Several weeks ago I heard terrible news from a couple (Amy and Doug) adopting from Ethiopia through our agency. Their sweet baby boy, Tamirat, had died from complications from pneumonia before the adoption process was completed. They never got a chance to meet their son, or to hold him, or to stare into his eyes. But they already loved him so much.
I had only been following Amy’s blog for a short period of time, but I was blown away by their story. I couldn’t even fathom what they were going through. I still can’t, of course. What a tragedy, on so many levels.
Amy and Doug are in the process of grieving, but while they work on healing, they have also taken steps to honor Tam’s memory in a wonderful way. They’ve created Tam’s Miracle, a web-based greeting card line consisting of adoption announcements, thank-you cards, shower invitations, and so on. The cards are really cute and they feature children of different races. 20% of the proceeds will be donated to Wide Horizons for Children Ethiopian humanitarian projects. I definitely plan to use some of these when our time comes!
What a fabulous way to turn tragedy into something positive, and what a wonderful way to honor the memory of the son they unfortunately never got to meet. I’m pleased to report that Amy and Doug are also back into the adoption game, and they’re now waiting on a sibling referral. I know we all wish nothing but the best for them.