Once again, we find apba daddy awake whilst everyone else sleeps. I woke up to use the facilities and my mind kicked into gear as today is going home day.Hopefully, I’ll get to sleep some on the plane, but I’m not going to count on it. But, in less than 24 hours, I should be home with pizza in front of our boys and a weary and tired mommy and daddy. Speaking of sleeping boys, how does this picture grab you?

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We’ve had a couple of very exciting days here since our Visa appointment. Wednesday, we went to E-Mart, the large Korean chain that actually bought out Walmart here and then yesterday, we went back into Seoul for one last stop around the Guest House and to pick up something at the agency office (who, by the way, didn’t know we were coming and looked a little panicked when I dropped by unannounced! Ha!).

I’ll get to more pictures in a minute of our adventures from yesterday but I want to take a moment to share what I plan on this blog becoming now that we have George. In many ways, this blog was a public journal of our journey on this adoption road but what I’ve come to realize is that while we all may live “happily ever after”, that “happily ever after” still contains life. Our boys will still grow and mature, get into trouble and achieve great things for themselves, and I pray for God. But most importantly, Julie and I are forever changed as a result of this first step.

That said, this blog will continue to chronicle our adoption journey because the journey isn’t over. Adoption doesn’t stop when you bring your child home any more than parenting stops when you give birth. For us, the journey is just beginning and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

Also, I want to continue to push for more people, especially we Christians, to consider the plight of the orphan not just in Korea but around the globe. Honestly, we have probably been a little timid at times because we didn’t want to say anything to derail our process. We hope to use this blog to not only provide a better overview of the whole process for those who are interested and to help those considering but also to be a voice for the orphan so every child can have an ‘Ohana for his or her own.

And we have come to realize that George has touched a great many lives here in Korea. For a little guy, he has a big heart and has touched many people, many of whom we have sent to this blog for photo updates. So, I have to keep my word. Pictures will commence in just a moment.

God’s Word says “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1.27, ESV) That’s what this blog will become – and a reminder that God can totally change your identity from that of an orphan who does not have a family to that of loved son (Ephesians 1:5).

And now, pictures!

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