Sunday, March 27, 2011

we are on Korean soil!

It's 1:43 am Monday morning and we're both sitting here wide awake! That's because it's 11:43 am Sunday morning (Kentucky time) and we're usually in church right now. Oh our poor confused bodies! So here's how the last few hours have gone down...

We arrived safely (thank you Lord!) to Korea around 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoon (Korean time) after our 13 hour plane ride. It really wasn't too bad, but I'd be lying if I didn't say we were ready to get off!!

One funny thing that happened on the plane was when the sweet Korean stewardess gave us this yummy looking roll for a snack. Looks like Cracker Barrel, right?!

When I bit into it, I got a little nervous because this is what I found. I have no clue what was nestled inside, but I wasn't expecting it. It cracked me up! And as I type this, I realize now that the "surprise roll" may have only been funny because of the delirious state I was in. So no offense taken if you don't see the humor in it!

All of our luggage made the trip and we went through customs with no trouble. We were able to take a taxi from Incheon Airport into Seoul to the SWS Guest House where we're staying. The ride was about an hour and we got to see a little of Korea.

By the time we arrived at the Guest House, we had been up for over 24 hours straight and were exhausted! (Side note...the Social Welfare Society (the SWS) is the agency handling the Korean side of the adoption - that's the best way I know to explain it. They have a Guest House that families can stay in when they come into the country for adoption or Korean families stay here if they have children in the hospital that is beside us.) Our room meets all our basic needs (no frills for sure!) and appears clean, so we are thankful. After we got settled into our room, we went on search for food. Sounds easy enough, right? Not so much! Eventually we find a place that was an "American diner" and sold hamburgers so we felt safe with that decision. We came back to the Guest House and crashed!!

After sleeping a few hours, we're now wide awake although it's the middle of the night here.

We're not exactly sure what the next few days will look like for us. Our understanding was that today (Monday) at 1:30 pm we would meet our social worker and she would take us to see Sam (chills!!!) at the place that he has been staying. However, the kind Jackie Chan look-alike that greeted us last night thoroughly confused us and kept saying "9:30 appointment in morning." So we have no clue what's going on!

What we do know is that whenever we meet Sam, it will be brief. We will probably spend about an hour with him all the days we're here until Thursday morning when we're leaving. That's when I can take him in my arms and never let go! We are praying that we can get him Wednesday night because we've been told they sometimes allow for that. Please join us in praying to that end.

So as best as we can, we will keep you updated with pictures, videos and play-by-plays. We are overwhelmed by all the love, support and prayers from all of you. It brings me to tears to read all the messages, comments and emails! Thank you for loving us the way you do! And thank you for loving my precious girls that I miss SO much the way you do, too! I'm also told that a few of you have joined in on the band-aid fun. I would LOVE for you to send me pictures of you wearing them! Because our days are a little jumbled, I'll go ahead and tell you that Sunday's goes on the left thumb and Monday is on the right thumb.

Click here for another little video that captures part of our journey yesterday. Enjoy!

PS - Just because so many of you have "stomach issues" seem to be a lot better! :)


  1. Going to put on my band-aid right now. Mine is not as pretty as yours though. You all continue to be in my prayers. BTW, the roll was a little scary looking to me too! Does Korea have a McDonald's nearby...that would be safe, I think! :) Love you, Ann Webb

  2. Praying all goes well and you get Sam on Wednesday night!! Thanks for keeping us updated - love you so much. AJ