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Jay and his sister are both adopted and so is our daughter Mabel.
Hi, we are Jay, Staci & Mabel. Thank you stopping to read our story. We admire you for considering to place your child for adoption and we look forward to getting to know you. We live in Southern California and our family loves riding roller coasters at Disneyland, swimming in the ocean, reading books and flying around California in our airplane. Staci is a college professor and Jay is a Disney Imagineer. We have two dogs, Cody and Bo. Our daughter Mabel can’t wait to be a big sister!
We weren’t able to conceive after years of trying and we knew there were many different ways to create a family. Adoption was a natural choice of us because Jay and his sister were both adopted and so were Staci’s cousins. Our daughter Mabel joined us through open adoption in 2013.
Our relationship with Mabel’s birth mom is very special, and one reason we chose open adoption again.
Home Is Wherever We’re Together
We live about 20 minutes east of Los Angeles with our five-year-old daughter Mabel and our dogs, Cody and Bo.
We’ve been together for 13 years and our relationship is built on love, communication and teamwork. We work as a team to manage the household duties and take turns cooking dinner, walking the dogs, giving baths, and reading bedtime stories.
I always wanted to fly airplanes and live in California, and now I do both. I’m a private pilot, and we own a small airplane. The whole family loves to go flying – dog included! We love taking day trips to cities around the West Coast, constantly searching for the best hamburger in California.
I was born in Nebraska and adopted when I was a month old. Adoption has always been a part of my life. When I was six, my family moved to Greenville, South Carolina, which I consider my “hometown.” I love southern cooking, southern hospitality, and I can even speak “southerner.”
We all get ready together in the morning before I head to my job at Disney where I’m an Imagineer.
Our weekends are usually pretty packed – playing with friends, hanging out in our backyard, visiting local beaches, parks and musuems, and of course, flying. But in my spare time, I like to work on projects around the house and on our airplane. I’m also coaching Mabel’s softball team this year.
Growing up I knew I wanted to explore the world. I grew up in Topeka, Kansas but I’ve been able to live in some amazing cities like Seattle, Knoxville, New York and San Francisco. Now, I call Southern California my home.
I love singing and dancing to Disney songs around the house, and I can often be found baking or decorating cakes or cupcakes for my family’s birthdays and holidays.
Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I love creating costumes for the family and decorating our house.
I’m also learning sign language. We introduced Mabel to sign language when she was a baby and found we still use it sometimes today to communicate with each other. I wanted to learn more so I’m taking an online class once a week.
I’m an assistant professor at a private university where I teach communication. I get long winter breaks and summers off! My schedule is flexible so I can take Mabel to ballet class, MyGym and swimming lessons. And of course, we go to Disneyland A LOT!
Mabel is the happiest, chattiest kid, ever! She loves climbing, twirling, dancing, singing and playing with her dogs and friends outside. She takes swim lessons and gymnastics and recently joined her first softball team.
Mabel is a compassionate, curious child who loves to read books, do art, play games and tell jokes. She attends kindergarten at our local public school just a few blocks from where Staci teaches.
Mabel has a big heart and a sweet personality. We know she will be the most amazing, caring big sister! She is constantly talking about the things she wants to teach her sibling and looks forward to welcoming another child into our family.
Cody aka “Cody Monster” is an 13 year old Lab mix. He’s the most gentle, easy-going dog we have every met. He loves chasing balls, squirrels and gophers, and he’s great with kids. Cody is very excited about welcoming a baby into the family. He loves the extra crumbs and belly pets!
Bo is our newest addition to the family. She’s a 1-year-old Lab mix. She has lots of puppy energy and loves running in our yard with Mabel. Bo completed doggie training classes and passed with flying colors! She follows Cody and Mabel everywhere and will certainly enjoy having another little one to play with.
We Believe In Laughter, Hugs & Kisses
Everyone is a unique individual, and we don’t think there is one “right’ way to parent. Our basic approach to parenting is to teach our children to be kind, considerate and respectful of other people’s feelings and grow up to be the best adults they can be.
We both believe strongly in the healing power of a good cry and a good laugh. We tell a lot of jokes and like to give each other a hard time. It’s all in good fun!
We want our children to experience as many different people, places and things as possible, so they grow up appreciating all that the world has to offer.
Life is meant to be enjoyed and we plan to enjoy every minute of it! We love that parenting gives us an opportunity to explore the world and learn as our children learn.