5 Fun Facts About Illinois Adoptive Family Nick and Shannon

by | Oct 4, 2022 | Birth Parent Blog

Young Illinois couple Shannon and Nick are hoping to adopt!I recently had the opportunity to chat with hopeful adoptive parents Nick and Shannon 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 a fun, active couple who can’t wait to grow their family of 4 through adoption. As Nick and Shannon put it, “We have always known that adoption was meant to be a part of our story, and feel that God is telling us that now is the time! We are excited to now start this journey with you to grow our family!”

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1. What is your favorite holiday?

Our favorite holiday is most definitely Christmas! Growing up, it was always an exciting and magical time of year for both of us. Now, it is still exciting and magical, but for different reasons.
We love that the weather slows down and forces us as a family to slow down and genuinely enjoy being together. Whether it’s playing games, watching movies, or roasting s’mores in our fireplace, it’s a season of giving, and we enjoy spending this time helping our community in need.

Nick and Shannon's home decorated for Christmas

Nick and Shannon’s home decorated for Christmas

We enjoy showing our children what helping others and giving looks like. It is also a big time for our church community. We host a Bethlehem walk, where our church is converted back to the time of Jesus’ birth. It involves costumes, acting, food, live animals, and walks our community through the story of Jesus’ birth and resurrection. Our hearts are truly fulfilled during this entire season.

2. What is an important life lesson you’ve learned?

We can both say that an important life lesson we have both learned, along with a lot of others, is learning how to be okay with failing, why it’s important, and why we learn so much from it. As adults, we have both quickly learned that we want to fail. We understand now that failing is not something to be scared of, but actually excited about. Failure means that you showed up, you were vulnerable, and you were able to learn a valuable lesson from that failure.

3. What would a perfect day look like for you?

A perfect day for us would look a little something like this: Traveling somewhere in our camper with our children. We are all enjoying the sunshine, and the nature around us, playing, laughing, fishing and adventuring throughout the day without the distractions of everyday life.
Shannon and Nick ready to take their RV on a fun family tripIt would probably involve hiking, biking, swimming, lounging around, or all of the above. Nick would cook us an amazing dinner on the grill.
We would then enjoy some campfire stories, s’mores, and catching lightning bugs. Finally, we’d watch a movie on the projector with some popcorn and fall asleep soundly in our cozy camper.

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

We both answer at the same time, BREAKFAST. Nick is an amazing cook in general, but he is REALLY good at cooking breakfast. Everyone is always begging him for a breakfast omelet, and our children can’t get enough of his eggs or Mickey Mouse pancakes. We enjoy our special Sunday morning breakfasts at home.

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

Oh gosh, where do we begin? The first thing that comes to mind is a book we have called “Most People.” Most people, we are told, love to smile and laugh. Most people want to help other people. Most people love the sunshine. Most people are good. Some people aren’t good, of course, but if you could line up all the good people and all the bad ones, the line of good people would be much, much longer.
Nick and Shannon pose for a photo with their two sonsThat simple reasoning is perfectly pitched for our children, who enjoy piecing together the story-within-a-story of the two main characters as they illustrate the messages of the text within the context of their own lives.
The book “Most People” works especially well because it doesn’t just tell our children to “be” good. Instead, it shows them how to “do” good.

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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