Merry Christmas from the Gordon Dykstra Family! It’s a beautiful season and I’m grateful that this Christmas letter tradition affords us the opportunity to touch base with you. If you’re reading this letter, you’re thought of and loved.
We had a glorious family holiday in March. We went to Orlando and thoroughly enjoyed the heat, the amusement parks and especially our day at Discovery Cove where Hannah and I swam with dolphins. Hannah, at the time, was undecided whether she wanted to be a marine biologist or a tattoo artist. You can appreciate, I am sure, that we felt it very important to nurture the marine interest. (She’s not mentioned tattoo artistry in a while and, I must confess, that’s a tremendous relief.)
After Florida, we drove to North Carolina and had a blast with my sister Stacie and her family. From there we went to Tennessee and I had several hours filled with belly laughs with my oldest, dearest friend Shelly. From Tennessee we went to Arkansas and caught up with all the family there. Try to imagine my joy seeing all those delightful loved ones.
In July, Deborah and I drove to Arkansas. At the time, we thought we would be moving to Arkansas and that my going would hasten Gordon’s Green Card process. Very long story short, it was an adventure, it didn’t work out and Deborah and I came home to St. Albert. I was disappointed that the move didn’t work out, but I know God’s hand is in it and I’m grateful that we have a wonderful life here. We’re going to put more effort into getting me down there more often so I can bask in the bliss of being Roman, Avery and Ella’s Beppie. (Beppie is my grandma handle).
Gordon is in his 14th year with Edmonton Transit. He recently got a promotion; he’s still in Business Development but now with duties producing fare products and managing the product distribution system. He occasionally drives a limo on weekends and enjoys that. This summer while Deborah and I were in Arkansas, he, Rachael and Hannah went hiking in the Rockies with our friends the Lozchuks.
Rachael, Hannah and Deborah are 16, 15, and 12. Rachael and Hannah have re-entered normal-hood and for that I am eternally grateful. They are (mostly) delightful. Gordon and I produce kids that go nuts around 12 and stay certifiable for about 18 months. Deborah, bless her sweet heart, is mildly deranged right now. I’m confident she will enjoy normalcy again. I used to say Deborah was the child that made us look like good parents – now the truth is completely out! Teenage life is not one I would want to repeat, in any case!
That’s the condensed recap of our year. It’s been a bit of a tumultuous year, and 2012 looks attractive; we have experienced God’s grace, mercy and love repeatedly and needfully. We are very thankful for that.
It’s a great time of year to remember His goodness toward us. I hope you experience the joy, love, and peace that this Christmas season represents, and remember the amazing reason we celebrate.
For the Gordon Dykstra Family