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Brandon & Marissa

Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and learn about us. Parenting is our greatest responsibility and we model grace, responsibility, generosity, and forgiveness in our home. This is our promise to you: your child will always know how much God loves them, you love them, and we love them. We pray for your peace and clarity in this decision.

About Us

Air Force Officer
Stay-at-Home Mom
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Gabriel, Elliette
Legally Married

Our Lifestyle

Exploring the World Around Us

We love to live in the moment and cherish the extraordinary in every day. Our two rules are 1) love God and 2) love others. Everything else flows from that. We spend as much time together as possible and love to spend time outside exploring and go on family adventures. Marissa stays at home and takes care of the children during the day. She loves taking the kids to the local parks, libraries, and play grounds, exploring the community. She will be homeschooling this year due to the pandemic and our family is excited to explore this new opportunity.

Being in the military, there are some periods when Brandon is away, but when he is home, he works normal hours and loves to come home to play with the kids before dinner. Every night, we have a family dinner and talk about how God blessed us during the day and how we were able to bless someone else. We love having friends and family around the table with us as much as possible. Marissa serves in the Air Force Reserve as a recruiter but is able to work from home on her own schedule.

On the weekends, we love to go explore something new. Whether it be a museum or park, anything we have not done before is fair game. Sometimes when the week has been busy, we just find a new place to get breakfast or activity to do at home resting and relaxing. Through it all, we do life together.

Cultural Diversity

It’s important to raise our children in a diverse environment where they will experience diversity of race, culture, and ideals. This means not only being around people who are different than them but also living in relationship with people who do not look or think like us. The military is extremely diverse. The military is a family. That has shaped how we interact with people who come from different racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, political, and ideological backgrounds. Our kids regularly play with kids of all ages, races, abilities, and backgrounds which creates opportunities for discussion about acceptance, understanding, and celebrating differences.

We believe a child of any race will feel accepted and loved in our family. We know we have a lot to learn and will put in the work. We will not pretend that issues surrounding race and diversity do not exist. Rather, we will equip ourselves and our children to handle these issues when they arise in addition to celebrating our uniqueness and differences. Our children will have toys that look like them, books written for them, and mentors who can relate in ways we can’t. Skin color and background does not define family; unfortunately, not everyone sees it that way, and that is something that our family will face together. Our children will feel confident in themselves uniquely and in our family as a whole through the openness and dialogue we will strive to foster in our home and community.

What it Means to be Parents

We're So Excited to Grow Our Family

Parenting is our most important responsibility and has brought us more joy than we ever could have imagined. Teaching our children how to love, to forgive, to give and receive God’s grace, and to enjoy life’s every day blessings is our biggest privilege. We love watching our children grow, learn, and experience the world. Instilling Biblical values and character into our children then watching them live out those values by loving others and sharing their blessings has been one of the best parts of parenting. Every night at dinner, we go around the table and share what our blessing of the day was. The smiles and laughter that comes from those answers truly re-center us on what is important. Gabe and Ellie are constantly laughing, hugging each other, and even praying together. We are so excited to see how that love just expands with another brother or sister. Our prayer for our kids is that they will show their faith through their love, kindness, and generosity. Seeing that prayer answered will be our biggest privilege!


Happy Family
Happy Family
At a Friend's Wedding
At a Friend's Wedding
Strawberry Picking
Strawberry Picking
Our Own 4th of July Bike Parade
Our Own 4th of July Bike Parade
Teaching Gabe to Golf
Teaching Gabe to Golf
Out for a Family Walk
Out for a Family Walk
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
Family Beach Time
Family Beach Time
Drive Through Zoo with Grandma
Drive Through Zoo with Grandma
Brandon Golfing with His Grandpa, Dad & Brothers
Brandon Golfing with His Grandpa, Dad & Brothers
Enjoying Some Quiet Time in Ohio
Enjoying Some Quiet Time in Ohio
Playing in the Mud
Playing in the Mud
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Happy Family
Happy Family
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At a Friend's Wedding
At a Friend's Wedding
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Strawberry Picking
Strawberry Picking
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Our Own 4th of July Bike Parade
Our Own 4th of July Bike Parade
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Teaching Gabe to Golf
Teaching Gabe to Golf
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Out for a Family Walk
Out for a Family Walk
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Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
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Family Beach Time
Family Beach Time
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Drive Through Zoo with Grandma
Drive Through Zoo with Grandma
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Brandon Golfing with His Grandpa, Dad & Brothers
Brandon Golfing with His Grandpa, Dad & Brothers
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Enjoying Some Quiet Time in Ohio
Enjoying Some Quiet Time in Ohio
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Playing in the Mud
Playing in the Mud

Our Extended Families

With Brandon's Family

Despite living in different states, we prioritize time with our extended family. We spend a few weeks with Brandon’s family at his grandparents beach house every summer to celebrate the kids’ July birthdays. His family visits us every few months, and Marissa takes the kids to road trips to Ohio to spend time with her family as often as possible. Gabe and Ellie adore time with their grandparents, great-grandparents, and especially their fun uncles!

Visiting the Grandparents

We are so excited to share these extraordinary experiences with our next child. Our family and friends are extremely supportive of our adoption plan and wait with anticipation! They have prayed with us about this since even before Gabe was born, so they cannot wait to make memories with our newest family member.

Moving every two to three years with the military has taught us and our kids what to look for in friends and how to be a good friend. We focus on spending intentional, meaningful time with people and develop deep relationships at each assignment. Fortunately, two couples we have been stationed with before and consider our best friends are also stationed in Virginia right now. We have also made lasting, family-like friendships through church at each assignment including a family here in Virginia who we do playdates with multiple times per week. These relationships have exemplified first hand in our lives that family is not defined by blood.

