Archive for October, 2014

My delayed post – September in review

Thomas posted this morning while I was still asleep – not knowing I’d started this one – it’s all pretty much different information – so you get two posts.  I’m not sure that makes up for the huge gap. But it’s kind of the way we are operating right now.

First of all – apologies for going so long without an update. Time flies! In this past month – we have been adjusting to school routines for both boys. George is still doing a shortened school day – although we are going to start adding time next week with the plan of him attending all day kindergarten by the end of October. George’s favorite parts of school are his time with his ESL teacher, computers, and library.  Lucas is doing afternoon pre-school four days a week and is learning a lot and having a great time. His favorite parts of the day are playing outside and snack ;).

As for September highlights – Lucas turned 5! and we were able to go to the Holt Family Picnic at the Blank Park Zoo. It was a great chance to connect with old and new friends in the adoption process. George got to see and play with his friend from Korea – and us Mom’s always enjoy connecting as well. I think one of the coolest things was that for one day – at the Blank Park Zoo – we were not a conspicuous family. After the first family we saw – George even stopped pointing out the kids that looked like him.

Also in September – George’s Certificate of Citizenship arrived!  Adoption wise that means we are ready to move on to “re-adoption” and his official name change. Since the adoption was finalized in Korea, his name was not changed. I have no idea how long this part of the process will take.

We also joined the local YMCA. The boys are loving it. They both love the opportunity to swim for sure, but also love playing in the Child Watch area (inside, outside and in the gym) while we work out. Scooters in the gym are definitely a favorite. They have almost become like little trainers telling me I need to go to the Y every day.

Thomas already posted photos – so I really don’t have any. But are looking forward to getting more as we get into are school year groove.  Thanks for being patient as we get into our school and work groove. It has been exhausting, but full of blessings.



I realized that it has been well over a month since we updated things here. It’s been a crazy few weeks with school starting for both boys and a job change for me but God is beyond good and we are adjusting very well. The boys are getting along great. In fact, the other morning they were singing together and laughing – acting as though both had been in each other’s life from the beginning.

George is doing great in school and I think he might have more English words than he did Korean (which is both cool and sad at the same time). For the longest time, he would shout “MUL!” whenever he saw water and a couple of weeks ago, he started saying “Water!” While we are excited he is growing so fast in his English, it is sad that he probably won’t remember much, if any, Korean before long. Although, he still gets excited when we have gim (dried seaweed sheets – like what they use for California Rolls) for supper to go with our rice.

Luke also started school and now leads the family in prayer every night before dinner and George joins right in. Luke is turning into a little people person and might have a future as an evangelist as he keeps telling people “Jesus is my guy!” It’s fun to see God working in his life as well and opening his eyes to the truth of Christ. Now if we can just get him to stop playing NASCAR with kids on the playground who don’t want too …

It’s hard to believe that four months ago we were waiting anxiously to return to Il San to bring George home. It seems like a lifetime ago and that he not only belongs here, but has always been here. I’m grateful for how God has blessed our family and made it one – despite all the differences. Now, I promise to write more soon, but for now, here are some pictures!