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Ethiopia – I gotcha!

I was running errands yesterday afternoon when Keri deGuzman called to invite me to her daughter Jesmina's "I gotcha!" party. "Every year, on the anniversary...

Ethiopia – what not to wear?

Even for a trip to a third-world country I need a fashion consult. In many ways, I'm more concerned about what I should wear...

Ethiopia – preparing my head and heart

Whenever I tell someone I'm going to Ethiopia, they say, "You must be so excited!" And of course I am. But there is something else...

Ethiopia: Time to book our flight!

It wasn't quite 6:30am. I was sitting on my living room couch, as I often do in the morning, writing a new blog post...

Ethiopia: a tentative timetable for travel

When I woke from a deep sleep in the murky pre-dawn hours, I remembered a dream. In my dream, I had two weeks left to...

Flooding forces a confrontation with fear

My sister-in-law Sally has been following my blog posts on the flood that forced us to evacuate our offices June 2. Sally is a professional...

THE BABIES! And I don’t mean the movie…

I was sitting in a wi-fi cafe in a Seattle grocery store during a visit to see my brother when the call came. It...

Starting to bond, from 9,000 miles away

I can't show you the full pictures. I wish I could, because the faces are achingly sweet and enchanting. But until a certain little boy...

Ethiopia: It’s time to start believing

For months I've been telling people that I'm going to Ethiopia. In some small part of my mind I wasn't sure I really believed...

Ethiopia: more delays and waiting

I don't know how they stand the waiting. I'm impatient and I'm just going along for the ride. Brian and Keri deGuzman of Paradise Valley...

Ethiopia: the babies await

Every night before they go to bed, Jesmina and Musse deGuzman say prayers for their new little brother and sister. Jesmina, who is 3, asks...

The stories behind three remarkable moms

This web-exclusive article supplements our May 2009 print feature story, "Oh, Mama!" in which we published the essays of the winning cover mom and...

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