Married Since: 2012

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We want your child to know his or her story, and you are such a significant part of that.

Michael and Tiffany

from Washington

Michael

Ancestry: Norwegian

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Partner Resources Manager

Education: M.B.A., HR Certification

Hobbies: Sports, Time with Friends, Softball, Golf

Tiffany

Ancestry: Dutch

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Organization Development Consultant

Education: M.S.O.D

Hobbies: Walking, Board games, Coaching, Time with Friends

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Michael

Animal
Our Dogs (Barney & Maizie)
Childhood Memory
Summer swimming at the lake and hanging out with friends and family
Color
Purple & gold (UW)
Family Activity
Exploring and adventures
Holiday
4th of July
Leisure Activity
Swimming/lying by the pool or the
Subject in School
PE
Thing to Cook
Omelets
TV Show
How I Met Your Mother
Vacation Spot
Anywhere where adventure looms with good people to explore with

Tiffany

Animal
Our dogs
Childhood Memory
Spending summers at the cottage- tubing & family game nights
Color
Blue & green
Family Activity
Board games and walks
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure Activity
Exploring new places & game nights with friends
Subject in School
Psychology
Thing to Cook
Experimenting with new recipes
TV Show
How I Met Your Mother
Vacation Spot
New places and cultures or anywhere with family and friends
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From Us to You

Where to begin? Honestly, we’ve written this letter to you in our heads dozens of times. We can’t even begin to imagine what you are going through right now, the range of emotions, the uncertainty you may be feeling, and the depth of the decisions before you. While we don’t know what has brought you to this place of considering an adoption plan, we are thankful that you would consider us to be a part of that plan. Whether or not you choose us to be a part of your child’s story, we are humbled by the journey you have taken to get to this point and the love that you’re already showing for your child.

A little about us: Tiffany grew up in Michigan. Most of her family, including her parents and sister, still live in Michigan. Both of her siblings were adopted as infants and we cannot imagine life without them. Tiffany’s parents were always transparent with the family about the adoptions, and to us, that was (and is) normal. We are a silly, loving, board-game playing family. Tiffany got her incredible work ethic and unending supportiveness for others from her family and it’s something that enriches the lives of others every day.

Mike grew up in Washington and most of his family (including his brother and sister) still live nearby. His family are some of the most open, welcoming, and genuine people you’ll ever meet. Those traits have definitely transferred to Mike. He is thoughtful, kind, intentional, loyal, and goofy. He has a genuine love for people, and it permeates throughout everything he does.

We met over 10 years ago when Tiffany first moved to the state, and we’ve been married for 8 years. Tiffany works as an organizational development consultant and Mike works as a Human Resources Manager. Our family is rounded out by our 7-year-old Corgi pup named Barney and our newest edition, our 3-year-old adopted pup named Maizie. Fortunately, or unfortunately, for Barney and Maizie, they have been the recipients of all our love and nurturing before we expand the family with human children.

We haven’t been able to have children biologically thus far, but we have both always wanted to adopt. Adoption is something that we’ve always been passionate about, particularly because of the amazing connection Tiffany has with her siblings. Your child will be loved unconditionally and have a strong community of support throughout their lifetime. We have so many ideas of what parenthood will look like, but we know every child is different and we want to be flexible to adjust to the needs and aspirations that are unique to the child we get to parent.

We have heard that it takes a village to raise a child and you will be a part of that village, to the extent that you want to be. We want your child to know his or her story and you are such a significant part of that story.

Thank you so much for considering us to be part of your precious child’s tribe and village!

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About Mike

Mike is an amazing husband, brother, son, friend, coach, mentor, and all-around human. He loves to laugh, loves connecting people together, and loves caring for everyone around him. He shows up for anyone who needs support and is the first one to say “Yes!” to any adventure. He is successful at work and yet always makes time for family and friends. I am constantly in awe of his generosity, his patience, his wisdom, and his ability to laugh at his own corny dad jokes (some of which are actually funny).

