This past Friday, we had to meet with our social worker one last time. She just needed to clarify a detail with our home study. She also told us she was able to make contact with all our references and they were all "glowing" (glad to know our friends like us!). Then she gave us fantastic news that was a major answer to prayer. I wrote here about our concern regarding our move in summer of 2011 since Korea has recently become more restrictive of families moving during the adoption process. Our social worker contacted the Korea program coordinator in the Minnesota office, who contacted Eastern (the adoption agency in Korea), and explained the situation with military families to them. She let them know that we have NO choice about moving. Well praise God, Korea has given our agency permission to place children with military families no matter where we are stationed next as long as it is in the Continental US! This is not just for us, this applies to other military families who may adopt through them in the future. But I really sensed God's hand in this. This is a huge blessing!
In other news, it is out with the old and in with the new. The old being John's 2 door manual transmission Honda civic and the new being my new Hyundai Elantra Touring in black, with an automatic transmission. An automatic is a major plus in Washington, DC traffic! This is the first car we have bought together since we have been married. John was able to sell his car to one of his classmates which made for a very stress-free transaction. The new car is not exactly a mini-van, but it is definitely more family friendly.
We had a great weekend. On Friday, John and I had a date night and went to see the Terra Cotta Warriors at the National Geographic museum. They were amazing. Saturday, I got together with a couple friends to sign Easter cards and put together packages for some of the refugees from North Korea that are here in the U.S. Many of them are very lonely and completely cut off from their families in North Korea. Saturday we watched some movies (Netflix - love it!) and Sunday we went to church, and then did some studying (John - schoolwork, me - Perspectives).
Lastly, I wanted to thank those who left questions on my last post. I have responded to all of them on their blogs or through email, but I am happy to answer them or any other questions in an upcoming post if it could be helpful to anyone. Just let me know - I am always happy to answer questions.