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Brandon & Carson

We just can't believe that a lifetime of wanting and wishing to adopt has finally led us right where we're supposed to be! Our profile is live, our hearts are open and you're here too! Knowing that you're reading our story and considering our promises is so very unreal. There is so much to learn about, and from, each other and today is the very first step. That said, today will certainly be a great day.

About Us

Brandon
Carson
Job
Business Owner
Business Owner
Education
Bachelor's Degree in Real Estate
Law Degree
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Lifestyle

Truth!

We are a fun-loving couple who really enjoys spending time together. We LOVE to laugh, like really love it. Both of us are pretty witty and we're constantly out-punning one another throughout the day. A fly on the wall, would recoil at the amount of "dad jokes" that get thrown around, but dad jokes are the BEST!

We also like to name things you're not supposed to name around the house. For instance, our pool's name is "Pool Newman." Some of our lighting is automated so we can control it with our phones, so, naturally, we renamed those lights to ridiculous things like, "table wamps" and "lampy-wampy." This is particularly hilarious when we're exhausted and just need to turn off lights to go to sleep...then all you here is 6'4" Brandon telling Siri to, "turn off the table-wamps." Carson waits for this moment every night — never gets old!

This just a little insight into the silliness that makes us, "us." We work so hard every day so that we can come home, play with the dogs, cook a little dinner together, sit with our feet in the pool and talk. It's in these little, routine moments that we find the most laughter and we think that's a pretty special part of our life.

Cultural Diversity

After Watching the Service at an Old Church in Mexico

Choosing to be open to adopting outside of our race was a big, important decision that we do not take lightly. When asked, our initial, quick answer was. "Yes, of course we will. Love is love and we have more than enough to give to any child we are blessed call ours." With that, though, we feel comes a responsibility to educate and expose our child to the different cultural backgrounds that exist within our family and our community. It will be important for us to make sure that our child understands and has the opportunity to freely explore where he or she came from and that we educate ourselves on their cultural background as well as our own. It will be our job to see to it that our child understands that, even though we come from different cultures, and even though may look different, we are bound together something much bigger than these differences.

We feel that learning about other cultures and immersing yourself in all of the beautiful, different people and experiences in this world is the foundation of a fantastic, diverse and infinitely interesting life.

A Promise: We Are Not Just Us

I have dreamed of you since childhood, I have imagined who you are;
I have thought about your smile and wished you like a star.

In the dreams that I have dreamed, I imagined you were mine;
I dreamed of how you'd laugh and how you'd be so kind.

In all my wildest dreams, you belonged to me;
And though it may be odd, I'll teach you how to see,

That through all of the planning, the missteps and the fails;
Through all of the the stories, the memories, the tales;

This life we've created, the one built by you and me,
Is full of surprises...twists and turns, you see?

I love you because you're you and you are a gift;
I love you because you're mine, in spite of life's shift.

You remind me of someone, someone there from the start;
You remind me of her, she is a work of art.

She knew you before me, her strength is how we met;
She knew you before me, her love is our duet.

Her love is the power, the magnet that binds;
Her spirit is the force that connects our souls and minds.

She's in your heart forever and my promise to you is this:
A day will never pass that you forget the magic of her kiss;

For she drew us together, her greatest gift was trust;
My promise to you is this: we are not just us.

-Carson & Brandon

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Sometimes This is All You Need
Sometimes This is All You Need
Carson Loves Fashion
Carson Loves Fashion
Having Fun With Our Niece
Having Fun With Our Niece
Our Pups
Our Pups
Bora Bora
Bora Bora
The Austin City Limits Music Festival is Our FAVORITE!
The Austin City Limits Music Festival is Our FAVORITE!
We Love Being Gathered Up Here All Together
We Love Being Gathered Up Here All Together
Adventures!
Adventures!
Carson Loves to Cook
Carson Loves to Cook
Brandon Jumping the Waves With Our Nephew
Brandon Jumping the Waves With Our Nephew
Our Wedding Day in Bora Bora
Our Wedding Day in Bora Bora
At a Friend's Wedding in Mexico
At a Friend's Wedding in Mexico
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Sometimes This is All You Need
Sometimes This is All You Need
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Carson Loves Fashion
Carson Loves Fashion
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Having Fun With Our Niece
Having Fun With Our Niece
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Our Pups
Our Pups
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Bora Bora
Bora Bora
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The Austin City Limits Music Festival is Our FAVORITE!
The Austin City Limits Music Festival is Our FAVORITE!
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We Love Being Gathered Up Here All Together
We Love Being Gathered Up Here All Together
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Adventures!
Adventures!
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Carson Loves to Cook
Carson Loves to Cook
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Brandon Jumping the Waves With Our Nephew
Brandon Jumping the Waves With Our Nephew
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Our Wedding Day in Bora Bora
Our Wedding Day in Bora Bora
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At a Friend's Wedding in Mexico
At a Friend's Wedding in Mexico

Our Extended Families

Brandon's Family

We love spending time with our families whenever we can. We come from different backgrounds, including different areas of the country, so, while much of Brandon's immediate family lives nearby, we also have lots of family in Ohio, Mississippi and Florida. Both sets of our families love card games, so at most gatherings, we'll get a little competitive. Sometimes we play for dollars, which just makes it even more fun!

