These Boots are Made for Walking…to America!

25 Feb

For a few months now, we have been requesting a copy of a medical DVD file that Cora had when she was a baby.  One of our (amazing!!) specialty doctors reviewed it for us and unfortunately he lost it.  We were happy to find out earlier in the week that it had come and our agency was mailing it out to us.

Included in the info from our Korean agency was an updated IQ test. The part that stood out to me the most was this discussion, copied word-for-word because it is so SO cute.


She kept asking questions to the evaluator while waiting for the carer after evaluation.  She said, “Teacher, what kind of shoes are you wearing? I have boots! My teacher bought me a pair of boots and I’ll be in those boots when I’m going to America.  I’m going to America after 100 days.”


On the EP front, there is no concrete news. I have been blessed to have such wonderful people praying for me.  My friend Stephanie asked her friends to pray for us, which was so nice of her.  I feel those prayers.  It has been this crazy world right now of fear and anxiety, but what does that give us? Only fear and anxiety. Not results.  I try to remember that.

Just because Cora is stuck right now, ALL of the children waiting to come home right now are stuck, does NOT mean that I need to have a sad, miserable day.  It does not.  Does it mean that I can be sad? Yes! Can I cry? Yes! HAVE I been sad and have I cried? Yes, of course. But I’m going to try each day to remember that all that does for me is make my day sad.

If you want to see where I find most of my updates, check out the Mission to Promote Adoption in Korea’s blog.  The founder is a Korean adoptee himself, adopted to the US in his teens, I believe.  He has adopted as well. His org is working hard to promote domestic adoption in Korea.  He has direct contact with those in charge of adoptions in Korea and has written on our behalf.  A new response came back from the Ministry recently.  I’m not sure what I feel about it.  It doesn’t make me think that things are going to happen any time soon.

But God is bigger than this! And I believe that He is directly involved with not only the entire process, but personally with my little Seung Joo and the rest of my family living right here under my roof.

He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:11

He is gently leading us…me. And what a comforting thought that is. We are not doing this alone. We never have been.  We were led and we are being led.  We are blessed by our future and though the days are long and the nights are sometimes even longer,  we are walking the path that we are supposed to walk to get to our precious baby girl. What a blessing that gift will be.


5 Responses to “These Boots are Made for Walking…to America!”

  1. Judy Mayer February 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    My heart aches for you as I follow your blog. The powerless adoptive parents feel when someone else is making decisions about our children and our love is a very difficult place to be in. I send you strength and hugs. I loved hearing Cora’s remarks to the tester. What I think of is all the hope that Cora has for her future because of you. Although she is stuck in Korea and you are powerless to do anything about it, you are giving her love and hope and JOY. She is feeling your love in her heart. And that is incredibly beautiful. I hope you can hold onto that during your hardest moments. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

    • Jen February 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

      How beautiful is that, Judy. Hanging on to that joy and hope! If she’s full of hope, then I need to keep my hope alive! I have not thought that thought yet. Thank you for giving me that joy!

  2. stephanie February 25, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Oh, how I love to read that sweet conversation from Cora…love it. I love hos God has given you tidbits of encouragement at just the right times. That tiny picture of her when she was younger, and now this conversation. When Psalm 23 says, “He leads me in green pastures.” it means God does exactly what he is doing with you. Giving you the “green grass” you need just for the moment. No more, no less. When I toured Israel, we trekked along the same “paths of righteousness” that David did as a shepherd. We saw the green pastures he wrote about, and they are NOT what we, as westerners, picture. They are not lush. Instead, they mostly look barren and rocky and sad…until you look closely and come across tufts of “green pasture” — mouthfuls of grass. Just enough. A bite.
    May he continue to lead you in green pastures, providing you just enough to encourage and strengthen you as you wait on Him.

    • Jen February 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

      Wow, Stephanie. I didn’t know that. How amazing to now have that picture in my mind when I think of that Psalm. Little tufts. Just enough for one bite yet enough to powerfully write about it as the miracle that it was. Thank you for sharing that with me. New perspective, for sure. Looking forward to another mouthfull when it comes. 😉


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