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Brandon and I weren't 100% certain throughout our almost 15 year relationship if we wanted to be parents. We worked really hard the past 12 years to put ourselves in a position where we have freedom and flexibility. When I stepped out of my corporate career, almost 8 years ago, I wanted to put in the effort and energy to put Brandon in a position to earn his freedom as well. Over 3.5 years ago, that dream came true! We've enjoyed spending a lot of time together and traveling the world together. We've always known that we wanted to create a legacy, but we weren't certain what that would look like.
We've always worked intentionally on our marriage, but in the fall, we decided to commit to a marriage course. It was great for us because we had an opportunity to talk through so many things. I found myself; however, struggling through some of the topics and at certain points, leaving the marriage course in tears. I felt conflicted. After working through the uncertainty of wanting to start a family, Brandon and I knew that we wanted to become parents. Just after the New Year, I found out I was pregnant and in September, our new journey begins.
I share these personal experiences, because in our personal and professional life, there will be times were we feel conflicted and we will be tested. Understanding our 'why' and our values, having good communication and being really honest with ourselves is so foundational for truly living a fulfilled life. Our vision and our purpose has grown and our desire to create a legacy has been more clearly defined.
I couldn't be more grateful for the mentorship that Brandon and I have in our lives. Mentorship, that has not only challenged us, but also encouraged us to make decisions based on principle. Our habit and our activities, were much different than most people's habits in their 20s, but as a result of a lot of hustle and a whole lot of heart as well as steadfast guidance, we were able to develop the life we wanted, even before children were a thought in our mind. We've all heard the saying, "dig the well before you are thirsty." I am sure thankful that we followed through. We appreciate the mentorship we have in our life and are looking forward to the guidance we will receive as we enter a new chapter.
Life is a beautiful, chaotic journey. We are very blessed to have been granted a vehicle to truly make an impact. Brandon and I are dedicated to serving others that want to be full time moms and dads. We are excited to continue to pursue our passions as a family. We are passionate to accept the challenge of restoring families and giving hope to so many.
“Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.” –Lisa Weed
Cheers to new chapters and profound beginnings!
Brandon & Amanda