Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Here he is!!!!!!

We finally met our precious baby boy today!!

After arriving at Eastern Social Welfare Society at 9:40 am this morning (with the help of our new, wonderful Korean friend, Jay....more on him later), we were taken into a computer room to complete some paperwork. Our Korean social worker kept saying that Josiah YeJoon "is the MOST handsome baby she has ever seen". We completely agree. ;-)

She then lead us into the "playroom" where we got our cameras ready (Jay was wonderful and maned the video camera, which was SO awesome!!). Josiah's foster dad was holding him as they walked through the door.

Here is our first glimpse of each other....


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The foster mother is hidden behind the father in the photo. She was quite emotional, as expected, but kept looking at Josiah and pointing to me saying "Omma" (Mother) and smiling at him through her tears.

Josiah came to me very easily and played with toys on the soft ground. He would stare at me and Josh, studying us so intently.

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Josiah is just perfect. He is calm and sweet and gentle. His comfort item is the little blue blankie we sent to him in his care package a few months ago. You can tell he loves it as he kept snuggling his little nose in it. So precious!!

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Isn't he just the sweetest thing ever?!?

It is incredibly obvious how well loved and taken care of Josiah YeJoon is by his foster parents. What a huge blessing this is to us!! We are forever thankful to them for loving him so dearly these past 10 months. It wil be VERY VERY hard for the 3 of them when it's time for them to say good-bye. I'm getting all teary-eyed just thinking about it now.

We were thrilled beyond words to receieve a photo album from them filled with photos of Josiah with captions! What an amazing gift to have these....for us and most importantly for Josiah so he can look back on the time he spent with them in Korea.

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Daddy was the one getting all of the smiles and giggles out of our son today! Josiah thought he was pretty funny.

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Talk about melting my heart! I'm a HUGE puddle after seeing Josh and Josiah together. Look at my two favorite men....

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Josiah's hair is thick and dark and sticks up every-which way. Love it!

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After about 30 minutes into our visit, our social worker and the foster family left the room to give the 3 of us time together as a family. Josiah would occasionally look around for them, but never cried. He was content to be held, play with toys, snuggle his "lovie", and be entertained by his daddy.

Meeting Josiah 4

Josh is already an amazing father. These 2 certainly have a tight hold on my heart....

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Josiah loved looking at and tugging on my "Josiah" necklace that Josh gave me for Mother's Day....

Meeting Josiah 2

To say that we are absolutely positively incredibly IN LOVE with our baby boy is an understatement....

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When the foster family came back into the room, Josiah spotted them right away and started to whine and reach for them. The foster dad then took him and put him in a front style carrier - adorable! The foster mother started to cry after we hugged. I just kept thanking her over and over and over. We then said our good-byes and will meet again at the agency on Thursday at 4:00 pm (Korea time, so that will be early Thursday am for you in the US).

Our hearts are overflowing with love and joy right now. We are finally complete. We have waited so long for this day to come and it has been worth every single second, every single struggle. Josiah has always been meant to be our child and we are blessed to be his parents. The Lord's hand brought us together.....only He could of made this happen. To HIM be the glory!!

It's getting late here, so we're off to bed now. Looking forward to another fantastic day in Seoul. We have fallen in love with Korea. It is truly the most special place I've ever visited. My heart has found a home here.......and a son.





83 comments:

  1. soooooo incredibly happy for the 3 of you! Of course I am crying tears of joy! Congratulations!!

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  2. Oh, what a perfect day you've had! Thanks so much for sharing it. The three of you are a beautiful family!

    Enjoy the rest of your time in Seoul. I can't wait to read about it.

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  3. This is the post we all have been waiting for!!! Such an emotional time for everyone, including those of us following along. I pray the rest of your trip goes just as well as this first meeting.
    Can't wait to see more pictures of your new family - you look GREAT together!!

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  4. oh my, I couldn't contain the tears! That is so amazing and absolutely beautiful, thank you so much for sharing. You (and your hubby) look so happy and Josiah is gorgeous!

