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Dear Tommy, Today, we have been a family for 365 days – a whole year! And you have made every single one of those days brighter, more joyful, and it’s impossible to imagine our life before you. You are the glue that holds our family together – our days are full – of love, of […]

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April 27, 2022 will always hold a special place in our hearts and these photos are truly a gift. We’ll look back on these for decades to come – remembering our sleepy, sweet, brave, and resilient son on the day all of our lives changed forever. Photos taken by WelkinLight Photography at Changdeokgung Palace to […]

family photo at Changdeokgung Palace

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April 27, 2022 – a day we will remember forever. The day we became a family! After 2.5 years of hurdles and delays and a pandemic and a cross country move – we officially welcomed our brave, loving, resilient, sweet boy into our family. Tommy, you are loved, wanted, chosen, and the biggest blessing in […]

grant, hilari, and tommy in front of a palace

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AKA the BEST TRIP EVER! We left as 2 and came back as 3. To be honest, this trip was such a blur – it went so quickly and was filled with so much joy. Preparing for our second trip to Seoul has been completely different than the first trip! On April 1, Korea changed […]

grant and hilari outside airport

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Like everything with adopting during a pandemic, our first trip did not go as planned. It was an amazing trip, but not quite the trip we had in mind when we left Chicago on March 19th!! Sunday, March 27 Well, we made it through quarantine! I am not exaggerating when I say that the past […]

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Well, we made it and are officially in the same country as our sweet baby boy! It is so surreal and doesn’t even feel like we are really here yet – probably because we are stuck in quarantine for a couple more days. We can’t wait to start exploring and most importantly, meet nugget on […]

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Last time I shared an adoption update, we were waiting for a judge and a court date. Well, we have both – and we leave in less than 2 weeks! Full adoption timeline here. We have the Thursday judge and our court date is March 31, 2022 at 10:15am local time (so Wednesday evening in […]

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While we are waiting for a judge and assigned court date in Seoul, we are very anxiously and excitedly preparing for our trip to Korea! We will be traveling to Korea sometime in the next 6-12 weeks (for one 6-7 week trip) to quarantine (10 days), meet our sweet boy, go to court, take custody, […]

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