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.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Weekend

Easter Weekend was really crazy at the McDade House...
On Saturday morning around 4:00 am our two year old dog named Sassi started going into seizures and couldn't stop. Summer came running into our bedroom to tell us that Sassi was having a bad dream. I wish she was. Nope not this time. Mark and I didn't really know what to do except try to give her all her pain medicine so she would just go to sleep. No didn't happen. However, the seizures did stop by she was still dying. I went into Summer' s room where Sassi was and held her for while. I kissed her, told her I love her and stroked her head. I was so upset that there was nothing that we can do for her. I knew this day was going to come, but not the day before Easter. We were trying to keep Sassi around as long as we could especailly until Easter was over with. I realized while I was holding her that we could not make that happen. It was her time to go and for us to let her go. Mark called the vet which told us we only had two more weeks with her and she was totally right. Exactly two weeks to the day!!!! Mark and I put Sassi in the car and that is where I said my good-byes to her. I told her she was a great dog and that we are going to miss her very much. I think she heard me and started to wag her tail to me. I kissed her for the last time on her soft head and played with her soft ears too. Mark drove her to the vet. I couldn't bring myself to go. I regret it now though. Sassi will be missed by all of us.

Last Saturday we got Lilly; a 5 month old lab and a week later we are putting Sassi to sleep. God knew that Sassi wouldn't be with us much longer so he prepared us in getting another dog. Not to take the place of Sassi, but to help with our loss. Our daughter Summer depended on Sassi to be with her wherever she went. So this would have been really hard if we didn't have Lilly. It has helped me also. I was really attached to Sassi and she went with me places too. I know God knew this about us and He helped us get the right dog into our family.

Just like God is going to do with a little girl from Taiwan at the right time. Mia is going to fit perfectly into our family. I can't wait until she comes. Mark and I have picked out Mia's middle name it is going to be Hope. Mia Hope McDade. We might still us part of her Taiwanese name as part of her middle name, but not sure yet. Hope is so fitting for her middle name because it stands for so many different things. It stands that we should all have hope in our lives and that Jesus Christ is that hope. Also it can stand for us wanting to purse adoption from our church, Hope Church through a sermon that Craig speaked on. That really started it all for me. I am so happy we chose adoption to expand our family.

We all went to an Easter egg hunt at Hope on Saturday. We all had fun. Summer got to do an Easter egg hunt, get a balloon shaped as a dog, and tons of food. She played games and ran around all over the place. We had a fun day even tough we just put Sassi to sleep. It is a day I will never forget!!!!

Easter morning was great!!!! The church service was great and very inspiring. I am so glad that we have found a Church that we can call home. I want to do whatever God wants me to do with my life. I feel strongly about helping orphans and adoptions. I would love to start something at Hope Church for familys that might need help with some of their expenses. We will have to wait and see on that. Summer had a great time at church also. All of her friends were there.

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