Well, Julie backed me into a corner and said that I would write an update about some additional generosity we have received. Since I promised I would get this updated by the end of the weekend, I guess it’s now or never.

One of the cool things that I did when Lucas was born was purchase a nice fountain pen to use to sign all the birth records for him with the plan of then putting it up for his 12th birthday. I really wanted to do the same thing for our other little guy but I wanted that pen to be a nice pen from Korea. The plan would be to sign all the adoption paperwork for him, put it up for him and give it to him on his 12th birthday as well. So, over the past few months, I reached out to my fountain pen geeks and asked if they knew of any pen stores or brands in Korea.

I had several people suggest stores, but they mainly sold pens made elsewhere and not in Korea. I was getting frustrated when a kind Korean gentleman stepped up and said, “I have a special pen, made in Korea that I want to give to you and your son.” I was blown away by this kind gesture. I graciously accepted as long as I could thank him and his family by taking them out for a meal while we were in Seoul. Plans were made and we were very excited at the prospect of making new friends in Seoul.

If this were the only thing, then I would be very happy. However, that is not the end of this story. A few days later, my new found friend emails me to say that he has a friend who wants to make us a dojang, which is a traditional name stamp, for our little guy with his Korean name. I was speechless at this kind gesture. After working out some logistics, we were happy to accept. A couple of days later, my friend then emails me to say that another friend of his wants to give us another fountain pen! The kindness and generosity of these people is amazing!

Now, last night we went and had dinner with a friend from a church we used to attend who immigrated from Korea. She is a grandmother and loves kids. After a wonderful dinner of delicious Korean food, we brought her up to date of the process and repeatedly, she not only offered, but insisted that we ask her for help as we transition our little guy to our home. After sending us home with more food than we know what to do with (except eat it – I think she is single-handedly trying get our palates adjusted for two weeks in Seoul!), we feel like we have a strong ally in this process and can’t wait for our little guy to meet her!

I think what we have learned in this whole journey is that God will bless you and most often He does so through the kindness of other people. And we have been, and continue to be, blessed through this journey. Thank you for coming along side us.