I recently had the opportunity to interview hopeful adoptive parents Eric and Megan from Oregon.
Before you choose your baby’s parents, you can speak with several hopeful adoptive parents. Sometimes, it’s nice to just get a bit more info to understand who they are and what they’re about.
I asked Eric and Megan some fun questions that you won’t find in their adoption profile, and I learned that they are a friendly young couple who are excited to start their family through adoption!
1. What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
Shortly after we started dating, Eric shared that he had applied on a whim to participate in a work exchange program in New Zealand for three months! His apartment lease ended, he packed all of his things in storage, and off he went alone on an adventure halfway across the world.
Although we had only been dating three months, he even offered to fly me down to see him on my spring break. We were daring by both our families accounts not only to live that far away for a quarter of a year but also vacation with someone not long after getting to know one another. Little did our families know that we went engagement ring shopping while I was there, and he brought one home to propose with the following year!
2. What was the last thing that made you laugh?
We just went to visit Eric’s grandparents, and they shared quite a funny story. Let us preface this by saying no one was hurt, and that is why we laughed so hard. Grandma and grandpa were taking their daily walker walk to the mailbox to get some fresh air. All was well until grandpa stumbled a little and fell into the large ditch by the road. Grandma, knowing she shouldn’t have, leaned over to try and help him and fell into the ditch as well! They were lying there, two 91-year-olds, with their two walkers, in a ditch, with no way to get out…
Luckily a few moments later, a young couple drove by, screeched to a halt, and offered to help. Grandma and grandpa blushed, saying they could only imagine what the scene must have looked like. They were rescued and spent the rest of the night laughing about what had happened. We had never seen them smile so big telling that story!
3. What’s your favorite fast-food chain? What do you usually order?
Megan: My favorite fast-food chain is Taco Time. My mom introduced me to the crispy chicken burrito one day when we went to the mall and needed a quick lunch break. It was heavenly, crispy…and so tasty I could not believe how good it was. To this day, when Eric and I drive up to Washington to see my family, I ask if we can stop by Taco Time to get one. About a third of the time, he says yes.
Eric: My favorite is McDonald’s. When I was a kid, I was a very picky eater and, therefore, ate many chicken nuggets. Since then, I have greatly expanded my diet, but I just cannot pass up a chicken McNugget meal with french fries. Although, I did upgrade my drink of choice from a Coke to a Diet Coke, so even that has changed a little too.
4. What was your first job? Did you like it?
Eric: My first job was as a youth basketball referee when I was in high school. It was great fun getting to run around with the little kids and blowing a whistle once in a while. However, it wasn’t so enjoyable when the very, very dedicated parents would begin to strongly argue the calls I made. I gained an enormous amount of respect for all referees and the criticism they are able to handle. Fun? Maybe… A good life lesson? Definitely.
Megan: My first job was working with my dad at sports team photoshoots for the YMCA when I was about ten years old. I would write the kids’ names down and the identifying number of the photos that my dad captured behind the lens. Like Eric, some parts I enjoyed while others, not so much. I did not like getting up early on Saturdays to stand in a wet field when I would rather sleep in or watch cartoons. However, I did enjoy being given a big responsibility and talking with parents and players about where to line up and how to efficiently get the team through the line. I liked making my dad proud.
5. What is something from your childhood that you want to make sure your child has or gets to experience?
An experience that I had when I was a kid and that Eric has shared with me as an adult was Christmas time near the Cascade Mountains in central Washington. My family has owned a cabin there since before I was born. During the winter, the town is covered in snow and Christmas lights that sparkle. On one of the weekends, they have a winter festival for kids, where they can make paper lanterns, drink cocoa, watch sled dog races, and sled at night on the little hill in town. It makes a magical time of year even more special! Also, it’s brought out the Christmas spirit even more in Eric when we walk through the market at night as adults!
Curious to know more about Eric and Megan? You can view their adoptive family profile online.
If you’re interested in talking to them as potential adoptive parents to your baby, just text or call Lifetime at
1-800-923-6784 and we can connect you with them.
As the Vice President (VP) of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.
Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.
As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.