Even though being a dog parent and an awesome uncle is clearly not the same as being a parent to a human child, I can already see glimpses of how he’ll be as a dad. He will be the kind of dad that spends quality time with our kids, makes sure they get out and do goofy things together and signs them up for any sport or activity they want to do. He’ll be the dad who drives our kids and their friends to all the sports games and makes stupid jokes that will make them all roll their eyes. He’ll be the one that our kiddo always feels safe going to for questions, concerns, fears, exciting ideas, and celebrations. He’s an amazing partner, dog dad, and will be an amazing dad to a child.

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About Tiffany

Tiffany is the incredible person that everyone falls in love with as soon as they meet her, and the more they get to know her the more they want an extra dose of Tiffany in their lives. Not only is she smart and talented, she’s also incredibly thoughtful and kind. I’m convinced most of my friends put up with me because they know how amazing Tiffany is and want more time with her.

In addition to being the best part of me, Tiffany inspires me each day with her hard work and dedication to our family and our home. Tiffany seems to have an endless supply of energy that she usually channels into a home improvement project or professional development activity. Tiffany has a mission for every day and that mission generally results in making an incredible impact on the lives of those around her. I can’t wait to see the impact this drive and commitment to others has on the life of the child we get to raise. Not only will she instill the value of hard work, she will simultaneously teach our child how to appreciate and value the gifts of others.

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Our Pets

We have two pups that we are absolutely in love with: a 7-year-old corgi named Barney and a 3-year-old Rottweiler mix named Maizie. We have had Barney since he was a puppy and recently adopted Maizie from Texas. They both have such personalities and are a massive part of our little family. We call Barney our little fur boss because he runs the show (he is actually a pushover and loves everyone, he just tries to act like the boss). Maizie is such a sweetheart, everyone who meets her loves her! She has never met a stranger, is so patient, and is curious by everything in life. They both love kids!

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Our Families

We are so grateful for our village of family and chosen family. Much of Mike’s family lives within an hour’s drive of us. He is the middle kid with an older brother and younger sister. Sadly, his parents passed away a few years ago. We miss them tons and are so grateful for the time we had with them. Most of Tiffany’s family lives in Michigan. Her parents are “snowbirds” and spend half of their time in Florida as well. She is the youngest in the family with an older sister and brother, both of whom are married with two kiddos each. While we are separated by many miles, we spend Christmas with Tiffany’s family each year (since they spend a lot of time in Florida, Disney World is a frequent Christmas destination) and travel to see each other a few times per year. Our chosen family/friends/community are amazing humans that we have grown up with and/or met at different stages of our lives. We feel so fortunate to live life with such thoughtful and intentional people in our lives. They are who we laugh with, cry with, and who we are excited to grow old with.

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Our Home

Our home is on a cul-de-sac in an amazing neighborhood that we love so much. It’s a 4 bedroom, 2 ½ bath home, with a fenced-in backyard. Our neighborhood is multi-generational with folks that have lived here for decades as well as a ton of families with kiddos. Every Halloween children come from all over town to trick-or-treat in our community. It’s rare to walk outside on a sunny, summer day and not hear and feel the energy of the neighborhood kids having fun and playing. Though we have only lived in the neighborhood for a few years, we became instantly connected with our next-door neighbors and their children call us Auntie Tif and Uncle Mike! It’s not uncommon to find Mike in the neighbor’s garage at all hours “supervising” a project as an excuse to hang out together. Our neighborhood is just 20 minutes from activities in our nearby major city, 5 minutes from lakefront activities, 15 minutes from the ocean, and 45 minutes from mountain activities. For us, it’s the perfect combination of small-town feel with big city amenities.

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About Us

We met at church about 11 years ago when Tiffany moved to Washington after living abroad for some time. At the time, we were just acquaintances with a ton of mutual friends. The first time we actually spent time together, Tiffany had organized a group of people to go skydiving. Mike heard about the skydiving adventure, walked up to her and said, “I’m in.” We didn’t start dating for a few months after that, but it does kind of showcase a bit about us; Tiffany likes to plan things, organize group activities, and seek out new experiences and adventures. Mike is super outgoing, extroverted, and always up for a spontaneous adventure! We married in August 2012 and have continued to grow individually and together throughout our time together. However, we can be very different in certain aspects. Mike is as extroverted as they come, while Tiffany tends to be more introverted. Mike grew up in Washington, Tiffany grew up in Michigan. While we are different, we are similar on our foundational beliefs and values. We love God. We love our family and friends. We love puppies, our pups and all other pups. We love other humans and standing up for what we believe. We love and invest in continued growth and development. We love adventure. We want to be parents and know that we have so much love and affection that we can’t wait to shower on the child who we hopefully get to raise someday.

