Gayl and Jacob
Dear Birth Mother
We are excited to introduce our family, but first, we want to recognize your bravery and compassion demonstrated in your decision to consider adoption. We are Gayl and Jacob! We are honored that you are taking the time to learn about us, and we promise to love and support your child through life and to let them know the incredibly loving sacrifice that you made. Our inability to have biological children has led us here, and your selflessness gives us an opportunity for hope, and to build the family we have always dreamed of. We have so much love for each other, and so much more love to give to a child!
Having a child has been something that we have both always wanted, but we knew that it would not be an easy road. When Jacob was 17 years old, he was diagnosed with leukemia. When his doctor told him that he most likely would not be able to have children due to his treatment, he felt fortunate to be alive, but understandably sad as well. We are happy to say that Jacob is healthy and has been cancer free for 16 years! We are ready to start our family and have decided that adoption is the right path for us.
About Us: We grew up 10 minutes away from each other but didn’t meet until we were older. We were introduced by a mutual friend who Jacob was originally setup with, but she thought that I would be a better fit for him, so she gave him my number and the rest is history. The day that we met it felt like we had always known one another.
Our relationship is filled with love, laughter and adventure and we cannot wait to raise children in San Diego surrounded by our loving family and friends.
I was born in Virginia and raised in San Diego. I come from a loving family including my parents and brother, Ari. My parents are from Mexico City and I grew up in a bilingual home. I have the most supportive parents who always encouraged me to follow my dreams. They instilled in me the confidence to achieve anything I put my mind to, which helped me battle cancer, complete an Ironman and become a doctor. I love being active, especially outdoors! I enjoy going for runs with Gayl and our dog Alfie and I just recently started golfing. My family is very important to me and I value all of the time I get to spend with them.
I graduated with a degree in Bioengineering, and after working as an engineer for a few years decided to go back to get my medical degree. I am currently an emergency doctor, which allows me to help others, as well as provide for my family. I have a flexible schedule that allows me to be present for all of the important family events.
By Gayl: Jacob is the most driven, kind, intelligent, family-focused and loving husband. He is constantly making me laugh and helping me to see the good in every situation. He is calm and patient and I know that he is going to be the most incredible father.
Some of my Fun Facts and Favorites:
- Childhood Activity: Playing soccer with friends
- Children’s Book: The Little Engine That Could
- Kid’s Movie: Big Hero 6
- Dessert: Ice Cream
- Languages You Speak: English, Spanish and a little Hebrew
I was born in Winnipeg, Canada and moved with my family to San Diego at the age of 11. I am forever grateful for my childhood. My parents were married for 40 years before my mom passed away. I grew up in a loving and fun home along with my two brothers, Ryan and Jordan. My parents instilled kindness and loyalty in us. They also gave us the opportunity to explore the world as a family. I have carried on this love of travel, as Jacob and I continue to explore the world together! I love reading, hanging out with family and friends and going on walks with Jacob and Alfie.
I graduated with a degree in business and worked in marketing for a movie studio before going back to get my master’s degree in communication disorders and sciences. I am currently a speech-language pathologist at our neighborhood elementary school. Helping students in special education is the most rewarding work I have ever done. I know I am fortunate that Jacob’s job will allow me the flexibility to take time off when we welcome our future child home. I do plan to return to work eventually but look forward to devoting my time to being a mother.
By Jacob: I don’t know how to describe my wife in 2-3 sentences, but Gayl is the most loving, caring, and thoughtful person. She is always looking out for and taking care of me, our dog, and our extended family. She checks in with our friends and family on a regular basis, and always knows what is going on in everyone’s lives. I have no doubt she will be a wonderful mother.
Some of my Fun Facts and Favorites:
- Childhood Activity: Going to the park
- Children’s Book: I Love You Forever
- Kid’s Movie: Shrek
- Dessert: Popsicles
- Languages You Speak: English, Spanish and a little bit of French
Our Home and Community
We live in a safe, quiet, and family-friendly neighborhood in San Diego, California. We love living just a short walk from hiking trails, a bike path, parks and playgrounds, tennis courts, a pool and a basketball court. We are a short drive to many restaurants, the beach and our family! There are so many fun things in San Diego that we look forward to sharing with our future child, such as baseball games, the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park, Balboa Park and so much more. The weather is beautiful year-round, so we spend a lot of time outdoors! Our school district has some of the best public schools in the state of California.
Our Dog, Alfie: Alfie is our two-and-a-half-year-old energetic and fun-loving Portuguese Water Dog. Alfie loves going for runs with us, playing in the pool with our nieces and nephews, running around dog beach, going to the dog park and taking agility classes with Jacob. He has a lot of energy but is gentle and loves being around kids!
Our Family and Friends
We both come from very large and close-knit families. Gayl’s dad, her two brothers, two sisters-in-laws, and seven nieces and nephews, all live close to us and we love spending time with all of them as much as possible. We have weekly family dinners, pool days, beach days and we are lucky enough to cheer our nieces and nephews on at soccer games, flag football games, baseball games and dance recitals. Jacob’s parents live five minutes away from us and are ready to share their unconditional love with their future grandchild. Jacob’s brother and sister-in-law live in Chicago but have plans to move back to San Diego in the future. Jacob’s extended family, including his grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and cousins’ children all live in San Diego as well, and all twenty-one of us have dinners together every Friday night. We also love doing escape rooms with the whole family and celebrating birthdays and holidays together.
Family Traditions: Every year, we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, Passover and Hanukkah! It is always filled with dogs, kids, laughter, and a lot of delicious food. It is important that we raise our future child not only to embrace our culture, but theirs as well. We will teach them about diversity and the value of embracing all cultures, religions, and traditions.
Along with our large family support system, we also have a very tight knit group of friends in San Diego. The majority of our friends have children, and we are excited for our child to be able to grow up with such a fun group of friends.
In Closing: Thank you so much for considering us. We promise to dedicate our lives to giving your child a loving home, a bright future, a strong education, and a supportive family. We promise to be your child’s biggest cheerleaders and to support and encourage them on whatever path they choose. We promise to nurture honesty and open conversation, making sure your child will know your strength and selflessness in the choice you made. Above all, we will do everything we can to make sure your child feels happy, healthy and loved unconditionally.