Jolene and Mike first bonded over their love for international travel. Their footprints could be found in many continents, including Africa, South America and Asia. It was Ethiopia’s history and culture, in particular, that captivated the couple and even inspired them to adopt internationally. With the help of many, including Dr. Jane Aronson, a global pediatric adoption specialist, they were able to travel to Africa and adopt their oldest child, Ashton Wondemu McGregor, when he was a toddler. They encouraged their son to retain ties with his birth country. When Aston — now 11 — was 5 years old, they took him back to Ethiopia to reconnect with his birth family. In 2010, McGregor gave birth to Helena, whose middle name, “Addis,” comes from the name of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.