Tiffany + Lucas
Hello there! Wow, you are so incredibly brave to be considering adoption as part of your child's journey. We, Tiffany, and Lucas, are honored to be one of the families for you to be considering! We want you to know that we see you and value you no matter what decision you choose for your baby. This is a HUGE decision, and we want you to make it wisely. If that means that you choose us to love your baby, we would be over the moon! Or if an opportunity arises for you to care for your baby with the help of loved ones, that is also a cause for celebration. Thank you again for your courage to even consider adoption. You are amazing!
The desire to expand our family through adoption has been a conversation since we were dating. Adoption is something that we both feel incredibly passionate about because we have so much love to give. Our journey with Gladney began a bit earlier than we were planning due to 2 pregnancy losses. Those were the 'push' that we needed to get the ball rolling and we are so thankful for that! Since then, we've been surrounded by community who have shared their amazing adoption stories and provided an outpouring of love on our journey.
We started dating in fall of 2016. Tiffany was working in fundraising for a social services agency, which included managing a Young Professionals group. Lucas joined the group and we instantly hit it off! Dating for us was filled with time outdoors, Tiffany's dog Bear (you'll hear more about him later), and most importantly, deep intentional conversation about our beliefs, hopes, and dreams for the future. This allowed us to fall in love fast. Tiffany told Lucas that she was going to marry him on date 3 - thankfully Lucas didn't run away. It was a great example of when 'You know, you know'. We got married in fall of 2017 - almost a year to the day of our dating anniversary!
We mentioned the pregnancy losses, but we were fortunate enough to get pregnant (third time's the charm?) and take the pregnancy to term and have Warren. Funnily enough, this pregnancy happened about a month after we started our adoption journey with Gladney - isn't timing funny?
Our marriage is defined by the fact that we are best friends. Our foundation of friendship is what we could call our key to success and causes us to be intentional with one another We take the time to ask how we can make the other's life better, and we challenge each other to be better. Also, we laugh A LOT. Lucas is quite the jokester.
Since having Warren, our marriage has continued to be filled with intentionality and love - even though a lot of our activities have shifted to who's packing lunch or making sure the laundry is done for our little guy! We make time for a weekly date, just the two of us and we read books together so that we can continue to grow and have more to talk about than Warren (even though we love talking about him!). We believe that our marriage and love for each other is our #1 priority and that is what sets the tone for a loving household for our family.
Tiffany Writes About Lucas
Gosh. It's hard to find the best place to start to describe Lucas. He is kind, patient, loving, hardworking, and has a hilarious dry sense of humor! He loves me and Warren SO well and I truly consider him my very best friend. Lucas is an accountant for a private equity company. He works hard to provide for our family and still helps at home too. We are co-parents when it comes to our son, dogs, and chores around the house. We are a team, through and through.
Lucas is an avid DIYer and Mr. Fix It! He loves old trucks and has 2. The first is an old Chevy pickup truck that he purchased at 14, drove throughout high school, and is now rebuilding. The second truck is a K5 blazer that he drives daily and has hopes of working on with our kids eventually.
Lucas is the most amazing father. Watching him love Warren has brought me more joy than I ever thought possible, and I know he will love our next child fiercely
Lucas Writes About Tiffany
To Tiff's point, it is tough to find the best place to start. She is the most intentional, loving, strong, driven, Godfearing mother and wife. She goes out of her way daily to find loving ways to serve Warren and I. Tiff is the best friend anyone could want. She spends time cultivating relationships through questions. She has a special way of encouraging people to be their best selves.
Tiff is in marketing at a large company and is amazing to watch in her role. She inspires me every day, when I get to listen to her on calls or in presentations. She has a presence that makes people drawn to listen to what she has to say. Tiff and I do not have specific roles that we fall into in our house, our goal is to be a team and to find ways to serve each other. That is what makes parenting with her such a joy each day.
My favorite moments with Tiff truly are the quality time we get to spend together, whether it's the two of us, or five of us (we try to take the dogs everywhere too) on a walk or out and about. I never get tired of being around Tiff and adore the mother she is to Warren.
Warren! AKA Mr. Blue Eyes. We have been so blessed by the addition of Warren to our family. Our son is so full of joy. As a baby he was amazingly calm and happy and has continued that today. He loves to play with our dogs and is SO talkative. His teachers remind him to be quiet regularly (he takes after his mom). As a family, we love being outside and when the weather is warm, we prioritize evening walks. Warren is our little sidekick. We thought we would have to change more of what we do, but he is our buddy and tags along all the time. Warren will be the BEST big brother because he is so kind and loving.
We have two mid-size dogs named Bear, our Collie/ Shepherd Mix and Pani (paw-knee) our Golden Retriever. Fun fact, Pani means 'Mrs.' in Polish. Before Lucas was in the picture, it was just Tiffany and Bear. Bear is about 10 and was a rescue dog, and Pani is 4. We got Pani right after we got married. Talk about a whirlwind, adjusting to marriage AND potty training a puppy - not easy but we made it through. Our dogs are a huge part of our family! Bear is a sleepy guy who loves going on long walks and barking at the squirrels in our backyard. Pani is our snuggle bug who is obsessed with her tennis ball, loves fetch, and thinks she's a lap dog. They have been so sweet with Warren since day 1! Bear has fallen into the 'babysitter' role, always keeping an eye on Warren. While Pani takes it upon herself to bring toys for Warren to throw or play with. We try to take the pups as many places as we can that are dog friendly. They truly are part of our family!
Tiffany is an avid reader. She loves historical fiction and suspense novels. She can power through a book in 2-days when it really captures her attention! Tiffany always makes time for her workouts and exercises at 5:30 almost every morning. Like we mentioned earlier, Lucas loves old trucks and projects around the house. He is always working on something and can't sit still for too long!
Together we love to cook and host. Even when we were in our 2-bedroom apartment we hosted a 20 person gathering! There were tables/chairs everywhere, but it was fun. We committed to always opening our home to those we love no matter how big or small our space may be.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read our profile and getting to know us. This is a small snapshot into who we are as a family, but we hope it conveys that we have a strong marriage, are surrounded by family, and how excited we are to expand our family through adoption. We are committed and excited for what the future has in-store and can't wait to see this story unfold!