I always wanted o 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 souther cooking, southern hospitality, and I can even speak “southerner.”
We all get ready together in the morning then I drop Mable off at preschool three days a week before heading to my job at Apple. I’ve always been a “Mac fanatic” and I love working on software for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
Our weekends are usually pretty packed – playing with friends, visiting local parks and musuems, and flying. But in my spare time, I like to work on projects around the house and on our airplane.
I never hesitate to start a tickle fight because I love hearing the sound of baby giggles.
We started out as friends. We met through a mutual friend in Lawrence, KS when I was in grad school. It wasn’t until Jay accepted a job in Tennessee that we realized we missed each other. Jay came back to visit a couple months after he had moved and decided we had to be together.
I realized that I was in love with Jay when I saw him walk through the gate at the Kansas City airport. We had been friends for more than a year, but after he moved to Tennessee, I hadn’t seen or talked to him in two months. Suddenly, I just felt this warmth…. He was walking toward me with this big grin on his face and all I wanted to do was hug him. It took us a few days, we talked and talked and talked and then I told him I needed him to kiss me. Because I just needed to know if there was anything there. Sure enough, there were sparks! It was literally the Fourth of July in Kansas and the fireworks went off.
Jay has amazing eyes. He smiles with his eyes. His eye colour changes too – we joke that it changes with his mood. Sometimes his eyes are green, sometimes they’re grey and sometimes they have sparks of yellow in them. You can read a lot in his eyes.
What I love about Jay is his soft side. He’d do anything for his family and friends. He’s always very supportive of me and makes me feel loved. Our relationship is amazing because we are connected. We share the same values and life goals – like having a family, living in a big city and experiencing all that life has to offer. We respect each other as individuals and give each other room to grow and learn. Jay’s also very social, for a geek. He lights up a room with his eyes and his smile when he walks in. His warm personality, humor and sincerity endears him to everyone who meets him. Jay loves people! I feel lucky to be the girl he picked, he could’ve had anyone.