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Hopeful adoptive parents Cody and Ashley enjoying a walk together with their dogsLast week, I got a chance to meet up with and interview Lifetime adoptive couple Cody and Ashley from Colorado over Zoom. 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 Cody and Ashley some fun questions about subjects you won’t see on their adoption website, and I learned that they are a young, active couple who are so excited to become parents through adoption!
 
Cody and Ashley embrace each other

1. What is your greatest accomplishment so far?

Our greatest accomplishment is honestly our relationship with each other and family. Throughout the past ten years, we have both gone from clueless teenagers fresh out of high school to mature professionals with established careers that have started building a family of our own.
 
Being a strong support system for each other has allowed us to reach many of our goals and aspire to find new ones together constantly. We live the cliché “best friend” relationship every day when we share laughs, adventures, and meals.
 
We wouldn’t have it any other way as we know that a united front as parents will provide our children with consistency and a foundation to grow their own relationships.
 

Both of us grew up traveling with family and have continued that as a couple. We especially love road trips, as it leaves time to enjoy the little things along the way to the destination, whether it’s a nature trail, wildlife, or silly roadside attraction.
 

2. What is something from your childhood that you want to make sure your child has or gets to experience?

Both of us grew up traveling with family and have continued that as a couple. We especially love road trips, as it leaves time to enjoy the little things along the way to the destination, whether it’s a nature trail, wildlife, or silly roadside attraction.
 
Cody and Ashley pose by the beach while on vacationOur travels, small and large, resulted in opportunities to see and visit new places, partake in new experiences, and learn about the world, all while having quality family time. Thrills and splurging on once in a lifetime opportunities like zip lining, swimming with sharks, and touring the Louvre Museum are always fun. However, we find the most enjoyment somewhere we can do outdoor activities like hike, fish, enjoy nature, and get away from the crowds and noise.
 

3. What is your favorite holiday?

Cody: My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. In our family, it is a time when family and friends can get together to eat, play games, watch football, and just enjoy each other’s company. There’s no worry about fulfilling the materialistic necessities of other holidays like Christmas, Mother’s Day, or Father’s Day. I strongly believe that quality time with family is more valuable than any physical gift or holiday celebration.
 
Ashley: Although I agree with Cody that Christmas can often be associated with materialistic necessities, I still love Christmas. To me, Christmas is not only that magical Eve and Day with family but the weeks leading up to it and after.
 
I find the generosity of others so uplifting during this season. As part of one of the service organizations I belong to, we buy, wrap, and help Santa deliver presents to foster care children within our community during a fun-filled Christmas Party.
 
Hopeful adoptive parents Cody and Ashley pause during a walk with their three dogs

4. As parents, what is something specific you want to teach your child? Why?

As a family, we find so much value in the human-animal bond that we will teach our children to appreciate all things that animals provide us. Our pets make us laugh, provide cuddles in the evening, and give us partnership for hikes and walks.
 
Aside from our indoor pets, we want our children to understand the importance of other animals in our daily lives. Our food just doesn’t come from a package in the store. We want to teach our children that by putting time, compassion, and energy into an animal such as a beef steer, a pig, and even our laying hens, they provide us with food and nutrients.
 

5. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Cody: Probably pizza! There are so many different options! I could find a new combination every day (even though I’d probably pick pepperoni every time…)
 
Ashley: Mac and cheese! From classic Kraft Mac with some hotdogs to homemade Mac with chicken and green chilis like Cody often makes, there are so many things to add and try. Cody has even made a Thanksgiving Mac with turkey and cranberries that is actually really delicious! Sure, I’d have to add some vegetables to be “well-rounded,” but who could deny some good ol’ comfort food?

If you’d like to learn more about Cody and Ashley, you can check out 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.

 

Heidi Keefer
Written by Heidi Keefer

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.

Heidi has a keen eye for misplaced apostrophes, comma splices, and well-turned sentences, which she has put to good use as a contributor to Lifetime’s award-winning blogs. She has written and published hundreds of adoption articles which explore the various facets of domestic infant adoption today.

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