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Marisa and Imran Ashraf

  • Christmas is our favorite time of year
  • All smiles in Paris!
  • Holding our nephew for the first time
  • Marisa made friends in Uganda
  • Disneyland!
  • Imran as a Simpsons character!
  • Celebrating our anniversary with friends and family
  • Enjoying the zoo with nephew Kameran
  • Truckee river rafting
  • Marisa loves being an auntie!
  • Tennis with uncle Imran
  • Baking with Auntie!
  • Imran in the classroom
  • At a Sharks hockey game
  • Minty is exhausted after a long day of napping
  • Rye has the most beautiful turquoise blue eyes
  • Decorating the tree with our nephew
  • Selfie with the nephew
  • These are the hills across from our home
  • In Big Sur
  • Hanging out along the coast

About Marisa, by Imran

About Marisa, by Imran Marisa smiles easily and her warm laughter is contagious. She loves kids and is nurturing, patient, and caring. Marisa's hand is the first one that our nephew reaches for when he needs reassurance, and she isable to comfort him quickly when he needs to be soothed. Marisa is going to be a fantastic mom!

Marisa works part-time at a travel company where she gets to create once-in-a-lifetime trips that people will never forget. We’ve been able to travel to amazing places all across the world together through her work. Marisa’s schedule is incredibly flexible and she plans to stay at home full-time for a while once our baby arrives

Marisa's Facts & Favorites

3 Words Describing Me:
Compassionate, loving, humorous

Favorite Food:
All the lunches Imran makes me in the morning :)

I have a B.A. in Social Sciences.

Favorite Games:
I love Trivial Pursuit and any type of pop-culture quiz games.

Weekend mornings at the farmers market, playing outside with our nephew Kameran, browsing through local bookstores.

Favorite Quotes:
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

Our Promise To You

Adoption is not new to us. Marisa was first introduced to open adoption when she was a teenager and a close friend chose to place her daughter in an open adoption. To this day she remembers her friend's courage and selfless love. We’ve always known that open adoption is right for us. We are totally dedicated to providing a loving home to our child, a home filled with laughter and happiness.

We promise that you'll always have an important place in our heart, and we welcome a lifelong relationship. Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about us. We would love to learn about you too, so please contact us anytime!

Our Family and Friends

When we first told our friends and families about our plans to adopt, we were blown away by their genuine excitement and enthusiasm. Our child will be so incredibly lucky to have so many people to love him or her. Imran's sister, her husband, and our wonderful nephews live right next-door and Imran's mom lives with us - a built-in grandma! We see our nephews all the time and they can't wait to play with their new cousin. Also, Marisa’s parents live only a few miles down the road and remind us all the time just how eager they are to become grandparents through open adoption. It’s easy to imagine our family surrounding our child with love at backyard barbecues, movie nights, birthday parties, holidays, and any time we’re together.

Our Home and Community

We live in San Ramon, California, nestled in the east San Francisco Bay Area. There are many great parks and trails within a short walk from our home and our neighborhood is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills that are perfect for family strolls and picnics. We can picture snuggling up with our little one in front of our fireplace during colder nights and enjoying freshly-baked homemade cookies. In the summertime there are sure to be plenty of family fun days at the community pool with all of us splashing and laughing together.

Our friendly neighbors include lots of families with young children. You can see kids riding on tricycles, playing soccer, or just chasing each other around. We know our child will have a blast joining in these activities. Our group of neighbors will often set up tents and games for all the kids to enjoy and our neighborhood is always filled with a lot of laughter.

About Us

Our first date was at an Ethiopian restaurant and we knew we had a special connection right away. After just a few dates, we had fallen in love, and have been inseparable ever since. After a couple years of dating, we were married on a bright summer morning in Berkeley. We have a strong relationship built ontrust, shared values, and a deep respect for each other. We also have a lot of fun! You can often find the two of us singing out of tune to our favorite songs and making up the lyrics as we go along. We make each other laugh and are both so happy to be married to our best friend. We can’t wait to be parents and share our love and happiness with a child!

Traveling is our biggest passion, and we’ve gone on adventures through many parts of the world together. Over the years, we've gone swimming with monk seals in Hawaii, explored the jungles of Costa Rica, wandered through the narrow streets of Venice, and rode on top of a train through the countryside in Ecuador. We have many dreams for continued journeys and are looking forward to introducing our little one to the joys of travel.

About Imran, by Marisa

Imran is an amazing person and I feel very lucky to have him in my life. He is thoughtful, loving, and fun to be around, and he treats me with the utmost care and respect. When I see him play with, comfort, and read to our nephews, I can imagine him showing the same love and tenderness to our child.

Imran teaches at an elementary school and looks forward to going to his class each day. His patient and caring nature come in handy in the classroom, and there is nothing else in the world that he would rather do than help kids learn. His summers off are a definite bonus and will mean lots of opportunities for extended family vacations together.

Imran's Facts & Favorites

I’ve traveled through five continents. Some of my favorite places are Scotland, Morocco, the Galapagos Islands, New York City, and France.

I have a B.S. in Business Administration and an MBA. I also have a teaching credential and a Masters in Education.

I love my job as an elementary school teacher.

Favorite Sports:
Tennis, and playing Four Square, Tetherball and Wall Ball with my students.

Favorite Games:
Boggle, Scrabble, and other word games.

Favorite TV/Movies:
The Office, Man vs. Wild, Twilight Zone, Survivor, Modern Family, Simpsons, Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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