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.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Summer's Birthday

This was Summer's birthday weekend. She turned six years old. She had a Chuck E. Cheese party. It was fun. However, it was packed with tons of people!! Too crowded!!!! I can't believe that she is already six. Summer mommy and daddy loves you so much. We are so happy God picked you as our daughter and for us to be your parents. You are a special little girl!!! You will be a great big sister one day!!! Time goes by way to fast-- except when you are trying to adopt. It seems like it just drags on and on.

Birthday Girl!!! Six years old!!!

After school at Nana's house.

About our adoption.... Mark and I saw this little boy who was a year old and tried to get him. He suffered from malnutrition and was only 14.5 pounds. I really thought we would get him. He was on a waiting list ready to be adopted so we put our name in the hat to be picked. Well, today we find out that another family was picked for him. When I got the email from our social worker I started to cry. I am working with Mark jumping (UPS- to make extra money for travel). Mark looked at me and he knew that he wasn't going to be ours. I am sad that we didn't get him, but there must be another child out there for us. I am so tired of the roller coaster of adoption. All the ups and downs. I wanted to scream at God and say why did you let me think we might get him? How much more can one person take? I wanted to just cry out loud to God and ask Why? Then I stopped and listened and said to myself why not me? I am not exempt from being hurt and there must be a reason why we didn't get him. I know God has a plan for us and it will be great when it is fulfilled. Shortly after I came to understand this; I received an email from someone that has adopted a child with malnutrition and she said that the little boy might have some problems that would be hard to deal with. I could feel God's hands on me. I could see Him saying I am not trying to hurt you, but keep you from harm.

I thank you Lord for everything.

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