There's something magical about the 9-month mark with a biological child. You've probably seen the 9 months in/9 months out photos circulating from new mothers. It's a time when personalities are starting to emerge, tangible preferences arise, first words are imitated, foods are explored, and babies are no longer content to sit still in one … Continue reading 9 months home
One moment we are in the comfortable lobby of an adoption agency, the smells of coffee and smoothies drifting in from the café run by single mothers next door. A woman in her 60s is holding a curly haired boy. His hand grips her shoulder as she gently places him on the ground and holds … Continue reading The Journey Home
Hallelujah, we got a court date! In one month, we will hop aboard a VERY long flight so we can meet our little boy! On this trip, we will meet Sam twice for one hour on each visit. Then we will go before a judge to answer questions about things like our motivation to adopt, … Continue reading We’re going to Seoul!
The quick version of this update: We were submitted to court in Korea on 8/23/18. Both birth parents were notified of the pending adoption and received those notices in early September. So we now are waiting for the judge to assign us a court date so we can meet our baby boy face-to-face! The long … Continue reading The days are long, but this year is short.
It's happening! We were really approved! I was elated, but not suprised. Last week, Josh hopped in his car and heard "Do it Again", the song with the beautiful lyrics, "I've seen you move, you move the mountains. And I believe I'll see you do it again." That song has been dear to me, so … Continue reading EP Approval!
We got Sam's one-year developmental update, and it has absolutely made my day! I was just sharing with friends recently that I love getting his photo every month, but I'm longing to learn more about his personality. Prayer answered! I don't want to share too much and risk getting myself in trouble, but here are … Continue reading Sam’s developmental update!
We received the i600 Notice of Transfer letter today! I think I mentioned previously that the i600a was to approve us as a family to adopt, and now i600 approves Sam specifically. Basically, this part of our paperwork goes to Seoul until our adoption is finalized in Korea. Meanwhile, we are just waiting on EP … Continue reading Last bit of paperwork
We shipped out Sam's birthday gift! It's in a 12 x 12 x 12 box, so it won't be delivered the way the standard small care packages are sent. Thus, I have no idea when it will arrive in Seoul. I'm hopeful it gets there by his birthday checkup, but he may not receive it … Continue reading Sam’s Birthday Gift
"I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27: 13-14 I keep trying to write this post, but I am so overwhelmed with gratitude that I just keep stopping to pray "Thank you, thank you, thank you." We heard … Continue reading WE MADE IT: EP Submission!
I feel like I've been trusted with such a precious thing, and I hope that I can tell it well. Life is now broken up into two parts: Before Sam and After Sam. When you think about it, all major life changes work that way. There's before college and after, before marriage and after, before … Continue reading Our own little miracle — i600a approval