Hello world! I apologize for such a delay in updating this blog. Since coming back from Korea, it took me two weeks to recover from jet lag and stomach problems!
I am finally feeling pretty normal and getting back to the routine of things.
Our two meetings with Ethan went really well! He warmed up to us pretty quickly, let us hold him and play with him. He smiled a lot and giggled. I love that he is such a happy baby! He is very active and ran around the whole time we were there. I think he’ll have so much fun with Katelynn!
Our court hearing also went smoothly. Our judge was nice and we were able to speak a bit of Korean to her. All in all, nothing too intense.
We got to spend some time with my extended family in Korea which was so nice. We stayed with my aunt in Gangnam and also traveled to Jeonju to see my mom’s side of the family. We got to do some sightseeing – Gyeongbukgung Palace, Insadong, Duksugung Palace, Dongdaemeun Market, and Jeonju Hanok Folk Village.
Due to my health issues (I have chronic stomach issues that were really aggravated by traveling overseas), we have decided that it would be best for Danny to travel for custody on his own (along with his parents). I will stay back and can spend extra time with the girls before Ethan comes home.
I am heartbroken that I won’t be able to be there to comfort Ethan initially. But I am at peace with our decision because I know I need to be healthy in order to start the bonding process with him when he comes home!
I was also greatly encouraged by this verse today – “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” – 1 Corinthians 1:27
I am weak, but He is strong! I am physically weak. But even more so, I am spiritually weak. I’m grateful for this reminder as Ethan will be coming home soon. It is a reminder that I cannot do anything apart from the Lord.
We found out we were placed on public notice and our agency is estimating that custody will take place in December!
Here are some highlights from our trip:
Leaving from LAX
In front of Holt Korea, before our first meeting with Ethan!
With my sweet grandma in Jeonju
Playing dress up at Hanok Folk Village
Dinner with my mom’s side of the family.
Beautiful display at Holt Korea
Royal banquet hall at Gyeongbukgung Palace
Dinner with our friend Jenny
Dinner with my dad and his side of the family
Court hearing on October 15th!