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Ahmad & Elena

Having the opportunity to adopt your child means the world to us. Our journey to this point has been a long and sad one, but the gift of adoption gives us hope that we will one day have the chance to pursue what both of us have always felt in our hearts and in our souls, that we want to be parents one day. We hope that you consider us!

About Us

Project Manager
Contract Specialist
Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor's Degree in Transportation & Economy
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

Deep Creek Lake

We enjoy a variety of different hobbies ranging from both physical to non-physical activities, while our favorite thing to do in the whole world is to see live music! In fact, we first met at a concert and Ahmad later proposed to Elena at a concert. Enjoying music together holds a very special place in our hearts and we cannot wait to share that with our future child!

We also like to go hiking at Sugarloaf Mountain (close to where we live) where there's a vineyard that we stop at after we're done with our hike as we're leaving the state park. This park lets you hike your way to the top of Sugarloaf, where they have an east-facing view and a west-facing view, where you can see beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

We make a trip to Deep Creek Lake, Maryland at least once a year. We enjoy hiking and kayaking there, but our favorite thing to do is to rent a pontoon boat and stream our favorite music as we take our time going around the lake.

We love to watch movies, whether we are relaxing at home or at the movie theater. Our favorites include a range from action movies such as Avatar, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Indiana Jones, to romantic comedies like Love Actually and Eat Pray Love.

Lastly, we love eating at different restaurants throughout Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Annapolis. Our favorite meals include sushi, pho, and any Middle Eastern, Chinese, or Italian cuisine!

What It Means to Become Parents

Elena & Her Nephew

To us, being parents means having the chance to raise a child, and watching him/her grow into a responsible and self-sufficient adult with a family of their own one day.

Ahmad Skiing With His Godson

We were both raised with lots of love, and we have lots of love to give back. We can't wait to love our child, to take our child to different places, expose him or her to people from different backgrounds, different cultures, different foods and different ways of life. Travelling was, for both of us, something very eye-opening, which we want to introduce our child to, as well.

What we expect to like the most about being parents is to see the love in our child's eyes, to make him/her feel loved and cared for, safe and secure. We also can't wait to feel the unconditional love that every parent says happens once you have a child!

Fun Facts About Us:

About Ahmad:

  • I was raised and grew up in Columbia, Maryland.
  • I'm half-Palestinian, half-Turkish, all-American.
  • I have two degrees from the University of Maryland: BS Mechanical Engineering and BA German Language and Literature.
  • I can speak Arabic, Turkish, German and some Bulgarian (thanks to my wife!)
  • I love seeing live music, specifically jam bands.
  • I love spending time with my wife, she's my most favorite person to hang out with in the whole world.
  • I can't wait to be a dad!
  • About Elena:

  • I was raised and grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • I've been in the United States 17 years.
  • My best friend married Ahmad's childhood best friend, and they met at our wedding.
  • I love to run, both outside and on the treadmill.
  • I love seeing live music.
  • I love reading books and discussing them with my friends.
  • I can't wait to be a mom!
  • Photos

    Exploring Prague, Czech Republic
    Exploring Prague, Czech Republic
    Fun at a Hockey Game
    Fun at a Hockey Game
    Elena at a U2 Concert
    Elena at a U2 Concert
    Hiking Great Falls, Virginia
    Hiking Great Falls, Virginia
    At the Grand Canyon
    At the Grand Canyon
    Our Pup, Roxy
    Our Pup, Roxy
    Dewey Beach, Delaware
    Dewey Beach, Delaware
    Dressed Up at an Autism Fundraiser
    Dressed Up at an Autism Fundraiser
    Valencia, Spain
    Valencia, Spain
    A Snowy Christmas
    A Snowy Christmas
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    Exploring Prague, Czech Republic
    Exploring Prague, Czech Republic
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    Fun at a Hockey Game
    Fun at a Hockey Game
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    Elena at a U2 Concert
    Elena at a U2 Concert
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    Hiking Great Falls, Virginia
    Hiking Great Falls, Virginia
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    At the Grand Canyon
    At the Grand Canyon
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    Our Pup, Roxy
    Our Pup, Roxy
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    Dewey Beach, Delaware
    Dewey Beach, Delaware
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    Dressed Up at an Autism Fundraiser
    Dressed Up at an Autism Fundraiser
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    Valencia, Spain
    Valencia, Spain
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    A Snowy Christmas
    A Snowy Christmas

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    We live in Montgomery Village, Maryland and we've been here for a little over two years. We live in a five-bedroom house, with 3.5 baths and plenty of yard space.