Carson's Family

We also have lots of friends with small children. Since we moved to a house with a pool, we've made sure that all of our friends and family know that they are always welcome to come and hang out. We'll open the back doors, put on some music and just relax. It has been so fun teaching friends' kids how to swim and watching them become more and more comfortable in the water.

Carson's parents live in Florida, so it's a little more difficult to go see them, but we ALWAYS make sure that we take the time to travel to visit them and Carson's brother's family. Carson's parents live near the beach so we spend as much time as we can on the beach jumping the waves and playing in the sand. We spent Christmas in Florida this year and set up a bonfire on the beach for everyone - we made s'mores and drank hot chocolate with the waves crashing next to us. It was such a special moment and we can't wait to introduce a child to these experiences.

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

Our house is a one-story ranch-style home. There are 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a dining room, an office and a couple of living areas off of the kitchen. By far, our favorite room is our den. It's light and bright and right off of our FAVORITE thing about our house, the pool! Carson grew up participating on a swim team, so it's a dream to be able to head to the backyard for a dip. She used to teach swim lessons and can't wait to pass on her love of water to a child!

Relaxing in Our Den

Our neighborhood is FULL of schools, both public and private, which is part of the reason we were drawn to this house. There are always kids of all ages playing nearby, so the sounds of laughter and play are always around us. The closest school to us has a playground and several large fields to run in. We often take the dogs to the fields and let them run around while we play frisbee. If it's a pretty day, there is a also an ice cream truck that travels the neighborhood - it so exciting when you hear the music coming up the street and and you start to see kids running. Because we live in such a safe area with so many schools, there are TONS of children in the neighborhood. We are looking so forward to joining the parenting community here and introducing a child to all of his or her new friends!

From Us to You

Dear Friend,

Every morning we think of you. We listen to each day's whispers and hints, looking for little signs. Every evening we pray that we are good enough, strong enough, hard-working enough ... just enough, for our child to find us. We spend countless hours discussing trips we'll take and how we'll teach our child by showing him or her the world and not just through books and television. We talk about how our child will know how important music is for the soul and look forward to listening to their music with the same interest and curiosity that we hope he or she will have for our music. We talk about who our child will be, what our child will be and how we will support them with every ounce of ourselves. We reminisce on our own childhoods, vowing to do some things differently and vowing to repeat the memories we love best with the people who made them for us.

We have been married for six years and together for ten. We've had a wonderful relationship and have been side by side since the night we met. Our life has been full of love, laughs, music and memories. We've worked together for five years, learning each other's strengths and weaknesses. Most importantly, though, we have learned that we're better together ... in everything. For this, we thank God every day that we found each other.

We remind each other to be grateful for what we have and for each other, because life is so good. We have worked so hard and have been blessed in so many ways. The piece missing from those blessings is only the family we hope to build. However hard it has been, however heartbreaking our journey, we know we are not alone in the heartbreak. You're here too. Your heartbreak is different from ours, but it's the same in so many ways. If you're reading this and feel connected, then we pray that you will consider us as you make your decision. We pray that you will consider giving us this most meaningful gift and help to define "family" for all of us as we walk forward together.

We know that we may never meet and you may not choose us ... and that's okay. Just know this: You are loved. You are respected. You are not alone. Thank you for being exactly who you are, for doing exactly what you're doing, for loving your child fiercely and for trusting this process enough to have come this far. No matter where you go from here, you are a good and brave person, and you are forever a mother in your heart.

Everything that happens now will happen just as it should. Please trust us that we are deeply invested in this process and are here to make sure that you are as confident in your decision as we are. And that you are as confident in us as we are in you. If the pictures and letters we promise to send aren't enough to give you that confidence, then we leave it to you to tell us what will. With all of our hearts we want to make your decision as easy as it can possibly be. Please trust that. Please trust us. Please know that this gift will be the greatest of our lives and the sacrifice you are making in giving that gift is breathtaking. You are simply amazing.

