I recently had the opportunity to interview hopeful adoptive parents Greg and Natalie from Wisconsin. 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 expand their family through adoption!
1. What is your favorite holiday?
Greg: Thanksgiving. We host it every year. Natalie and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen together prepping food. I grill a turkey every year. It’s fun to experiment and try new flavors for the turkey every year. As my daughter Nola has gotten older, having her in the kitchen with us learning family recipes is something very special.
Natalie: Christmas! I love, LOVE everything Christmas. Music, lights, Hallmark Christmas movies! I like going out as a family and picking out a tree as a family. Watching the same Christmas movies every year: White Christmas, The Polar Express, Muppets Christmas Carol, Love Actually, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and even Die Hard.
2. What is something from your childhood that you want to make sure your child gets to experience?
Greg: Spending time outdoors. I was in Boy Scouts and went camping every summer. This is where my love for camping really started. I became a great chef by learning how to cook over a campfire. I spent time at my family’s cabin in Northern Wisconsin, where I would spend hours fishing from the dock.
Natalie: Going “Up North.” I spent most of my summers growing up at my grandparent’s cabin in Northern Wisconsin, surrounded by my aunts, uncles, and cousins. I learned to swim and waterski and would spend hours in the water. I loved to go fishing with my dad and grandpa, play with my cousins, and enjoy nights around the campfire.
3. What is your favorite thing to cook or eat?
Greg: Anything on the grill or smoker. My mom taught me how to grill, and I’ve expanded that into smoking meat. I have learned that on my own, and I like to try different methods to get different flavors.
Natalie: I love to bake! I’m always making something – bread, cakes, muffins, pies, cookies. I’ve passed that on to Nola, and it’s something we do together often. We even made over 300 cupcakes for a friend’s wedding! I love to find recipes and then make them my own with my own flair, which I call “love.”
4. What is your favorite sport to watch or play?
We are HUGE sports fans. We love to watch on TV as well as go to games in person. We are very proud Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks, Wisconsin Badgers, and LSU Tiger fans. We love to cheer on our teams!
We play golf as a family and watch tournaments on TV during the weekends. Natalie is a fan of golf naps!
5. Is adoption a part of your family?
Yes, Natalie’s sister adopted a sibling group from foster care. They are three and two years old, such a fun age! We are so happy to have them in our family and love being aunt and uncle to them. Greg’s sister is also a foster parent. We are excited to add to our family through adoption, and so are our extended families!
Curious to know more about Greg and Natalie? 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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