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KAMP 2017

A couple of weekends ago, we had the joy of attending our 4th KAMP – although this was the first time that everyone but me stayed for the whole weekend (It’s hard for pastors to get the weekend off!) KAMP is a place where families with Korean Adoptees get together to learn about and celebrate their child’s Korean heritage. The kids learn about the Korean culture through language classes, dancing, art and tae kwon do instruction.

Now, you may say, “Wait, you can’t have done 4 because George has only been home 3!” True! We went to our first KAMP, just for the annual Korean meal, just a couple of weeks after we brought George home. The next year we went for Saturday and finally last year we stayed overnight. This year – two nights! ¬†And we had a blast.

The fun part for the boys is that they get to be around kids who are in similar situations as they are. For George, he gets to be around other Korean children which is something that he normally doesn’t get to do. For Luke, he gets to be around other biological kids who have an adoptive sibling from Korea. And, every parent gets the unique challenge that adoption – and international adoption – brings. Special needs? No problem!

The best part of all is that KAMP is growing and growing which is great! The whole family is excited to go back next year. Now – here are some pictures!

Ohana Day 2017

A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of George and I while we were out for Korean BBQ to celebrate ‘Ohana Day 2017. It was on June 23, 2014 that we walked down the side of a Korean mountainside in Il San and walked back up with a very excited 5 year old boy (and a very sleep deprived American family!). And none of our lives have been the same ever since.

Early on, people asked us how things are going with the adoption. My answer then was “Not as bad as I had feared, but not as easy as I had hoped.” People don’t ask any more. Yes, George looks different than we do but the people we interact with understand that he is part of this family and we are part of his. And if they were to ask me today how is it going, now three years into this wild journey, I’d have to say the same thing. “Not as bad as I had feared, but not as easy as I had hoped.”

He sleeps in his own bed now – most of the time. He loves Pokemon and Roller Coaster Tycoon on his tablet. He loves to go to the amusement park and is an amazing swimmer. But most of all, generally speaking, he is finally comfortable as part of the family. He knows that no matter what we love him – even when he makes us mad (Hey, I’m not Ward Cleaver, I get mad sometimes).

He is stubborn, but gentle and kind. He is loving but silly. He is a Cackler boy like the others who have come before him. Yet, like all other boys in this family, he is unique. Not in a bad way, but very much in a good way. And I wouldn’t trade him for anything.

So, happy third ‘Ohana Day (albeit late on this blog). It’s been an incredible five years since we first inquired about you and the last three have been that roller coaster you love so much – fast, up and down and sometimes upside down – but totally worth the ride.

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A Request

I mentioned earlier on the blog that we had the joy and privilege of speaking to a group about international adoption. And, now that our lives have settled into a routine (more or less after almost 3 years!) – I really want to revisit the idea that this blog become something more of an advocacy for the plight of the orphan around the world.

Julie told me today that Luke woke up in the night and went back to bed with George because George likes to have a ‘sleeping buddy’. Lucas then said to her, “It’s time to get another brother.” I think it was because then George would have a sleeping buddy and Luke could get some sleep!

But it reminded me that there are countless children out there right now who need a home and family for their own. So, my request to you today is two-fold:

  1. Will you pray for the plight of the orphan today?
  2. Will you consider doing more than just praying for the plight of the orphan today?

Thanks!

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