Our Korea Trip

As many of you know, two of our kids were born in Korea. Ever since they were teeny, we’ve been planning to take them for a ‘homeland’ visit to Korea when they are old enough. Well, now they’re 10 years old and John and I have decided that 2009 is the year of The Trip. The other day I booked tickets for a weeklong trip to Seoul in June.

Along with the our two Korean boys, I’ll also be bringing our 14 year old son. Our three oldest kids all had the chance to travel outside of the USA with various adoption trips. Eldest went to Korea in 2000 when she was 11. Second daughter went to Ethiopia in 2004 when she was 13. And our oldest son went to Ethiopia in 2005 when he was 13. Now it is our 4th son’s turn to broaden his horizons a bit.

Thanks to 140,000 frequent flyer miles (mostly to Ethiopia) we got two of the tickets free, which makes the trip quite a bit more affordable. I am not expecting to be able to meet our boys’ birth families, since we don’t really know much. But we are hoping to see their foster moms if possible, and we’re looking forward to riding the subway and exploring the various interesting things in and around Seoul.

As an additional bonus, a friend of mine who moved here from Korea as an adult, called me up the other day. Turns out she is spending the month of June in Korea, visiting family. So we’re looking forward to the fun of hanging out in Seoul together, which is something we’ve talked about doing for nearly a decade. It will be lovely to spend some extra time with her — we’ve both been so busy lately that we haven’t seen each other much. And having a native Korean who is also a friend to show us around and help translate for us — well, it will just be awesome!

I’m too busy at the moment to do much planning besides booking the tickets. But I have bookmarked a couple possible hotels, and by the time we leave in June, I’m sure we’ll have the days packed with activities. I’m really excited to be able to show our boys a little of Korea, and to see it again myself as well.


  1. Can’t wait to hear details. My daughter is adopted from Korea as well.

  2. what an awesome trip to look forward to.

  3. That sounds like a wonderful trip!. I often talk to my husband about the countries that we will visit once our little ones get old enough to travel abroad. Homeschooling really does offer alot in terms of broadening horizons.

  4. Oh, Mary, how wonderful! We dream of heritage trips for our girls someday. I’m assuming you’ll be blogging about it! I’d be especially interested in your sons’ reactions to this trip…

  5. Is John going, too?

  6. No, he decided that it would be best if he stay home with the other kids. The kids will miss me, but with Dad around everyone at home will stay on a more even keel. He and I will take a different (shorter) trip another time…

  7. I am tearing up b/c I am so excited for you, and your kiddos! The breadth of love in your heart just overwhelms me some days…ten kids, and you’re sane, and you write, and you travel. Girlfriend, I could use some great tips and pointers from you. Because five of them are wearing me down this week. (I’m sure it doesn’t help that I’m a wee bit PMSing, but seriously.)

  8. ET– You’re not alone. I’m feeling worn down this week too. My husband got home from work this evening (after I’d spent the day trying to make progress on the writing, and just treading water with everything else). And I looked at him and said, “They NEED to go to bed. SOON!”

  9. Soooooo excited for you and the boys. My son was adopted from Korea as well. He is just 2 1/2 years old. I hope to take him back to visit too. Can’t wait to follow your journey next summer!

  10. That sounds fantastic! I’m so excited for you!

  11. WOW!!! You’re really doing it! We’ve talked about taking our Ethiopian son to Ethiopia since 1992 when he came home. Never had the funds. I did take DH when we picked up the second daughter in 2005…….but no extra pennies to take the son along, and he didn’t really want to go. I want to take my other kids, too.

    Wonder when/if it will ever happen!

  12. That’s so awesome. It’s cool that you try to keep your kids connected to their heritage, even though they’ve come to the US. Can’t wait to hear about the trip!

  13. As the mom of a Korean-born son, I hope to follow in your footsteps one day. Please post about the trip! I’ll be taking notes! 😉

  14. How exciting. I can’t wait to hear about it.

  15. Thanks! I truly believe that a couple of my friends will appreciate this post.. now where is that email to your buddies button again?