We will meet Ethan on Monday!
As we arrived inside the Guest House last evening we were given a letter from Ethan’s caseworker informing us that we’ll meet our baby Monday morning (when the SWS office reopens after the long Lunar New Year holiday celebrations). That was welcome news after we completed our 30-hour journey. He is the purpose that we have traveled half-way around the world.
Soon our wait will come to an end. One of the first questions I asked in January 2007 when we began this process, was “How long?” We were told about a year, and it has been probably close to 12.5 months.
I think the hardest wait of all has been the time since we got the call Tuesday, January 29 that Ethan was ready for travel. I was ready to jump on the plane right then and there. We got word from our caseworker at Adoption Horizons and immediately following was a call from AIAA saying that she forgot to tell our caseworker that this week is the Lunar New Year and the offices would be closed. That sent us for a tailspin.
We couldn’t leave immediately, before the holiday, because we needed to set up our cross-cultural experience. Setting up the cross-cultural experience took a few days with the time difference, as we and Rev. Jun exchanged emails.
We are finally here in Seoul. We have our itinerary set. And we are still waiting. But I’d rather be waiting in Seoul than in PA. We will make the best of enjoying the special events during the New Year holiday, probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But all will pale in comparison to finally meeting our son on Monday morning.