Sunday, April 22, 2012

Another Great Day

Sorry for the delayed post, but I could not keep my eyes open another minute once we got home, so thanks for waiting!

One of the great things about our hotel is it has a washer and dryer...and they happen to be the same machine. The challenge is that unfortunately in the booklet that the hotel left, they have a different washer/dryer pictured. So...I randomly pushed buttons for the washer and i was able to wash our clothes, but when it was time to dry I had to go to the front desk and ask, since my attempt to dry set the clothes into a second wash cycle. If you're wondering which button to press for drying it's the last one on the right before the big dial. It's funny, I tried to take the clothes out of the dryer early, but I could not open the door to save my life. I was pulling with both hands yanking at the door, but I suppose since the screen said "hot" it was dangerously too hot. Our clothes came out perfectly dry and they hadn't shrunk either, so I'll take that as a win!!!

It was another cold, wet, and rainy day, so when we called our friend Brian he suggested visiting a museum, which we thought was a great idea! Before we met with him though we wanted to go to the World Cup Stadium and EMart. Matt had been dying to ride the subway, so we took off on our mile trek to find the subway. While walking we noticed that the construction barriers all had artwork. Pretty cool, huh?

This piece of artwork has trees growing out of it.

I'm sure you can tell what this is.

If you love cats then this is the one for you! We finally made it to the subway and made our trip over to World Cup. When we arrived at World Cup we went to the Home Plus Store, which has EVERYTHING in it. What we actually bought at Homeplus was all of the toys that we wanted to buy at EMart. I was also trying to find some clothes as souvineers. At one shop a sweet lady asked why we were in Korea. I explained that we were here adopting our son. She and the owner of the store automatically started crying, and then the shop owner gave us a gift of socks and some masks for Gavin. I was very touched by their reaction. However, it definitely was food for thought in regards to the country's views on adoption, etc...

Sorry got side tracked. After Homeplus we headed to the War Memorial of Korea. It was a very interesting museum. As you are walking towards the entrance there's a "hall" where they have all of the soldiers names listed who sacrificed their lives during the Korean War.

This drum was made to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the ROK armed forces. Absolutely gorgeous!

We learned quite a bit about the Turtle Ship pictured below, as well as many other aspects about the military history of Korea. Matt really loved the museum with all of it's diverse exhibits. Outside there are many sculptures as well as military vehicles, planes, etc... We would have walked around longer, but we were getting pretty cold.

So....we headed to Itaewon! We quickly did a little bit of shopping and then it was time for dinner! And yes, I happen to have a picture of it! It was AMAZING!!! It makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Just in case you're wondering...we had 1 order of pork, and 3 orders of beef and they had to replace the coals once, LOL. I'm really going to miss this style of cooking...sigh.

More artwork as we walked home from the subway station.

The last two days have been cold and rainy. Matt is not holding my umbrella upside down. It is a constant battle between me and the wind fighting for the use of my umbrella!!!! Unfortunately, this means I haven't been able to take as many pictures outside, but hopefully we'll see the sun today or tomorrow!

I know what you're thinking...where are the pics of Gavin? They are coming soon to a blogpost for you. In less than 12 hours we will finally meet our sweet boy. :-)

I'm praying that the transition is easy for Gavin's foster mother, that the ache in her heart will ease quickly. I know it's her job, but what a special job...To be able to give so much love and care freely and unselfishly to someone who will only be with you for a short amount of time. His foster family will always have a special place in our hearts and we hope to keep in contact as he grows older.Mere words or even gifts can express the gratitude we feel towards this special family. It's overwhelming when I think about it.

Thank you for your love and support over the past year. I know we couldn't have made it this far without you!!! We'll see you later!!! :-)

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  1. Counting down those hours with you!

  2. Thinking of you and so happy to know that you are only hours away from holding your son. I love the pics of Korea and can't wait to see Gavin!
    - Stacie

  3. Following your journey through your blog. Glad you are having such a great time. Praying a special prayer for you, your husband, Gavin and the foster family. May God help everyone transition easily and quickly. Can't wait to meet this young man in person. Barb

  4. My thoughts are with you! You have waited SO long and this is such an exciting time! Lots of love from Houston!