We hope that you feel the love we have to share with everyone around us. Through this beautiful gift of adoption, we will be able to share our love with a child. First and foremost, we want to thank you for considering us. We like to express our deepest gratitude to you. We admire your love, courage, and selflessness through this process. We have always dreamed of starting a family. Although we are unable to have a biological child, our hearts are filled with the desire to be parents. We are grateful that the universe has crossed our paths and because of your strength, we have an opportunity to build the family we have been dreaming of.
Hello! We are Maral and Ray from Los Angeles, California!
We met 11 years ago first through community service at our local cultural center where we would volunteer our time to hand out food to the community. Afterwards, a group of us would gather at a friend’s house to play karaoke and games. That was the first day when we knew things were going to change for both of us. Two years later, we started dating and our story began. We knew right from the beginning that we were going to be together for the rest of our lives.
Adventure It is important to us that our future child see the world and experience all the adventures that we have. We love to travel a few times a year and see new places. We are both adventurous people and love the outdoors from scuba diving to skiing.
Ray proposed to Maral 13,000 feet up in the sky on her birthday! Ray landed first, and when Maral arrived, he was down on one knee asking her to be his wife forever. We were married soon after and bought our first home together. We imagined our family growing in this house. We have a nice backyard and plenty of space for kids to play. We always knew we wanted a big family. Unfortunately, we learned that we were not able to carry a biological child, and then we discovered this beautiful gift of adoption.
Things We Love To Do
- We love to travel all over the world
- We love the outdoors: hiking, scuba diving, or just going for walks around the block
- We love going to concerts
- We love doing community service together
- We both have a sweet tooth
- We give long hugs and saying I love you every day
- We always kiss before we say goodnight
I grew up in Los Angeles, California. My childhood was spent playing outdoors with my brother and all the neighborhood kids. When I was 12 years old, my little sister was born. I was so happy because I became an older sister and mother-like figure in her life.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Cal State University, Northridge. I went into the dental field and discovered my passion for helping people to have beautiful smiles. Growing up, I always loved to cook and bake. So I finally decided to pursue my passion and signed up for a culinary school. After I received my degree, I decided to open my own baking business from home which gives me the flexibility to work and have time with my family and friends.
I believe life should be fun and I loved gaining all these experiences through my passions. I look forward to sharing my love for the world with my future children and having them experience different cultures through food and adventure.
About Maral, by Ray
Maral is one of the most adventurous people I have met. Nothing is too hard or too difficult for her. People are drawn to her calm personality and her creative thoughtfulness. Everyone wants to be around Maral because she can make anyone laugh. She is easy to talk to because she truly listens from the heart. Her love for you shows through her cooking and baking. It is the best feeling when I come home, our lights are on, and the house smells of home cooking and baking. When the holidays come around, she loves to decorate. She brings so much joy and love to our home. Maral's fun & youthful spirit along with her desire to pass down everything she has learned are why I think she'll be an amazing mother!
- My favorite food is soup
- I can recite every Disney movie and Christmas song!
- My favorite TV show is Grey's Anatomy
- I love decorating the house for Halloween & Christmas
- My first job was a lifeguard
- Ice cream is my favorite dessert and I could eat it every day!
- I love drawing & painting
- I used to play water polo
- Purple is my favorite color
- I have a coin collection
I was 16 years old when my mom and I moved to Los Angeles from New York. I was blessed to be raised by such a strong, resilient, and ambitious woman. She sacrificed so much to give me the best upbringing. I went to high school in Los Angeles and made so many wonderful friends who are now like a family to me. All my extended family lives in Northern California, and we visit them a few times a year.
I loved everything that had to do with cars and got into the automotive business. I went to the UCLA and received a degree in business management. Now, I am a general manager for the biggest collision repair company in the world. I am lucky to work for a company that offers flexibility in my work schedule and values the balance between work and family.
I look forward to watching my favorite movies, going on wonderful family adventures, and raising our future child to have the same values I grew up with - being of service to others and having an open heart no matter what life throws at you.
About Ray, by Maral
Ray is one of the most caring and hardworking people I know. He is such a kind and patient man. Day in and day out, he works tirelessly to provide for our family and to build a comfortable life for us. In social settings, he is the one that can talk to everyone. Our nephews and friends’ kids always gravitate towards him because of his playful and gentle demeanor. After 11 years together, he still makes me laugh and smile every day. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t give me a hug and a kiss. He truly is my best friend and I can’t wait to witness him becoming a father.
- My favorite food is steak
- I love playing ping pong!
- My favorite movie series is Marvel
- I taught myself how to ski
- I love to scuba dive
- Blue is my favorite color
- My favorite TV show is Game of Thrones
- Maui is my favorite vacation spot
- I like to restore classic cars
- I’m very good at Math
Family is important to us. Our families live close by so that we can be in each other’s lives, and they can be a part of our future children’s lives. We spend most weekends together. We love having Sunday brunch, everyone meeting at the beach to ride bikes, or getting together to play cards. We are very fortunate to be surrounded by our family and friends who live a short drive or flight away in Northern California. Maral’s parents, Sorina and Ted, and her sister, Ashley, live 15 minutes from our house and we see them weekly. Maral’s brother Amir, his wife Istara, and their son Ayden also live a short drive away. Maral helps out by picking up Ayden from school sometimes. Ray’s mom is 90 years old and lives very close to us. She is super independent and is still able to live on her own. We see her almost every day. She can’t wait to meet her future grandchildren.
Since we both have big extended families, we take turns and alternate our Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations with our families in Los Angeles and San Francisco. These fun gatherings are typically filled with eating until everyone's bellies hurt, plus lots of children running around!
- Decorating the house for the holidays with the whole family
- Driving around the neighborhood to see all the lights and decorations
- The whole family gets together to start cooking the morning of Thanksgiving every year
- After Thanksgiving dinner, we pack up all the left overs and the extra food we made, and drive around and deliver thanksgiving to the homeless.
- Staying in our pajamas and slippers, with Santa hats, all day on Christmas day!
We live in a wonderful community! We live in a comfy three bedroom home, in a suburb of Los Angeles, CA. We have a big backyard filled with fruits and vegetables. We have plenty of neighbors with children, who are always knocking on our door to play. Most of our neighbors have kids ranging from 2 to 8 years old, so there are lots of friends to play with!
- Universal Studios
- LA Zoo
- Hurricane Harbor Water Park
- Beaches and Lakes
- Lots of families!
- California Science Center
- Local Parks and Community Center
We can’t thank you enough for taking the time to get to know us and to read our story. We hope our profile gave you a glance into our hearts and showed you the home we wish to create with your child. We can’t wait to have a family of our own to share our love and experiences with. We promise to give your child unconditional love and support. We will work hard to provide the best them, from education to opportunities in life. We look forward to creating lots of experiences by traveling the world, learning about new cultures, and making lasting memories. We are committed to providing your child with the brightest future and making sure they feel loved every day. We promise that we will always tell your child about you and how much of a blessing you are to our family.