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Our Lifestyle

It’s somewhat interesting writing a bit about our lifestyle in the middle of a pandemic, as so much of the world has changed, including our lifestyle! We are both incredibly driven in our professions. Mike works in Human Resources and Tiffany works in Organization Development. Both of which focus on business strategy, psychology, and making workplaces more human. We are consistently looking to grow and develop in our professions AND we also love to make time for other things, like family, friends, adventures, hobbies, etc. Travel and adventure are very important to us, so we like to use our vacations to explore new places and experience new cultures. During normal workweeks, we like to spend evenings together and with loved ones, either at the local indoor dog park, going for walks, cooking, watching movies with a fire in the fireplace, tackling new house projects, playing games, or some variation of those. Fall means football! We have season tickets for the nearby university and are on the waiting list for the Seahawks! We love fall weekends for bundling up, spending time with friends, and watching sports. Mike loves to spend time with friends golfing, playing softball, or just hanging out. Tiffany loves spending time with friends, exploring new places, learning new things, having great conversations, and tackling house projects while Facetiming with her dad. He’s a jack of all trades. While the distance doesn’t allow for him to help with all house projects, he still helps from afar! Overall, we try to balance pace of life, making time to slow down and allowing for lots of activities as well.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

As a couple, we have always wanted to expand our family through adoption. We love children and have always wanted a big family. We were hoping to have biological children as well, but have been unable to do so naturally. Tiffany’s siblings were both adopted as infants, so adoption has always been a part of Tiffany’s life. Her siblings are amazing and a massive reason why she has always wanted to adopt. We believe that family isn’t always determined by blood and that we would be so fortunate to raise a child through adoption.

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Our Family Traditions

We love traditions and have cultivated a number of them throughout the years, combining traditions that we’ve grown up with individually and ones we’ve created together as a family unit. In the fall months, weekends are for football. We have season tickets for the local university and are on the waitlist for our nearby professional team. We both grew up watching football. Tiffany’s parents also have season tickets for the University of Michigan. On Halloween, we love getting dressed up, watching Halloween movies, and passing out candy as a family (yes, our pups have costumes, too!). For Thanksgiving, we love getting together with our extended Washington family for dinner and intentional time with one another. Each Christmas, we fly to visit Tiffany’s family, whether they are in Florida or Michigan for the year. We spend a week of quality time with the extended family (with loads of snow or Disney depending on the location). On Christmas Eve, we go to church together as a family. On Christmas Day, everyone opens their stockings when they wake up. We then have breakfast together, get on our ugly sweaters, and open presents. Every family holiday or vacation involves lots of quality time, laughter, and card games (such as Phase 10, Euchre, Rook, Skip-Bo, etc.). We have a number of other traditions and are excited to create new ones with a child.

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Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity is so incredibly important to both of us. We have both grown up in different areas of the country with very different cultures, traveled a significant amount (Tiffany lived in London for a while and Mike studied abroad in college), and are passionate about continuing to learn about and with others. We believe that diversity is such an asset, something that should be celebrated, and space should be created to enable diversity. We are incredibly excited about learning more about your culture, create space and traditions surrounding the culture, and expose your child to as many cultures as we can.

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What Kind of Parents We will Be

We hope to be the kind of parents that our children can come to for anything. We will be silly, we will be fun, and we will also instill the value of being kind and being good humans. We want to be good examples for our kiddos, not just in our words, but reinforcing our words through action. We will be super flexible – we know that each child is so unique and that they require very different kinds of parenting. We want to be a soft place for them to land, with a touch of humor, adventure, and loads of love along the way.

Message Michael and Tiffany

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Michael and Tiffany

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!