This is the part of adoption that's wonderful and hard at the same time (actually, most parts are like that)! We're simply waiting for movement as far as Liam's Emigration Permit (EP) goes. Once he is submitted for an EP and then approved for one, things go very quickly and we can expect our travel call very soon! I might have shared this earlier, but I'm hoping we'll be submitted in May or June or an EP, approved in July, hopefully traveling in August (or it could be September, for all I know).
In the meantime, I bought a few things for gifts recently! It's customary that when you go to pick up your child, you give gifts to the foster family, Holt staff, etc. We don't view this as an obligation - we WANT to honor these precious people with gifts of thanks! I'm still putting together a list of who I need to buy for, but I know that Liam is living with his foster mother and father, as well as a foster brother and sister (they're adults).
First, I printed out a list of gift ideas from the Holt forum. This was a HUGE help, because it was already compiled all in one place! I kind of highlighted or starred the ones I thought would be good, and I went to TJ Maxx. I was able to get two ties and dress socks for Liam's foster father, and slippers, spa/bath mitts, lotion, and a scarf for the foster mother. I bought a name-brand purse and scarf for the foster sister. I went to Bath and Body Works and got some trial-size lotions and body washes for the Holt workers (they're mostly all women, and they work at the Reception Center). I'm going to gather a few more things for their gift basket, and I'll need to get something for Liam's doctor and the main Social Worker at Holt Korea. I still need to pick up some things for the foster brother and add a few things here a there. I'll definitely go back to TJ Maxx, simply because they have name-brand items at value prices. I'm planning on getting gift bags and tissue and bringing them with me in the suitcase. I'm going to wrap everything once we're in Korea, because customs at the airport will look through your wrapped bags.
It has been SO fun to shop for the foster family and Holt workers so far! I love feeling like I'm preparing for travel and making progress. Also, if anyone else is adopting and looking for advice, I have found it to be very helpful to start shopping NOW and not wait until we're close to Travel Call or have just gotten Travel Call. I know how hectic those days will be when we're trying to make last minute plans, so anything that can be done ahead of time, I'm going to do!
Anyway, that's what I've been up to. I emailed one of our Holt workers and asked for an official word about the EP situation, and how they'll keep us informed about all of that. I also requested new pictures of Liam. I know it probably won't happen, but I always think it's worth a try!!
It's so incredible to think that hopefully by the end of this summer, we will be bringing Liam home or getting VERY close. I am just so ready to hug my little man and tell him how much I love him!
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