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The River of Life

Chad Dykstra - 2011-03-01
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When thinking of the way things used to be, it's hard to look back beyond December 10, 2010.  Our life right now resembles a winding river filled with whitewater rapids.  It's quite a ride, but takes lots of energy to keep moving forward (or to keep from crashing into the rocks).  If you get around a corner and think to look back, you can't see very far because there have been so many bends in the river!  At the end of the day, the distance you've traveled "as the crow flies" sure isn't very far...but boy, you've sure covered a lot of ground! 

As we get close to being home for three months, we have definitely covered a lot of ground.  Zinabu and Abatu are doing really well with their language.  They are starting to use broken sentences more regularly, and we really feel like they are understanding a lot more.  We are finally able to start having a few carefully worded conversations with them.  We look forward to having more in-depth conversations with them about Ethiopia and their memories there.  They are going to preschool twice a week and children's church is going OK too.  We're starting to be able to drop them at class and leave them instead of having to stay with them.  All good things that give us a break!  Speaking of giving us a break - public thanks go out to Mom and Dad V. for watching the kids once a week so Lora and I can have a few hours of time away from the madness.  Who would have ever thought grocery shopping together could be so peaceful and quiet!

Yesterday Zinabu was saying a few phrases in what we can only assume were Kambaata to Lora with that little evil glimmer in his eye that says "You don't know what I'm telling you right now".  If you know Zinabu, you know exactly the glimmer I'm talking about.  We still don't hear the boys using any English to each other (except words like mommy and daddy).  This is good - we'd like the boys to be able to maintain their language, and they won't be able to do that if they don't continue to speak it on a regular basis.  Over the past week or so we've also heard the boys sing-songing more - some in English, some that resembles Kambaata/Amharic, and some that is just made up jibberish.  We're glad to hear that...I can only assume sing-songing is a sign of happiness and contentment with their current situation.

We have finally come out of hibernation and have actually been out quite a bit lately.  We've probably been out a little too much.  The last week has been crazy.  Emotions have been running really high in our house lately.  We aren't sure if it's because we're starting to return to a more normal (busy) life or if it's just the emotional flavor of the week.  Whatever the cause, we're back to lots of whining, crying, screaming, and fighting.  That's the thing with a trip down a winding river - you aren't always moving forward, sometimes you take a turn backwards.  Eventually, you'll (hopefully) get where you want to be.

Just like it's hard to look back, it's hard to look too far forward right now as well.  We're still working on getting out of "one day at a time" mode.  It's hard to say what the next few months are going to look like.  I'm dragging my feet signing up for the Chicago Marathon, which will be selling out this week.  It's hard to make commitments that far in advance when you don't know what tomorrow will look like!  Hopefully Team World Vision has a late registration for me if I still get a chance to run it.

Further into the future is even harder to see.  We have a seven person vehicle, and only six of us.  There's room for one more.  Will we fill that seat?  Only time will tell.  Right now the thought of any more children is definitely overwhelming, but that may change.  :)

We're excited to have found out that there's a family from our small group at church who is beginning the process of adopting from Ethiopia.  We are so excited for them, and excited to see what our community and church are going to look like in a few years.  God is doing great things and we can't wait to see it unfold!

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Posted by Willow on 2011-03-01

We always love it when you do another post. More people (even ones that don't know you very well) tell me they follow your blog. Thanks for this latest post and thanks for your recognition of our watching the kids. We've told you before that we are so happy to do it and it's a honor to know the kids as well as we do and to be such a part of their lives.

Posted by Gwyn on 2011-03-01

Well done Chad.  If your meant to run the Marathon there will be an opening for you.   You have other things to train right now.

Posted by Patrick on 2011-03-10


Always Great to hear how you and your lovely bride walk through the joys and challenges of life. Your dependance upon Jesus is so evident. May God's peace be upon you and your family. 

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