Bassil and Elizabeth

Married Since: 2016

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We think the best way to truly show you the appreciation and admiration we have for your brave decision is by giving your child, every single day, the best life they can possibly have. One that is filled with love, laughter, and the opportunity to be whoever they want to be.

Bassil and Elizabeth

from Colorado

 

Bassil

Ancestry: Arab

Religion: Muslim

Occupation: Business Owner

Education: MBA

Hobbies: Soccer, Music, Going to shows, Being in the mountains

Elizabeth

Ancestry: Italian, English, Scottish, German

Religion: Muslim

Occupation: Business Owner

Education: MBA

Hobbies: Watching sports, Movies, TV, Getting outside

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Muslim

Favorites

Bassil

Childhood Memory
The beach! Water, sun, sand, and lots of fun
Family Activity
Playing in the snow
Food
Any type of dessert or chips
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Leisure Activity
Watching sports
Movie
Any action movie
Sport
Soccer, boxing, and football
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night owl
Music
Grew up on 80s/90s music but love almost everything
Vacation Spot
The beach or mountains

Elizabeth

Childhood Memory
Going to my first baseball game
Family Activity
Anything outside
Food
Steak
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Leisure Activity
Watching movies
Movie
The Princess Bride
Sport
Baseball and football
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
Music
Depends on my mood :0)
Vacation Spot
Any beach
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From Us to You

How do you start a letter to someone you have never met who is considering giving you the greatest gift possible, especially knowing that it’s at their own personal sacrifice. We don’t pretend to know what you’re going through, how you’re feeling or what you’re thinking, but all we can say is “Thank you.” We feel a little silly saying that because it doesn’t even come close to expressing our overwhelming feeling of gratitude.  We think the best way to truly show you the appreciation and admiration we have for your brave decision is by giving your child, every single day, the best life they can possibly have. One that is filled with love, laughter, and the opportunity to be whoever they want to be.  We would owe you that, our eternal gratitude, and so much more.

Adoption has always been in our plan. Well, you know how plans go. How does the saying go, man plans and God laughs? Yep! Sounds about right. Our dream is to have three children, so the plan was to have two biological children and adopt a third. Well, after having our first child followed by several miscarriages, we were told we should look for alternative ways to expand our family. Adoption was an important part of our plan because we wanted to do something that was bigger than ourselves. Giving a child the love and support to be the best they can be is how we hope to do this. And to be honest, there was a selfish component here, we love kids so having more just fills our heart!

Growing up we were each blessed to have opportunities in life that many don’t get.  We were each given the chance to get an amazing education that allowed us to succeed. Don’t get me wrong, we each faced challenges and made mistakes along the way (who doesn’t!) but we believe these challenges made us stronger and we learned from our mistakes. OK, sometimes we needed to make the mistake a few times before we learned 😉.  This is why we encourage kindness, inclusiveness, empathy and also strength and resilience. And of course, love and laughter.

We are blessed to have an amazing 3 ½ year old little boy who we love and cherish with all our hearts.  We thank God daily that he is in our lives.  We promise that your little one will be treated exactly the same, with the same love, support, and compassion. Well, with just one difference. We believe it’s important that they know where they came from, their lineage, and about you, their amazing birth mother, and your brave decision to allow us to raise them. We highly value all forms of education, and this includes educating them on who they are, and that includes you.

We dream of hearing the pitter patter of children’s feet running into our room and jumping onto our bed telling us it’s time to get up so they can watch cartoons. It’s amazing to see little ones soak up new experiences and the joy it brings them. We can’t wait to show your little one the amazing snow in Vail as they learn to ski. The excitement of going on a huge airplane that will take them across the ocean. The confused look as they hear different languages for the first time! The amazement as they watch musicians and artists perform in front of their own eyes. And the sense of accomplishment as they score their first goal or hit their first home run. Whatever brings them joy, we can’t wait to bring them more of it.

Our friends and family joke with us about our story because it sounds like the plot of a Hallmark movie. We met at work, fell in love, got married, started our own business, found out we were pregnant a month after the wedding, bought our forever house, and had baby boy just like that! But what makes us prouder is that they also tell us we are kind and genuine people.  We like to laugh and enjoy life, always as a family. Family is our core. We hope we can join you on your journey and that you become a part of our lives by allowing us to raise your child and see them flourish!

