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Owais & Sartaj
From the beginning of our relationship, we knew adoption would be part of our family plan. We want to thank you for your courage and strength and for considering us. We know we will be awesome parents - we have so much love, laughter and adventures to share. Adoption is the rarest gift; raising your child will be the most important thing we do and we can't wait to begin this journey with you.
What It Means to Become Parents
Sartaj witnesses people becoming parents every day at her job. She loves seeing the excitement, joy and sometimes nervousness of the new parent holding their precious gift. Each time, she thinks about the moment she will one day share with Owais. Becoming parents will fulfill a lifelong dream for both of us. Owais can’t wait to share his love of legos, superheroes and the outdoors with a child. Sartaj is most looking forward to watching Owais become a father and sharing in daily activities such as meals and bathtimes. We are perhaps most excited to discover the world again through the eyes of a child. We can’t wait to watch this child grow, learn and try new things for the first time.
We know that parenting isn’t always going to be easy but nothing in life truly worth doing is. We do not have any children of our own and as our first child we know that we will have a lot of new things to learn ourselves. Even though we know we don’t know everything we do know one thing - this child will be loved and cherished. Your child will always have a hug waiting for him or her and parents ready to raise a smart, thoughtful, curious and kind child.
Life is the greatest adventure and we are enjoying spending it together. Whether it’s being out in the neighborhood or traveling halfway around the world, we always find a way to create lasting memories.
One of our favorite trips was our first trip together, our honeymoon to Greece. Since we have both traveled quite a bit separately, Greece was a country we experienced together. We loved learning about the history of the country, from visiting the Acropolis to running a lap on the first Olympic track. We also spent a couple of days relaxing in the peaceful calm of the islands Mykonos and Santorini.
Stateside, we have continued Sartaj’s family’s tradition of visiting state capitols whenever we visit a new state. We also continue Owais’ hobby of visiting the high point in each state and collecting a souvenir from each climb. Together, we enjoy taking pictures of scenery and try to find unique traits of each place we visit. Owais is an amateur photographer and loves to capture pictures of doors and trees. Closer to home, we also enjoy spending time kayaking, exploring hiking trails and are always “waterfall hunting” (surprisingly there are actually quite a few waterfalls here).
We are both South Asian (Indian) by cultural heritage. We know that it is likely that we will become parents to a child that is not from the same ethnic background. We realize that this will make our family unique and we feel that the best way to address it will be to be honest and open about our differences with the child. By traveling extensively around the world, we have been fortunate to witness and experience many cultures and religions.
We understand that raising a mixed-race family comes with its own set of challenges and we plan on addressing them head on with open dialogue. We plan to educate ourselves on our child’s cultural background and raise him or her to respect and appreciate it. Fortunately, we also have a diverse group of friends who we consider family. We celebrate holidays and traditions special to their culture and invite them to do the same with us. We also enjoy going to festivals and community events hosted by other cultures so that we can learn about their traditions and food. Families come in all shapes, colors and sizes and we believe that the most important thing isn’t the color of our child’s skin or background - it’s whether they feel safe, supported and loved.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our neighborhood motto is "love where you live" and for us, we really do love where we live. Our neighborhood is fairly new and nestled within the Texas Hill Country. The city was recently named the best place to raise a family. Our city is 30 minutes northwest of a major metropolitan area which hosts events year-round with our favorite ones around the holidays consisting of art shows and light festivals.
Our home is on a corner lot off of a private drive, has 5 bedrooms, 4 baths in addition to a movie room and a study. The heart of our home is a large, naturally lit, open concept kitchen/family room. We love hosting and frequently invite friends and family over for dinner and game nights. We also love spending time outdoors. We have an enclosed front courtyard with our garden and the back has a patio and balcony. We enjoy sitting on the patio listening to the creek below our house and watching the birds fly by.
