So, Korea was great. The beautiful mix of old and new, modern and ancient. We were able to visit 4 different cities. Seoul, Pyongtaek, Uijongbu and Ilsan. Schools in the first 3, baby girl in the last.
Baby girl’s name is Julianna, by the way. Her Korean name is Yeon-a.
Now I’ll tell you about the visit. We were driven to the orphanage by our social worker. She was so helpful and sweet…and spoke English! Ilsan Orphanage has a few different houses that are home to the residents. It is mainly for moderate to severe special needs’ children–they can stay there as adults, too. It’s a sweet place. Our girl has some developmental delays and was placed at this orphanage so she could receive therapies. She goes to Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy. She goes to preschool off campus. And, she loves yoga. (yes, yoga) Apparently, they have yoga at school. We took some snacks and a book with a strap that she promptly turned into a purse. She got mad at me for not giving her the snack container and snatched my glasses right off my face:) I thought it was pretty awesome…..I’m glad she has spunk! They told us that she’s very silly and she’s not as aggressive towards other kids now. (UH-OH!) Oh, and she knows a few English words, including “tank chu”. She went right to Sean and seemed to really take to him. It was very sweet. We spent about an hour and a half with her. We had prepped ourselves to enjoy the visit and not be emotional when we left. But boy, was it hard to leave her there. In an orphanage.
Mixed emotions is an understatement. I’m thankful for her caring, sweet caregivers. I’m sad that she’s there. Glad that it’s available for people who need it. Sad that people need it. Happy that we’ll be able to bring her home next year. Sad that it takes so long. Thankful for time with my boys to prepare their hearts for our new addition. Sad that she’ll have to grieve her losses when she comes home with us.
In the meantime we’re …
Waiting on the next pile of paperwork needed. We’re focusing on the fact that she’s being taken care of and loved. We’re hoping that we don’t run into any roadblocks along the way to slow the process down. We’re thankful to be a part of her life.
You can: pray for this whole process and all of its details, including our boys, Julianna and her huge transition that’s ahead. Be patient that we’re not posting pics yet. I’m not quite ready to have them on FB, but I’ll be glad to show you when I see you. We’ll keep you posted!