Monday, October 12, 2009


I can't believe that in a few days our trip is going to be over! It has gone by so quickly! Yesterday we had an awesome day shopping and spending the day without anywhere we needed to be. We had a wonderful trip, but very little downtime to just wander around, so yesterday was that day.

When we were with the tourguides the other day we went to a really good restaurant in Insadong and we wanted to go back there again yesterday. We thought we knew exactly where it was, but Insadong is full of little side alleys that all look alike and we couldn't remember which alley we had gone down. It was pretty comical, really, lol! We wandered around forever looking for it, and we finally found it and had a wonderful lunch!

Then we wandered through the shops in Insadong for a while and I had to resist the urge to buy EVERYTHING!! I want reminders of Korea in our house and I so badly want to buy art and dishes and everything else, but of course that's not realistic. We have to get it all home! So we have bought some fun little souvineers but unfortuately not enough to completely redecorate my house. :)

This morning we're going to Namdaemun market, which is a huge outdoor market, to do some more shopping and then this afternoon we have another meeting at the agency to see Clarissa again!! YAY! :) We're coming armed with books and toys this time. :)

Tomorrow morning we're doing some last minute sightseeing and then at 2:00 we FINALLY get to take Clarissa with us for good. We'll go over to the agency and say our final goodbyes to the foster mother and then we'll bring Clarissa back to the hotel with us for the night and the next day we'll fly home. I'm so nervous about the final goodbyes. I'm trying not to think about it too much yet, but I know that tomorrow is going to be really hard.

For now we're off to start our day. It'sa beautiful day in Seoul and we're of to enjoy it!


Unknown said...

I will be thinking of you, Clarissa, and the foster parents tomorrow!

wendy (bookends)

JET said...

Praying for a smooth and easy transition for you all.

Jill said...

Hearing your story has made me want to know my daughter so much more! Thank you for documenting your journey for us waiters. It makes it so much more real.

God Bless!

Misty said...

Good luck with everything! I'll be thinking of you all! I know it'll be so hard with the goodbyes, but in the midst of all that, you'll have to think that it's your time, and your little girl is with her forever family now! :) I can't wait to hear more..and more and more!

Jessie Marshall said...

Just a lurker from CBHB, but I wanted to tell you how happy I am for your family. I will be thinking about your family tomorrow and wishing you all the best in your future. Your daughter is beautiful. She is so blessed to have a family that wants her and has put forth so much for her already. From 1 adopted person to another, congratulations on finally getting your forever family, Clarissa!

Rebecca said...

I hope the transition goes well! I am sure it will.

Have a great day shopping!

My5Blessings said...

Wendy, you are such a special person taking in so much of Clarissa's culture so you can tell her what a special place she came from! I hope you have a wonderful day with Clarissa! I am sure it will be hard to say goodbye to the people that have shown Clarissa so much love but at the same time I know that your family is where God has meant her to be. I am so excited to hear about when Josh and Matthew meet their new Sister! Our thoughts and prayers are with you for safe travel home and a fast and easy transition with Clarissa.
All the best!

Lucky Mama said...

Thanks for your posts about your trip. It makes it all seem real.