Yes I am done sending packages! In fact in less than 2 weeks I will meet Edric face to face! We are super excited and we are in the process of getting everything packed and ready to go. And so instead of packing a ziplock baggie I have gotten to pick out and pack gifts to take. (And I get the joy of taking 8-10 packages over for families who are waiting)
So for our dear social worker in Korea who has sent Edric’s photos each month to our agency, seen him, given him the packages and watched over him these past few years I found some lotion and soap and specialty Colorado honey. Clint and I found this honey when we were in Ouray and it is so good and comes in all different flavors. Gift giving in the Korean culture is very important and it is not the gift that is important but rather the thought and gesture. I also am giving the head social worker some lotion and soap and we have some soaps wrapped up to give to our court translator after court.
For all those that work in the office and manage the day to day of the agency we got a group gift bag that has some assorted Mountain Man treats. We’ve been told that nuts and dried fruit are loved by Koreans and so we included a lot of those in the gift.
For Foster Mom and Dad we got a few things. I don’t know how to tell those that have been raising my son and loving on him the past two years thank you. I know this is far inadequate but I hope it is a token of our appreciation. I found a Vera Bradley purse and some lotion and soap. There are two jars of the honey, peach and apple cinnamon flavored. I also found two Colorado glasses and a big book of Colorado photography that is beautiful. And we had to include a Denver Bronco’s hat. Again I know it comes nowhere close to being adequate enough, but I hope they understand our deepest thanks.
And now to the things for Edric! I found this cute bag and fell in love with it. We will send it with him and have foster mom fill it up for when we take custody (hopefully in September sometime). And then all sorts of things that we can take to play with him during our meetings. We will probably take about ½ of them for our first time and then the other ½ for the second visit. We have Play-doh and cookie cutters and doh-stamps, a helicopter that has lights and makes noise, two balls that light up, stickers, bubbles, dried blueberries and goldfish crackers. I think we will have lots of fun playing. I can’t wait!
And so those are all nicely packed away as we count down the days!