Archive for July, 2013


While we are still waiting for a few things to send our packet off to get in line to be submitted to the Korean courts, things are getting a bit more real here at home.

Last week we asked for permission to send our little guy a care package and got approval.  So last weekend we went shopping! It was fun, and yet challenging, We ended up sending him a Lightning McQueen t-shirt, a Playmobil set, and a small photo album with several photos of us and his room. Thomas did a great job selecting some fun photos, providing some written commentary (in English and hopefully understandable Korean thanks to Google translate!). We also sent along a notebook/journal and some sharpies for his foster mom. (Who doesn’t love sharpies?)  So we got the package off in the mail yesterday and are praying that it will be received, and that it isn’t too overwhelming for our little guy!

We also put a photo up on our family photo wall at home.  If you’ve been over, Lucas has probably shown you “my brother”. I think it has helped make it more real for Lucas for sure. He is talking about his brother in Korea and that we should go get him so they can play tomorrow.  Probably most touching was this morning, I’ll call it “A Tale of Two Cars”.

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As you can see from the photo – We have two scale Nationwide cars.  One was given to Thomas by a friend, and when it came home Lucas adopted it. He has played with it hard – it is definitely a favorite toy, even though it was never designed to be a toy. It gets pushed around, the tires changed, checked out under the hood – and who knows what else. On a recent trip to The Iowa Speedway, when checking out the shop and displays, a worker was amazed at Lucas’ racing knowledge, and excitement for the sport, so she gave him another one, which he has asked about MANY times since then, wanting to open it and play with it.  We had planned on keeping it put up for when Luke got older or when the first one was beyond repair.  Well, this morning Lucas found it and brought it to me and asked about opening it – I told him he’d have to discuss it with Daddy later.  He then ran and got his car and told me – “This is my car, that one is for (insert little guy’s name here)”   I asked him, “Are you sure you want [little guy] to have this one? You want to give it to him?”  Lucas said “Yes, that one is for [little guy].”

I am excited that Lucas is getting excited about having a brother. I know there will be jealously, and fights, and power struggles, and I’m mentally preparing myself for that – but for now – Lucas knows he’s getting a brother, knows he wants to play with him, and that he’s ready for him to come home.  So are we.

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What have we been up to?  Well, for all of my camp staff and American Camp Association friends, I can put it like this…

How is an international adoption like an ACA Accreditation visit?  You end up making about 27 copies of the same 5 documents.

It’s not difficult, but you just want to make sure that you get all the right copies to the right places so it doesn’t slow down the process. You want to make sure there are no unanswered questions and everything is signed and notarized where it’s supposed to be.

Otherwise, we are humbled by some great friends who are having a garage sale the next couple of days to help with our expenses. For those in the Des Moines area, you can check out the sale on Horton Avenue in Urbandale – (Craigslist Ad) We know what goes into a garage sale so can’t say how much we appreciate Tina’s hard work and desire to not only help us, but her heart for children in need throughout the world.  And, again, how people who don’t even know us are willing to share items to be sold. Thank you!  Be sure to stop by, enjoy some of the goodies she and her kids have been busy creating and find a few items you never knew you needed.  =)

Mail, Papers and Planning

It’s not a catchy post title, but it’s what’s been going on.  We are officially on to the next phase — gathering documents for submission to the Korean courts.  Today we went for our 3rd set of fingerprints. Hoping it will be the last set for awhile. So will send those off and wait for the response letter to send with the rest of our documents. While we wait I have a few copies I can make and forms to fill out.

We also received 3 short videos in the mail last weekend. We got to see our little guy playing hard on the playground. Let’s just say I don’t have any concerns about his gross motor skills.  In fact, it made me excited about the thought of the two boys getting to play together – of course it makes me a little nervous too!

The trend for great mail continued on Monday, we received notification  we had received an adoption assistance grant from Show Hope.  If you are not familiar with Show Hope – please click on the link to learn more about this great organization serving orphans and providing adoption education and assistance to families. They recently celebrated their 10th anniversary!

As we move forward we ask for continued prayers for:

  • expediency with paperwork, and that all is accepted upon submission
  • that we will be asked to appear for our court date within the next few months so we can be home with our son before the end of the year.
  • Fundraising – including two more grants being submitted, another garage sale, silent auction, selling some collectibles on various sites and some pork sandwiches in there somewhere!
  • That we will be a positive Christian witness and ambassadors for adoption throughout the process and our travels.

We continue to be humbled and blessed by the support of family and friends in a variety of ways. It often comes just at the right time and means more than you know. Thank you so much.