Hopeful adoptive parents Sara and John from WashingtonI recently had the opportunity to interview hopeful adoptive parents John and Sara from Washington. When you’re thinking about adoption for your child, you’re able to talk to hopeful adoptive parents before making your decision. By chatting with them and asking them questions, you can get the full picture of the adoptive couple as potential parents to your baby.
I asked John and Sara some fun questions that you won’t find in their adoption profile, and I learned that they are a loving Christian couple who were called to expand their family through the miracle of adoption!

1. What is your ideal vacation?

Give us the beach! Park the car, leave the keys and technology behind, take in nature’s beautiful scenery, and breathe in the salty coastal air.
Our vacation priorities are walking along the beach, splashing in the waves, and relaxing on a porch swing. We spend the daytime soaking up the sun at the beach and exploring new hikes. The evenings are spent BBQing and roasting smore’s.
John and Sara with their daughterOur ideal vacation is being able to unplug and be away from the hustle and bustle. No itinerary, no strict agenda, just relax and remember you’re on beach time!

2. What is your favorite holiday and why?

Sara: I love Christmas! The music, the lights, the decorations, the traditions-I love it all!
My favorite part of the Christmas season is spending time with family and making memories. Every year, we do 12 days of Christmas, where we do something special as a family every day.
Sometimes we do big things like going to ZooLights or the Christmas light maze. Other days we do simple things like watching a Christmas movie together or reading a new book.
We always have a family baking day at my Aunt’s house. Every Christmas Eve is spent at church observing the true reason for the season and then making a birthday cake for Jesus!

3. What is a piece of advice or a life-tip that’s always stuck with you?

John and Sara playing a fun game of bocceJohn: One of my favorite books is Quiet Strength, written by Tony Dungy. One of the best takeaways from the book is to build mental fortitude and tackle life challenges with a practical and calm approach.
Recognizing that negative emotions can detract from negotiating a difficult situation encourages me to switch gears and focus my attention and energies on a positive mindset and perspective. This advice has helped reduce my stress levels, decreased wasted energy, and will stick with me forever!

4. What was your first job? Did you like it?

John: My first job was working as a Sales Associate at a local sporting goods store. I worked primarily in the footwear department, fitting, sizing, and organizing shoes.
While the job itself was tedious at times organizing rows and shelves of shoes all day only to witness customers undoing any semblance of organization at lightning speeds, it did come with a good experience.
I value the development of customer service mentality, learning the importance of listening before suggesting, observing, and responding to feedback to target the desired outcome. I did not find retail an enjoyable work experience, but I can certainly appreciate how it drove me to focus on a career path that I enjoy in Physical Therapy.
Sara and her daughter baking at Christmastime

5. What is your favorite thing to cook?

Sara: I really enjoy baking! Many of my favorite childhood memories are baking with my grandma whenever I would visit her house.
Now that I’m older, my passion for baking has only grown. Cookies are my absolute favorite thing to bake. I have my own chocolate chip cookie recipe that always seems to be a hit with our friends and family.
For significant family events like weddings, birthday parties, and graduations, I always make a cookie table filled with rows and rows of everyone’s favorite cookies! I will spend days baking and decorating all different kinds of cookies. It makes my heart happy! Baking is one thing I definitely look forward to doing with my children one day.

Curious to know more about John and Sara?
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.

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