids to the park. He's also looking forward to sharing a love of reading and a love of language with them. He is looking forward to reading bedtime stories and seeing a child learn and explore the world. His favorite bedtime story growing up was Goodnight Moon.

Together, we like to watch movies, cook together, and host friends and our families at our home. We also love playing with our dog Ada and traveling, having visited Mexico, Japan, and Spain. We can't wait to show a child the world!

Addressing Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity and community have always been very important to us. Through our own backgrounds, our child will be exposed to Mexican, Venezuelan, Norwegian, and Midwestern culture. We plan on teaching our child to speak Spanish from a young age so they can bond with our extended family.

Our child will be exposed to a variety of cultures throughout their upbringing besides our own. We have close friends from a variety of backgrounds, such as people of African-American, Chinese, and Middle Eastern descent. Regardless of our child's race, they will be exposed to these cultures and more.

We also believe it's important for our child to have some role models who look like them and may be able to mentor them in ways we can't. We plan on learning more about our child's heritage and making sure they grow up with a healthy sense of their identity. We regularly attend community events from cultures that are not our own, like the city's Asian New Year Festival, and would make a point to attend community events with people from our child's background. San Antonio is a very diverse city.


Pride Mural in San Francisco
Pride Mural in San Francisco
At Chichen Itza in Mexico
At Chichen Itza in Mexico
In Valencia, Spain
In Valencia, Spain
Proud Dog Dads at Ada's Puppy School Graduation
Proud Dog Dads at Ada's Puppy School Graduation
Meiji Shrine Gate in Tokyo
Meiji Shrine Gate in Tokyo
Brandon Playing Piano at Mario's Grandmother's House
Brandon Playing Piano at Mario's Grandmother's House
Mario Playing With His Nephews
Mario Playing With His Nephews
At a Vineyard in Texas Hill Country
At a Vineyard in Texas Hill Country
Date Night Downtown
Date Night Downtown
Family Photo From Our Wedding
Family Photo From Our Wedding
At a Street Festival in San Francisco's Chinatown
At a Street Festival in San Francisco's Chinatown
Taking a Stroll
Taking a Stroll
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Pride Mural in San Francisco
Pride Mural in San Francisco
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At Chichen Itza in Mexico
At Chichen Itza in Mexico
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In Valencia, Spain
In Valencia, Spain
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Proud Dog Dads at Ada's Puppy School Graduation
Proud Dog Dads at Ada's Puppy School Graduation
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Meiji Shrine Gate in Tokyo
Meiji Shrine Gate in Tokyo
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Brandon Playing Piano at Mario's Grandmother's House
Brandon Playing Piano at Mario's Grandmother's House
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Mario Playing With His Nephews
Mario Playing With His Nephews
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At a Vineyard in Texas Hill Country
At a Vineyard in Texas Hill Country
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Date Night Downtown
Date Night Downtown
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Family Photo From Our Wedding
Family Photo From Our Wedding
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At a Street Festival in San Francisco's Chinatown
At a Street Festival in San Francisco's Chinatown
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Taking a Stroll
Taking a Stroll

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home on a Cool February Day

We love our three-bedroom home, which sits on a quarter acre of land in a safe suburb. We have a large backyard shaded by a big tree with a swing. We enjoy sitting on the porch, and sometimes we snuggle up next to our fire pit making s'mores at night. The home has an intercom system that a kid would find fun to play with. We live around the corner from a middle school. We often chat with our friendly neighbors on our daily walks with our well-behaved dog, Ada. The community has all ages, with some retirees and some young families with children. Nearby, there are three large parks we visit often, all with playgrounds. Mario's parents live 10 minutes away, next to a nice library and their community pool. We also live near our friends with kids, who we're looking forward to having playdates with.

The surrounding city is family friendly, having children's museums and a yearly festival called Fiesta that involves flowers, music, dancing, food, and a celebration of the city's diverse culture. One unique thing that we love about the schools is that many support kids learning a second language at a young age. We hope to raise our child speaking both English and Spanish fluently, and any other languages they wish to learn. There is also a beach only a few hours away that we visit with friends a few times a year.

Our Extended Families

Brandon's Family

We both come from loving families. All of our extended family members are very excited to welcome a new child into their lives.

Brandon grew up surrounded by his mom's large Mexican family. "Small get-togethers" easily have 50 people and holiday parties have well over 100. Brandon has three younger sisters who are eager to become aunts. Brandon's sisters live near us in San Antonio, and we visit Brandon's family in El Paso several times a year.

Mario's Family

Mario was born in the Midwest near his grandparents. Mario's dad moved to the U.S. from Venezuela and met Mario's mom in college. They settled in San Antonio, Texas, where we live now. Mario has two younger brothers who also live in San Antonio. Mario's parents can't wait to be grandparents and are looking forward to helping us care for a baby. We visit Mario's family once a week to play board games or make arepas, a traditional Venezuelan dish. We visit Mario's mom's family near Chicago once a year for holidays.

We also have a close group of friends who are all excited to meet our child. Two of our friends just had kids, and we are looking forward to our kids having friends to grow up with.

From Us to You

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about our life and considering us as adoptive parents. We believe it takes a village to raise a child, and with each other, our families, and our friends, we know that we can provide a child with what they need to live a happy, fulfilling life. We hope to become friends with you if that is something you are open to and will ensure the child knows that their birth parents love them. We are more than open to sending letters and pictures as the child grows up and hope for them to be able to have visits, emails, and phone calls with you. We believe that an open adoption is key to the child having a healthy sense of self and understanding where they came from.