    Montgomery Village is one of America's first planned communities, which was founded on the principle of people from various ethnic backgrounds living in the same community in peace, harmony and respecting each other. It's a very 'green' town with lots of trees and parks, bike paths that connect the various neighborhoods and pools.

    One of the things we love about our neighborhood is just how nice our neighbors are. When we moved her a couple years ago, we had four different neighbors knock on our door just to introduce themselves and to welcome us to the neighborhood. We thought this was very special. There are also families raising young children in our neighborhood, so our child (your child!) would fit right in.

    We also have a dog, a labra-hound named Roxy! Elena takes Roxy for her walk in the morning and Ahmad covers the evening shift. Just by being dog owners, we've met so many of our fellow dog owning neighbors, even ones that don't live on our street or close to it, but who've we've run into on our dog walks. These people are so nice that we've befriended two other couples whom we've had dinner and drinks with.

    Our Extended Families

    Ahmad's Family

    Ahmad has an older brother (Temel) and a younger sister (Nahla) who both live in Melbourne, FL. Ahmad's mom also recently moved to Florida after living in Maryland with Ahmad and Elena, and Ahmad's father passed away years ago. We love to travel to Florida to visit along with flying in Ahmad's nephews from Iowa and a niece from Tallahassee, Florida.

    Elena's Family

    Elena's mom lives in Bulgaria (where Elena is originally from, whose father also passed away years ago) and she has an older brother (Anton) who lives in Germany with his wife and two kids, Aleksander and Victoria. Elena also has a niece (Yasmina) who lives in Bulgaria.

    We try to see our families every two years max, whether that entails us flying to Florida or to Europe, or them visiting us. We last saw Elena's family 1.5 years ago when we spent Christmas in Germany.

    Both of our families fully support us in the adoption process. They are very happy to see us on the road to becoming parents!

    From Us to You

    We'd like to thank you for the opportunity to introduce ourselves. We are Ahmad and Elena. We have been married for 10 years, but we've been together for 13.5 years. We love and respect each other very much and we hope to have the chance to share our love and our lives with a child.

    We live in a single-family home in a wonderful suburb of Washington, D.C. Ahmad's mom also lives with us. We've been here for two years and we're here for the long haul. Our house has 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, which is plenty of space. Our neighborhood is very green with lots of parks, lakes and tall 40-year-old trees. It's as picturesque as you can get!

    Ahmad works as a Project Manager and manages the installation of fire, life safety and security systems throughout the entire Metro area. He loves his job! Although it's very challenging and lots of responsibility has been put on his shoulders, it only makes him want to excel, to do the best he can and to keep striving to do better.

    Elena grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria. She came to the United States in 2004 and has since become a U.S. citizen. Elena works as a Contract Specialist for a company that sells and leases big office copiers and printers to large businesses. Elena is very organized, diligent and has a work ethic that's second to none! Hard work was instilled in her at an early age, and this shows in the quality of her work today.

    Our journey up to this point has not been an easy one. We started trying to conceive in 2013. We started with having multiple miscarriages, all around the 9th - 11th week of pregnancy, never making it to the 12-week 'safe point.' We tried getting pregnant via IUI, unsuccessfully. Then we tried multiple cycles of IVF, all unsuccessful.

    After lots of soul searching, we realized that we still wanted to be parents, but we were closing the door on infertility treatments. We now believe adoption is the path to us becoming parents and we are so excited to be on this journey. We dream of parenthood and cannot wait to start this next chapter of our lives together as a family!

