Adoption has been on their hearts. They pray daily that we can grow our family through adoption.
Alan makes us smoothies just about every morning!
We stayed at our friend’s golf resort this summer. Alan was in heaven! Golfing is low on his priority list, so he rarely gets to play, but he’s a pretty good golfer.
Cardboard boxes are always more fun than toys!
Going out to breakfast is always a treat!
Campfires in the backyard are our favorite!
" I find it an honor and a blessing to have been asked to write this letter of recommendation for this family to adopt. I have known them for a little over a year, but they are of the rare kind of people that bring you in and make you feel like you’ve known them for a lifetime. We attend the same church congregation and from the very beginning they have truly felt like family. Right away I was able to connect with Brandi in a way that felt so natural and genuine. The first opportunity I ever had at being around her outside of church was only a few weeks into my family moving to town. She had invited my children and me to go on an impromptu mini trip to Nauvoo, IL. This is out of my comfort zone, because the thought of taking a multiple day, 4-hour road trip with someone I barely knew was not something I had ever done before. I was so grateful I did, because she is one of my closest friends now. It was such a joy to see her with her children, and incredibly inspiring to see how hard she works to create opportunities for learning, connection, bonding and memory making in her children’s lives.I think what I love most about Brandi, is that she is so authentic with herself and those around her. She sees and takes every opportunity to teach her children how to be expressive, creative, and unique in their own ways. What I particularly admire is how dedicated she is to learn and grow herself to further expand her capacity to teach and give her children the best education while allowing that creativity and expression to flow freely. She is dedicated to her faith and prioritizes her life in such a way that keeps the most important things like faith and family at the core of everything she does. She is incredibly intentional and present as a mother and it is so beautiful and quite inspiring to witness. She is compassionate, responsible, empathetic, service oriented, organized, loving, and just so real. I really think I love that most. She is so real and relatable. Even with her children. She’s not afraid to be open, honest, and humble with them. When she makes a mistake or shows up in a way with them that she isn’t pleased with she isn’t too proud to apologize and really sees that as a teaching moment. As a parent, I feel we all have to have that ability to own up to our own short comings, and it is so beautiful to see how she sets that example for them and allows them the opportunity to both witness how an apology is done and then how to forgive and feel what unconditional love feels like.What I feel that makes Brandi and Alan such a remarkable duo is that their strengths really complement each other. Alan is very soft spoken and patient in any circumstance I’ve ever seen him in. He is equally present and engaged in his children’s lives and it’s very clear that even with being very successfully self-employed, He still makes his family his number one priority next to God. This takes an incredible amount of intentionality and effort. He will take opportunities in the small things to show that those things are the big things, especially to his children. I have witnessed time and time again how he can make them feel like the most important person in the world. It is very clear that their children are his number one fans. He leads his family by example and pure unconditional love.They are one of the few couples in my life that set the example that true and healthy love really exists. And not in the fake “love is always rainbows and butterflies” kind of way, but in a very real and authentic way. They are both so open and real about the kind of work it takes to have a healthy, happy, engaged marriage. It’s incredibly clear they are both on the same team. They root for, support, and hold each other accountable to continually grow to stretch and reach their fullest potential. They always speak highly of and hold the other in the highest regard and treat one another with kindness and mutual respect. They are affectionate toward one another for the kids to witness and teach them what a marriage is supposed to look like. I believe that Alan and Brandi are two of the most beautiful, loving, caring, generous couples that may cross your desk for potential adoptive parents. Their hearts are so pure and intentional. If I were in a situation that found me looking for a potential family to care for and raise my children, there may not be a better option than this family. I give the absolute highest recommendation and my fullest support and prayers to the growing of their family. My heart is full to know that there will be another little life that will be blessed with their love. "
Oneita Offiels ENDORSED | Creative, Playful, Simple, Fun-loving, Outgoing , Grounded, Dependable