~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*WE HAVE TRAVEL APPROVAL!*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Our EP has not yet been approved (We are expecting to hear that it has been this week) but we requested with our agency to leave for Korea in late May. We knew that it would be at least then before we got our travel call and between the kid’s last few weeks of school and Reagan graduating from Kindergarten on May 18th it just seemed like the best plan for our family. We were not sure that we would be approved but we were!! It’s been a bit of a whirlwind over the last few days!
As I was reading David the email about our approved travel he was already on the phone with the travel agent and reserving tickets! So, our flights are book and we will be leaving for Korea on May 23rd! That is 23 days from now and I have about 1 million and 1 things to do before then. Thankfully, we’ve had over a year to plan this trip so I feel somewhat organized but it’s almost like organized chaos at this point!
SO, what happens next is Maddox will have his Visa Physical this Thursday, May 3rd. We are also expecting to hear that his EP has been approved sometime this week. Then we will wait to see if we receive a class b waiver (this is generated by the Visa Physical and is basically just a paper noting his special needs that we will sign and notarize acknowledging we are aware). Then he will be scheduled for an Embassy Appearance, and lastly his visa will be issued and he will be ready to come home.
Since we are traveling before his visa is likely issued we will be staying in Korea for an undetermined amount of time (likely 2 weeks) and so we have booked an apartment for the month. This was more cost-effective than renting a hotel and there is actually another family in Korea staying at this particular place already so we were able to ask a million questions and find out that they really like the location and accommodations so we are thrilled to have been able to book it! We also have another friend who will be traveling a few days before us to Korea who is planning on staying in these lofts also. A huge bonus is there is WiFi in our room so we will be able to update the blog (and post lots of pictures) and skype with our big kids back home.
We are SO excited to be able to spend this time in Maddox’s birth country and really get to learn so much about Korean culture and history! There are so many things that we wanted to do while there that would have just been impossible to squeeze into a 7 day round trip and we are thankful that now we will have the opportunity to do many of those things! One of which is a trip to Maddox’s birth city that is a day trip in itself. We hope that we will also get the opportunity to meet his first foster family that cared for him for the first 5 months of his life.
It’s been a crazy weekend of celebrating and we are just overjoyed! Our little guy is so blessed to already have so many people who love him and are praying him home. We can’t begin to tell you how encouraging your enthusiasm and excitement for us is! It is so reminiscent of the day your husband calls everyone to say, “This is it! We are headed to the hospital to have this baby!” and that’s how it feels. We’ve waited 15 long months (which is ironically the gestation period of a Beluga Whale) and the time has finally come to meet our precious little boy.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name … Psalm 103:1.
I’ll leave you with another of the most recent picture of our sweet boy! Seriously, could you not eat him alive? I can’t wait to get my hands on him! : )