I recently had the chance to chat with hopeful adoptive parents Chris and Amanda from Alabama. Before making a decision, 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 asked Chris and Amanda some fun questions that you won’t find in their adoption profile. I learned that they’re a family-oriented couple who are so excited to become parents through adoption!
1. What was the last thing that made you laugh?
“The One with the Holiday Armadillo” – We just watched the Friends Reunion show, which included an appearance from the holiday armadillo. I was laughing really hard, and then Chris started laughing at me laughing. It quickly took a turn to me reenacting the episode because Chris hadn’t seen it. I knew that my acting skills weren’t doing it justice, so we watched it together and laughed even more.
And more we thought and laughed about it, we could absolutely see something similar happening at our house. Chris and I wouldn’t hesitate to put on a crazy costume for our child, and it would be the same for our friends and family. After all, we already have one of those silly inflatable dinosaur costumes from a Halloween party.
2. What Disney character are you most like?
Amanda: I would say Belle from Beauty and the Beast. We definitely have some traits in common. Like me, she loves learning and is a dreamer. She looks beyond the surface. And, she isn’t afraid to speak her mind or stand up for others.
Chris: So, fun fact…Amanda was picked to be in the little skit for Beauty and the Beast when we were at Disney World. She was the dad. It was hilarious. And since Amanda is Belle, that technically makes me the Beast, but I think I am more like Mufasa from the Lion King. Like Mufasa, I care deeply for my family and friends. I am also a teacher; I show my students not only how to play instruments but I also share advice and tips for success. I strive to be kind and fair. I don’t like to see others being hurt or taken advantage of, so like Mufasa, I step in.
3. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
Chris: I am going to assume that Amanda is already there, so I would invite George Lucas. I want to ask him things like what inspired him to invent how he filmed his first Star Wars movie and where Chewbacca came from. And what is it like knowing that his ideas are behind a whole generation of technology creations?
Amanda: Ahhhhh…I am so happy to always be your dinner guest. This is going to make for a really interesting party because it will be you and me, George Lucas, and Queen Elizabeth II. I find the monarchy and its history fascinating; It would be incredible to hear stories first-hand from the Queen of England. As for questions, I would ask her what her most meaningful moments, for her best piece of advice, and about her love of Corgis.
4. If you were a superhero, what powers would you want to have?
Chris: Healing powers. That way, I can help people when they are hurt or sick. It would be amazing to be able to take away people’s pain. I would also want the force like Yoda or Luke Skywalker, so I could move things with my mind and jump really high.
Amanda: I am with Chris; being able to heal people would be incredible. Since he has that covered, I would choose flying. No more being stuck in traffic for me. I could be at the beach in minutes. And I could have dinner or pop in for coffee with any of our friends or family any day of the week, no matter where they live. Yes!
5. As parents, what is something specific you want to teach your child?
Chris: I want to teach our child to play drums. In addition to us spending time together, there are many benefits to playing an instrument like enhanced confidence, patience, and creativity. It helps to improve memory, and you’ll even be more intelligent because it increases cognitive ability. Plus, it is a great way to make friends, a remarkable stress reliever, and opens doors to many opportunities.
Amanda: Yes, our house will be filled with even more banging of drums, singing, and playing of all kinds of music. I cannot wait! As for one thing I hope to teach, it is a love of learning. I want to read books together from day one. We have quite the library going already; it even includes books we loved as children. I hope to learn about our birth mother’s favorites, too, so we can make sure we have those too. I also want to provide opportunities that will help our child learn, like trips, concerts, new experiences, and more.
Curious to know more about Chris and Amanda? 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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