To tell you a little bit more about our story, we both met in San Antonio in 2015. Brandon was in his third year of college, and Mario had just moved back to Texas for work, having just graduated from Stanford. We knew we were each other's soulmates quickly and moved in together that summer. Brandon proposed to Mario in 2016 on the day he graduated, and we got married in 2017. We lived briefly in Denver and Boston together, but we missed our families being nearby and have been settled in San Antonio since 2017. We bought a home and plan to spend the rest of our lives here. We feel ready to start the next chapter of our lives as parents. We can't wait to raise a child here.

In addition to being able to provide a loving, stable home, we believe adoption is right for us because of what we have to offer a child. Our backgrounds in terms of both our families being immigrant families with mixed cultures, the diversity of our experiences growing up, and our large group of friends and family make us uniquely able to provide a kid with a fun and fulfilling childhood. We are settled down now, but having lived at various times in different parts of the country, we know we will be able to describe to them all the possibilities they have for their future. To give them a broader set of experiences in their upbringing, we've talked about spending some summers in El Paso with Brandon's parents and extended family, with the rest of the year in San Antonio near Mario's family. The possibility of not one but two loving home environments with us as the stable parents is something we think is unique that they would enjoy growing up with.

We are both extremely fortunate to have very flexible work-from-home job schedules that will let us spend a lot of quality time with the child as they grow up. Our parents are really excited to be grandparents and spend a lot of time with them, too. We have a lot of friends from all backgrounds, who will be able to show our child a number of perspectives on life.

With different hobbies that we have to share with a child as they grow, from Brandon's creative graphic design, music, and woodworking skills to Mario's interest in athletics and language, we know they will have a huge number of experiences to choose from. We will support them in whatever they choose to do and in whoever they become. We look forward to teaching them a ton of things and encouraging them to do well and live a long, happy life. We know how important it is to love a child unconditionally.

We promise you that any child we have the opportunity to raise will be loved, safe, and cared for. Us, our families, and our chosen community will always take care of them and bring joy to their life.

Thank you again for reading a bit about us. We hope that this letter helps you feel confident in your decision and look forward to raising a happy child.

Mario & Brandon


Keanu Reeves
Oscar Isaac
Elisabeth Moss
Kathy Bates
Liu Cixin
Brandon Sanderson
The Three-Body Problem
Candy Bar
Hershey's Dark Chocolate
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Childhood Memory
Snowy Christmases at my grandma's house in Illinois
Christmas parties at my Abuelitas house
Childhood Toy
Pikachu Nintendo 64
Children's Book
Goodnight Moon
Tokyo, Japan
Valencia, Spain
Classic Movie
Back to the Future
Day of Week
Tres Leches Cake
Pumpkin Pie
Disney Movie
Toy Story
Lion King
Dream Car
Self-driving Honda CR-V
An SUV that can use either gas or electric and drives itself.
Dream Job
Science fiction author/full-time dad
Something where I get paid well for all of my hobbies
Dream Vacation
A month in Spain
Staying in Spain for a month or two
Family Activity
Board game night
Video Games
Flower / Plant
Chicos Tacos
Form of Exercise
Settlers of Catan
Settlers of Catan
Practicing foreign languages (Japanese or Spanish)
Holiday Song
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Spooky Scary Skeletons
Holiday Tradition
Baking Christmas cookies and setting them out for Santa
Big Christmas Parties with my extended family
Ice Cream
Cookie Lovers (Oreos + Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough)
Junk Food
Leisure Activity
Reading or Netflix
Photoshop and Graphic Design
The Economist
Popular Woodworking
Memory with a Child
Meeting my cousin's kids for the first time
Shocking my little cousin with pokemon knowledge
Memory with Spouse
Honeymoon in Cancun. We visited the beach, downtown, and toured the Yucatan peninsula.
Our trip to Spain, going to museums, eating good food, meeting people
The Matrix
Mean Girls
Movie Munchie
Movie Quote
There is no spoon.
Whatever, I'm getting cheese fries.
Movie Type
Science fiction / fantasy
Musical Group
Daft Punk
Tie Between Selena Quintanilla, Fleetwood Mac, & Bad Bunny
Nursery Rhyme
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Los Pollitos Dicen
Olympic Event
Swimming / diving
Personal Hero
My husband Brandon
Emily Dickinson
Edgar Allan Poe
Quality about my Spouse
His limitless love for family and friends.
He's very caring and level headed. I can always trust him
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. - Dalai Lama XIV
Full House (local Chinese restaurant)
Cuban sandwich
Club Sandwich
Shopping Store
Uniqlo or H&M
Home Depot
Feel So Close by Calvin Harris
September - Earth, Wind & Fire
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Professional Tag
Sports Star
Manu Ginobili
Tom Daley
Sports Team
San Antonio Spurs
Subject in School
Languages (Japanese, Spanish)
X-Men (Storm)
Thing to Cook
Grilling fajitas
Spinach Dip
Time of Day
Coffee time in the morning
TV Show
Star Trek
Golden Girls
TV Show Character
Spock from Star Trek
Sofia - Golden Girls
Type of Music
Disco or Cumbia
Vacation Spot
Valencia, Spain
Valencia, Spain
Video Game
Legend of Zelda series
The Last Of Us

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