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  5. Your pictures are darling. He is just absolutely beautiful and you two are glowing as new parents. Congratulations and can't wait to hear that you are safely home with your family of 3.

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  6. What an amazing day. Congrats to you!

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  7. Oh my goodness. I'm in tears. Praise God for your beautiful, sweet son!! I am so happy for y'all!!

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  8. Rachel & Josh...I'm so very happy for you guys! Your son is absolutely beautiful. I am getting emotional just reading and seeing pictures of Josiah & your first meeting with him. Thank you so much for allowing us to follow your journey!

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  9. Beaming over here! And what a MUCH better way to do this... the husband and I call the CCAA version of this day "the shock and awe method." Thanks for sharing your day with us. It won't be long before you snuggle him every day and every night.

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  10. Oh my word. He's absolutely perfect!I love his soulful look in some of those photos. I can't even think straight I'm so happy for you all!!!

    Amazing, just amazing.

    [It brings me back so much to our day that I actually think J looks like he could be S's cousin or something! Talk about assimilating!]

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  11. oh, I can hardly type through the tears! Thank you so much for letting us be part of this amazing journey God has had you on. What a privileged it was to pray for you and now see these beautiful pictures!!

    I am just bursting with JOY for you!!!

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  12. Rachel, i am sitting here in tears seeing you with your beautiful son.

    i was remembering what you had written on my post the day we met Cohen, that you just had to wait your turn. it's your turn!!!!!!!! and how beautiful that moment was(is)! thank you for sharing!

    and isn't Seoul wonderful???!!!! so happy for all of you!

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  13. So happy for the 3 of you! Rileigh likes the cars on his shirt and Maddy asked if we could go to Korea to see you guys! thanks for sharing. Isn't it the most amazing thing to hold your child for the first time?? Enjoy the rest of you trip and we are praying for safe and uneventful travels home! God is great!

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  14. Oh, he is so precious! And he is so handsome, too! I'm so very happy for you two, for your family! Praying that everything continues smoothly, and that you have a safe trip home with you SON!!!!

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  15. Rachel!!!! It's so wonderful to finally see you there with your son. It's amazing! He looks absoulutely sweet and perfect.

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  16. you were second of my prayer list this morning. when i opened your blog just now i teared up before i even read a word. a life changing day! thanks for the update!!

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  17. He's so, so beautiful!!! What a perfect day! You look AMAZING as a family of 3!!!!

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  18. What a wonderful post... Best so far I must say. Mainly because theat beautiful baby boy is in your arms.

    Congratulations.

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  19. he IS incredibly handsome! what awesome foster parents! i'm so happy for you!

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  20. Oh my gosh, Rachel. This has been such a blessing to watch you and Josh through this journey! What a beautiful boy he is! I'm so excited for you three! I cannot IMAGINE how emotional this is for y'all. Congratulations and thanks for continuing to blog!

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  21. Oh my gosh. I am bawling. Tears of joy for you and Josh! So excited for you. And that baby, he is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for sharing this journey with us!

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  22. You've made me cry...so happy for you! Josiah is absolutely beautiful and handsome and adorable! Awwww....

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  23. I've been following your blog for awhile now and am so excited that you are finally united with him! Looking forward to seeing lots of photos and hearing more about your new family. God bless! :o)

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  24. Thank you for posting! I am so happy for all of you, the pictures are just beautiful! Josiah is such a gorgeous boy, Congrats!

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  25. I cried through this ENTIRE post! YAY! Seeing him with you two is just amazing, congratulations!!!!

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  26. OK, here I am crying at work again! I loved, loved reading your post today. Josiah may literally be the cutest baby I've ever seen. Seriously. And you guys look so wonderful all together. Thanks for letting us share in your journey Rachel.

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  27. I'm totally i n tears for you guys God is so great and gracious! Josiah is just perfect!!!!!

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  28. Beautiful!!! So very happy for you. What a wonderful foster family Josiah has had!!!

    Our daughter has chewed on that little push-top toy in one of the pictures! :)

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  29. It is truly amazing to see Josiah in your arms after all the long months of waiting and praying for this day! What a good God we serve! So happy to see your family finally complete. Happy tears for you today, my friend :)

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  30. Words can not express how happy I am for you!

