At the end of May, we received notice that someone from our adoption agency would be going to Korea soon. Ziploc bag time! We could send one gallon sized ziploc bag of gifts for Ben and his foster mom.
We sent one outfit (my husband and girls look good in orange and brown, so I’m assuming Ben will too), some cars (I hear toddler boys can’t have too many cars), a motorcycle (because Daddy now
drives has one), and one of those Leap Frog ABC fridge magnets (so he can start to learn English ABCs). For his foster mom, we sent a pretty journal and pens. It’s REALLY hard to buy something for a woman you don’t know know who lives in a completely different culture halfway around the world.
It was a trick to get all of that in the bag, and we had to unpackage some of it, and the cute polka-dotted gift bag did not fit…but with the help of some staples, we did it.
We were told to expect new pictures, videos, and written updates in early July.
His birthday is September 2; we will get to send a gift package to him then. And this time it doesn’t have to fit in a ziploc! We hope to include a video of our family in action as well as some other fun things. From there, it won’t be long until Christmas; I think we get to send a Christmas package too. And we are guessing it will be around February when we travel! So we have some things to look forward to as we wait. I know the wait is harder for people who are waiting to adopt their first child.
Some other adoption related news:
- We sent our I-600 off to be processed. This is the “Petition to Classify an Orphan as an Immediate Relative.” When it is approved, we will receive another form, the I-171. Then we get fingerprinted to prove we are the upstanding, non-criminal citizens we claim to be. I think we have to go to Atlanta for that.
- We applied for a grant. It’s offered through our adoption agency, so it was the easiest one to start with…we’ve already sent them everything but a vial of blood. We’re working on a few others, but they’re a bit more involved.
- We are back to thinking about traveling to Korea as a family – all 4 of us. Wayne and I don’t really want to travel around the world without our girls. Another option is for me to travel with my sister Robyn, while Wayne stays home with the girls. We would love for us to all have the experience of getting Ben together…on the other hand, is it wise to attempt an international flight with an 8 year old, a 5 year old and a 3 year old who doesn’t know us and might not like us yet? Yikes. But maybe it would be easier for him to get used to us with other kids around. See? There’s a lot to think about. Lots of time to think, though, since we probably won’t get EP until early next year.