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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Archive for the ‘EthiopiaStudio’ Category

Happy times and high stakes

Warm flannel pajamas and cozy slippers on a brisk December afternoon. Pizza and pretzels, cookies and lemonade. Face painters, costumed characters, crafts. The giddy abandon of parading around a place more typically associated with culture and refinement while blowing on kazoos. A play based on a favorite childhood book. A cast of characters clearly devoted to […]

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Now we are 2

A Sesame Street-theme cake for Tesfanesh and Solomon, now 2. Tesfanesh and Solomon deGuzman — the children I first met as babies in Ethiopia — are 2 years old. They shared a birthday party Saturday with their older brother Musse (who turns 4 this week) at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale. Big sister Jesmina […]

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An Ethiopian adoption story

Brian and Keri deGuzman clasped hands as they walked down the narrow, dark hallway of a small but carefully kept foster home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They peeked through the doorway of a small bedroom. Respectfully, and as they had been instructed, they removed their shoes before stepping from the checkerboard tile floor onto a […]

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