by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Soul of Photography

Sharing Traditions

For the McGraths, family time is treasured time. Encinitas residents for the last seven and a half years, Jaryn and Dylan appreciate raising their four children in a community that mirrors their own values. “It’s a laid-back town but the people have such a strong sense of purpose to help and serve each other,” Jaryn acknowledged.


Serving others is an important part of the family’s annual traditions. Every January, the family hosts an Appreciation Brunch, inviting their children’s teachers, coaches, and church leaders over to their home for a hearty brunch. As a family, they also participate in the Encinitas Turkey Trot and sing in a community Christmas choir. Jaryn shares these ideas for family celebrations, along with recipes, in her upcoming book, Treasured Times. “My book focuses on monthly celebrations from our Valentine Fondue Night in February to our Evening in Jerusalem in April to serving the homeless in November,” Jaryn explained.

Dylan works as a business broker at First Choice Business Brokers and owns a commercial maintenance company. As a broker, “he gets to meet people from different walks of life, and he likes seeing the countless ways that people have figured out how to make a living for themselves,” Jaryn shared.


Parents: Dylan and Jaryn McGrath
Children: Seven (13), Shade (11), Melrose (8), and Gia (6)
Community: Encinitas
Instagram: @treasuredtimes
Parents’ Hometowns: Dylan – La Verne, CA; Jaryn – Capistrano Beach, CA
Parents’ Occupations: Dylan – La Verne, CA; Jaryn – Capistrano Beach, CA
Pet: Solana – Maltese Puppy, just turned 1 on December 8, 2017
Favorite Local Spots: The Taco Stand, Handel’s, URBN, Encinitas Ale House, VGs, East Village Asian Diner, Lazy Acres, and Hansen Surfboards

Seven, their oldest child, attends Diegueño Middle School, and Shade, Melrose, and Gia go to Capri Elementary School. All four children are involved in the Dual Language Immersion Program. Jaryn and Dylan appreciate the opportunity for their kids to learn Spanish. “What we love most about our school is the diversity and the awareness of other people’s traditions and cultures,” they said.

One of the family’s favorite pastimes is spending the day at the beach together. “We love ourselves a good game of Spikeball with friends!” Jaryn exclaimed. When the weather turns cooler, they trade in the sand for snuggling up at home with movies and board games. They also love to travel together and attend church as a family.


“It’s a laid-back town but the people have such a strong sense of purpose to help and serve each other.”

The McGrath family has found the Encinitas community and lifestyle is a perfect fit for their focus on family. “Our goal as parents is to nurture our children with consistent, fun, and meaningful traditions,” they shared, “so that when it comes time for them to leave home, they will be emblazoned with confidence, a sense of belonging and a connection to home.”