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Why we Are Choosing to Adopt

We always knew we wanted to adopt, even before we had our son. The plan was to have two biological children and adopt a third (three children is our dream number). When our son was six months old, we started trying for baby number two. Unfortunately, the next three years were filled with a lot of loss. With this final loss, the doctor told us the devastating news that it would be too risky for Elizabeth to be pregnant again. While this was hard to hear at first, quite honestly it was somewhat of a relief. After the emotional and physical rollercoaster we had been on, we were, in a way, given permission to close the door and move on to our next chapter, adoption. Our son brings us so much joy, we know having another child will simply amplify that joy and happiness. We are so grateful, and incredibly excited, for the journey that lies ahead.

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About Elizabeth, by Bassil

I will be honest; I started to doubt I would ever find the person I would want to marry and spend the rest of my life with. It wasn’t that I wasn’t looking, it was just that I just couldn’t ever see myself long term with the people I met. But that all changed. I remember when I had the realization that Elizabeth was the perfect person for me, for the first time in my life I could see us together, growing old. She brings me peace. And so much joy and happiness.  She sees me for who I am, insecurities, flaws, all of it. She loves me and I can feel it. She is the most kind and caring person I have ever met. I know a lot of people say this type of thing about their significant other, but I know it’s true.  Everyone who has ever spent time with her says that about her. She is truly special. She has such a pure heart. She is never mean to anyone and never talks badly about anyone (that’s why I get the biggest kick that her guilty pleasure is watching the Real Housewives shows!). Never mistake her kindness for weakness though, because Elizabeth is a strong, proud, and extremely intelligent woman (I love to brag about how smart she is!).  She has faced life’s challenges and not allowed them to change who she is. She is not only perfect for me, but she is also a perfect mom to our son.  I see her love and kindness reflect in our little boy who absolutely adores Elizabeth. All I know is that I can’t wait to grow old with her and our amazing (hopefully growing) family!

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About Bassil, by Elizabeth

When I met Bassil I thought he was too good to be true. I didn’t think people like him existed. He just seems too good for this earth. Have you ever seen pictures of older couples who have been married for 60 years, holding hands and looking at each other like no one else in the world exists? That’s us. He makes me feel like I’m living out a fairy tale! It’s hard to find the words to describe how full my heart is with Bassil and what a wonderful human being he is.  He makes me feel whole.

He genuinely wants to help people and make the world a better place. He has an inherent kindness and gentle way about him. He is caring, compassionate but also has a certain strength about him. Everyone who meets him is drawn to his kindness, he is magnetic.

Bassil is a natural father and caretaker. I had a c-section with our son, and Bassil jumped right in, no fear. I was incapacitated for six weeks. I couldn’t hold our son unless I was sitting on the couch, I couldn’t change his diaper. Bassil did it all. He woke up with me for EVERY feeding to make sure I was ok and make sure our son was eating.

Bassil is also an incredible communicator and listener. We talk about anything and everything. But we also have fun with everything we do, because life can be a LOT and sometimes you just have to laugh. I love seeing him smile. It’s heartwarming and calming and makes me feel at ease.

I absolutely believe God put him on this earth just for me. We are completely perfect together. He loves me unconditionally. He is a true partner. He is just a beautiful human being through and through.

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Lifestyle

Overall, we are a pretty laid-back couple. We like to travel (once COVID is over we have a long list). We like to try to travel internationally every year. We love going to museums, the zoo, the park. We have not yet been to the butterfly pavilion, but it’s at the top of our list! We have Red Rocks nearby, it’s the most beautiful music venue on earth. Oh, we love music and going to shows. It doesn’t really matter who or what type of music is playing, we just love to see and hear it! Some of our favorites have been Sting, Thievery Corporation, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, and even the Beastie Boys! We love the mountains. We are lucky to be close to the Rockies. Just as much as we like to be active, we also have our chill moments. Sitting at home on a cold winter day watching movies can be just as rewarding as going for a hike. We’re both big sports fans, soccer, baseball, football and basketball. Luckily, we have plenty of local sports teams here in Colorado.

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Home & Neighborhood

We are blessed to live in our dream home in Colorado. We bought our house with the intention of raising a large family, so we made sure we had enough space for everyone to have their own room, including any guests who came to visit (we always have guests for the holidays, and no one needs to sleep on the couch!). It’s a modern home with an open floor plan and a big kitchen that blends into the living room, which we love.  We believe so much family interaction happens in the kitchen and living room, so this setup is perfect. It’s just meant to be lived in. And it all opens up into our backyard where the kids can play and enjoy the 300 days of sunshine a year (it really is magical). We live in a beautiful, family orientated neighborhood that is very unique. It has a suburban type feel, but also close to city life. It is important to us that our kids grow up around different cultures and experiences that you can only get when you are near a big city. I know everyone thinks Colorado is just about snow, but we usually only have snow on the ground for 2-3 weeks each winter – the 300 days of sunshine melt the snow away quickly! 😉 Colorado is a very outdoors orientated state, which is great for kids. There are always outdoor activities to do in both the summer and winter. We are near the Rocky Mountains where we have great skiing, lakes, hiking trails, and more. We love to drive up for the weekend and just enjoy that amazing fresh air and joys of nature.

