I recently had the opportunity to chat with hopeful adoptive parents Andy and Jeanna from Idaho. 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 Andy and Jeanna some fun questions that you won’t find in their adoption profile, and I learned that they are a loving Christian couple who believe God has led them to the journey of adoption. Andy and Jeanna are so excited to include a first child in their adventures of traveling, fishing, and family traditions!
1. What is your favorite holiday?
Andy: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s a holiday that I do not think its meaning has gotten lost. It is about good food, good company, and coming together to remember what we are thankful for. There is no pressure to buy the right gift or surprise the right person. It is a time to remember what and who we are most thankful for in our lives.
Every year before grace is that moment to pause and reflect on all that God has done for you throughout the entire last year. In that moment, I realize how blessed I am. My family goes all out, and make everything from scratch. I enjoy the turkey leg from our deep-fried turkey and my mom’s stuffing.
2. What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done? Will you do it again?
Jeanna: Skydiving from 13,000 feet was the most daring thing I have ever done. It is a one-and-done type of activity to me because I love to seek out other, new adventures.
I have also ridden in the stock car in a Nascar race going well over 100 miles per hour and been parasailing high over the coastline of Hawaii with Andy on our honeymoon. I like to be spontaneous and plan adventures on a whim. I look forward to having more kid-friendly adventures that will become great memories for our child once we adopt.
3. What is your favorite sport to watch or play?
We LOVE the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is one of our favorite locations to travel to and attend a game. We once were gifted tickets six rows up from the field. Feeling that excitement and celebration in person was a memory for the books! Bright green is definitely not our color, but we will sport Seahawks gear head to toe to support our team.
Andy grew up in LA, so we also love Dodgers baseball and Lakers basketball. However, we mostly watch those teams on the big screens at Buffalo Wild Wings or in the comfort of our own living room.
4. Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?
Jeanna: I am such a people person so I don’t think I could go a day without interacting with people. Friendship, connection, and making memories with people are definitely more of a necessity to me than coffee or my Tempur-Pedic pillow, which would be my close second choices. Interacting with others is really how my cup feels full.
Don’t get me wrong, I like time alone, binge-watching my favorite reality TV show, but I really feel myself and most joyful when I can be making memories with those that I love or even go through the coffee line and compliment someone on their fabulous heart sunglasses. My love language is quality time, and that couldn’t explain me more. Time with someone, connecting, and not picking up our phones is really the best feeling to me.
5. What is an important life lesson you’ve learned?
Andy: Oftentimes, when things don’t go exactly how you want them to or expect them to, you get advice that can be hurtful. I’ve learned when people have heartache to be quick to listen and slow to speak. That has allowed me to be there for people in their hard moments. This is a lesson I have learned throughout our adoption journey.
Jeanna: Throughout the last couple of years, I have experienced a lot of loss. Through those experiences, I have learned to really value my relationships, and I have learned to place a lot of emphasis on creating memories with those that I love. It’s the people in our lives that have value, not the things.
Curious to know more about Andy and Jeanna?
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.