We were originally waiting for 2 children, 0-36 months. About a month before we got our referral we really felt like God was urging us to open up to 48 months. I was really set on that 36 month old mark, so it was a big step for me. But, we opened up to 48 months instead of 36 months, just weeks before our referral. Malachi was 37 months old when we got his referral!!! We wouldn't have gotten his referral if we had stuck to that 36 month old mark. I am SO thankful God was leading our adoption and oh so carefully preparing each and every step to give us Malachi Justice Teshale Erb. He and his sister are the greatest gifts I've ever received. Here's how we celebrated 4 years of life for our Malachi!
|When we asked Malachi what he wanted on his cake, he said "Martha"! (his cousin). He then eventually started saying all his cousins. So, this was the best we could do; 12 cousins, under the age of 6. The cake was delish!|
|I found these really neat extra tall candles. They're great for young kids who take forever to blow out their candles;).|
|We found a play Ethiopian coffee set on Etsy. He LOVES it! Making "buna" is one of his favorite pass times. The set is seriously indestructible. We love having Ethiopia as a part of our family's culture now.|
|Yes, we did let him drink coffee on his birthday. He downed it...and it was black|
|Malachi and his cousin, Nora. You can see half the coffee spilled down the front of Malachi's shirt.|
|I just love this picture.|
|And time to eat.|