All of our love,

Brandon & Carson

Favorites

Brandon
Carson
Actor
Jason Bateman
Robert Redford
Actress
Anne Hathaway
Audrey Hepburn
Animal
Dog
Dogs
Author
Malcolm Gladwell
Khalil Gibran
Book
Outliers
The Profit and The Fountainhead
Candy Bar
Snickers
Junior Mints
Cartoon
Simpsons
Muppet Babies
Childhood Memory
Going to Lake Cumberland in Kentucky with my family. I loved those carefree days and nights with so many people I love.
Playing "Mama's Kitchen" with my brother. We set up the dining room like a restaurant, made menus and served dinner to our parents like they were at a restaurant. It was so fun and my parents really indulged us.
Childhood Toy
He-Man
My baby doll, Alexandra
Children's Book
Charlotte's Web
Goodnight Moon
City
Dallas
Paris
Classic Movie
Color of Money
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Color
Blue
Pink (and white!)
Day of Week
Saturday
Saturday
Dessert
Cheesecake
Creme brulee (and gummy bears!)
Disney Movie
An American Tale
The Little Mermaid
Dream Car
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Mustang convertible (red with white interior if we're talking specifics!)
Dream Job
Professional Golfer
Actress
Dream Vacation
Bora Bora - We got married there and have been dreaming of it ever since.
Bora Bora
Family Activity
Going to the dog park with all of our pups
Picnics, outdoor concerts and Uno (bonus if I can do ALL three at the same time)
Flower / Plant
Daisy
Peonies
Food
Steak
Sushi
Form of Exercise
Running
Yoga
Fruit
Strawberry
Kiwi
Game
Uno
Uno
Hobby
Woodworking (I really love building things with my own hands)
Decorating, shopping and crafts
Holiday
Christmas
Halloween
Holiday Song
"The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole
What Child is This
Holiday Tradition
Every year at Christmas and Thanksgiving we play a card game called "31." All of the kids play with the grown ups. It's such a good feeling to be sitting at the table with family, without a care in the world, and pretending like we care if we win.
Decorating the Christmas tree
Ice Cream
Cookies & Cream
Vanilla with tons of Magic Shell on top (like TONS)
Junk Food
Doritos
Gummy bears and barbeque potato chips
Leisure Activity
Hanging out by the pool or, really, anywhere there's water.
Word puzzles by the pool
Magazine
Entrepreneur
Veranda and Time
Memory with a Child
One summer my niece and nephew each stayed with us separately for several weeks. They live in Houston and this was a great way to really get to know them and show them our lives.
Volunteering with a local elementary school during their Christmas break. We took the kids to see The Polar Express and at the end, the little girl sitting next to me grabbed my hand and said into my ear, "I believe." I just about melted.
Memory with Spouse
Definitely getting married in Bora Bora. We talk about it about once a month. It was awe-inspiring and such a great time.
One long weekend at the beach, after a particularly hard week at work, Brandon and went and sat in some hammocks. We swung and talked and looked at the stars. It was a simple night, but I fell in love with him all over again and I'll always love hammocks
Movie
White Men Can't Jump
Bull Durham
Movie Munchie
Popcorn
Gummy bears and Junior Mints
Movie Quote
"You like Apples? Well I got her number, how do you like them apples?" (Good Will Hunting)
"The greatest victory has been to be able to live with myself, to accept my shortcomings...I'm a long way from the human being I'd like to be. But I've decided I'm not so bad after all." (Audrey Hepburn)
Movie Type
Heist
Rom coms!
Musical
Les Miserables
The Phantom of the Opera
Musical Group
Lord Huron
Lord Huron
Nursery Rhyme
Hush Little Baby
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Olympic Event
Basketball
Gymnastics
Personal Hero
My parents
My daddy
Play
Glengarry Glen Ross
Les Miserables
Poet
Walt Whitman
Robert Frost
Quality about my Spouse
Compassion
Honesty
Quote
Either define the moment or the moment will define you.
"I just want to breathe in every day. Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length." (Robert Frost)
Restaurant
Chipotle
The Red Bar (Grayton Beach, FL)
Sandwich
French Dip
The Debris from Mother's (New Orleans, LA)
Scripture
Matthew 19:26 - "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
"Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins." -1 Peter 4:8
Shopping Store
Nordstrom
HomeGoods
Song
"The Dance" by Garth Brooks
"Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison
Sport to Play
Basketball
Swimming (that's a sport!)
Sport to Watch
Basketball
Football
Sports Star
Dirk Nowitzki
Eli Manning
Sports Team
Mavericks
Ole Miss
Subject in School
Math
English
Superhero
Batman
Spiderman
Thing to Cook
Steak
Sweets! Love desserts!
Time of Day
When I'm not working, it's the mornings. There is nothing better than than fresh air, coffee and an entire day ahead of you.
Sunset
Tradition
Every evening after work, Carson and I take a walk with the dogs. It's only recently been a tradition but it's been a great way for us to connect, talk and get some exercise.
Sunday night movie nights - we order in and just hang out. It's the perfect way to start each week.
TV Show
Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
TV Show Character
Ron Swanson
Leslie Knope and Midge Maisel
Type of Music
Singer-songwriter
Singer-songwriter
Vacation Spot
30A in Florida
Any beach. Any time.
Video Game
Pac Man
Ms. Pac Man

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