We have known each other almost our entire lives and grew up as friends. Throughout our friendship, Brandy always tried to set up Ozzie with her best friend, but he was never interested. She even used to give him rides to his girlfriend's house because she had a car first.
We have known each other almost our entire lives and grew up as friends.
One day in high school, Ozzie dropped the bomb and told her that he liked her. At that point, she had only ever thought of him as a friend. She "freaked out" a bit and drove away. (Ozzie describes it something like a dust trail following her car similar to the roadrunner from the cartoons).
The next day, after thinking it over, Brandy called him and invited him to her Dad's company picnic. He accepted, and the rest is history. We got married after dating for nearly 9 years. Ozzie proposed during the firework display in front of the castle at Disney World. We were surrounded by family and friends. It was magical! We just celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary with a fun trip. Brandy can say Ozzie is truly her best friend and has been her rock throughout our life together.
As a couple, we have always talked about wanting to adopt one day. Ozzie has had many experiences while growing up and being welcomed with open arms by those that became his family. As an immigrant, he had limited contact with his biological family in his early years. He became very close with two different families growing up. Each family brought him into their lives and homes with open arms. They treated him with love and respect... like he had always been there with them. He refers to one of the couples as his "grandparents." The other was the family of his childhood best friend. He possibly spent more time at their house than his own. He understood very young, that you didn't have to have the same DNA to be considered family.