Formerly known as "Cruzers in Korea"

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Little Slapper

Saturday, February 7, 2009
So here's part of an email Carol sent me at work recently:


Hey Baby!  I had a wonderful time at the orphanage.  My little slapper (Dong Hee) was very happy to see me when I came in.  She squealed and ran right to me.  We went to the park today. The kids climbed and enjoyed the fresh air.  When we returned to the orphanage, we took the kids up to their room and got their coats off and helped the nurse get them settled in for lunch.  It was a bit sad at the end.  Dong Hee was crying when we left.  It's hard to imagine that they can get so attached so quickly, but I guess they just really love the one on one attention.  I'll get to see her next week.  


The Cruzers came to Korea as four, but we may be leaving as five.  Carol's little slapper is a two year old Korean girl from the orphanage that she volunteers at.  She doesn't speak English so when she wants Carol's attention, she slaps her on the leg, hence "slapper".  There's also a little Korean-Russian girl that sticks out like a sore thumb among a group of Korean children.  Because of the Korean culture, it would be hard to imagine a Korean family adopting that girl but I could be wrong.  I know the Russian girl tugs at Carol's heart strings too.  After our trip to the Philippines, Carol and I have also talked about adopting a child from the PI.

This is Carol at one of her first outings with the orphanage.  The Busan International Women's Association (BIWA) took the kids to the beach.  Carol now visits the orphanage every week.

Lots to think about.  A little girl would be great.  I'm confident nothing but high-powered testosterone flows from my loins, so having a girl naturally might prove difficult.  More importantly, we have to think about the complications that Carol experienced during her prior pregnancies.  We definitely don't want to risk her health. 

It's funny.  We actually talked about adoption a couple of years ago.  I told Carol I had my eye on adopting this 17 year old Swedish blonde girl.  She responded that it would be nice to have a 17 year old Italian boy in the house.  Just kidding for those of you not in tune with the bizarre Cruz humor.

Who knows?  Maybe this is one of the reasons God saw fit for us to be in this part of the world.  Until next time -- C2


Em and the Fam

What a blessing to be in the orphanage and getting to know the little ones. I think Chris and I are ready to seriously start the process. Your Korean experience has us looking into that country. Pass on any info you gather while you look into it!

The Cruzers

Em - Will do! One of our friends out here adopted two Korean girls a while back. The girls are now adults residing in the US. I'm sure the regulations have changed a good bit since they adopted but he'll probably be a good source for advice. Still unsure of what's going to happen but we're definitely thinking about it. Hope all is well! Chris

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