Our story, like many others begins with infertility. After five years of fertility treatments and five pregnancy losses we were given the most perfect gift, a son, through domestic adoption. Our process went very smooth. We had contacted a private adoption attorney and almost three months later became a family. Our son was 12 hours old the first time we held him in our arms. I will never forget that moment of becoming a family.
We pursued the domestic route of adoption to add a sibling for Anthony. This route became heartbreaking as we had three failed adoptions. After each heartache we felt that our family just wasn’t complete yet. Our path turned to International Adoption and Ethiopia.
We choose a agency, Dove Adoptions International and worked on getting all our paperwork assembled in a orderly fashion. The waiting for our referral was so difficult. We would daily wonder “is today the day we will receive the call about our child?” After 135 days of waiting we were referred a beautiful, healthy baby girl who was seven weeks old. She was given the name of Tsegereda, which translated is Rose. She came from a city of Roses, Awassa, Ethiopia and would join her forever family in the City of Roses’s Portland, Oregon. We gave her the name of Annie Rose.
Our sweet Annie Rose just turned two years old last week. The time has flew by way to fast. On her birthday as many days before, our thoughts were with her first family. The family who gave her life and made that most difficult decision to place her in a safe place. I wish with all my heart that somehow they knew how much this child is loved by so many people. We hope that somehow a half a world away in a little village of Awassa, Ethiopia that this first family who gave her life can somehow know that our family thanks them for this most precious child.