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Brendan & Odessa
We love being parents! We enjoy teaching our children as they grow and watching them discover new things. Our first conversation about adoption was easy, about one minute into it and we were already in agreement and wanted to move forward with the process. We are excited and thankful for the opportunity to welcome another child into our home to share in our experiences, laughs, joy, love and adventures. We appreciate you taking time to get to know our family.
We have two children: Rosella is 5 and Hudson is 3. Rosella is a ball of energy. She is always ready to go, but can also be found playing quietly in her room by herself or with Hudson. She is in her 2nd year of ballet. Rosella looks forward to her class every week and we are happy to be able to support her love for dance.
Hudson absolutely loves to play with his older sister. She loves to make him laugh, and has no problem doing so! Hudson is also energetic, he has to keep up with Rosella. He likes to figure things out on his own, but Rosella is always happy to help. We are excited to see him as a big brother. He loves playing with other kids and we're sure it will be no different with a younger sibling. Both kids are always asking when "the new baby" is coming and are very excited about him/her!
Both of our children love to look as book and be read to. We are thankful to have time to spend with them reading, playing games, and teaching them new concepts. We've had fun learning sign language together with help from signing videos. We think it is important to spend quality time with them, not only to lean and have fun, but so they also know they are valued and loved.
Why We Chose Adoption
We chose adoption for a few reasons. First, we dream of having another child and would love nothing more than to add a new bundle of joy to our home! Second, health wise, it is not recommended for Odessa to become pregnant again. We have always felt adoption was a wonderful way to grow our family and feel fortunate and blessed to welcome both you, as the baby's birth mother, and your baby into our lives. It will be very important for your child to always know you and where he or she came from. We promise you will always have a special place in our hearts and will forever be known as our angel.
Our Religious Beliefs
As a family we believe it is important to maintain Christian values. We are a Christian family and we believe in Jesus Christ. We also believe that the Bible is true in its entirety. Many things that we take from the Bible are commonly known throughout the world, but we also believe there are many things that are a little deeper, and not so common, that are just as important. We attend a local church on a regular basis where we have made friends and have gotten involved in ministries. Odessa serves in the nursery where she watches infants during the church services. Brendan is involved in a men's ministry and has also volunteered to help out local communities. We believe that God has blessed us in so many ways and without our Christian foundation, life would not as enjoyable.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our house is located in the country, but with a short 15 minute drive we can be at the library, playground and water park. Our children enjoy participating in the yearly summer reading club. They love books, and we love to read to them. Every time we go to the library, we allow them to check out a few books. It is always fun to see what they will pick. Their own "libraries" grow with each gift-giving holiday and birthday, and have actually out grown their book shelves.
There are many small towns close by which hold family events, including yearly carnivals and fairs, breakfast with Santa or the Easter bunny, and fireworks to see on the 4th of July. There are plenty of parks with walking trails as well as play sets for the kids to run around on. There's usually somewhere to stop for ice cream on the way home too - Who wouldn't want to do that?!
It's not uncommon to see wildlife when looking out our windows at home. Our children love to stand at the window and point out deer, squirrels, chipmunks, woodpeckers and anything else they see. We have a play set and trampoline outside that our kids love to play on. In the fall, we have plenty of leaves in our yard that we love to rake into a big pile and play in. We could be outside for hours, playing and having a great time.
Our Extended Families
Odessa's parents live only four miles from our house. She works part time, so her mother watches our children while she is at work. Her mom absolutely loves all of her grandchildren and would do anything for them. Odessa's father is also home at times, depending on his work schedule, and enjoys spending time playing with our children while Odessa is at work. We often visit on the weekends to spend time with them and eat dinner together. Odessa has one brother and one niece who we enjoy spending time with. The kids love to run around and play together – there is always lots of laughter and joy. We can't wait to hear the laughter with another child as well.
When visiting Brendan's family there is never a dull moment! His dad and two brothers keep things interesting by making up games to play with the kids or just running all around in and outside of the house. Brendan's parents live about 20 minutes away and like to stay involved in their grandchildren’s lives. The kids enjoy playing with them and their other cousin and usually don't want to leave. Brendan's parents recently bought a beach house which was a big hit with the kids last summer. They always ask if we can go there, even in the winter. Both families are so excited about our adoption plan and can’t wait to welcome another child to the family.
From Us to You
Hello! Our names are Brendan and Odessa. We first met in high school and reconnected a few years after graduation. Now we have been married for six wonderful years!
We would, first, like to thank you for taking the time to learn about our family and considering us to be the parents of your child. We want to calm any fears you may have about where your child will go and what he/she will know about you, if you were to choose our family. Please know that we will absolutely love this child and give them the best care we can, a life full of support, laughs, love and good memories.
Words cannot explain how excited be are to be adding to our family. We know that it is in God's perfect timing that a match will find us. The adoption story will not just be one of how we welcomed a precious life into our family, but it will also be a reflection of God welcoming us into his family. It is our hope and prayer that through this journey He is glorified.
Adoption was an easy choice for us. Odessa had some health risks with her last pregnancy and the risk will be even greater if she were to become pregnant again. Not only did we feel adoption is something the Lord was nudging us to do, but we also love that we are able to bring another child into our home, to share in our laughs and family fun. To us, adoption is more than bringing a new life into our home to love, provide for and raise in a safe environment. It is also a mirror of God's love for us and how He has adopted us into His family and calls us His own.
Our families are beyond excited about our decision to adopt. They are looking forward to having another cousin, niece/nephew, and grandchild! Odessa's mother (Oma, as the kids call her) watches our children when Odessa works. The kids absolutely love it and they are always asking to go to her house - even on Odessa's days off! Oma loves watching the kids and is excited about having a new one to watch too.
As parents we know that having children means being very selfless every day, and the decision you are making is one that is selfless and out of love. We promise to always be honest with your child about their adoption story. He or she will know that you immensely loved them and wanted what was best for them. We would love to keep you updated through pictures and even communicate through email, if you would like. It is important to us that you know your child is in a safe place and is cared for and loved.
We have full respect for you as you are making this decision and admire your courage and love. We wish you much peace through this process. Thank you for taking the time to read about our family and consider us to take care of your child. It would be an honor to welcome your child into our family. We are praying for you and that you have peace with your decision, whatever that may be.
Brendan & Odessa
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