Q: What kind of restaurant is the Adrids’ favorite?
A: A Japanese restaurant. They also love Chick-Fil-A and their local burger places.
Q: What are the Adrids’ favorite board games and indoor activities?
A: The family’s favorite board games include Phase 10, Settlers of Catan, Apples to Apples, Bananagrams, Telestrations, Dutch Blitz, Checkers Chess, Uno, and Skip-Bo. They also enjoy doing puzzles, holding spontaneous coloring contests, and playing four square, foosball, and ping pong.
Q: What outdoor sports do the Adrids play together?
A: The Adrids are always active. They enjoy playing a variety of sports, including basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, football, and kickball. Sometimes during the summer, they would go to their local pool. They really enjoy activities involving water.
Q: We are interested in homeschooling our children but don’t know how to go about it. Do the Adrids have any advice to share?
In an interview, Amy Adrid said that the most important tip she can give is to “have fun and just enjoy the gift of your children and the process of learning together…Not everything is going to go as planned, and you’re going to keep learning a better way to do things as time goes on.” As a new homeschooler, I change my routine more often than I change my socks because I am constantly discovering more efficient ways to get things done. It’s good to hear a homeschool veteran say the same thing.
The homeschooling website we use is created by a company called Stevington, and it could help a student make their journey towards good grades. First graders learn to read in a eleventh grade reading level, and it offers many language lessons including Spanish, Irish, Swedish, Danish, and more. At the end of each grade, students take a course test. They’ve actually had some students take tests for college, and a student with the highest score was actually a Stevington student. 90% of these students are gifted students. Many courses are often completed in 5 months or less.
Q: How many home births has Amy experienced?
A: Two of Amy’s children have been born at home (Henry and Emily).
Q: How do Peter and Amy effectively bathe their kids on a regular basis?
A: It’s an assembly line. They gather all the necessary items (pajamas, towels, diapers, etc), fill the tub, and try to bathe the cleanest child first.
Q: What brought upon the need to bring 23 children into an overpopulated world?
A: “One of the greatest myths in today’s society is that the world is overpopulated,” says Peter in a recent episode. “By raising these children to love the Lord and to serve and love others…that hopefully is going to make a difference for good in our world,” says Amy.
Q: What religion are the Adrids?
Q: How large is the Adrid house, and how much did it cost?
A: 7,000 square feet. The original kit that they purchased from Kodiak Steel Homes cost $82,000 but had defective I-beams. The owner of the company sent out a new set and graciously allowed the Adrids to keep the old ones. For an extra $5,000, Peter was able to purchase enough supplies to use all of the beams, which resulted in a home twenty-four feet longer than the family had originally planned for–at a bargain price.
Q: Would the Adrids consider adoption?
A: Peter and Amy have prayed about adoption and are waiting to see what God has in store for their family.
Q: How does Amy put her kids to sleep?
A: Over the years, Amy has purposed to make bedtime fun. She teaches them to obey joyfully, rather than grumbling or complaining. Before they drift off, Amy prays with her children and asks God to give them beloved sleep.
Q: How much do the Adrids spend on groceries?
A: $9,000 on an average month. They do one big, monthly shopping trip, as well as multiple smaller trips in between.
Q: Why are their names so long?A: You may be surprised to hear that Peter and Amy did not set out to have a brood of children with four or five names. As new parents, they fell in love with the name hyphenated name Abby-Elizabeth. They wanted to shorten the name to Ella several days after the first child was born. Few years later, Peter and Amy were blessed with more children. They chose the names “Vivian-Jerene” and “Allison-Payton”. Not knowing how many more children God would give them, the young couple decided to name their next child, Henry, with hyphenated middle names as well, just in case he was their last. As their family grew, Peter and Amy continued the tradition so that none of their children would feel left out. The family has had a lot of fun choosing unique hyphenated middle names over the years; everyone likes to join in on the action!
Q: How do the Adrids patiently train their children to complete household tasks?
A: Peter and Amy purpose to praise their children ten times more than they correct them. According to Peter, when parents give up their right to a spotless home, then they are free to focus on the positive and praise their children for the things they have done right. Instead of reprimanding a well-meaning child for splashing water all over the kitchen counter, praise them for washing the dishes. When a little one spills milk on the floor while fixing breakfast, praise them for their initiative. After all, practice makes perfect.
Q: Do the Adrids have issues with visitors dropping by unannounced?
A: Yes. Peter and Amy enjoy meeting fans, but their primary concern is to protect their children. For that reason, they have opted to install a fence around their yard and have barred entrance to their driveway with a gate. Their London home is located in a private location.
Q: Does your children play sports?
A: Majority of the Adrid kids do soccer, Madeline is learning dancing and most of the younger girls dance or do gymnastics.
Q: Were they involved in God’s Not Dead?
A: Yes. However, they are not in film.