|Brandon and his family at the beach, complements of Laura's facebook page|
|Adria and Brandon|
|Brandon and Laura and family at Bryce Canyon|
Brandon is a musical, athletic, family man, who is a licensed social worker. My kids said that he is "fun". (Shocker since they say that about all of the uncles.) Connor also said something about how good he is at three pointers in basketball. Perhaps a small discussion ensued over whether Uncle B.D., or his brother D.B. (Derek) is the better three point shooter. Since D.B. is Connor's Dad and lives here, Connor might have been persuaded to say that his Dad is better -- but I can't really recall. Maybe they can have a three point contest at the next reunion.
Brandon plays the violin, sings, and plays the piano. Once, at a family reunion, he sang "Big Rock Candy Mountain" while his wife Laura played the cello. That was fun for me. He has often sung with his brothers, brothers-in-law, and Dad for special occasions. Usually, they are singing "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy" and I could listen to it over and over again and always enjoy it.
Brandon plays golf, basketball, and mens softball. I expect that he played baseball during his growing up years. I'm sure he plays other sports too if the opportunity arises. He did manage to crack a rib playing basketball not too long ago. He had to stop playing for a while, which I'm sure was sad. He has been known to do yoga with his wife on occasion but, while it helped his flexibility, I don't think that it made him able to sit cross legged without his knees pointing at the ceiling (which seems to be the norm for the brothers). Maybe I'm wrong though.
Brandon's work as a social worker has ended up being useful in the extended family many times. He has given presentations / lessons at family reunions, and helped those of us who called when we had issues in our own families that we needed some advice and help on. What a benefit! He is good at listening, and giving information that is helpful.
Brandon is a family man first. He loves his wife and his four children and he goes on lots of adventures with them. They hike, and camp, and find interesting things to visit every time they have a chance. They bring their family to the Homestead for lots of family events, even though it takes a couple of hours to get here. I almost always know when they are leaving to head home because Brandon takes the time to walk around, touch everyone on the shoulder, look them in the eye, and say "Bu Bye".
Brandon served a mission when he was nineteen. He went out east to the New Hampshire, Manchester mission. He still serves faithfully in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but most importantly he serves and helps his family to learn about Jesus. Brandon is a good brother-in-law and is good at letting each family member know that we are important to him.
Happy Birthday to Uncle B.D.