In which we send gifts to our son in Korea

We found out about a week ago that someone on staff at our adoption agency would be traveling to Korea soon; this meant that each family waiting for a particular child would be able to send one gallon sized ziploc bag of gifts. For us, this meant the chance to introduce our family to our son in Korea.

We went shopping. Several times. We deliberated. Finally, we made purchases.

Two pairs of pajamas (because they were cute and they are thin enough to fit easily into the bag). I had to talk Emma out of the pants, dress shirt, corduroy jacket and tie ensemble, which was super cute but never gonna fit.

Two cars. The girls were certain the cars had to be the kind you pull back and they go on their own. (I’m sure there’s a name for them. But I’m new to boy stuff so I don’t know it yet.)

A scarf for the foster mom.

Wayne also thought a toddler sized, soft blanket would be nice. No, wait. We all thought that would be nice. Only Wayne thought it would fit in a gallon sized ziploc bag along with the other items we were buying. (Any predictions as to that outcome?)

It didn't fit.

And pictures. Lots of pictures of us, our house, our playground, our dogs. Wayne and I worked hard on an album – complete with Korean captions (thank you Google translator) – and uploaded it to Walmart.

Walmart does not tell you when your project will be ready until you have placed the entire order. This was unfortunate.

The bag has to be there by tomorrow (Tuesday). After placing the order, we were told to expect delivery between Thursday and Monday. No problem. I was sure it would be ready on Thursday, they are just giving themselves some extra wiggle room, right?


Wrong. As I’m writing on Monday evening, I still have not heard that our order is in the store.

We got wise to this by Saturday, when we frantically calmly began choosing and printing other photos to send. And of course, we had to send other photos, not duplicating the ones in the book that is already being made.

After getting everything in the bag, I went to FedEx and got it sent. Overnight. For $48.

I hope they enjoy it!

About waymel

Navy wife. Homeschooling mom. Adoptive parent. Pianist. Introvert. One who loves quiet and beauty.
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4 Responses to In which we send gifts to our son in Korea

  1. Robyn says:

    they’ll love it! Nice of you to include a little something for the foster mom too. Will you be getting any new pics of him?

  2. Jen says:

    The girls were right about the cars. Boys always like that kind the best. (If there’s a name for them, I don’t know what it is, and we have only about a billion of them.) Awww when he’s yours, you’ll be able to bring him with you when you come to visit and Thomas will have a little BOY to play with!! (Not that he doesn’t love your girls. But you know. He’s a BOY.)

  3. waymel says:

    I am sure with the proper tools, the blanket would be on its way as well. ~ Wayne

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