We’re Brandis and Jason (and Blake).  Last year, we celebrated 10 years of marriage! Even from our first days together—before we were even married—we knew we wanted to have more than one child and we knew we someday would adopt. We have way more love than our one child could ever absorb! We also define family in a way that goes far beyond biology. 

We realize that our adoption journey is nothing compared to what you’re facing and probably feeling right now. So, please know that we truly empathize with what you’re going through and are grateful that you’re even taking the time to read this. Thank you.

We hope that reading our profile gives you a glimpse into the lives and abundant love we hope to share with a special little person.  

Jason grew up outside Chicago in Morton Grove. Brandis grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  They had both been moving around, following their jobs as reporters. They met while both were working at the same television station in Little Rock, Arkansas. They moved to Chicago when they knew it was time to start a family.
 

What Brandis has to say about Jason:

I’ve always loved how smart Jason is, such a thinker. He’s the planner and dreamer in our house. If it’s time to buy a car, a house, have a kid or even host Thanksgiving dinner, he maps it all out with multiple spreadsheets and flowcharts detailing the possibilities of what we can afford or what we’re going to need. He actually enjoys every bit of it. I make fun of it, but it’s adorable and I couldn’t do any of that without him. He’s also caring, generous (he brings me cake from my favorite bakery the morning of my birthday) and has always made me laugh, either with a clever joke or a silly voice. He’s my best friend and I know I wouldn’t have the life I have without him.

He cracks me up and doesn’t take himself too seriously. Jason has never met a kid he didn’t like, no matter how difficult they may seem. He’s a nurturing and patient father and great at teaching little ones how to do things, like cook or draw a picture...or sometimes play tricks on Mommy. He’s sure to be partners-in-crime with the baby, too.

What Jason Says About Brandis:

Brandis is the best person I know, period. Sure, she is kind, patient and understanding (sometimes to a flaw). When I look back at the first decade-plus of our relationship, though, the thing that really stands out to me is how strong Brandis is. Truth is, she didn’t have an easy childhood, moving around a lot and seeing her parents struggle with addiction. She didn’t just survive… she thrived; she worked really hard to get a good education and build a successful career. I know how hard it was, but having these experiences contributed to her understanding and nonjudgmental character. I am so proud of the woman she is that I’ve been known to embarrass her at times with my enthusiasm. Whenever she gets nominated for an award for work or someone says something nice about her, it takes a lot of self-control for me not to scream “That’s my baby!” or bang pots and pans or do something else embarrassing.

Above all, Brandis is a great mommy. No matter how busy life gets, she is always there for Blake--whether it’s just to have a random conversation about cars (his choice) or it’s 3 in the morning and he needs comforting after a nightmare. Truth is, Brandis will be the rock for our new baby. She is firm but loving, and will teach our kids right from wrong, always from a place of unconditional love and support.

Big Brother Blake:

Blake is a bright and sensitive little nugget. We say he has a “mighty heart.” He’ll offer to give you a kiss if you have a boo-boo and loves to hug his dog, Rocky, who is also a gentle soul and tolerates Blake’s “hugs.” He LOVES cars. All the cars. This year for Halloween he was a limousine driver. A few years ago, he was a valet driver. You get the idea.

Naturally, he laughs at the slightest butt or fart joke (sorry, he’s a little boy). He loves to wrestle with daddy and cuddle with mommy. He’s soooo excited to be a big brother! He’s already preparing for it by asking (or making) the grown-ups pretend to be the baby. “Your walking is cute,” he says when he’s playing big brother and gives us a little kiss on the check. We know he’ll be great when it’s time to take on the role for real.

Our hearts are open:

If you’ve read this far, thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about us.  It’s hard to convey this on paper, but our arms and hearts are wide open. We hope you feel like you can ask us any questions or share any concerns. At the end of the day--no matter what words are on this page--this is about your baby and you feeling like you’ve made the right decision.  We’re open to whatever level of openness works for you. We truly hope this child will have you in his/her life, to celebrate milestones or birthdays, or just spend some time together catching up while going for a walk. We also completely understand that this thought might be too much at the moment. We will be patient as your comfort level evolves over time. We are committed to navigating this lifelong journey with you.

We hope to meet you in person to get to know each other better.

With love and respect,

Fun facts

Brandis
  • I started taking dance lessons when I was 6 years old. I’ve studied everything from ballet to hip-hop. 
  • I am a shopping fanatic. I love fashion.
  • I’m not the outdoors-y type. Unless we’re at a pool.
  • I’m originally from Mississippi, but I’ve lived in 12 states, some of them twice.
  • All of that moving meant I changed schools several times as a kid. Makes me good at making friends today, I think. 
  • My best friend in Mississippi and I love to quote movie lines from flicks we haven’t seen in years. 
  • In college, I spent a semester in the Dominican Republic. (My Spanish is still quite rusty).
  • I’ve interviewed ballerina Misty Copeland, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Civil Rights icons the Little Rock Nine and Ruby Bridges and music mogul LA Reid.

 

Jason
  • I fell off a mountain in South Africa (twice in the same day). Only damaged my ego!
  • I can do weird math tricks... which used to keep me from falling asleep in math class.
  • I like to cook but love to eat (everything but those orange circus peanuts).
  • I started my career at a TV station in southeast Kansas. I could see cows grazing near the satellite dishes.
  • I didn't drink coffee before meeting Brandis but now can't imagine my mornings without it.
  • I can move my eyebrows independent of one another.
  • One of my biggest heroes is Civil Rights icon and U.S. Congressman John Lewis, who I've been lucky to meet twice.
  • My favorite U.S. cities are New Orleans and San Francisco.

Pregnant and exploring adoption?

If you’re interested in learning about adoption for your baby, we can help. We’re available 24/7. All of your information is confidential.

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