Whoever said that "the only constant in life is change" is quite possibly my least favorite person on earth.
It looks like we'll be spending Christmas in Utah after all and traveling to Kazakhstan in January. We always knew that traveling in December was an educated guess on behalf of our agency, so we tried to prepare ourselves for the possibility of delayed travel, but I won't pretend that this isn't disappointing news. We know that in 2 or 3 months, a delay of 2 or 3 weeks won't matter one little bit, so we're just going to enjoy a few more weeks of Utah winter before heading to Siberia (well, close to Siberia).
Steve gave the kids the choice of keeping our planned Early Christmas or waiting for Regular Christmas and you'll never believe it, but they decided to open their presents this Saturday anyway! I know, who would have thought that the boys would want to enjoy their gifts early even if it wasn't necessitated by travel?!? So Early Christmas stands and we will celebrate in 4 days. I have no idea what we'll do on the 25th now... maybe a movie marathon or some similar low-stress activity!
And the big bright side of this news is that now Steve can work at Sundance over Christmas. He was really stressed about not being on the mountain during the busy season, and now he's free to work as much as he can over the holidays while I stay home and eat Christmas cookies (I'm pretty sure that's what stay-at-home parents do, right?!?). Just kidding! Although I will admit that I'm going to enjoy this role swap as long as it lasts.
So, yes, we're disappointed, but we know that God loves us and loves our daughter immeasurably more than we can imagine and we're willing to wait a few more weeks as he orchestrates everything perfectly for our arrival. We'll keep you posted as we learn more.