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  31. Yay!! I am so excited for you. What a beautiful day you all had. Josiah is so very cute. What a blessing. Another family has been made.

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  32. How wonderful! I am all teary-eyed now! This is the best day ever :)

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  33. Happy tears! Congrats!!! He is adorable/

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  34. I LOVE all his hair!!!

    Seriously you guys are the cutest family ever!

    I was able to keep the tears back until your last line... then it hit me. :)

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  35. tears filled my eyes as i read what you wrote. all that time you waited has come to an end. i am so incredibly happy for you, the 3 of you, the new family!

    the pictures are great... keep them coming :)

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  36. WOW! There are no words just happy tears that you finally have your boy in your arms.

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  37. Oh Rachel - it must seem so surreal to actually be there and have your son in your arms!!! Those are INCREDIBLE pictures!! I'm sure you will treasure them forever.

    Seeing you all as a family - your huge smile, that amazing sweet boy, Josh being a daddy - I just have no words!!!

    So happy for you. So crying happy tears for you!!

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  38. It looks like your family of 3 is doing so well! I pray for the rest of your week and the transition of Josiah into your family! Best wishes!

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  39. Your post brought tears to my eyes! How awesome!

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  40. I'm so excited for you. I'll say a special prayer for the hearts of that sweet foster family! What a tough job, he's blessed to have all of you!!

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  41. Girl I am CRYING! CRYing! That picture of Josiah smiling at Josh started it and then the one where he is looking at your necklace. JOYFUL tears.
    Isn't it wonderful to know that you sent him a piece of love (his blanket) months ago, and it is now his cherished comfort. All you could think about was the Love you were sending him, when he's been loving on you too!!!!
    THis was beautiful, thank you SO much for sharing with us. I need a tissue, I can't see anymore.

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  42. I am crying and praising God for your wonderful blessing, your SON! How amazing! God is good!

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  43. Rachel, I'm crying like a baby over here! I can't wait to talk to you and hear more about it. And of course I can't wait to meet sweet little Josiah in person! Have a great time exploring Korea and getting to know your son. Love ya lots!

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  44. Awwww...my heart is melting for you guys. Love all the pics and to see Josiah with his parents! It's fun to see how much bigger he got :)

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  45. being a mother and knowing how you are feeling, all the love in the world...i cried like a baby seeing you meet your son and all the wonderful things happening in your lives. God's richest blessing to you and your now amazing family!!!

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  46. What a little darling! The love in that room is so evident. CONGRATULATIONS!!

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  47. I am so happy for you Rachel...this is such an amazing story. And the pictures are priceless. I fully understand your excitement, anticipation, and love that you have for your baby. For those of us that have waited so LONG to have that special bond and then finally receive it is truly a blessing!!!

    I can not get over how sweet the pics are of Josiah looking at you...I can already see a connection.

    Praising the Lord for your gift today!

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  48. Rachel, i'm officially blubbering, so I can only imagine how the two of you are feeling. I am so excited so you. Sam and I did a little celebratory dance in our living room today to commemorate your family uniting....GOD BLESS YOU! P.S. Josiah is A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E! CUTE! CUTE! CUTE!

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  49. Congratulations! I am a sobbing mess right now. So happy for you guys!

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  50. What an amazing time in life for all of you! Only the Lord can do these kinds of miracles-how incredible to have such a loving family watch over him until now-and what a joy to be able to see them delight in Josiah joining your family! Yea!!!

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  51. aww rachel, it seems like just the other day you were posting his picture for the very first time. even though it probably seems so much longer ago for you! rejoicing with you all today, especially that sweet wild-haired boy of yours. here's to MANY many "mommy" blog posts ahead!

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  52. Amazing! So very happy for you and your family!

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  53. Rachel, He is soo cute!!! Love all the pictures of the new family... thanks for sharing...

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  54. Thanks, Rachel... I needed a good cry! ;-)

    I'm so happy for you guys! God bless all three of you!

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  55. Congratulations on your new addition! I'm so thrilled for you two. He is adorable! God's blessings to you and your family!

