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We passed!

Chad Dykstra - 2010-10-28
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We are now legally the parents of 4 children under the age of 6! Yeah!

Our court experience was very anti-climactic. After years in the process and all the paperwork, one might expect it to be a long, arduous process. Quite the opposite actually. We arrived at the court building about 9:30am and stood around for about an hour and a half waiting for our turn. When our turn came, we were called into the judge's office. We sat down and were asked 4-5 questions by the judge. The next thing we heard was "Congratulations, they are both yours". The whole court process took less than 2 minutes!

After court, we were able to visit the boys for an hour and a half. It was great to see them again and get to know them a little better. Z is so intelligent it's unbelievable. He knows many body parts and numbers/letters already in English. He will repeat almost anything you say. I had him saying multiple 4-5 word sentences. Not to mention he can already fluently communicate in both his native language and Amharic. Not bad for a 5 year old! A is very quiet but is an absolute sweetheart. He reminds me a lot of Ben. I have a feeling he is going to be a real heartbreaker! He is very athletic, especially for a 3 year old. He can kick a soccer ball with amazing accuracy and can throw a ball with perfect form. We loved every minute we were able to spend with them and got a lot of pictures and video to share.

We left last night (arrived at the Addis airport at around 12:30pm EST on Wednesday - 7:30 local time) and are currently sitting in Frankfurt airport with a nice 6 hour layover. From here we fly to Newark where we'll have another 4 hour layover...eventually getting into Chicago on Thursday evening about 10pm EST. That will wrap up over 30 hours of travel...only half of it in the air. We are staying in Chicago tonight because I'm sure we won't feel like driving home after the brutal travel schedule. We're using miles and saved a couple thousand bucks on the trip, so it is definitely worth the hassle. When we come home with the boys, we will definitely be taking the shortest possible flight though!

We loved every minute in Ethiopia and can't wait until our next trip. For now, though, we are counting down the hours until we can see our precious Abi and Ben!
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