The McDade Family

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Hi! Our names are Shannon, Mark and Summer McDade. We are a family of three wanting to expand our family through adoption. We were planning to adopt from Taiwan, but the wait has helped us change countries to Ethiopia. God has a purpose foreverything and we are going to stay faithful and follow Him.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Got the Form I-171H from the government

I never thought I would get so excited over getting a letter in the mail before today. I screamed very loud and Summer thought I was hurt. I just told her we got the letter that we have been waiting for. Now we can get our dossier sent off to Taiwan. I called Mark and he was also excited. I emailed our social worker and she wanted a copy of it and needed our Cathwel application done. I was going to try to get it to her but was not sure if it was going to be on Friday or Monday.

Kathza my sister came out to our house around 12:30 and played with Summer for a while. Summer was so happy to see her and to play with her. We talked for a bit while they were playing. We had a great time just hanging out. Kathza left around 3:00 and I decided to go and take all of this stuff to our social worker on Friday. I am so hoping tat we will get everything sent off to Taiwan soon.

Went into town and took the two things that our social worker needed. We talked for a while and she was happy to say that we would get it sent off to Taiwan on Monday. Now all we can do now is WAIT and to SAVE money to get Mia. We are trying to save as much money as we can so we can take Summer with us. Mark and I both think it will be a good thing for her to go and visit another country. We are starting to buy Mia things that she might need little at a time. Some clothes here on sale, socks, baby wipes, tooth brush, anything that she would need once she is here. We do not know her size or how old she will be yet. We try to buy things 3T or smaller that is out of season so it will be on sale. We did this for Summer when she was a baby and it really helps until she gets into bigger kids clothes. Summer helps pick thing out to dress Mia. She is so happy to be getting a little sister.

We are going to celebrate Valentines Day today. Summer got some candy and a cute pink bear with hearts on it from daddy. Mark got me flowers. They are very pretty!!! I made Mark some huge chocolate strawberries for desert. I am making Cornish hens for dinner with vegetables. We all got Mia some pants, a shirt, skirt, and a pack of wash clothes to take with us. I love being with my family on Valentines Day!!!


  1. Hey Shannon! I'm praying for you guys! How exciting!

    I'm so glad I get to follow this with you guys!

    Allyson & Matt Stephens

  2. Thanks Allyson!!
    I really appreciate your kind words! It is going to be a long and bumpy ride!!!

  3. Hi Shannon!

    So exciting to "meet" others going through adoptions too! I would love to email with you! My email is . I pray you process goes quickly! I know at times it feels like it'll take forever to get your little Mia home, but once you do get her home, you'll look back on all of this and it'll be a distant memory! (I can say that since we've been through it once before...although since we're in the process again, I'm back at that "this is taking forever" mentality!!! LOL!!!)

    I would love to hear from you!