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Sohaib & Asna
Thank you for taking the time to read our story. We have so much respect for the brave and loving choice you are making by considering adoption for your child. Our family of 3 is more than ready to grow, and we are honored that you're allowing us to share a bit of our life with you. We hope it will give you an idea of who we are and why we would be good parents.
What it Means to be a Parent
Being a parent is a huge responsibility, but it is a very fulfilling one. Parenting to us, means loving our children unconditionally, caring for them, and being there for them always. It means raising them with good values and equipping them with the tools they will need as adults. Parenting has come with a lot of struggle, patience, and sacrifice. However, it has also rewarded us with a lot of love, laughter, kisses, and cuddles. Being able to spend quality time with our son, Ayyub is our favorite part of the day. Asna reads some of her favorite books to him, such as James and the Giant Peach and Harry Potter. They also bake some of Ayyub's favorite gluten-free treats together. Sohaib involves Ayyub in some of his projects around the house, teaching him the basics of home repair. We like to be honest and open with our son to create a trusting home environment. Our home is also full of fun and laughter. We are always goofing off and being playful with one another. Our parenting style is a balance between love and discipline and we try to focus on being a good person.
We are excited at the thought of being parents for a second time. Sohaib is eager to sing to and play with the baby and Asna hopes to read her favorite children's books to him or her. Ayyub can't wait to dote on and spoil his younger sibling. We look forward to having another child, to meet his or her every need, to providing mentorship and support, and giving him or her lots and lots of love.
We both come from a Pakistani cultural background. However, having grown up in the United States we have adopted American culture as well. We celebrate our favorite holiday, Eid with traditions such as henna, family feasts, and prayers at the mosque with the added American twists of gift exchanges, elaborate decorations, and an advent calendar. We decorate our mantle with an Eid banner, some string lights, and lanterns. The night before Eid we gather at Asna's mom's house and help her prepare for the next day's meal and the women apply henna on each other's hands. On Eid morning, each of us opens one present before we head out to the mosque for prayers and the Eid sermon. Another important time of the year is the month of Ramadan when we fast from sunrise until sunset. Part of the tradition is to wake up before the sunrise to eat a small meal. We have family and friends of different races and ethnicities and love to partake in their celebrations and borrow from their traditions as well. Our family values diversity and we try to expose our son to different cultures and traditions and are raising him to be an accepting and open minded individual. We plan to do the same with our other children as well.
How We Met
We met while volunteering for the Sunday School of our local mosque and both thought very highly of one another. A few years later our families paired us up and there was an instant connection. We had a three month courtship to get acquainted.
During this time we really got to know each other better. We discussed everything from the small stuff like our favorite color to the more important things like our future goals. Asna would bake Sohaib delicious desserts and he would surprise her with gifts. Asna liked that Sohaib was very caring, generous, and attentive to her needs. Sohaib thought Asna was very down to earth and funny.
We soon realized that this is the person we wanted to marry. Soon after we got engaged. We have been married now for 10 amazing years and we still admire and respect each other immensely and are in a loving and committed marriage. Our relationship is built upon trust and communication. We consider each other our soulmates and couldn't imagine life without one another.
Our Extended Families
We have a big extended family whom we are very close to and really enjoy spending time with. Asna's mom, sister, and aunt live close by. We visit one another often and gather together for celebrations. Sohaib's cousins live in the same town as us as well. They all have young children around our son's age and we enjoy having them over for playdates, meeting up at the park, or going out to eat together. Our other siblings live in different states and we love visiting them and spending time with all of our 14 nieces and nephews. A recent tradition we started with Asna's family is yearly family vacations. We rent a big house that fits our huge family, and we travel together to our destination. Most recently, we stayed at a beautiful ranch in upstate New York and visited Niagara Falls. Our families have been extremely supportive of our decision to adopt. They are excited for our son to become a big brother and for us to be parents for a second time and are delighted to be able to welcome another child into our family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a 2 story, 3 bedroom house with a spacious backyard, where we spend a lot of time when the weather is nice. There is a swing set with a slide and climbing wall, and plenty of extra space to run around in. We usually play soccer or throw around the football out there with our son. We also enjoy sitting under the pergola sipping on a cup of tea or glass of lemonade during the day. On cooler nights, we sit around the fire pit, roasting marshmallows and making s'mores. Indoors, we utilize our living room the most, where we do our movie nights and family games. Right next to it is our kitchenette, where we share family meals.
We live in a neighborhood that is very family friendly. There are plenty of parks and playgrounds for families with children to visit and enjoy. We love going to the splash park to cool off in the Texas heat. We also enjoy walking or biking the many trails in our area.
From Us to You
Our names are Asna and Sohaib. We have been married for 10 years and are deeply committed to one another. We are humbled and grateful to you for taking the time to read our letter and getting to know us. We admire your strength and courage in taking this difficult step to choose adoption for your child. We hope as you read this letter, you feel that we are the right match for you and your baby.
Sohaib works as a developer for a telecommunications company. He graduated from a local Islamic Seminary in 2019. Afterwards, he continued working with the institution as a teacher and administrator. He enjoys woodworking and grilling. Sohaib is a very dedicated family-man. He makes sure to spend quality time with his family and takes care of their needs.
Asna is a stay-at-home mom, which she finds extreme joy in. Supporting the family and taking care of them and their needs is incredibly fulfilling for her. Asna recently graduated from the Islamic Seminary and is looking forward to working with the local community. Asna has been around children pretty much her entire life. Growing up, she took care of her younger siblings and cousins. In high-school she began working at a daycare until she graduated from college, after which she began teaching middle school history until she became a mother.
In 2012 our son Ayyub was born. Ayyub is an active but shy, and sweet 9-year-old. He loves doing crafts, reading, and playing soccer. The three of us are a very close-knit family and cherish the time we spend together. We enjoy playing board games, throwing the football around in the backyard, and going to the park. We also like to travel together and take road trips.
We have always wanted a large family and were unable to conceive again after our son. After a lot of prayer, we felt guided towards adoption. We are anxiously awaiting to expand our family of three, and be able to share our love and strong family bond with another child. Ayyub is extremely excited to be a big brother. He is looking forward to sharing his toys and playing with his sibling. He also hopes to help take care of his little brother or sister.
We have a big extended family whom we are very close to and really enjoy spending time with. We both have family who live nearby ?" Sohaib’s sister and cousins live close by, and Asna’s mom and sister live 15 minutes away. Our other siblings live in different states, and we love visiting them and spending time with our nieces and nephews. Our families have been supportive of our decision to adopt and are anticipating welcoming another child.
We are excited and looking forward to bring another child into our loving home. We will love your child unconditionally, encourage his or her hopes and dreams, and nurture him or her to be a good person with integrity and morals. We will send updates about your child in form of letters and pictures. We are open to the level of contact that you would like to maintain with your child. Thank you for considering us as possible parents for your child.
Sohaib & Asna