Thursday, December 3

Change In Plans

We are going to Korea! Don't get too excited... I still don't know WHEN we will be going.... all I know is that we will be. Instead of having Eden escorted here to the states, Ron and I decided that we are going to travel there to pick her up! We are so excited! We will be staying at least four days... probably a little longer. We will fly into Incheon airport... the city where Eden was born... and then travel to Seoul. We will most likely be staying at the SWS guesthouse. This is a "hotel" that is run by the Korean agency that is facilitating the Korean side of our adoption. We have been told that the people that run the guest house speak English and there will most likely be other families staying there who are also adopting. If the guesthouse is full we will be staying at a hotel. We will have a couple of days to take in some sights before meeting our girl. We will probably have one day to visit Eden at her foster family's home before picking her up to take home. I am very excited to meet her foster family as well as see where she has been living for the past five months. We will likely pick her up for good on the way to the airport or the day before we leave. We will receive an itinerary with the dates and times we will be meeting Eden either shortly before we leave for Korea or when we arrive at the guesthouse.

We have been researching and learning as much as we can about this trip. It has been great because it has helped keep our mind busy and not focused so much on the wait for our travel call and our craziness with USCIS. We originally planned on having Eden escorted, but once we heard from other families who have made the trip and what a wonderful experience it was for them... we began to think about traveling. We found a solution to some other roadblocks that would have otherwise prevented us from traveling as well. We will not be taking the boys with us. I know I will miss them terribly, but know they will be in good hands. Ron has been working crazy hours in preparation taking time off of work. This is the busiest time of year for him so it hasn't been easy. Last night he didn't get home until after 10:00! He is adamant about taking the trip though and will do what it takes so that he is able to go. I have to admit that I am nervous for the plane ride. I do not enjoy flying and know that I will probably spend a great deal of time in the bathroom with my nervous stomach and motion sickness... too much information??? Right now I am choosing not to think about the flight and focusing on what we are going to do once we arrive. I will post some of the places we plan on visiting while in Korea at another time.

Another blessing this trip will bring is more knowledge about Eden's homeland. For the past three years we had been learning all we could about China. Everything happened so quickly with our Korean adoption that we really have not learned that much about Korea. In researching for this trip I have such an appreciation for this beautiful country. I am so blessed that when Eden asks me about Korea or her foster family I can tell her so much more than I could if we decided to escort. I will have been there and will have video and pictures of important places and people in her life.

In addition, I am thankful that we can make this trip for Eden's foster family as well. The agency in Korea has expressed that meeting the adoptive parents makes for an easier transition not only for the babies, but for the foster families.

We will be leaving for Korea within two weeks of getting the call that Eden is ready for travel. I still can't believe we are actually going!!! I am so excited!!!

8 comments:

Kevin, Jake and Violet said...

How wonderful. We are so glad you will be traveling. It will be great to visit with Eden' foster family and soak up a little Korean culture and history.

Being able to travel to China was the second-best thing about getting Jake for us. We just wish we had been able to visit his orphanage. Oh well, one day we will go back and see it.

Love for Lilly Yin said...

I am so glad you finally have good news! Ask your doctor for some Valium for the flight. We did for the flight to China, and it helped to calm us, and make the flight easier...now on the way home you will be too occupied to be nervous! Congratulations!

Jenny said...

that's so exciting!!! i think you'll be so glad you went.

Mary Ellen said...

HI! This is a great plan! I regret having our son escorted (it was 10 years ago & right before the Y2K thing and they actually had the escort set up before we had even decided one way or another) Anyway....I hate to fly too but made it to Korea and back and enjoyed the trip. I did get those seabands in case of motions sickness and pills but thankfully no one in the family needed to use them. The SWS guesthouse is nice; we were on the 6th floor in the 2 bedroom apt. type rooms so we did not meet one other family there although we were told by Mr. Lee (the night watchman who is SO friendly!) that there were other American families there. Best of luck and keep us posted! I have enjoyed your blog.........mew

Kelly said...

How exciting!!!! We had a change of heart about escorting Briar after her foster mom asked us to come. I am SO glad we traveled. It really is amazing to thank your child's foster mother for all the love they gave as they are handing you your child for the first time. Seoul is so fun, clean, easy to navigate and the people are so gracious and wonderful. You will never regret traveling!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you! Ron is the "man" as dad would say. Boys will be fine with the family...can't wait to plan the welcome home celebration.
Nonna

Jay and Emily said...

So happy that you are able to do this for Eden. I think it will be wonderful to tell her all about where she was born and who helped take care of her. Congrats! I will miss you but know you will be bringing home the greatest gift ever. Let us know if we can help with the boys.

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