courtney brandyn
Courtney & Brandyn
September 23, 2022

Our Story

Hi, we are Michael and Jessica! Thank you for choosing to hear our story and to learn more about us as prospective parents. Like many couples in this day and age, our story began online. In the fall of 2010, we had our first date in Washington Square Park. Our relationship continued to blossom over coffee dates, bookstore visits, apple picking trips, and a valiant attempt to try every great restaurant in Brooklyn. One cat, two apartments, and seven years later, we were engaged and married in Upstate New York in the summer of 2018.

While we love to take trips together and explore new places, our day-to-day lives and local errands seem to always turn into fun and interesting adventures as long as we are together. We have always wanted to be parents, so when a two-bedroom apartment opened up on our block, we
jumped at the chance to have more space to grow. When talking about ways to grow our family, it became clear that adoption was the best option for us. We can’t wait to welcome a child into our home!

About Jessica

I have always loved performing. As an only child, growing up in a small town, it seemed obvious that I was born to play every role in my living room’s production of Mary Poppins (my stuffed animals always gave
me a standing ovation). As I got older, I began playing on bigger stages, including making dreams come true as Belle in Beauty and the Beast at Disney World.

Aside from performing, I found another life-long passion for education. As the first person in my family to attend college, I grew up understanding the important role that this can play in a child’s life. After moving from Florida to New York City in 2010, my passions took me down many different paths, but my enthusiasm for finding something I truly love has remained.

As an adult, it’s been rewarding to see the child-like wonder in the eyes of my nieces and nephew as they begin to develop their own interests, whether that be through sports, photography, theater or music. I’m looking forward to stepping into my new role as mom soon.

About Michael

Growing up, my parents always encouraged me to try new things and to explore everything that interested me. They would indulge my curiosities and pushed me to pursue my passions and to stick with them no matter what. For example, when I started to develop my love of music they got me a second-hand guitar and encouraged me to keep practicing even when everything sounded terrible. I still play music and practice daily.

As a child, I also loved to work with my hands and build things. After quickly graduating past Legos and Lincoln Logs, my parents started taking me to the hardware store instead of the toy store. I’ll always remember when they gave me my very own drill for my 12th birthday. I have always been a handy person and can fix almost anything, which has led me to a career that I love, solving large scale technical engineering problems.

My insatiable curiosity and love of learning is something I can’t wait to pass onto a child. I’ve always pushed myself to pursue the things that I’m passionate about and I look forward to doing the same as a new father.

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