Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek at Christmastime

Three years ago we spent Christmas on the beach in Australia. Two years ago we were on a beach in New Zealand. This year, we'll be on the other side of the world again, but there will definitely be no beach. In fact, we will probably be freezing. But it will be the best Christmas ever, because we will be in Kyrgyzstan with our son!

That's right, our first trip to meet and bond with our little boy has been officially scheduled. You can read the post below about receiving our referral less than two weeks ago. We have to arrive in Bishkek (the capital city) on December 19, so we are leaving on December 17 (yes, so soon!). Our child is in an orphanage in Tokmok, a city about forty-five minutes outside of Bishkek. Starting December 19, we get to visit him there every day for an hour or two.

We'll not only get to spend Christmas together as a family for the first time, but we'll get to celebrate his second birthday with him on December 23! After ten days, we head back to the United States. Sadly, it'll be without him, as we don't get to bring him home until our third trip. We'll be coming home via Moscow, stopping over in that city for New Year's Eve.

It's going to be a whirlwind of a trip. I'm already a bit overwhelmed with preparations and logistics. This afternoon, I spent about six straight hours just researching and then booking flights. And I'm sadly not even going to decorate our house for Christmas, since we leave so soon and won't be here to enjoy a tree or lights. But it will be worth it. Best Christmas present ever!!!

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