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Joshua & Brandi
Adoption is the gift of a forever family no matter who we are or where we come from. It is the gift of belonging. It is a home. It is family. It is love. Our hearts are overflowing with love to share with a child (and with you). We humbly and deeply thank you for reading our profile and considering us. We look forward to the journey ahead!
How We Met
We were Medical School Sweethearts! Through late nights of studying, we became best friends. Brandi invited Joshua to take study breaks by joining her for Bible study. Soon we became united not only in our commitment to medicine, but also to God, who we believe brought us together for a purpose. The trials and hardships we endured together in medical school were a crucible for what would become a lasting friendship of a lifetime. With God’s help and help from each other, we graduated medical school and went off to complete training in Family Medicine: Joshua in Georgia, Brandi in Alabama. God let us stay close together. By the second year of our training with our friendship advancing to courtship, we finally took the plunge by getting married, not once looking back.
A big, loving family has always been our mutual dream. We always knew that we wanted to adopt, convinced that God has blessed us with the desire, the ability, and the means financially to support a home for children in need of a home. When we first began looking into adoption shortly after getting married, we ran into roadblocks and so focused primarily on welcoming children into our home through childbearing. After experiencing the heartbreak of three consecutive miscarriages in 2019, we decided that it was time to try again for adoption. And to our great joy, for the first time ever, doors began to open!
We are both Family Medicine Doctors. Currently, Joshua works as a physician – and an active duty Soldier – for the United States Army. Brandi enjoys volunteering with Red Cross as a physician as well as a general volunteer for the community. She also enjoys the flexibility of being able to tend to things at home. Together, as part of our service, we have been blessed with opportunities to travel and see the world that we would not have had otherwise.
We currently live in Germany and love taking walks in the beautiful parks and taking daytrips in the nearby countryside on our bicycle built-for-two! This bicycle was our anniversary gift to each other after we visited Holland last year and rode all around the beautiful port towns and cities. This year for our anniversary, we visited the culturally rich, vibrant city of Berlin. Other close-by trips have included the Alps of Bavaria and the lush, green, picturesque Black Forrest. When we’re not working or travelling, we enjoy spending time together at home. Joshua has become very talented at crafting scripture into wooden works of art. Brandi enjoys taking pictures of nature, especially flowers. We also enjoy reading and cooking together. We look forward to sharing our peaceful environment with a child.
We believe in a Creator who loves us so much that He gave up His only Son so that we could become His adopted sons and daughters. We believe in a God of love and not of hate. We believe in a God Who loves all His children as equally – infinitely – precious. We see ourselves as members of His adopted family, and we look for every opportunity we can in our lives and in the relationships in our lives to share His love and to open new opportunities for His adoptive family to grow.
Currently, we are the adopted members of a family of believers here in Germany. The majority of the congregation we fellowship with here harken from West Africa. They, like ourselves, are transplants from a far-away place. And yet part of our shared belief is that we are all strangers here; we are all sojourners on a journey in search of a home. The beauty of this type of fellowship is: wherever we go on earth, whenever we are able to locate and connect with a group of like-minded believers, we find a piece of heaven, a piece of home.
Our Extended Families
We grew up in big, love-filled families. We value inclusiveness, and there are many people from different walks of life who we call family. Our backgrounds are rich and varied and are part of what makes us who we are. Brandi grew up on a dairy farm in a small town in Tennessee. Joshua grew up in the southeastern US. His teenage years were spent in the northeast, just outside New York City.
Extended family has always been a big part of our lives. Joshua enjoyed summers and holidays at Tate with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Brandi enjoyed watching animals grow up on the farm and living close to grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We continue to cherish close ties with all our extended relatives. Combined, we have more than 20 first and second cousins close to our age. Many of those cousins have started having children of their own: the next generation of cousins for a new child to grow up with!
Everyone in our family is excited about our adoption plans. Many family members have even participated in our adoption process by writing letters on our behalf. We feel confident both our immediate family as well as all of our extended family will be part of a rich, loving environment for raising any child who will be blessed by knowing and experiencing the love, devotion, and closeness of the family we are a part of.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our current “duty station” is in the beautiful country of Germany, close by to the international hub of Frankfurt, and just a day-trip from any country inside the European Union. The town we live in was founded in 927 A.D. and is full of history. We’ve enjoyed exploring Europe, but our favorite weekend getaway is a “stay-cation” at our home, exploring the nearby fresh markets, walking in our quiet, peaceful neighborhood marked by its breathtaking vistas with a panoramic view of the nearest metropolitan center just a 5-minute walk from our house.
There are different types of military housing; some is completely shut off from the outside and some is more open. We chose a community that is integrated within the local German village. We still enjoy the amenities of living in an area with a playground on every block and the safety of military police surveillance, but with the rich cultural context of living in Germany. Having military families for neighbors means we have people from every walk of life living close together. Children growing up in military families are brought up with friends and playmates from every culture, color, and people group that makes up America but without the divisiveness and separateness we all too often see in America. In the military, everyone is together, and diversity is part of the rich experience that makes being a military family so special.
From Us to You
Thank you for considering adoption. A child will come into this world and know a happy, loving, safe, secure family. It all started with your selfless choice. We are honored to be considered by you for partnership in providing your child the very best for the future. We look forward to sending pictures and letters and being as open as our mutual journeys allow - to ensure that everyone involved in this adoption journey has the opportunity to see the fruits of their selfless choices on behalf of a child.
This will be the story we share with a child: from the beginning they were loved. From the beginning, God had a plan for their care, and both mommies were crucial to make their life of love possible. We believe strongly that all things are not good – and there is real evil in this world. But we also believe that all things can and do work together for good when we let them – when we see beyond our hurt with hope for a brighter future, not only for ourselves but for others who can benefit from the sacrifices we make out of love. Already, we feel a connection based on a mutual desire for the best this life has to offer to a little child. Our desire is to partner with you in helping provide the best for your child. This child will be raised to know that you acted with their best interest in mind.
Sometimes circumstances are not as we would have them be, but that does not mean that the people in those circumstances bad. We may never know why God prevented us from being able to bear children in our 3 years of marriage. We do not understand all the heartache that has led to making the decision – out of a desire for what is best for a child – to offer that child up for adoption. But we are very excited to see how God works our circumstances together for mutual good: not only for you and us, but most importantly for a precious little one. In our desire for a child and your desire to ensure the safety, security, and overall wellbeing for your child (and yourself), we see our stories of hurt, doubt, disappointment, and fear working together in a way that is something we can all celebrate and praise God for.
We are humbled by your willingness to consider us as the ones who will get the privilege of providing the home for the nurturing, raising, education, and opportunities for a bright future to your child. It is a tender time, and undoubtedly full of questions, unknowns, doubts, and fears. Am I doing what is best? How can I be sure? Is my child going to grow up to question why or how I chose what I chose? Such thoughts could only be thought of as natural. While we are far from perfect people, you can be confident that your child’s future will be one of love.
We will raise your child to know that it was your love which started their journey into our home. Your love that made our dream of a family come true. Your love put a child’s needs and wellbeing before your own. Your love had the big-hearted hope for a future that was more than one you could envision on your own. We share your hope, your love, your commitment to providing the very best for your child. And we feel bowed over with gratitude and humility to be considered as candidates to fill the role as parents and caregivers for your child.
Thank you for your part in helping all things work together for good. Like a rainbow after a rainstorm, or wild flowers after days of dreary rain, we do not see it, but we hold firm to the faith and the hope that there is a bright future ahead of us all – together!
Joshua & Brandi