Hopeful adoptive parents Eric and Danyelle in IllinoisI recently had the opportunity to interview hopeful adoptive parents Eric and Danyelle from Illinois.
Expectant mothers have the opportunity to speak with waiting families before they make their decision, but sometimes it’s nice to just get a little more info to understand who they are.
I asked them some fun questions that you won’t find in their adoption profile, and I learned that they are a wonderful couple who are so excited to expand their family through adoption!

1. What 3 things would you take with you on a deserted island?

#1: A plastic tarp to collect fresh rainwater, to haul things around, and turn into a sail for my eventual escape.
#2: A rope that I could use to make a fishing net and to create an axe by affixing a rock to a stick. I could then use this to start a friction fire to keep warm at night and then use the rope to tie chopped logs into an escape raft.
#3: A sturdy knife which would be helpful for many things!
Danyelle: I’d take Eric because he’s clearly practical and would be helpful in escaping! My other two things I’d bring are a long thriller/crime novel I’ve never read and Chapstick!
Eric and Danyelle adding new plants to their garden

2. What would a perfect day look like?

Eric: A sunny but temperate day, probably by the ocean so I can feel the breeze, where I am experiencing something new with my family. I would have woken up feeling rested, active, and adventurous without any preoccupations or obligations on my mind.
There would also be some delicious food involved too!
Danyelle: A perfect day for me would be one where someone else did all my chores and prepared me a fabulous meal! I’d spend my whole day outside feeling the sunshine on my shoulders and feeling connected to nature.

3. When you were a kid, what did you absolutely love to do?

Eric: Ride my bike with my friends, run after the ice cream truck, and go to the movies. I have always loved playing with Legos, too, and I spent hours building things in my childhood basement.
Danyelle: I loved putting on plays with my sisters. I would direct them. We’d make costumes and then practice for days before putting on the plays for my mom in our living room. I have many great memories of those plays!
Eric and Danyelle having a movie night with their kids

4. If you could only eat one meal the rest of your life, what would it be?

Eric: Probably something relatively healthy with a small amount of something indulgent like a kale and spinach salad with pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and walnuts, and a piece of fried halloumi (salty cheese from Cyprus) on top.
To drink, definitely sparkling water.
Danyelle: Cheese fries, a salad with vinaigrette dressing, and a chocolate milkshake.

5. What is your ideal vacation?

Eric: Being able to experience some sort of unique work of art, ruins, or a cultural wonder – like the Great Pyramids of Egypt. I think the ideal vacation would have to be somewhere in the Mediterranean with a lot of fresh food and involve being on a boat part of the time – like a sunset cruise.
Danyelle: I dream of one day taking a trip to Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia. It would be a mix of relaxing on the beautiful beaches, experiencing the food and culture, exploring the coral reefs, and adventuring through the outback.


Curious to know more about Eric and Danyelle? 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
and we can connect you with them.


Heather Featherston
Written by Heather Featherston

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.