Thursday, July 14, 2011

Our Son

Here are some pictures and an update on our son, Malachi Justice Teshale Erb, who is 3.5 years old. He's been such a trooper during this adjustment time and we are loving getting to watch his personality blossom more and more! He has about 25-30 words that he's saying regularly now such as mommy, daddy, up, all done, more, no, yes, I want, out, home, drink, eat, help, shoes, PJ's, outside, diaper, beep-beep, baby, stinky, and many more. Each day he adds to his vocabulary and he's constantly repeating what we say. Communication with a toddler who speaks another language has definitely been difficult and requires much grace and patience which we are totally dependent on God for...and He's faithful to give it. Malachi's a great helper, loves cars (or really anything with wheels), is becoming more affectionate each day with us, loves his sister, thinks brushing his teeth is super cool, and smiles from ear to ear when we hold hands to say our meal time prayer. He's truly a delight to have as our son and we're so grateful for his life! We of course have our frustrating moments, primarily because of lack of communication skills, but we're praying for God's grace to cover each moment of every day.

Malachi LOVES watering the plants with us in the morning and he's actually getting pretty good at it!
Watching the "beep-beeps" drive by with daddy is definitely a favorite first thing in the morning.
He's SLOWLY growing to tolerate (at this point) our golden retriever, Delphi. The first meeting was filled with many tears and screams as he tried to crawl to the top of daddy's head. But, he's now actually petting her...BIG step!
Looking out the door at more "beep-beeps".
My mom let us borrow her exer-saucer for Hadassah. It turns out Malachi uses it more than she does, haha.
In these next few pictures you'll see that our son is totally a fish! We're so glad he came home during the summer months...water makes this boy happy:).

 Any car/truck that lights up and makes noise is at the top of Malachi's list to play with lately.
While Malachi so desperately wanted to have this popsicle.....
He made it about that far down before he gave up and said, "mommy, trash"...too funny. I think the mixture of sweet and cold was a bit much for him. 
The kids LOVE their stroller. We've been going out for walks in the evening to unwind and we're so grateful both kids are able to relax in our arms a little break.
While these pictures show the highlights of the past week and a half, there have of course been some hard times too. Not trying to be a downer, just being real. We're choosing (and it is a choice for us) to celebrate each moment, high or's all a part of this journey of being the family God's called us to be. For anyone out there praying for us; please continue to pray for this HUGE adjustment for all of us. God's been so faithful and we feel ourselves settling more every day, but it's still definitely overwhelming at times.

We're so SO thankful to have family chipping in to help out by mowing the lawn, providing meals, encouraging us, doing laundry, going grocery shopping, and much more. I said to a good friend the other day, I feel like I need a constant cheerleader by my side saying, you can do it! And really, in many ways, we have that. Not just through our family, but also in the Holy Spirit. His encouragement in our hearts has been so sweet. It's just been awesome (not easy, but awesome) to watch God's strength manifest through our GREAT weakness.

More on our Hadassah girl in the next post:).


  1. J&A sat on my lap as we looked at these pictures. Typing now is quite funny with 4 extra hands on the computer. :) Love seeing how much progress Malachi's had. REMARKABLE!!!!

  2. It sounds like things are going very well :) Hang in there, just have fun, and enjoy being encouraged and ministered to :)

  3. Love it!! :) Amazing to see him in your home. I know there are hard times, but I am so thankful for the work God is doing. You've got cheerleaders all over the country, lady! This one here in CA is rooting (and praying!) for you often.