There is a real sense of community where we live. When home, we explore the neighborhood by taking walks and visiting with our neighbors. We often see children playing outside and neighbors walking their dogs. The amenity center is walking distance from our house, and has a gym, swimming pool and splash pad. It hosts events put on by the HOA such as hot chocolate night, carnivals, cultural events and stargazing. We are excited to raise a child in this picturesque family friendly neighborhood.
Our Extended Families
We are incredibly blessed to have a strong, close-knit family that live a few hours from us. Sartaj, a Floridian, moved with her family to Texas as a teenager. She has a younger brother who is married with 3 children. Owais, a native Texan, also has a younger brother who is married. He along with the rest of the family all live within a half hour of each other.
Our parents instilled a strong sense of family within us. Traditions, holidays and celebrations are often shared together. We enjoy family dinners, movie nights and spending time at home joking around, playing games and teasing each other. We also love cheering on our nieces and nephews during school and sporting events. When the family visits us, Owais uses his imagination to create memorable experiences with the children like scavenger hunts. He gets on their level, being silly with them, making them laugh and ensuring that they are having a great time. Sartaj will usually get in on the action in the kitchen, creating fun desserts and dinners with them. Making memories as a family is the best part of spending time together.
It is without a doubt that a child will be welcomed with open hearts and arms into our waiting family. Sartaj’s nieces and nephew are looking forward to having another cousin to play with. Everyone is incredibly supportive and excited to love this new addition to our growing family.
From Us to You
It is nearly impossible to put into words how much we are looking forward to becoming parents. There is nothing in this world that comes close to raising a child, and we want you to know that we would never consider this task if we didn’t feel we were ready for this journey. We cannot imagine what you are feeling as you consider this decision and we pray you find strength during this time.
We would love to tell you a little more about the two of us. We met through a relative of Owais’ who also knows Sartaj pretty well. She introduced us over text and within a week, Owais called! We quickly realized that we truly enjoyed each other’s company and that we wanted to spend our lives together. We were married about a year after we first met and we have been happily married for the past 5 years. We can say life has been an adventure ever since. We are each other’s biggest fans. Sartaj thinks Owais is incredibly smart, funny and talented - he puts together amazing Halloween parties and has the ability to constantly surprise Sartaj. Owais thinks Sartaj is the most generous, kind and caring person he knows. She has an incredible heart and an uncanny ability to empathize and make others feel special. Not a single day goes by that we do not text each other “I love you” at least once. Our relationship is built on mutual respect, trust and most importantly love. Your child will be growing up in a home filled with laughter and love.
Along with our family, our faith and religion is the backbone of our daily life. We know that our immense blessings come from God and we thank him daily through prayers. We find ways to give back and give thanks for these blessings whether through donations or volunteer activities within our community. We plan to raise your child with a strong faith in God, with an awareness of different religions and with a sense of respect for spiritual differences. It is our hope that we will be able to help your child build a lifelong relationship with religion and spirituality.
Adoption has always been part of our family plan. We have dreamed of having several children, both biological and adopted. We have been unsuccessful in having children on our own over the last several years, so we have chosen to put our efforts into adoption. We know he or she is out there and God is waiting for the perfect time to bring them into our life. We also know our families have been excitedly awaiting the day we share news of a new child in our lives. Your child will be surrounded by endless love. We will provide a safe and secure environment for your child to grow up. They will have stability and know that they can achieve whatever they desire.
We write this letter hoping that there will be future communication with you. We want you to make the best decision for yourself and your child, whether your child completes our family or someone else’s. However,if you do give us the honor of being parents we will happily send you photos and letters of your child regularly. We will be open to as little or as much contact you would like.
We believe everything happens for a reason and that if our paths are meant to cross, they will. If we are given the chance to raise your child, our lives will forever be intertwined. Your child will know his/her birth story, and the sacrifices you made for him/her to have the best life possible. Your child will grow up within a loving family who will nurture his or her curiosity. We are excited to begin this journey and would forever be grateful to you for entrusting and choosing us.
Owais & Sartaj
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