S: ~Amanda & Branden~
BC: We don't say goodbye, we say until next time.....
FC: Amanda & Branden
1: Dear Birth family, We are so grateful that you are taking the time to get to know us. We admire your strength and courage and want you to know that we feel honored that you are considering us to be a part of your child's life. We know that by making this decision, you only want what is best for your child. We respect your desire to find the best family to love and cherish this miracle of life as much as you do. We can promise you that we will love this child unconditionally and do our best to raise our family in a loving, Christian home. We pray that God will give you strength and be with you as you make this plan out of love for your child. Love, Branden & Amanda
2: We have been together since high school. We both attended the same small rural school in western North Dakota. Our first date was on Valentine's Day in 1996 and it started when Branden gave me a heart cut out of construction paper with his name written on it. We were engaged in September, 2001 & were married on a beautiful fall day in September, 2002. We just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. | Our Story
3: " being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage." - loa tzu | We have always known that we wanted to be parents one day. We experienced struggles with conceiving, but we've discovered that adoption is the path we should have taken all along. We are so excited to grow our family through adoption and know that God's plan for us is bigger than the plan we could have made for ourselves.
4: About Us.... | Branden | Amanda | * 33 years old * has brown hair & eyes * has a Bachelor's degree in Biology & Doctorate in Optometry * works as an eye doctor at a private practice * enjoys playing softball, golf, basketball, and going to the gym * loves to hunt, camp and fish | * her family & friends call her Mandy * 31 years old * has hazel eyes * her hair color and style is always changing, but she was born with blonde, wavy hair * has a Degree in Cosmetology * works as a hairstylist & shift supervisor at a salon & day spa * loves to cook, read, knit ,camp & fish
5: Cooper | Cooper is our 12 yr. old Papillion/Pomeranian. He loves to cuddle and play. He also loves walks and barking at the fish when they come in the boat.
6: "If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand." | I barely remember my life before Branden and I couldn't imagine my life without him. He is the most compassionate man I have ever known. He always tries his best to be there for his family and friends. There has never been a time in our relationship that I haven't known that he loves me. Branden is also extremely funny and always makes me laugh. He loves to tease and tickle and no one is off limits, including his 85 year old grandma! Branden is an amazing uncle to our 9 nieces and nephews. He is also the godfather to 6 kids. He will be an amazing father because of the way he loves unconditionally. He is a wonderful man and I'm so proud to be his wife. | Branden | by Amanda
7: It is simple to explain what Mandy means to me. She is loyal, loving, and soft hearted when it comes to her relationships with family and friends. She is energetic, faithful, and passionate about her career and path in life. Those are all just words but the one word that describes her best to me is "everything"; she is everything to me. She is my friend and soulmate. I love spending time with her, whether it be on the golf course, at a music concert, or just relaxing on the couch watching movies. | Amanda | by Branden
8: Amanda's family | I am so blessed to have grown up in such a loving family. My parents have been married for 35 years and have set an amazing example for what true love is. I grew up the youngest of 3 girls and my sisters are amazing friends. Both of my sisters are married and each have children. Our family is always full of energy. We love to sing and dance. You can bet that if there is a good song playing, you will find us out on the dance floor. My family was so excited when we told them we are growing our family through adoption. They are ready to share the love they have with this new child.
11: Branden's Family | I grew up on a farm in western North Dakota and am the big brother to one sister. She is married with four kids and is living her dream of being a stay at home mom. Some of my best memories growing up include going to the lake cabin every weekend, helping my grandpa with harvest on the farm, pheasant and deer hunting with my dad, and going to my grandparents every Sunday after church for Grandma's homemade soup and then playing a good game of cards. My parents have been married for over 40 years and are the perfect example of what a relationship really is. They look forward to adding another grandchild into our family. They have been praying about this for a long time and cannot wait.
12: Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.
13: Time spent with nieces & nephews
14: ~ These are the days we live for ~ | We are so excited for the days when we can bring our children along with us to enjoy these adventures together as a family.
15: We have always enjoyed the outdoors. Our summers are spent at the lake, bike riding, or on the golf course. Our winters are spent on the ski slopes in Montana, at a Minnesota Vikings game, or curled up on the couch watching movies.
16: "I hope you always have a shell in your pocket...and sand in your shoes." | We spent 4 years living in Oregon for school. During that time, we enjoyed going to Cannon Beach, MultnomahFalls and Crater Lake. We cannot wait to vacation out there one day and build sand castles on the beach with our children.
17: Our Life in Oregon
18: Home is where there's someone to love, and someone to love us. | Our home is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home in a great school district. Its minutes from a nice park and walking path.
20: Making Memories | Vacationing in Las Vegas
21: Refinishing an antique dresser for the nursery. The dresser belonged to Branden's grandma. | Refinishing a rocking horse that will go in the nursery
23: We hope that you have a better idea of who we are, our love for each other, and our wonderful family. We are all excited to welcome a baby into our lives. It's our hope that something about us has touched your heart and has helped you make the best decision for your little miracle. We would love the opportunity to meet you and start a relationship built out of love for this child. Love, Branden & Amanda