5 Fun Facts About Illinois Adoptive Family Nick and Sarah

by | Jan 17, 2023 | Birth Parent Blog

Hopeful adoptive parents Nick and Sarah in IllinoisI recently had the opportunity to chat with hopeful adoptive parents Nick and Sarah from Illinois. 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 an active, outdoor-loving couple and are excited to start their family through adoption!
As Nick and Sarah put it, “It’s always been our dream to be parents together, and we truly believe that adoption is the way for us to grow our family. We’re so excited to adopt our first child!…Our hearts are already excited about the adventures we will get to share with a child one day. We will be there for you and your baby, in whatever ways you are comfortable, and look forward to getting to know you.”

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1. What was your first job? Did you like it?

Detasseling was the first job for both of us, which is pretty common for teenagers in the Midwest. It is a summer job where each person walks down a row of corn and pulls the tassel from the top of the corn plant, which controls pollination.
We would wear pants and long sleeves to protect our skin from the irritation of brushing against leaves all day long. This made it very hot work to do, and it was often very muddy. Nick enjoyed earning his first paycheck. Sarah detasseled for four seasons and enjoyed goofing around with friends and tackling each other in the mud.
Sarah and Nick making popcorn together in their kitchen

2. What is your favorite thing to cook?

Nick: My favorite meal is Cajun chicken pasta. It is made of Cajun seasoned chicken, penne pasta, and a cream sauce; then topped with diced tomatoes and parmesan cheese.
I like that it is a relatively simple recipe, and the result is well worth the effort. We first made this recipe when having some of Sarah’s friends over for dinner, and I’ve loved it ever since. I even make a double batch to have plenty of leftovers!

3. What is your ideal vacation?

Our ideal vacation is a trip that combines both our interests and lets us enjoy time together. For Nick, that means spending time relaxing or playing fun activities like water sports. Sarah likes experiencing a new culture or exploring a historical site.
An example vacation was going to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. We planned our drive through North Carolina in order to see the Biltmore Mansion and attend Mass at a Basilica. We enjoyed a few days on the beach and then spent a day touring Charleston and learning about its history. This made it an ideal vacation since were doing things together we each love.
Sarah and Nick dressed up together on Halloween as a s'mores sandwich

4. What is your favorite TV show or series?

Nick: My favorite TV show is Boy Meets World. I remember watching it as a teenager when the main characters were also teenagers in junior high and then high school. I loved that the show showed friendship, dating, and even the mistakes kids make. The show was entertaining while also teaching good life lessons. I still randomly get the theme song stuck in my head.
Sarah: My favorite TV series is The 10th Kingdom. It came out in 2000 for just one season. It’s a conglomeration of many fairy tales, where the main storyline follows the house of Snow White and a character who stumbles through a portal from New York City.
It’s an adventure story while also touching on serious themes with comedic relief. I now have it on DVD and re-watch it often while working on large craft projects. My brother, cousin, and I quote it to each other often!

5. What is the best gift you’ve ever been given?

Sarah: In the early years after Nick and I were married, he made me a handmade bookshelf for an anniversary present.
I had no idea he was making it. I was working twelve-hour night shifts, so he only had three evenings a week to work on it. He knew how much I loved reading and had my whole life. I loved the adventures I could go on with characters and mysteries to solve as I fell asleep at night, trying to read just one more page.
The time and thought Nick put into making it by hand, a gift to hold some of my most treasured possessions, was what made it so special.

If you’re interested in talking to them as potential adoptive parents to your baby, just text or call Lifetime at
and we can connect you with them.


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Heidi Keefer

Written by Heidi Keefer

Heidi Keefer is a Content Creator for Lifetime Adoption and has over 15 years of experience in the field of adoption. An author of thousands of articles and social media 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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