I recently had the opportunity to interview hopeful adoptive parents Bryan and Michele from North Carolina. 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 adopt their first child!
1. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Michele: Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher. I had some of the best elementary teachers. One that sticks out is my second-grade teacher. I later had the privilege to work with her as a colleague.
My fourth-grade teacher also made a huge impact. I remember finding a love of reading after listening to her read is The Boxcar Children. I also remember all the girls in her class got to go to her house for a sleepover. It was from these wonderful experiences that I always said I wanted to be a teacher.
Bryan: I wanted to be a naval pilot because I wanted to fly. I loved playing with airplanes as a kid and then later admired their speed. I then thought of being a firefighter and have had the opportunity to be a volunteer firefighter for the past 25 years. I ended up opening my own business for lawn care and hauling. I get to work outside and have some of the best customers, which I have grown to feel are part of my family. I also enjoy this because my dad has had the opportunity to work with me since he retired 15 years ago. I wouldn’t have traded this opportunity for anything.
2. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas is our favorite holiday. We love to go and look at Christmas lights and enjoy listening to all kinds of Christmas music. We also enjoy watching Christmas movies like the Polar Express and classic cartoon shows like Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman. We also enjoy our candlelight Christmas Eve service at church. A Christmas tradition that we’re excited to share with a child is opening one gift on Christmas Eve. The rest are left for Christmas morning.
3. What 3 things would you take with you on a deserted island?
Bryan: Three things I would take with me on a desert island would be a knife, compass, and matches. I feel like with those items, I could cut small branches for fire and use the knife to help with scaling fish. A compass would ensure that I never get lost because no one else would be able to find us. I would have matches to help start a fire. I know this seems very realistic, but I do feel I could survive with these things.
Michele: Well, since my husband is bringing all the practical stuff, I can bring some fun stuff. I would take a device to play music, but that would not need batteries or a plug. I would also make sure to bring a camera to be able to document our journey there. I would also make sure to bring lots of shoes. I really don’t like walking outside without shoes, and I do not know how long we may be there.
4. What is your ideal vacation?
Our ideal vacation is a one-month trip to Italy and France. We would love to explore Venice and ride the gondolas. We would also love to go to Rome and explore the Colosseum as well as the Vatican. Of course, visit the beautiful Tuscany. We would then love to travel to France to see the Eiffel Tower and explore some of the beautiful vineyards.
5. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? Why?
Bryan: Given the choice of a dinner guest, I would choose my grandfather so I would have the chance to hear some of his stories about family and how it was back then. I would love to learn anything I could because he was so good at so many things.
I would also love to have dinner with my great grandmother because I really like to know my family history and to hear all the stories that you always forget to write down but always tell.
Michele: This is a hard one. I would love to sit and talk to my grandmother. She died when I was five weeks old, so I never got the chance to know her. I still have the little pair of red moccasins that she bought me before I was born. I would love the chance to get to know her and her all about my mom growing up.
I would also love to have dinner with Sarah from the Bible. She did not think she would be able to have children, and then she did when she was much older. I would just love to hear her story and how she felt dealing with this during her life.
Curious to know more about Bryan and Michele? You can check out their adoptive family profile online.
Heidi Keefer is a Content Creator for Lifetime Adoption and has 15 years of experience in the field of adoption. An author of thousands of blog posts over the years, Heidi enjoys finding new ways to educate and captivate Lifetime’s ever-growing list of subscribers.
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