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Our Families & Friends

Family is central to our lives. We both have big extended families and want to create our very own “big” family. Even though neither of us grew up in Colorado, we are fortunate to have Bassil’s younger brother and his wife and Elizabeth’s sister, her husband, and nephew less than 20 minutes away.  We dream of having all our kids playing together, growing up together, and supporting one another. Elizabeth’s parents and extended family live in California. Bassil’s extended family lives mostly in Jordan. His older brother lives in Dubai with his wife and two adorable young daughters. This allows us to have fun trips to the coast as well as travel overseas, and it also means we have a stream of visitors to our home. Let’s not even get started with how many cousins we have. 😊 It can be a little bit hectic when we get everyone together, but we wouldn’t have it any other way! Everyone in our family is excited for the new addition to our family. They know the heartache we’ve experienced the last few years trying to expand our family and they are all supportive of our decision to adopt. Every time our son sees us open our laptops he asks, “Is that for my brother or sister?” Everyone is ready to welcome your baby to our family!

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Cultural Diversity

As an interracial couple with a bi-racial son, cultural diversity is important to us. We try to instill and educate our son on his history, culture and heritage, and we’d like to do the same for your child. Your child needs to learn their cultural heritage as it’s a part of who they are. Every culture is unique and should be celebrated through education. We also know first-hand that not everyone you meet throughout life will be accepting of who you are, what color you are, or what you believe in. We wish we could shield children from this but that doesn’t prepare them for the realities of life.  We believe it’s important to raise children to be strong and proud of who they are yet accepting of others. While we may not live in the most diverse city, we are fortunate to live five minutes away from several houses of worship where we interact and bond with people from all minorities, backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities.

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Our Faith

We know being a Muslim family may scare some people. We would be scared too if all we knew about the religion was from the news, TV shows, or the movies. A lot of times people (even Muslims) confuse customs and traditions for the religion.  Islam is about peace, love, and striving to be the best you can be for yourself, your family, and your community. Simply, we believe in one God, the same God who is in the Bible. We believe in the messages from Abraham, Moses, Noah, and even Jesus. We believe in treating everyone with respect, loving thy neighbor, being thankful for everything we have, and helping those less fortunate.  So, you may ask how does this all translate into how we live our lives? We are a normal American family.  We both played sports in college and we even started our own business together (we are in the TV business). Our faith helps us through the tough times, gives us guidance, and makes us thankful when things are going well. Our faith also teaches us the importance of adoption and looking after children that might not be ours. It emphasizes the respect we should have for the child and the importance of raising them like we raise our own biological child. We are open about our religion and would welcome answering any questions you may have!

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Traditions

Our traditions revolve around family getting together. Sometimes, that involves having a good meal, whether it’s Thanksgiving (sometimes pre-ordered from a local restaurant or sometimes Elizabeth cooks), Christmas, 4th of July or simply having Bassil’s brother and wife over on the weekend to hang out. We bought a dining room table that can fit 15 people. One year, all of those chairs were filled with extended family (including Elizabeth’s uncle from Oklahoma) and this year our gathering was much smaller. That is the beauty of our traditions, we have them, but we are adaptable. We also love to have family get togethers in different cities and countries around the world.  It’s an amazing experience to spend quality time with the people you love in new, exciting environments (and occasionally get lost!). We have done this in Boston, Chicago, London, and Jordan to name a few. We had planned on meeting up in Dubai for New Year this past year before COVID hit but hopefully, we can reschedule that very soon!

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Our Promise to You

We will love your child with all our heart and soul, inside and out, to the moon and back. We will give your child the best home we possibly can. We will help him or her grow into the best little human being he or she can be. He or she will be encouraged to grow into their personality, investigate whatever they are passionate about, and be their own wonderful individual little self. We will help them learn about the world around them. They will receive the best possible education so they can conquer the world! Your child’s life will be filled with fun, silliness, adventure, love and support.

We also promise to teach your child about you as you will always be their birth mom.  Their lineage will not and cannot be erased.  We believe it’s important for them to know and understand this because biologically, it will always be a part of them. It’s something that should be embraced. It would be our honor to teach them about the amazing person that was responsible for bringing so much joy into our lives! They should know who you are and the brave decision you took to ensure they have the best life possible. We will make sure they know as much about you as you are comfortable with because the more they know about you, the more they will know about themselves.

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