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Thank you for getting to know us! We are Tad and Erika from Florida. We are a family of three that loves fun and adventure. We love to travel and see new things – one of our goals is to visit all 50 states! We are excited to add to our family through adoption for a second time. The relationship we have with our daughter’s birth family is wonderful and we’d love to have another open adoption.

About Us

We started dating in 1999 after we met in our high school youth group and got married in 2005. Recently, we relocated from Wisconsin to Florida so that we could be closer to our family. Together, we enjoy playing board games, spending time with family, having dance parties in our living room, going to the beach, and going on road trips. We look forward to doing all of these things as a family of four as well as going to Disney, working on art projects and reading books.

We have one daughter, Rory, who is 6. She is very excited to be a big sister. Lately, she has been practicing diaper changes on her dolls. Rory says that she is looking forward to teaching her little sibling how to walk and swim.

About Tad - by Erika

Tad is kind and caring and I am lucky to get to go through life with him. He enjoys playing and watching sports and even writes a weekly article about fantasy basketball statistics. He is also a very talented artist. In the last 6 years, I have seen Tad flourish into fatherhood. He loves learning Rory’s interests and teaching her more about them. He is fully up on all his Disney princesses, introduces her to new musical artists and researches new playgrounds to take her to. I’m looking forward to watching Tad get to know our future children and seeing him learn their interests and cultivate them. He is excited to teach a new child to play sports and to take them to see new places.

About Erika - By Tad

Erika is my best friend, and she’s a wonderful and caring mom to our daughter. She’s always thinking of the next fun adventure we can go on. Family is very important to Erika, as are the many deep friendships she’s made in all stages of her life. I love that she is thoughtful, generous and kind to all. She loves to read, to think of creative projects, and is into all things Disney. But overall, being somebody’s “Mama” is the most important thing in the world to her. Erika is looking forward to reading with our new child, planning matching outfits for Disney and taking them on trips to meet our friends and family.

About our Extended Family

Our extended family is excited at the prospect of our family growing. Tad’s mom and step-dad live a few hours away from us in Florida and his dad lives in Chicago. He also has two step-brothers, Ethan and Ben. Ethan, his wife, and two daughters live in Minnesota. Ben lives in North Carolina with his wife and three daughters. Two of our nieces are adopted which we love so that our children will have that connection with them.

Erika’s parents live part-time in Iowa and part-time in Florida just a couple of towns over from us. She has one brother, Chris, who lives in Minnesota with his wife. We are very close to them. They just had their first child in the spring of 2019 and we are so excited at the prospect of having cousins close in age!

 

Our Home in Florida

We live in a four-bedroom condo which is in one of the highest-ranked school systems in the state. Education is very important to us. Our neighborhood has a lot of families with young children that we are starting to get to know. We have a neighborhood clubhouse and pool and we back up to a conservation area so we have a beautiful view! Our house has a screened-in porch – where we are enjoying eating meals and getting to be outside without the sun and bugs.

Our Promise to You

We promise to teach your child to be proud of their adoption story as well as their heritage. We promise to encourage them in all things that they are interested in and cultivate the things that make them unique. Your child will grow up in a home of support and will always be encouraged to do their best. We will wrap them in love and teach them to be kind and caring individuals.

To learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

Learn More About Tad & Erika

  Tad Erika
Our EducationBachelor of Science in MathematicsBachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science
Our ProfessionsInsurance AuditorBookkeeper
Stay-At-HomeNoNo
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasianCaucasian
Some of Tad & Erika's Favorites
What is your favorite Harry Potter book?Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
What are your favorite movies?The Matrix and Big Hero 6 Fried Green Tomatoes and Coco
Who is your favorite artist? MC Escher and Norman Rockwell Claude Monet
What is your favorite outdoor activity? Watching a sunset on the beach boating
Who is your favorite Star Wars villain? Darth VaderKylo Ren
What are your favorite tv shows?Friends and SeinfeldGilmore Girls and Friends
What are your favorite Restaraunts? Chipotle and Chilli'sThe Melting Pot and Steak 'n Shake
More About Our Family
Our Special Interests

We love to travel and see new areas. Our bucket list consists of lots of different places to travel to. One of our goals is to make it to all 50 states and we have a good start so far. We are also big Disney geeks and have enjoyed being so close and getting to go more often! We love to play board games, but none of us are very competitive. Tad has recently been teaching Rory and I about Star Wars and we are really enjoying it! We have two Scottish Terriers named PJ and Colby. They look forward to having another baby in the house to feed them human snacks!

Our Faith

We met in church youth group in high school so church was the foundation of our relationship and where we made most of our friends through college. In later years we have not been as active, but are now starting to look for a new church to raise our children in. We want a church that embodies 1 Corinthians 13:13 ‘Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love. In a world full of strife and pain we feel that as Christians we should be leading by example with love and kindness.

Our Musical Interest

Between the three of us, we like just about any time of music. Erika grew up singing in choirs and playing in band at school. Erika was a percussionist so during marching band she loved being part of the drum line. Tad loves music and exposes Rory to all types. The two of them recently went to see Shania Twain and loved it.

About Our Home

We are still working on painting and making our home feel like ours but we are really enjoying it. We back up to a conservation area so we have tons of green trees. It is very peaceful with a lot of windows to let light in.

Our Children

Our daughter Rory is 5 years old and in Kindergarten. She is sweet, spunky and thoughtful. Her loves include playgrounds, Barbies, music and dancing. We have taught Rory about her adoption since birth and she has met many of her biological family members. Rory is daring and more outgoing than both of us put together! She loves to learn about the world around her and asks a lot of questions! We are so excited to see her learn and grow as a big sister. She will love your child unconditionally just as we will.

We live in the state of...

Sunshine!!! We couldn’t be more happy with our recent relocation and are looking forward to being able to have an active and outdoor lifestyle. We chose an area and school district that are diverse so that our children can learn and be comfortable amongst all different types of people.

Our Neighborhood

We live in a small neighborhood that has many other families with young children. We live across the street from the neighborhood pool. The beach is about 15 minutes away and Disney is a few hours.

We Prefer a Child Who Is...
Age of Child

Newborn up to 3 years old.

Twins

Absolutely!

Gender

We'd love to raise either gender

Sibling Group

Definitely! With the oldest up to 4 years old.

Ethnicity of ChildWe would love to have a child of any ethnicity.
Future Contact with Birth Family

We are very open to an open adoption with you and your family including photos, letters, and visits. We feel that the more love in a child's life the better!

In Closing

Thank you for taking a look at our family! We appreciate you considering us as adoptive parents for your child. We look forward to getting to know you and your family.

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