Tuesday, August 31, 2010


We've been so busy so far that I haven't had any time to post on here!  We are settled into our hotel, we made it safely on Monday afternoon.  Today we are going to get Alex!!!  You can see some of the photos we've taken and some explanations of what we've been doing on an album on facebook, just click the Photo below :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Ji-wan is ready for us.  He's got all his paperwork and its time to get him!  We're still working out details, but we could be traveling as soon as Sunday to meet our precious son!  Please join us in prayer during this time! 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Continued Preparation

We still have no news on when we'll be traveling.  Most days that's fine.  Some days we're impatient.  In the mean time we've been enjoying the opportunity to continue preparing to bring Ji-wan home as a part of our family.  We decided to go for cloth diapers with him instead of disposables like we did for Eli and  Anna, and I felt very domestic hanging them out to dry today :)  Little things like this allow me to continue to connect with him even though he is miles and miles away!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Crunch Time

Well, the anxiety and stress has finally hit!  All this time I have been amazed at the peace and calmness with which I've been able to face this adoption (minus a few days of stress here and there), but I feel as though I'm now in a constant state of anxiety.  Never knowing when we'll get the call and having to prepare for not just an international trip for myself, my spouse, and a baby I've never met, I have to prepare childcare for the two we're leaving home during the trip.  Sometimes it all just seems like too much, but then I take a look at Alex's sweet face, take a deep breath, pray for strength and find the will to go on.  Your prayers during this time would be much appreciated! 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Photo Update!

We were lucky enough to get some new photos of Alex today!  They are below.  We also got his well-baby checkup for July showing that he is right around the 25th percentile in height and weight, but continues to be healthy and developing well :)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Kajok = Family

Kajok is the Korean word for family.  This weekend we attended Camp Kajok (aka Korean family camp).  It was hosted by The Korean Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis and put on by Korean Focus - Indiana.  Korean Focus is sort of a support group for Korean adoptees and their families.  It has several social and educational events throughout the year.  We attended a picnic with the group this spring, and loved it right away.  Everyone is welcoming and the fact that the group partners with the Korean Presbyterian church is such a wonderful thing.  The church was so welcoming to all of us and made us feel a part of the larger Korean-American family right away!  We learned so much and the kids had lots of fun.  We are thrilled to be adopting not only our son, but also the Korean culture and all that comes with that!  Enjoy some pictures below and a video of the Korean dance troupe we got to see!

making Gim Bap - yummy!

me in a Hanbok - traditional Korean clothing

watching the jump rope

spontaneous tug-of-war competition

learning about the Dol - traditional 1st birthday celebration

The Korean women's dance troupe

Korean Fan Dance video:

Monday, August 2, 2010

Getting Ready!

Now that the end is in site I finally got the urge to decorate Alex's room.

We did a little honoring of his Korean heritage with a cute poster we bought at Camp Kajok (Korean family heritage camp - more on that later).   The poster shows each of the Korean consonants the Korean names of different items starting with that consonant.  Matt and I are both fascinated with Hangul, Korean writing, and want Alex to be exposed to it at an early age.

We also put up photos of our family so that he can see them every morning when he wakes up :)