Liberty Park Living: The Loftin Family

family-portraitStacy Loftin knew exactly what she was getting into when she and her husband Dave bought their house at Liberty Park. An elementary school teacher for 22 years, Stacy began teaching at Liberty Park Elementary School 11 years ago. So it was through her job that she was first able to sample the extraordinary lifestyle Liberty Park affords.

“Liberty Park has a sense of community,” says Stacy. “My neighbors are my friends; they are like family. Since I taught at Liberty Park Elementary, I loved the dedication and invest-ment of the families in their children, school, and community. It was the type of environment I wanted my own children to have.”

Stacy has been married to her husband, Dave, the sales manager for Craneworks, for 21 years. They have a 12-year-old girl named Abigail and 7 year-old twins named Will and Ella. The family has a new puppy named Lucy, and surprisingly, a flock of ducklings the family has adopted.

Dave and Stacy coach one of their daughter’s soccer team. Their two other children play soccer, as well. Stacy also leads a Brownie Girl Scout troop and volunteers with a girls’ Bible group. She is also a member of a book club and a church small group. The whole Liberty Park experience fits the family perfectly. “I felt happiness and comfort the moment I walked into our house. I like how close our home is to the playground and duck pond,” Stacy says.

ducksStacy’s daughter was playing near the duck pond when they noticed a mama duck waddling away from a spot near the park and crossing the street. They investigated and discovered 12 eggs that the mama duck was not taking care of. The family jumped in like a duck to water and took care of the eggs, using borrowed incubators.

“One incubator stayed at school for my classroom children to observe and one incubator went home for my own children to observe. The incubator at home did not have an automatic rotator and my children had to manually turn the eggs three times a day. I love that they had this experience and responsibility,” Stacy says.

“Approximately twenty-eight days later, we began to see the eggs move and hear peeping noises. We were ecstatic about the miracle we were about to witness! Out of the five eggs at home, four of the ducklings hatched. The eggs at school only produced two additional ducklings. It was awesome for the kids to watch the miracle of their birth before their eyes,” she says.

Over the eight weeks after their birth, they grew bigger and bigger and so did their pen, their appetites, and their mess! The ducklings were a tremendous source of entertainment, joy, and learning. After eight weeks in Loftin’s garage, it was time to release them to the pond.

family-on-steps“Fortunately, my husband is a planner and he found a business that sold floating duck houses. With the financial support of our neighbors, Dave built a floating duck house to be their new home. I contacted my students to notify them of the release day and invited them to come. It was fabulous to share this special experience with my class and my family. We were concerned the ducklings and daddy duck would not get along well. We were pleasantly surprised when the ducklings followed daddy duck around the pond and began to mimic his actions. Our family still feeds the ducks each night. They are responsive to our voices, petting, and of course, food. They are part of our family!”

So in yet another way, the experience of living in Liberty Park creates across all kinds of boundaries, even duck and human, a place to call home.

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