Family

Family is important to both of us, and adoption has always been a part of our families’ stories. Jay and his sister are both adopted and so are Staci’s cousins. Adoption was the obvious choice for us to build our family.

Staci, Jay and Cody Monster on the cliffs overlooking the ocean near Bodega Bay.

Staci, Jay and Cody Monster on the cliffs overlooking the ocean near Bodega Bay.

We plan to share child care duties and take turns staying at home. We want our child to enjoy as much time as possible with aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents, but we also have an extensive network of friends who are looking forward to playing a role in our child’s life. We also want to bring our child’s birthparents into our family mix. They too will be important part of our child’s life.

Jay is the youngest of two children. His older sister, Kim was adopted from South Korea five years before he was adopted. Kim now lives in San Francisco along with her husband, Robert, and their daughters, Mia and Ellerie. We love getting together with them and visiting local science museums, parks and playgrounds.

Staci is the oldest of three girls, and from an early age she enjoyed playing teacher. She often held classes for her sisters and the younger neighbor kids. She was also very passionate about journalism and worked on newspaper staff in middle school, high school and college.

We look forward to raising our child surrounded with love from our friends and family. What’s the saying? “It takes a village to raise a child.” We really, truly believe it.

The Cody “Monster

Our dog, Cody.

Our dog, Cody.

We have a seven year old lab mix named Cody aka “Monster.” Staci calls all dogs “monsters” so his nickname in no way reflects his personality. Cody Monster is the most gentle, easy going dog we have ever met. He loves chasing balls and swimming (when he gets the chance). Cody gets to run around with his dog friends in a play group five days a week. It’s great exercise and usually wears him out. He comes home in the afternoon and plops down on “his” spot on the couch and doesn’t move until dinner.

During our family’s holiday get together in 2011, we rented a house in Dry Creek for 11 adults and four children under the age of six. This was the first Cody has really been around young children and we were delighted at how well he fit in. The kids chased him around and pulled his tail a couple times, but he remained calm, cool and collected. Our three year old niece fed him a little turkey and he now has a new best friend.