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We currently live in a family-friendly Virginia suburb. Our neighborhood has many children we interact with on our walks and at the neighborhood playground. There are parks, playgrounds, trails, and libraries all within five minutes. On our weekend “adventures,” we always go for a bike ride, play down at the creek, hike the trails at the nearby lake, or go to museums.

Local Playground

Our three bedroom townhouse is perfect for us. We have a fenced in backyard and an upper level deck where we spend time grilling out while the kids play. The house is at the end of a street, which allows the kids ride bikes, play ball and wave at all the neighbors. The basement is great for building couch forts and the main floor is an open space with two play areas.

We prioritize safety, schools, and proximity to a good church when we choose a home. We also have the option to live on military installations which provide a uniquely diverse, safe, and connected communities. We love getting to explore new places every few years and are thankful our children will get to grow up around the world.

From Us to You

Thank you so much for considering us to adopt your child and raise them in our family. We would be honored to be part of your adoption story.

We met through mutual friends in the Air Force while we were in college. We dated long-distance for a year but knew from the start that we were going to get married. After Brandon graduated from college, he was stationed near Marissa while she finished college. We quickly became inseparable and were engaged and married shortly before Marissa graduated. Two years after we were married, we started the adoption process because we knew God had placed it on our hearts and were ready to start our family. We found out we were pregnant with Gabriel the day before we were starting our home study and put the adoption process on hold. Two years later, Elliette was born and now that she is over a year old, we cannot wait to grow our family through adoption.

Our family values, conversations, and activities are driven by God’s love for us, and we are raising our kids in a Christian home. Every day, we are all learning to grow in our love for God and one another. We try to model this indescribable love in everything we do, and we want to share the joy we have been given with another child. Honesty, humility, and grace are fundamental in our family, and our kids see us demonstrate that with each other, with them, and with those around us.

As a military family, we are excited to travel, go on family adventures, and share new experiences with our children. We love going to church, being involved in our community, and building life-long friendships wherever we are. Our weekends are filled with outside activities, playing games, and exploring the sites wherever the military takes us!

We try to live simply and enjoy life’s little moments together. Whether it’s beach trips with grandparents, Sunday night "family dinners" with friends, or frequent trips to the library to find new books, we try to embrace and live every memory as a family.

From the beginning, we want your child to understand their story and know that everything happens for a reason. Our wish is that your child understands that you cared for them, and you made the most loving decision possible for them. They will know they were loved from the moment of conception and our love for them will never be circumstantial.

Our hope is for you and your extended family to be involved in your child’s life. We are committed to call, FaceTime, arrange visits, and send artwork from your child. If you are open to it, we would also like your input in naming the child. You are part of their story, and we want you and the child to know that from the start.

We pray you feel loved through this process and that your decision is blessed with every hope and prayer you have for your child.

With love,

Brandon & Marissa


Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Katherine Heigel
Reese Witherspoon
Team of Teams
Paradise Lost
Candy Bar
Almond Joy
Tom & Jerry
Winnie the Pooh
Childhood Memory
Beach trips
Playing outside & gardening on my grandparents' farm
Childhood Toy
Children's Book
Chronicles of Narnia
"When I Pray for You" by Matthew Paul Turner
Washington, DC
Classic Movie
The Godfather
White Christmas
Day of Week
Dirt Pudding
Fruit Tart
Disney Movie
Dream Job
Event Coordinator
Dream Vacation
Backpacking in the mountains
Family Activity
Family day hikes
"Adventuring" (hiking, exploring a new place, or even just taking a trip to Home Depot)
Flower / Plant
Wild Flowers
Grilled Seafood
Form of Exercise
Settlers of Catan
Gin Rummy
Volunteering as a mentor for college students/event planning
Holiday Song
"Little Drummer Boy"
"O Come Let us Adore Him"
Holiday Tradition
Family Dinner
Driving around looking at Christmas lights in our Christmas PJs with hot cocoa
Ice Cream
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Cookie Dough
Junk Food
French Fries
Leisure Activity
Building furniture
Going on a walk
Memory with a Child
Taking the Kids to the Beach for the First Time
Morning Dance Parties in the Kitchen
Memory with Spouse
Teaching Marissa how to ski
Vacationing in Mexico
Band of Brothers
The Greatest Showman
Movie Munchie
Snow Caps
Movie Quote
"A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man."- The Godfather
"The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it." - The Lion King
Movie Type
Romantic Comedies
The Greatest Showman
The Greatest Showman
Musical Group
Fleetwood Mac
Kenney Chesney
Olympic Event
Personal Hero
My grandfather
My Dad
Phantom of the Opera
Quality about my Spouse
Her empathy & compassion
He is genuine & trustworthy
"Do small things with great love."
"Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life."
Anything with good fish tacos
First Watch
Italian sub
James 1:5 "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."
Romans 8:38-39 "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God."
Shopping Store
From Now On by Hugh Jackman
Highlands by Hillsong United
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
College Football
Sports Team
Atlanta Falcons
Ohio State Buckeyes
Subject in School
The Flash
Thing to Cook
Time of Day
Friday Pizza Nights
Family date night
TV Show
This is Us
TV Show Character
Rick Castle from "Castle"
Randall Pearson
Type of Music
Classic Rock
Contemporary Christian & Country
Vacation Spot
Anywhere in the mountains
The beach

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