“My husband and I have been contacted by 2 families within the past couple of months who are preparing to make their journeys to Korea. Just like we did in May of ’09, these families will board a plane with their own suitcases, plus one extra duffle with the items they hope will make a good impression on their new little family member. I am envious of the thrill and adventure they have ahead of them! I always tell people that adoption is the biggest, most thrilling, most mind-blowing leap of faith you can take. As fulfilling as my life is, I don’t think I will ever experience anything so exciting as the anticipation leading up to and meeting our son for the first time.
My husband and I recanted our stories and coached the families on what to bring and do. I thought about my huge red duffle that I packed with 60 pounds of “what ifs” and “just in cases”. “What if he has allergies to the soap we use? I’ll pack unscented detergent and soaps.” “What if he doesn’t like cotton and prefers fleece? I’d better bring 2 blankets!” “Just in case he gets a rash, flu, or fever, I have my emergency medical kit!”. What I didn’t know was that #1, his wonderful foster family would send us home with everything we could have possibly needed, including a big stuffed bumblebee, formula, diapers, pollock soup, burp cloths and several outfits. #2, much to our relief as first time parents, Maximus didn’t really need anything else. At 8 months, he just wanted to be clean, fed, and entertained.”
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