Saturday, November 26, 2005

Birth Certificate

Today we got a Lee, Min Shik's birth certificate in the mail. EXCITING!!! Of course, we couldn't read it but they sent along a translated version also.

Out of curiosity I checked the time & temperature for Seoul, Korea. Today it was sunny and 44 degrees in Seoul while it was 34 degrees in Canton, Ohio. Not much different! But they are 14 hours ahead of us.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Busy Holiday Season

Thankfully the holiday season keeps us busy. Otherwise, we would be dwelling on the fact that the government takes forever to process adoption paperwork!!! So, still no word on our visa, but I doubt we will hear anything before the new year.

In the mean time we have been working on the nursery. We decided to go with a vintage baseball theme and Matt & I hung border for the first time. Its looks straight and hasn't fallen down so I would call it a success. We also registered at Babies R Us and deliberated on baby names.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

What next?

Yesterday, we submitted the paperwork to officially accept the referral of MinShik. Yeah!!! So what's next you ask???? Well, we are now waiting for the USCIS (U.S Citizenship and Immigration Service) to grant our petition to allow an orphan child to enter the US. This step can take 2 months or longer. Uhhh! I guess those government workers don't move quickly. :)


"I chose you.... because the love of family is meant to be shared."

Minnie Mouse

I just had to post this cute picture of Sydney.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Still Smiling

Well, I am still smiling from yesterday's big news. I love looking at his picture. He looks so cute with that post it note saying who he is stuck to his chest. I also started on the next round of required paperwork. Thank goodness I love doing busywork. Hey! The faster we get it submitted the faster we can bring our little guy home.

Our agency is planning one more trip to Korea this year so we are putting together a care package for them to deliver. I'm going to include a little photo album with pictures of us, our house, and dogs. This way he will be familiar with us before he makes his journey home. A special thanks to my great neighbors Susan Rank & Dr. Chae who helped me label all the photos in Korean.


"We didn't give you life, life gave us the gift of you"

Monday, November 07, 2005

It's A Boy!

WE JUST GOT THE REFERRAL!!!!! Our social worker called at 7:00 pm tonight with the news and she was standing in our kitchen by 7:20 pm. His name is Lee, Min Shik. Born: April 7, 2005 Weighing: 5.5 pounds He was born at home to a 16-year-old girl. He was turned into the orphanedge the next morning. He does not have any known medical problems and is said to be a happy baby & a good eater. We got a bunch of pictures too but, I don't have a scanner so I will have to work on that tomorrow. I will post pictures as soon as I can.

We hope to have him home by March, just shy of his first birthday.


"Min, Mommy loves you. Hurry home! "

Air Mail ????

Today our agency flew 3 babies home from Korea. There is a chance our referral paperwork is on that plane. I have my fingers crossed!


"Welcome Home Babies"

Friday, November 04, 2005

Still Waiting...

Well, another week has past and we are still waiting for "The Call" with news of our little boy. I am starting to hate Fridays because its very unlikely we will get baby news over the weekend. Matt keeps telling me to be patient but I want to see his face so badly. Thank goodness we have sweet little Sydney to keep us busy. I really feel for those adoptive parents who do not have other children as a distraction.

This feeling reminds me of the days leading up to my first ultrasound of Sydney. I desperately wanted to see if it was a boy or girl and to make sure she was healthy. Waiting for this referral is very similar. Although we already know its a boy, we still want to see his face and find out his birthdate.

In a strange way I think once I see his face he will become "real". Even though he has been real in my heart for months my brain needs a visual.


"I chose you..... to add new joy to my life"