Mark and I are excited to announce that we are going to be parents again! We are adopting an adorable little boy from Korea. I want so badly to share his picture with you, but we are not allowed to post pictures of him until our adoption is finalized. I will describe him for you though! He is 16 months old, with curly dark hair and beautiful brown eyes. He is a little small for his age, but is either ahead or on time with all of his developmental milestones. We are planning on naming him Judah, which means, “praise.” We definitely praise God for this special little boy!
Adoption can be quite a long and arduous process. It kind of reminds me of the movies I’ve seen about boot camp or SEAL training. Only the strong survive! I didn’t know if we would make it, but Mark and I are almost there. We can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are just days away from traveling to Korea to meet our little guy for the first time! As long as our court hearing goes well, we should be traveling back to Korea in another month or two to pick up the newest member of the Lee clan.
We are amazed at the many ways God has worked to bring about this adoption. First, He had to work on our own hearts. Since we already have four children, the idea of adopting one more seemed overwhelming. What if we can’t handle it all? Can we afford the expense of international adoption? How will we manage two trips to Korea within a short amount of time? Who will watch our kids? One phrase that kept speaking to us was this: “Where God guides, God provides.” Ultimately, we knew that if God was leading us in this direction, then He would provide everything that we needed.
And He has. Our wonderful family and many dear people from our church have given of their time to help watch our children while we are gone and have also given financially to help cover our travel costs. We are so grateful for everyone who has been so generous toward us! We have also been blessed us with an overwhelming sense of peace. Throughout much of this adoption journey, we have experienced so many moments of anxiety. There is such a fear of the unknown. Recently, though, we have experienced a great peace and confidence that God has big plans for this little boy. We don't need to fear, we just need to trust. The adoption process has definitely stretched our faith and made us step out of our comfort zones. I can’t wait to see what He has in store, and I can't wait to share pictures of our little guy with you when our adoption journey is completed!
We are still in the process of raising funds to help cover our final adoption expenses as well as our two trips to Korea. If you would like to contribute, here is the link:https://www.gofundme.com/2d65744 Thank you!