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.