Since this was our first ever Sunday in Seoul we decided to attend a church service. We know of several adoptive families that have visited Onnuri English Ministry while here and so we were excited to visit and attend their service. On the way we stopped and had brunch at Paris Baguette, which was so yummy. We hadn't eaten at one since our very first trip in 2011 and it was even better than we remembered!
The cases were filled with beautiful cakes that I just had to get a picture of but I really should have taken a picture of everything else they have. Sandwiches, pastries, donuts, breads, coffee, juices...actually I could go on and on. It's amazing how many different items they have that are just laid out in kind of a buffet style. You grab a tray with a pair of tongs and walk around and choose whatever you want. Its actually a very good thing that we don't have one close to where we live!
After PB, we set out to find Onnuri. We left a little early just to make sure we didn't get lost. It was very easy to find based on the directions from their website. When we arrived their musicians were practicing so we just sat down and listened.
Our daily selfie!
The service began at 11:30 and I am so glad we came. It was such a blessing. The songs were ones we knew: Sovereign by Chris Tomlin, Never Let Go by Matt Redman, and Lord I Need You by Matt Maher. They were the most perfect songs for my heart today. I needed to hear them and needed to sing them. After the praise and worship time, Pastor Eddie Byun spoke from I Peter 4:12-19 on remaining faithful through trials.
After the service we were able to meet him and introduce ourselves. We told him why we were in Seoul and his face just lit up. He asked us several questions and then asked to pray for us and our family. It was a very special time and we were so appreciative of him taking the time to pray for us.
After church, we hopped back on the subway and went to Dongdaemun Market to "toy alley" once again. We went last month but there were a couple of Pororo things I wanted to find for the boys and that is the best place to find toys. We would never get Lukas out of toy alley. Never. It is a kids paradise and there were kids everywhere today.
We went back to Lotte World Mall again after that and had a very early supper at On The Border. Just picture an American and Canadian having Mexican in Korea. Makes perfect sense, doesn't it?
Since our morning began so early we decided to make it an early night and were back to the hotel by 6:00. It is now 7:30 and Mitchell is snoring. I think that means we will have another early morning tomorrow.
I'm so tired but have so much swirling in my head on this last night before we take custody of Owen. I can't help but think of his foster mother who is spending this last night with him. I know tomorrow must be heavy on her heart. She has been loving and caring for him for a year now. Last month it was obvious that they love each other very much and my heart breaks when I think about the goodbye that is coming tomorrow.
We've done this before. We know how heart-wrenching it is to take a child away from his foster mother. There will be many, many happy moments that will follow in our life with Owen Hyeonsu but sadly tomorrow is not one of them. His world will break into a million pieces tomorrow and he will leave all of his comfort and security behind.
When I think back to the day we took custody of Lukas I could still just sit and cry. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Adoption is a beautiful thing but it is born out of much pain and loss and tomorrow we will be reminded of all our boys have lost in becoming our sons. I never ever want to get over or forget that. They have both lost so much, and, yes, I know what they are gaining, but there is still a trail of pain and loss that is a part of who they are. So tonight I sit with my eyes filled with tears and my heart filled with a prayer that our Sovereign God, who chose me to be the mommy to both of these precious boys, will begin tomorrow to weave a tapestry of beauty from the ashes.