9 Apr

Seung Joo is as happy and joyous as we imagined.  Full of “po-po” (kisses) for us all. A million po-po’s!  Hugs, arms around the neck, fingers through the hair – LOVE!  She was not shy, (well, her caretakers said she was shy, but not like we imagined!)  She was giggly and led the boys around like she was the boss.  She knew Logan’s name very well and was working on Miles a bit.  That’s a tough one.  She called me Umma and Dave Appa from the beginning.  She did a lot of grunting and funny ah-ah’s instead of definite words, but her social worker told us that she is known for speaking in full sentences, but she was acting like a baby. (In a loving way!) and I’m all, “baby away!”  But after a couple of hours, she was repeating English words like no body’s business.  The boys loved that. 😉

She eats everything, loves meat, loves bright colors, loves to lead, sleeps all night, naps on occasion, leads at the orphanage, follows at preschool…SO MANY THINGS that I hope to never forget.  Writing down.

We got 1 box and 2 big bags from those who love her.  One of her caretakers make this HUGE cross stitch that is so very special.  Also, so many pictures, which is great!! Just so many things.  Hair things, the most beautiful clothes, stuffed animals, a new hanbok, a hand-made coat…so many things.

We played at her orphanage for 1 hr 45 minutes and then went to lunch together.  When we came back and she knew we had to leave, she cried and it about broke my heart because it was this sad cry, heartfelt cry, not loud and crazy, just sad.  We’re going to see her tomorrow, though, so that’s wonderful.

She’s solid, this girl! WOW! But she’s pretty small and it was so neat to see all of the kids together to show Miles that he is still the BIG and that Cora isn’t his size.

Here’s a bunch of pictures!


9 Responses to “Joy”

  1. Wendi April 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    I have been waiting all night for this post!!!! How sweet!!!
    She cried when you left!!!<3<3<3 I love that!!! What a sensitive little heart!!

  2. Anne Pirlot April 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    There are no words. So happy for you! Love the pictures!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. Yvonne April 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    A wonderful day! So happy that you had so much time with her today, that it went so, so well, and that you will see her again tomorrow!!

  4. Jen April 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Love this post! Love the pictures!

  5. stephanie April 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    I love how you are soaking it all in!!!!! Love her! Thanks for all the amazing updates. We are here cheering you all on!!

  6. amy April 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    amazing — love it!!!!!

  7. Susan Pincus April 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    I LOVED seeing all the photos of your family with sweet Cora! Thanks so much for letting me follow along your journey. Enjoy the rest of your trip and time with your new beautiful daughter.

  8. Amy meekwr April 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Love, love, love!!! She already loves y’all. So excited for you and thanking God for all the little miracles that add up to a BIG one!

  9. Sherri Collins April 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    My heart is filled with Joy! I have been praying for you and for this moment since i first learned you were adopting Cora! God Bless you all and we look forward to meeting your newest member of the family:)
    Sherri Collins

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