Thursday, May 5, 2011

children's day

Today, May 5th, Korea celebrates Children's Day , which celebrates children of all ages. It was founded by the Korean children's writer Pang Chong-hwan in 1923 as a way to instill in the children a sense of independence and national pride and became a public holiday in 1975. Children's Day highlights the dignity of children and their need for love, care and respect. It is also a day to honor adults that have contributed to improving the lives of children. Many cities have parades and public activities and museums, zoos, amusement parks, and movie theaters offer free admission to children. Traditional games, such as yut are played. Gifts are given to children from their parents and from stores that the children visit during Children's Day. - WACAP
The board for the game Yut 
*Image from Wikipedia

In other happenings we have an official I600 approval (!!!!!) from USCIS Homeland Security and are completely cleared to bring Sweet Pea home.  Things are just falling into place and we should be able to travel, Lord willing, in 6-12 weeks.  Obviously we are praying hard to travel in 6 weeks which would fall around June 13th :)

With all the life changes coming up we are just overwhelmed with knowing how to process everything!  I have moved on from crying throughout each day to just being a little numb and overwhelmed.  David and I were just talking about how we aren't sure where to focus our energy.  There is so much to be done in order to prepare for the move and so many emotions surrounding it all but yet, there is so much surrounding the joyful arrival of our baby girl's homecoming!  I don't want to miss out on any opportunity to love and welcome Sweet Pea home, this is the one and only chance we get but... at the same time I don't want to miss the opportunity to gracefully leave Spokane and enter into living over seas.  Maybe these anxieties are just a distraction from what I'm really supposed to be putting my energy into.  It's all very confusing and coming on so fast!  Am I making any sense!?

I feel good that we've gotten these things done for the move:
*Scheduled physicals for Norah and myself
*Sheduled our International Drivers Permit test (eek!, autobahn here we come!)
*Applied for our military passports
*Booked our tentative flights for July 25th
*Dental appointments


Aaron said...

I don't know about parades and such, but I sure did see a lot of Koreans playing golf today. : ) Hope things work out so I can see you guys when you come to get Sweet Pea. Also, congrats Dave on the assignment!

Mary P. said...

Wow, soo many wonderful and amazing changes coming for you guys....I can hardly process it all myself! :) I love reading all of your updates and of course The Blomgrens are in our prayers! I am so full of happiness for everything that is going on in your lives! -Mair


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