Ethan Joined Our Family Six Years Ago!

Today is one of our favorite days of the year—Ethan’s “gotcha day”! Six years ago today, Joleen and I were in Korea and Ethan became part of our family, a day after meeting him for the first time in his foster home. In some ways, it’s hard to believe it has been six years already. … Read more

Celebrating Sarah’s 4th Gotcha Day!

It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since we went to Korea to get Sarah! (See the day we met Sarah and our first hours with Sarah.) Actually, it’s been a little over four years, but we waited to celebrate due to a cold Sarah battled for a few weeks. Recently, we took a … Read more

Celebrating 5 Years With Ethan!

Five years ago today, Ethan joined our family! Of course, Ethan, 8-months-old then, joined our family reluctantly, at the time. We had just met him in his foster home the day before. From there, he adjusted very quickly! We celebrated his “gotcha day” last night by going to Fun Central, a local indoor play area. … Read more

Meeting Bishop & Mrs. Park

One of the highlights of the Bishop’s Retreat, which ended yesterday in Lancaster, PA, was the kids getting to meet Bishop Jeremiah Park, and his wife, Lisa, who are both from Korea. We took a photo with the Parks after the closing communion service. Unfortunately, we had to crop the right side of the picture … Read more

Korean American Day

Today marks 110 years since the first Korean immigrants arrived in the U.S. (see In 2005, the U.S. House and Senate named January 13 Korean American Day. Here’s the resolution (S. RES. 283) by the 109TH CONGRESS on December 16, 2005 … Recognizing the contributions of Korean Americans to the United States and encouraging … Read more

Celebrating 3 Years With Sarah

Three years ago, Joleen and I were in Seoul, Korea to pick up Sarah (see the day we met Sarah and first hours with Sarah). It’s one of the real highlights of our lives, a blessing for which we are eternally grateful! Today, we celebrated Sarah’s third gotcha day by going to Fun Central, a … Read more

Celebrating 4 Years With Ethan

Four years ago, Joleen and I were in Seoul, Korea to pick up Ethan. It’s one of the real highlights of our lives, a day for which we are very grateful to God! These four photos put the hours surrounding the pick-up of Ethan in a nutshell, from the meeting on February 11 to the … Read more

Sarah Turns Two!

Today is Sarah’s birthday—she’s two! We celebrated Sarah’s birthday yesterday on our day off. Thanks to Ethan and Sarah’s adoptions, we have lots to celebrate—birthdays (Sarah’s first birthday post) as well as gotcha days (Sarah’s first gotcha day and Ethan’s last one a month ago). Here are four photos from yesterday’s celebration and four from … Read more

Ethan’s Third Gotcha Day

February 12 is a special day in our family—it’s “gotcha day,” the day we got Ethan (we got Sarah on October 22). Three years ago, Joleen and I were in Korea to get Ethan, then an 8-month-old baby boy. Each year, we’re able to talk about the meaning of the day a bit more. You … Read more

Sarah’s First Gotcha Day

One year ago today, Joleen and I were in Seoul, Korea welcoming Sarah into our family (one day after meeting her for the first time). This week, we’ve been remembering our trip to Korea last October. That’ll continue tomorrow (one year since our first full day with Sarah) and Sunday (the anniversary of the long … Read more