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  56. Oh Rachel! I cried so hard reading this post! Congratulations on the union of your family!

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  57. Tears of joy for your family! Thanks for sharing!

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  58. Beautiful pictures - especially the one of him looking up at you. He is so handsome! That was us just eight months ago in Seoul (with the SWS), but it was such an awesome experience. You are going to have so much fun with your little man. We are so in love with our little Daniel (16 mos).

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  59. oh, rachel!!!!

    i'm not sure what to write?

    i love following all of these journeys. it keeps ours to rubin so alive in my heart.

    hooray. i am so happy for you. and, IT'S ABOUT TIME we get to see that gorgeous boy in your arms.

    lovely.

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  60. What an amazing experiece! God is so good! I am also crying tears of joy for your family!

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  61. Hooray for your family! How sweet that Josiah has the blanket you sent to him. Your journey as a family has begun. Safe travels to all of you.

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  62. I'm crying tears of joy as I read your post!! So very happy for your FINALLY completed family!! And how cute that Josiah was snuggling with the little lovie blanket that you sent in his care pkg months ago! I'm so happy for you and enjoy your blog. I can't wait to experience what you're going through in about 5 months!

    Sheryl in MN

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  63. He is absolutely beautiful! I am so happy for all 3 of you. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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  64. What a beautiful post! Your first meeting was a joy and a blessing. Thank you for sharing so much about it.

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  65. YAY!!! I couldn't be more happy for you and your beautiful family of 3. Anxiously awaiting more pictures and stories as your journey as a new mom continues.

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  66. Cannot get over how perfect your little family is, Rach! I love it! He is just the most handsome baby ever! A huge congrats - thank you so much for keeping us updated, because we've been on pins and needles over here! :)

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  67. He is beautiful! So happy for you!!!

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  68. This is sooooo fun to see you together...playing, loving, looking, hugging, laughing. The best! Congratulations. Looking forward to seeing & reading more about your trip in Seoul. Cannot believe we were in that play room just a couple of weeks ago. Wow.

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  69. What a wonderful story!
    I just got caught up on your blog. I am so happy that you have your baby!
    Congratulations! Praying that the adjustments go well.

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  70. So very happy for you!!!!!! He is just precious and you can see how well he was loved and cared for he was by his foster family. Praying you have a safe journey home and that Josiah's foster family finds comfort in the knowledge that Josiah is going to be so loved by you & Josh. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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  71. Yay!! So exciting!! I am so happy for all of you! :)

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  72. Rachel and Josh and Josiah! My heart SINGS for you!!!! What an amazing day! What an amazing God we have....sinding you airplanes full of love and wonderful wishes!!! Love you guys!
    Darcy - John - Matthew too!

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  73. Found your blog..

    So happy for you! Congrats!! That last picture of Josiah is so sweet.........God is amazing!

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  74. Praise the Lord! Like everyone else, I just bawled through this entire post :)
    Beautiful family!

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  75. You had me bawling my eyes out at: "Isn't he just the sweetest thing ever?!?"

    YES HE IS!!!

    I feel SO sick right now and am hoping it's you know what! We've been waiting a year and a half for something to happen...and will adopt some day if this is only the flu...again.

    Thank-you for bringing me a long on your journey!!

    I LOVED LOVED LOVED those Korean kids I taught while I was in Busan!

    My little 3 year old, who's name was Grace, was most adorable. I miss those kids!!

    Hope we can have some SOON since my husband's Gramma is very ill...

    CONGRATS to you and your husband!!

    YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL BABY BOY :))

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  76. HE IS SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    Oh, I am crying tears of joy right now. SO happy for you!!!!!!!!

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  77. Tears are ROLLING down my face right now. This absolutely is the most beautiful story - thank you for sharing your journey!

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  78. I'm boo-whooing audibly right now as I read this precious post! My husband and I just now started the adoption process for our baby from Korea!!! This is such a long time coming for us, as was for you all. God is so faithful! Reading the words from your heart give me joy to see what we have to look forward to! Your little boy is beyond cute!!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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