Letter Writing from Seoul

Letter writing from Seoul…
How does one write a letter to the foster mother that has loved their child for months and then will hand the infant from their arms into ours today? Not the grammatical syntax or the proper sentence structure…not the appropriate heading or title, or wether it is sealed in a beautiful letterpress envelope.

…But how to you put into words tears of joy, of weeks of wiping tears and feeding bottles…of teaching how to eat from a spoon or playing clapping hand games to elicit gurgling laughter…

…how do you tell Mrs. Lee thank you, and reassure her that you will care and treasure this baby through boyhood…skinned knees and playground dust…teaching about our heavenly Father…learning the lessons of a gentleman…

…that you will give him not a house to live in, but a home…
not just a girl and boy, but a brother and sister…
not just caretakers, but a mother and a father…a family…a haven…a place where he will love and be loved…

And that all along every bit of work that she has done has been essential, important, necessary…

and that forever…we, and he, will be grateful.

Thank you Mrs. Lee, Thank you..

2 Comments

  1. Kijsa, how introspective! As I was growing up, we fostered newborn babies for 20 years. To this day, my mother receives Christmas cards, Mother’s Day cards, graduation announcements, wedding invitations, birth announcements from “our babies” that are now becoming parents themselves. She puts them all in the photo albums that she kept of our 30 something babies that we fostered over the years. It’s lovely! She goes to the weddings, sends baby gifts and graduation gifts. I love that they include her in such important events in their lives! ♥ Julie Burditt Zuber

  2. KIJSA! Tears and Tears and Tears of JOY are flowing (I mean lots… maybe I need a pregnancy test!) I am SOOOOO happy for you all!!!! I cannot wait to meet little man TATE! It is so amazing to watch God work through your family for His will! I love you and am elated in your happiness and complete family!!!
    Amy

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