Hopeful adoptive parents Shannon and Matt on a walk in their neighborhoodBefore 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 recently had the opportunity to interview hopeful adoptive parents Matt and Shannon from Virginia. So, I asked them 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 your favorite holiday and why?

Shannon: Christmas has always been my favorite holiday because of the excitement and anticipation that come with Christmas. It always makes me feel like a kid again, and I never get tired of the magical feeling it brings.
Growing up, my mom would decorate the whole house at the beginning of December (which I now do with our house), and then we would go pick out a tree together. We would drink eggnog and listen to Christmas music while we decorated. Finally, we would end the season with a Christmas Eve party and a big Christmas day feast with my extended family. We do many of the same traditions today, and I can’t wait to share them with our child one day!
Shannon and Matt ready to picnic in the summer

2. What is your favorite thing to cook or eat? Share the story behind it!

Matt: Turkey! Shannon’s mom gave us a turkey roaster when we were first married. Thanksgiving 2020 was the year I worked up the courage to try using it. My grandmother made amazing turkey roasts. She was very proud of how moist her birds turned out and would frequently remind everyone of that fact by constantly saying, “My turkey isn’t dry!”
We enjoy carrying on the tradition by reminding each other, “Our turkey isn’t dry!” with a laugh. I started a new tradition naming the turkeys in alphabetical order “-bert” names. We started with Albert, then Bert, and next year’s will be Calbert, etc.

3. What is your greatest accomplishment so far?

Shannon: When I was little, I was really shy. If we saw someone I knew out at a store, I would pretend like I didn’t see them or hide to avoid saying hi.
Five years ago, God placed me in a new teaching position at my school that pushed me outside of my comfort zone. It forced me to be more comfortable talking in front of people.
My biggest accomplishment was giving the maid of honor speech at my sister’s wedding in front of over 100 people! To this day, my mom says she can’t believe how confident I seemed!

4. What did you want to be when you were a kid?

Matt: I really wanted to be a medivac helicopter pilot – which is ironic because I’m pretty risk-averse as an adult! Flying a chopper seemed so exciting, but I also wanted to help people.
I would always draw pictures of a kid flying a helicopter with a red cross on it. I started turning the drawings into stories, but I didn’t know how to read or write, so I made my gracious mom write the stories down for me. She still has the pictures and short stories!
Matt and Shannon hiking near the ocean

5. What is something from your childhood that you want to make sure your child has or gets to experience?

Shannon: Some of my favorite memories as a kid were when I got to spend one-on-one time with my parents, like them coming to have lunch with me at school or taking me to the grocery store to pick out donuts for the family.
I want to make sure I do those small, simple things that just mean spending quality time together.
Matt: Opportunities to travel. I grew up in a small town, but my parents wanted me to know that it’s a big world with lots of different people and places – so they were very good about taking me to new places.
I got to go to different summer camps and even abroad a few times. Shannon and I still enjoy traveling to new places to see different cultures. Travel gives you new perspectives, both on the place you visit and a new appreciation for the things that make your home special.

Curious to know more about Matt and Shannon? 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.