Thursday, January 19, 2012


Question-Who is the beautiful and serene lady in our post today?
Answer-My foster mother

Since entering January I have definitely had thoughts of Korea swirling in my head. 2012 is what we have all been waiting for since we believe that we will soon be united with our baby boy.

Lately, I've been thinking about Gavin and his foster family and how 2012 signifies the END of loving and caring for this boy who has been a part of their family for almost a year.

I really admire the strength the foster families have. They care and love our babies through sickness and health, help them reach their important milestones, and then they are able to say goodbye and send them to a new country.

Gavin happens to be our foster family's first foster child so I hope that the transition will be as smooth as possible for them. Our goal is to be consistent about sending updates to Korea, so they know that he is doing well in his new home.


When we started the adoption process, I hoped to find information about my foster mother, so I could meet her when we traveled to Korea.

I was able to find some information. My foster mother was only a foster mother from November 1976 until May 1977, Essentially it's the dates from my birth until the day I arrived in America. I also have her name. However, my agency said without an address or ID number they would not be able to find her.

Was I disappointed? Yes.

I would have loved to have met her and have the chance of saying thank you for caring for me for the first 6 months of my life.
In my dreams I imagine that my foster mother would be pleased with my journey along life's path and she would be tickled pink that I was returning to Korea to adopt a son...

...and yes, I treasure the fact that I have her name, and have found one more link to my time that I lived in the ROK.

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


  1. Jen,
    I experienced the same thing. I wanted to contact my foster family to thank them and let them know about my life. Swsgave me her name but was unable to contact her for me.