this past week my first baby, malachi, turned two. he is becoming quite the little man and fills our lives with joy, adventure and fun. ok so he also tests my patience by completely ignoring my instructions or having his first 2 year old tantrum. in all each day brings i am amazed at the gift we have been given in his life and how in two short years he has changed me and inspired me. malachi's name means messenger, and our blessing for him is that he is a messenger of life and shalom. it is amazing to see how God is already answering this blessing in his life. he loves life with full on energy and also brings such gentle peace into our lives through his love and kisses. so here are some highlights of our 2 year's old birthday celebration week. we went to the aquarium the day before his birthday (our anniversary celebration as well), celebrated on his birthday with Dirk, and then had a great party with friends on Sunday! Sunday was sunny and warm and we were surrounded by our "family" away from family.