Today was such a great day! We are so blessed! We were early to Holt because I couldn't wait any longer. The place was swarming with babies and I hated sitting in the waiting room not knowing if Ollie was sitting next to me or not. Turns out he wasn't, he arrived a little late with foster parents in tow. He was so smiley and happy. He let us hold him and kiss him. We had an interpreter so we could talk with the foster parents. They gave us an album full of pictures of him. (plus 2 rolls of film to develop when we get home!) They have had him since he was 6 weeks old and they love him so much. They have fostered 2 other babies but they were both escorted home so they never got to meet the adoptive families. They were so excited to meet us and they asked us if we were christians. When we said yes, his FM was so happy because they have been praying Ollie would be raised in a christian home. They go to a large Presbyterian church (where the foster father works) and it turns out Oliver has been going to church every Sunday with them. They invited us to come home with them for lunch. We got to witness Ollie's pre-flight exam and then we all piled in their van. He fell asleep on me on the way there. (they don't use carseats here) He's a thumb sucker!!
Ansley- help me out here, I know that sometimes the families are invited out to lunch by the foster family but have you EVER heard of one that went this far to be hospitable? They cooked us a wonderful, large, traditional Korean meal and then they wanted to take us sight-seeing. We said good-bye to our baby who stayed with his foster sister since it was so cold out. The FM spoke no english and the FF only spoke a little bit. Due to the language barrier, they could never tell us where we were going. They first took us to an awesome palace that was built 700 years ago. Then we took a cable car up a mountain to the tallest building in Seoul. It's called Seoul Tower and it looks a lot like the Space Needle. We went to the top and we saw Seoul from a bird's eye view. Then they drove us downtown to a very ritzy department store. There were several resturants on the top floor and we ate dinner at a steakhouse. Wasn't that so nice of them to show us around Seoul? Well it gets better, they insisted on paying for everything! They even bought us keychain souvenirs! I have prayed that Oliver would have wonderful foster parents and today proves that God provided just that. We are so grateful.
We are moving out of the guest house and into a hotel tomorrow afternoon. The hotel will have wifi so we can download all the pics from today onto our laptop and I can share some of them with you. I am typing this on the guesthouse's decade old computer. I can't wait for you all to see little Oliver!
By the way, his foster parents call him Jun-Seok. Not as cute as thumper!