EP Update and The Best New EVER.

1 Mar

Our agency called us yesterday.  The ministry has indeed promised to allow submissions to start on Monday. (Our agency said she just can’t fully trust that though, so she’ll call us when we know for sure that it happened.)  Cora is in the first batch, so if the Ministry holds their word, Cora’s papers will be in the hands of the Ministry in 4 days! Which is actually OUR Sunday evening. Whoop! Possible March travel! 🙂

Almost all of the children up for adoption in S. Korea live in foster homes.  Cora does not.  I’ve always had a hint of envy for the children who had a family life instead of orphanage life. (Even though our orphanage is NOT AT ALL what you think of typical “orphanage” life.)  We got a medical update on Cora last week. I mentioned her convo with her doctor about her boots, remember?  I was so shocked and happy to read that Cora has a host family!

This host family has had a relationship with her since early 2009.  According to her update, this family – a husband and wife in their 50’s + 2 adult sons in their mid 20’s – take Cora for one to two weekends each month and have for 3 years.  She sleeps there one or two nights each time she goes.  This is huge for us because this family has been consistent in her life and she has been able to go into a family setting – sleeping, eating, bathing, etc… This gives us such hope that she will fully understand what it means to have a family.  A mom, dad and 2 brothers because that is exactly what her host family gives her.

I have so many questions about their relationship.  Did they celebrate Christmas with her? Did they ever throw a birthday celebration for her? What can they with us about Seung Joo the 2 year old and 3 year old and 4 year old? Did they take any photos throughout the last 3 years that we can have copies of?  Do they want to maintain contact?

It’s a good thing I have questions because WE GET TO MEET THEM!!

How do you say thank you for being this amazing family who volunteered 1 to 2 weekends every single month for three years to this little girl? How do you thank them for giving her an idea of life outside of living in an orphanage? How do you do that?  I’m going to write a letter and have it translated so that I can make sure she knows my true words of thanks even if we can’t say it in the same language. What a blessing this family is.

I’m praying for their hearts, though, because it’s almost time for them to say goodbye to Seung Joo.  After three years, I can’t imagine how sad that will be.  And while we’re at it, after 5 years, the staff of her orphanage will have to say goodbye, too.  And every time we hear from our agency after they speak to the agency in Korea, it is noted that the caregivers love and adore Seung Joo so much.  Again, wondering how I can thank them for their love and committment for 5 years.  It’s one of those times where the words “thank you” fall far too short.

And our last bit of BEST NEWS EVER 😉 is that the agency said they have one newborn picture of Seung Joo! We will get it when we go to Korea.  This is huge news for us.  A baby picture! When you adopt a 5 year old, it’s highly unlikely that you will have a baby picture. We are so happy and can hardly wait to see it.

Keep praying that the Ministry does indeed allow submissions on Monday!


7 Responses to “EP Update and The Best New EVER.”

  1. grammom March 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Awesome….Jennifer do you know how happy and excited we are for your family and for us as Grandma and Grandpa to this little angel? Thank you for this blessing. 🙂

  2. stephanie March 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm #



    Oh, my lands. This is huge. SO much good news in one post. (More than a mouthful this time! :))

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy for you! Really. SO. very. happy.

    Praying this comes to fruition!!!

  3. Nora March 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Jen, the news about the host family totally made me cry. What amazing people and how wonderful that you get to meet them! So incredible that her “host” family mirrors her forever family in composition…she’ll already know how to have two big brothers at her beck and call! So excited for you!

  4. Aunt Jesy March 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    What awesome news!!! I know you will be very good at keep the family and her caretakers up to date on everything Cora is doing here. Can’t wait to see that baby picture.

  5. Shelley March 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    This is such wonderful news! You’ve been waiting so long and now it’s all going to rush in, how exciting! She will be here soon!

  6. Karen March 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    What wonderful news! So happy for you! It won’t be long now–YAY!!

  7. Judy March 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    This is all so incredibly wonderful!!! Sooo happy for you!!! You can thank them by keeping them in Cora’s life with letters and pictures and a trip to Korea when she’s older… Sooooo happy for you!!!!

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