    Please know that if you choose us, your child will be deeply loved and taken care of for life. We are open to the idea of an open adoption, one where the birth mom/parents can have contact with the child. We would love to send letters/pictures to the birth mom/parents, to keep her/them posted on the child's development and growth over the years. We are flexible and all we want is to love and to raise your baby the best way we can, and to have you be a part of our lives, to whatever degree you are most comfortable with.

    Thanks and with much LOVE to you,

    Ahmad & Elena


    Matt Damon
    Robin Williams & Robert De Niro
    Jennifer Aniston
    Julia Roberts & Sandra Bullock
    Cats & Dogs
    Tom Friedman
    Maya Angelou
    From Beirut to Jerusalem
    Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything
    Candy Bar
    Super Friends
    Tom and Jerry
    Childhood Memory
    Fishing with my dad
    Always playing outside with my friends
    Childhood Toy
    Matchbox race cars
    Children's Book
    The Cat in the Hat
    New York City
    Classic Movie
    16 Candles
    The Sound of Music
    Day of Week
    Ice cream
    Red Velvet
    Disney Movie
    The Jungle Book
    Mary Poppins
    Dream Car
    Porsche 911
    Alfa Romeo Spider Junior 1300
    Dream Job
    Test Car Driver
    Kid's Psychologist
    Dream Vacation
    A whole month in India
    Family Activity
    Hiking, kayaking, camping, movies
    Walks, Hikes & Camping
    Flower / Plant
    Eucalyptus, lavender plant
    Red Roses
    Pizza, lamb chops, cheeseburgers, ribeye steak
    Sushi & Pizza
    Form of Exercise
    Jogging and lifting weights
    Strawberries & Blueberries
    Guessing Game
    Seeing live music
    Reading & Seeing live music
    Holiday Song
    It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
    Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
    Holiday Tradition
    Grilling rack of lamb on Thanksgiving
    Decorating the Christmas Tree with my family
    Ice Cream
    Cookies and cream
    Cookies N' Cream
    Junk Food
    Cheeseburger & fries
    Leisure Activity
    Motor Trend
    Memory with a Child
    Taking my godson camping with his cub scout pack
    Playing Peek a Boo with my brother's babies
    Memory with Spouse
    The night I met my wife
    Enjoying our vacations is Canada, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain & the Czech Republic
    Movie Munchie
    Popcorn and Coke Zero
    Movie Quote
    "You really are a funny guy!"
    May The Force Be With You
    Movie Type
    The Music Man
    West Side Story
    Musical Group
    Phish, Bob Marley, Widespread Panic, Metallica
    Michael Franti
    Nursery Rhyme
    Humpty Dumpty
    Olympic Event
    Rhythmic Gymnastics
    Personal Hero
    My mom
    My Mom
    The Sound of Music
    Romeo and Juliet
    Maya Angelou
    Quality about my Spouse
    Great communication skills, Smart, Respectful & Helps me grow as a person
    The Rusty Scupper in Baltimore
    Spices Asian Restaurant in DC
    Shopping Store
    TJ Maxx
    One Love by Bob Marley
    Mad About You by Sting
    Sport to Play
    Ping pong
    Ice Skating
    Sport to Watch
    Sports Star
    Ray Lewis
    Green Turtle
    Sports Team
    Ravens & Orioles
    Subject in School
    Thing to Cook
    Ribeye steak
    Time of Day
    5 p.m.
    Go to Deep Creek Lake with my wife every summer
    Every year we go to Rehoboth Beach, DE & Deep Creek Lake, MD
    TV Show
    How I met your mother & Grey's Anatomy
    TV Show Character
    Ally McBeal & Olivia Pope
    Type of Music
    Jam bands, reggae, rock
    R&B, Funk, Rock, Reggae & Oldies
    Vacation Spot
    Rehoboth Beach, DE
    Rehoboth Beach, DE & Deep Creek Lake, MD
    Video Game
    Grand Theft Auto
    Candy Crush

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