International Development/Humanitarian Aid / Regional Sales
Catholic / Christian
Gregg grew up in New York with his parents and older brother. Eventually, his grandmother moved in after his grandfather passed, while his paternal grandmother lived a few blocks away. Gregg grew up in a home that often hosted our large family of aunts, uncles, and cousins! Growing up, Gregg enjoyed learning and exploring; living in NYC allowed him to visit many museums and cultural events, something he’d love to share with a child.
Gregg attended school in New York and wanted to be a lawyer. He majored as a pre-law student in Anthropology with a minor in history; two subjects he loves (as a child, he wanted to be Indiana Jones!). Gregg moved to Washington for a job, and “fell into” International Development, which he loves! He’s been allowed to assist people overseas in developing their country and helping in health, wealth, and democracy and has traveled to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East for work. Recently, he was able to bring Brandon on a trip to Egypt for a mini-break. During downtime, he likes to relax with television and movies (anything sci-fi or fantasy), work on crafts, read or play Xbox games.
Brandon grew up in a small town in southern Georgia with his parents and older brother. His entire family, on both sides, lived within 15-miles of one another. Brandon attended college not very far from home and earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Art History. Though he enjoys the aspects of small-town living and visits often, Brandon wouldn’t trade living outside Washington DC for anything! He has worked at a large home improvement retailer since 2004, where he designs and helps customers with their remodeling projects.
Traveling, exploring Virginia, and going into DC for shows at the Kennedy Center are some of his favorite hobbies to do with Gregg and friends. Brandon can’t wait to share our adventures with our new little one! Brandon enjoys being creative, whether it be painting by numbers, planting flowers in our yard, or helping others love where they live. Trying new things has always been a part of who Brandon is and something that he hopes to instill in a child.
Becoming dads has always been our dream and we can hardly believe we are in the process of making that dream come true through adoption. As a gay couple, we knew we’d need assistance to build our family and we’d rather care for a child and help someone (we both believe it takes a village!) than to go through the route of surrogacy.
We purchased our home in 2015. It is a charming colonial home in an established family neighborhood just outside of Washington DC, with great neighbors that have become some of our closest friends. We can see our local elementary school from our front door. Our neighborhood is a culturally diverse and sometimes quirky community, with easy access to nature trails, parks, restaurants, and high-quality schools. We love having friends and their children over to our home for events and look forward to bringing our own child into this community. Our neighborhood has an annual block party that Brandon helps organize, and which we use our front yard to play yard games. Our home has a pool and a screened-in porch that our cat, Raja, loves to spend time watching birds. We have a fenced-in backyard with plenty of room for a swing set and sandbox for a child to play in with friends.
We take pride in our home, and Brandon loves decorating the house for various holidays—the neighbors look forward to our Halloween and Christmas decorations! Having been built in the 1970’s there are small things we’d love to change about our home, but we are fortunate not to need any significant changes. We love where we live and feel it will be a great home to raise a child.
We consider ourselves fortunate to come from an extremely diverse and supportive family. Whether it’s for birthdays, holidays, or no reason at all, we take every opportunity to gather with our loved ones. While we have a physical distance between our families, we’re also able to connect regularly with video calls on Alexa—Gregg usually talks to his parents twice a day, once at lunch and usually after dinner! Brandon’s family lives almost entirely in southern Georgia. He has a niece and nephew that we’re able to see over Alexa, and on trips down every year. Brandon’s mother and grandmother visit us in-between visits when they can. Brandon has many aunts, uncles, and cousins who are excited for the new adventure that adoption will bring to our family. Gregg’s parents and older brother live much closer in New York, which allows us the opportunity to visit much more. Gregg’s parents visit every three months, staying at least a week each time. We have two nieces, who make Gregg willing to dress-up as Santa every year and Brandon taught how to jump into the pool. We also have a large extended family of cousins that call us “Uncle Gregg and Uncle Brandon.”
We also have a huge "chosen family," all the friends that we've made from our neighborhood community. We love our neighborhood because of what a diverse cultural hub it is, and our lives continue to be enriched by the amazing people who have let us be a part of their families. We are dedicated to raising a child in a similarly diverse setting and introducing them to a range of cultural opportunities.
We both highly value family- seeing local family regularly for dinners, game nights, and events and making time to see family. Our family is extremely excited about our adventure into parenthood and always asks us how the process is moving along.
“There are dreamers and there are realists in this world. You'd think the dreamers would find the dreamers, and the realists would find the realists, but more often than not, the opposite is true. See, the dreamers need the realists to keep them from soaring too close to the sun. And the realists? Well, without the dreamers, they might not ever get off the ground.”
Brandon is our dreamer; he always likes to go out and try new things, experiences, and places. (Like a hot air balloon in Egypt, even though I am afraid of heights!) Always outgoing and with a smile, Brandon attracts friends wherever he goes and is great at keeping up with people. He is also our holiday decorating, constantly building upon the decorations and making it more and more fun.
Gregg is the realist, making sure that there is a viable plan and we’ve “looked before we leaped.” While more reserved, once he is comfortable with you, Gregg will share a cheeky smile and charm you with his humor.
We met at a show tunes karaoke event, the first week after the New Year in 2013. Brandon made a resolution to meet new people and Gregg made a resolution to break out of his routine. We continued to catch each other’s attention throughout the night before Brandon came over to introduce himself to Gregg, and Gregg won him over with his sense of humor.
No matter what’s going on around you, try not to compare yourself to others. You are not them and they are not you, and at the end of the day, you need to be proud of yourself and actions. As parents, we will always love you and will always be there for you.
The love you feel for your baby is special and irreplaceable; there's no limit on how loved and supported a child should feel, and we are ready to do our part to add to that love. As fathers, we will always be completely honest with a child about the adoption process and speak lovingly about your selfless decision. We would welcome the opportunity for a child to maintain a strong and meaningful connection with you over their life and would look forward to building a healthy relationship with you based in mutual respect and communication. We would like you to know that the openness aspect of adoption is something we embrace and not something we fear. To us, it is only natural that we figure out what that means together as adoptive and birth parents together. We of course would love to share photos and exchange letters to your comfort level.