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Addis Ababa - New Flower

Our social worker frequently says that one of the best gifts that adoptive parents can give their children is to have a love and respect for their birth country and birth culture. We wholeheartedly agree! Adopting from Ethiopia makes that a piece of cake. We absolutely fell in love with the country and the people. The capital city, Addis Ababa, means "New Flower" in Amharic. And for good reason! The flowers there are amazing. We were told that many of the annuals that we plant in the US are native to Ethiopia. So in this post, I thought I would share some videos of the beautiful gardens at the Toukoul Guest House where we stayed.

As for a family update - we are finding our rhythm as a family of five. We have been home for two weeks and I am just starting to feel like myself again. It was tough shaking jet lag coming home! Indigo is enthusiastically embracing her sister now which is making life much easier. We are so in love with Evie and it feels like we're settling into a routine. We are so happy to all finally be together!


  1. Oh! You didn't stay at the new TGH hotel? I was at Mr. Ferez's house for 4 days due to over-flow and then while a big AA group was there (new hotel) the Dove families were at Mr. Ferez's house.

  2. Meg,

    We stayed at the TGH the first half of our trip and spent the second half of our trip at the hotel.

  3. You have enchanted me with your descriptions of Ethiopia!

    The flowers are gorgeous and get me wistful for our Spring blossoms!

    SOOOOO happy to hear that all is well & right in your happy world! Jet lag IS tough!!


  4. You brought back such warm memories! Thank you! The beauty of Ethiopia never ceases to take my breathe away. I find it over and over again in their natural environment and citizens! I am so happy to hear that you are finding your rhythm! Now that Indie is hooked in, I imagine the two of them will be inseparable! Hugs!


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