Two years ago, the Robinsons were waiting.
Were waiting for a very special phone call.
While they waited, they Wished Upon a Star, for all their dreams to come true.
On October 21, 2008, at approximately 9:15pm, that phone call came.
When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you
If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do
Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing
Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true
One year ago today, just after 9pm, Matt and I became parents – and to think, we almost didn’t answer the phone.
This is the first picture we ever saw of our son – and couldn’t stop looking at until we had him in our arms in Seoul.
We never posted our referral pictures last year – we felt they were too personal. But you have all stuck with us through the past year and now is the perfect opportunity to share.
I really can’t imagine our life without him. Alex is our everything.
Christine from 12,450 Miles was kind enough to update the referral calendar she made us in August to reflect Alex’s referral and the new anticipated travel time. Thanks so much!
New Referral Calendar
So we have a few delays. Our AP was to fax her report to the Bridge ASAP – however she preferred to courier it – so now the coordinator at Children’s Bridge will not be able to process our package until next Wednesday. Last night we went to the bank – and hopefully everything will be set up by the end of the day. Once we get our bank draft, we can send our papers to the Bridge. I want everything off our dining room table by 5pm tomorrow night.
We have also been alerted that Alex has a rash on his navel – on and off for the last 2 months! … I just want him here so we can take care of him!
On other news – the computer situation is not good. Turns out it is believed that something is wrong on the motherboard – and because it is a laptop, we would need to purchase a replacement for them to test it out. So…. spend $3-400 to attempt to diagnose the problem on a 4 year old machine … or get a new machine. Looks like the latter is going to happen – so long as I find time to go look at some machines. My supervisor is advocating the Mac… while that would be nice… it is not in our budget right now… So it might have to be a Dell 😦 We’ll see. I hope to have this figured out by Saturday afternoon.
Sorry I haven’t posted about what’s going on before now – Things have been very busy around here and we’ve barely been home.
First of all, thank you so very much for all of the messages and e-mails – we are so very blessed to have such a wonderful friends and family! We can’t wait for you all to meet our little man.
Some general details on him – his Korean name is Kaeul – it means “the fall”. He was born in early May, and was a healthy weight – still is too! We have not decided upon a Canadian name – we have the “short list” determined… problem is we both have large families with lots of boys – and most of our friends have boys – so lots of names are taken 😉 I want to post pics… but I dont’ think we will until we get him – so if you want to see a picture, e-mail me at klarobinson215(at)gmail(dot)com.
The next steps:
- We received Kaeul’s child study on Thursday morning, and have been reviewing his family history, medical history, and information on his sleeping, eating, and general habits (he is just perfect!!!)
- This afternoon we are meeting with our doctor for our second twinwix shots – and will have him review the medical information on Kaeul at the same time.
- This weekend I’m attending AdoptTalk – and adoption workshop for Children’s Bridge (in Mississauga). Unfortunately Matt has another commitment and won’t be able to attend – although he is going to try to get there for Sunday’s talk. Sunday they will be discussing travelling to get your baby. I’m really looking forward to meeting Barbara and Karen – save me a spot girls!
- Monday afternoon we meet with our Adoption Practitioner to fill out all of the forms and commitment to Kaeul.
- Tuesday we go to the bank…
- On Wednesday we hopefully will be ready to send everything back to Children’s Bridge.
- They will then send for a Letter of No Objection from the Ministry (takes 2-3 weeks)
- Once the LONO is received, our package goes back to the Canadian Embassy in Korea for Visa processing
- So in 2.5-3 months, we will be travelling to bring ???? Matthew Kaeul Robinson home!!
We will keep you up to date on the progress!
Well, tonight we were just watching tv, relaxing, vegging out, when at about 9:15pm there was a phone call. It was a number I’ve never seen before, and I almost screened it, but decided to answer the call. It was the South Korea coordinator from Children’s Bridge. They were calling to let us know that we have… A SON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is right!!! It happened!! We have our baby! He is absolutely perfect! We can’t wait to meet him.
We had been waiting only 2 months and 6 days for our referral.
I am in SHOCK, actually I think we both are – but also ecstatic!!!!!! We will share more details once we meet with our Adoption Practitioner to go over his paperwork which will arrive on Thursday and meet with the doctor (we ironically had an apt. on Friday anyhow!).
I don’t think we will sleep tonight. Thank you for everyone’s prayers… they worked!
Today we received our bi-weekly update from our agency (well Matt did – for some reason I didn’t get one) … and sadly there were no updates about the South Korea program… however… I know of an update! One of the lovely people I have met through this blog received her referral… TODAY! They received a referral for a little boy, and their dossier went to Korea in mid July … just one month before ours! Congratulations Barbara and Andy! I look forward to meeting you at the upcoming Adopt Talk (we have the same agenacy).
I am trying not to get my hopes up… but knowing that so many referrals are happening so quickly makes me very excited at the prospect of getting a referral soon. If the trend continues, it could be as early as in a couple of weeks, but we know it averages at 6-8 months… if that is the case we obviously still have a while to wait.
This weekend I’m hoping to finish some Christmas projects and get a real start on the nursery… just in case!
Today we received a new Children’s Bridge update. In the last 2 weeks there have been three referrals received – a 5 month-old baby girl, and two 5 month-old baby boys – waits were 3 to 4 months. But this past week there have been referrals for five boys (5-7 months old) and the wait for referral was 2 to 4 months! Congratulations everyone!!
One of the things I love about having a blog is the interaction you get to have with people from all over. As you can see from the map I have on the right – people have visited this blog from all over the world! I have had the luck of meeting some really nice people who are going through the same things I am. One blogger is from the blog 12,450 Miles. Christine and her husband and Matt and I are both at about the same spot in the adoption process so it has been great corresponding with her. She designed a Referral Calendar to graphically represent the time line for their referral – and generously created one for us in our nursery colours!! So here it is – and Thank You again Christine!!
The Star represents when our Dossier went to Korea. The phone represents when we hope to get a phone call about our referral. The plan represents when we hope to travel!!!
In the last 2 weeks there have been 5 referrals to families through Children’s Bridge! While that is quite amazing itself, what is really amazing is that the referrals took 3 – 5 months to receive!! 3 Months! The average that we have been told are 6-8 months. How very exciting for all of those families.