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Beth & Brandon

Beth & Brandon

Race of child interested in adopting:No Preference

Gender of child interested in adopting:No Preference

Dear Birthmother,

You will always have a special relationship with your child and we hope to be able to make an adoption plan with you to ensure that we do everything we can to ensure a happy future for him or her. We are dedicated educators who are going to make a loving home for your baby to grow. We are eager to open our home to a child with the hope that we might be so fortunate to become parents. We love spending time with our families and we can’t wait to share our lives with a special child. Thank you for reading our profile and we look forward to getting to know you! Brandon and Beth

About Us

We were married in 2010 and we have wanted a child ever since. After graduating from college and working as a geologist, Beth changed careers to focus on science education. She taught 9th graders for a while, but then decided that she wanted to prepare teachers. Now Beth works as a professor. She is ethical, kind and understanding and has high expectations of herself and others. She enjoys traveling, gardening, yoga, knitting, and reading or watching mysteries (Sherlock is a personal favorite) and solving puzzles. She also loves to spend time with family.

When he was a teenager, as the eldest child of five children, Brandon helped raise his sister. This was of great help to his very busy mom who was the primary caregiver. Brandon started a career in computer systems engineering, but then returned to school to become a kindergarten teacher. He did this while also working at a preschool and caring for 6-month old to 3 year-old children. Later, Brandon decided to stay in school and is now an educational researcher. He is loving, forgiving, and believes that helping others grow is the most rewarding activity in which one can participate. He loves to read, play chess, write poetry, play laser tag, watch movies, and debate topics to discover new insights with friends. Brandon also enjoys computer games and new technology (gadgets are a personal favorite), and has envisioned raising a child for as long as he can remember.

Together we are eager to welcome a child into our lives. Our complex life experiences with blended families have allowed us to learn from many challenges that will help us understand, love, and care for an adopted child. We know that patience, persistence, and fairness are the most important ingredients for growing a family in which everyone feels cared for and secure.

Our Home

We live in one of the safest and best cities to raise a family in the U.S.; Lincoln, Nebraska. Lincoln has a very good school system and is home to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln is a family-friendly city with many parks, an extensive system of bike trails, a children's zoo, children's museum, and many libraries. Our house is in a quiet neighborhood with several families with young children. Our closest neighbors and friends have young children and we often get together with them and their friends for holidays and neighborhood events (e.g., a block-wide summer potluck supper). Our home has lots of open space and a big backyard for playing games, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors. Every spring we have baby bunnies and birds.

Our Extended Family

We both come from varied and large families. This gives us a strong support system that we can draw on for many different issues. They give us our traditions, our beliefs, values, and our vision of two strong partners for raising a child. Family has been an important part of our lives, and even now we never hesitate to ask for advice on little problems like how to fix a dripping faucet, or big decisions like buying a house, or difficult tasks like writing this message to you. We trust our families and know that it took time, patience, and experience to develop that trust; our parents have been excellent role models, ones we hope to live up to every day.

Brandon is the son of two happily remarried parents. He has three brothers, three stepbrothers, and one sister and one stepsister. He is especially close with his sister, who is 12 years younger. Brandon’s family also provides strong role models and supports in his life. His mother taught him to love unconditionally. His youngest sister, who he helped raise, gave him an opportunity to love a child (and change many diapers) and be loved in return. His brothers provided him competition and challenges to be a better person. And last, but not least, his father makes him a better man. His father has taught him the value of hard work, commitment to family, and how family is our legacy.

Beth is the only child of two happily remarried parents that gave her, “roots to grow and wings to fly.” She has two half-brothers, and one stepbrother and a stepsister. Beth’s dad is an unassuming, kind, and thoughtful person and her stepmother was an elementary teacher who loves children. Beth’s mother and stepfather attend church regularly and are involved in many church-sponsored events. They like to travel and meet new people and they have been able to enjoy this in their retirement. Beth’s stepfather and stepmother have been good parents and partners to her mom and dad. Beth really enjoyed being a big sister when her half-brothers arrived on the scene.

Even though there are many differences in our families, they share one primary attribute: they are unquestionably enthusiastic and supportive of us and our choice to adopt a child. Many grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends are ready and waiting to welcome a new addition to our family.

What Led Us To Adoption

We began trying to get pregnant shortly after getting married. We discovered we had biological issues that prevented us from conceiving. After several rounds of very uncomfortable, time consuming, and depressing meeting with doctors, trying different treatments, and have various tests we decided to change our strategies. It has been a rollercoaster of emotion with high points of hope, but ultimately resulting in no child to love. We had always planned to try to adopt a child, so an adoption is not a last resort. Nevertheless, we have also wanted children, to love them as the endless, mysterious, and joyful blessing they are to the world. We would be honored to have further contact with you, and have conversations about your hopes and expectations, and potentially plan a future for the well-being of a special child. Thank you for considering us in your plans during this understandably difficult time for you.

Facts About Beth

  • Occupation: University Professor
  • Education: PhD
  • Favorite Food: Seafood
  • Favorite Hobby: Yoga, crafts and gardening
  • Favorite Movie: The Lorax
  • Favorite Sport: Karate
  • Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving
  • Favorite Music Group: Nina Simone
  • Favorite TV Show: Sherlock
  • Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice
  • Favorite Subject in School: Geology
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere with an Ocean

Facts About Brandon

  • Occupation: Educational Researcher
  • Education: PhD
  • Favorite Food: Mexican Food
  • Favorite Hobby: Reading great books
  • Favorite Movie: Groundhog Day
  • Favorite Sport: Chess
  • Favorite Holiday: Christmas
  • Favorite Music Group: Marina Callas
  • Favorite TV Show: The West Wing
  • Favorite Book: A Confederacy of Dunces
  • Favorite Subject in School: Math
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Seattle with Family
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