Tuesday, September 9, 2008

We're Home!!!

Well, we got home on Monday afternoon. We had an amazing time. It was a weekend full of information but also very relaxing. We met with the Director of our agency on friday afternoon for about 3 hours with another couple from CA who are also just starting the process for a Korean adoption. She is a very nice lady and we can tell she has a huge heart for the children and loves what she does. Our agency is very small, only about 5 women working there. They place children with AZ families and families in CA on a case-by-case basis. We are so thankful to be working with them. Some of the larger agencies have at least a two year wait but with ours it will probably only be around a year(could be shorter, could be longer). So, friday was just spent with the Director where we were able to ask her any questions we were dying to ask. Saturday morning was the meat of the training. We met at the agency at 9 in the morning where there were about 8 other couples. There were two other families from CA and the rest were from AZ. Again we were all able to ask questions and they then just went over the process of adopting from Korea. Lots and lots and lots of info, I can't even begin to tell you what we learned. Very good info though, they went over everything.
For lunch they took us to a Korean restaurant. I must say I was a little afraid to try some of the things placed before me but everything was actually very good. I have never tried Korean food before but we were very glad we did. I'm sure we'll be eating Korean food a lot more in the future, everyone needs to try it. Maybe I'll be making it in my own kitchen someday, who knows. :) The Korean culture is going to be a huge part of our lives now so we intend to incorporate a few things from that culture.
After we came back from lunch(this was my favorite part) we were able to meet a couple who had just adopted their first child a few months before. They brought him along and let me tell you he was an ADORABLE little boy. He was so good, he just played in the middle of the room while we all gazed upon him as we questioned the very helpful parents......Oh, he was so cute!!
When they had gone a group of adult Korean adoptees came in and again lots of questions and answers, very helpful. I loved hearing their stories and life experience's regarding growing up as adopted children. The rest of the weekend was spent sleeping, shopping and eating......it was very relaxing! The weekend made Danny and I all the more excited to begin this journey knowing that this is what the Lord wants us to do. Please keep praying for us because now we're up to our necks in paperwork. I'm somewhat of a procrastinator so I've been putting off my 10-12 page autobiography so once that's done we'll be able to turn in our application and move on to the next step. Thank you for all your emails and comments we love and appreciate them SO much!!!


Diana said...

I am so happy that it went so well. What a great trip! We are keeping you in our prayers of course!

wisesower said...

So thankful your trip went well and that it was such a good learning experience as well as a time to relax! I know it's all in God's timing but we are sooooo excited for this adoption to take place. We are praying for you!


What a great trip. Isn't it fun to be able to question people who have been there,done that?? They always give such good glimpses of what is to come for your own journey...can't wait to hear more...praying for you guys!

Anonymous said...

First, let me just say that I absolutely love reading your updates! It makes me feel like I am able to stay in touch with you and your little family while I am so far away!

Carla, this story / life journey that you are in the progress of creating has brought me to tears a couple of times now! God is using you and Danny so powerfully...and I admire that you are so brilliantly letting Him lead the way! You are both in my prayers...I love you guys!

Cant wait to