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, February 21, 2011

Big Weekend

What a weekend!!! Mark and I started off Saturday morning by getting up at 6:30 to get ready to go to a Transracial Adoption Training Class put on by Bethany Christian Services. The class started at 9:00am until 12:00pm. So Mark and I both were hurrying up trying to get ready and trying to get our daughter out of bed on a Saturday morning. Not a fun process!!! She wanted to sleep in. Who wouldn't want to on a Saturday morning?? I knew we must go to this class because our social worker was in charge of this class and I wanted her to see we were trying to do whatever it takes to learn more about transracial adoptions. After getting cranky at Summer for not getting ready quickly we were off to drop her at Nana's house while we went to the class. Mark and I finally made it to the class on time. I am so glad we went!! We both learned a lot and so glad we have some great African American friends in our lives- Rodney and Angie!!! They both will help us out with Connor. I am so thankful for having them in our lives!!!! The class went over 45 minutes and we were so hungry. Mark and I rushed back to Nana's house to pick up Summer to all go out to eat some lunch. It was fun. We don't get to eat out much since we are always trying to save money for the adoption. It will be worth it when we bring Connor home to become part of our family!! I am so ready for that day to come!!

After lunch we went home and played in the yard. Summer and I made a fire in our fire pit to burn some leaves in the yard. Summer helped for a bit, but mainly was playing in her tree house that Mark has been working on. She goes in it and try's to hit us with acorns. So funny!! Her aim isn't that good yet.

Summer in her tree house!

I am so glad we have a huge yard to play in. Maybe one day we will have a pool in the yard. MAYBE!!!! Not any time soon.

Then on Sunday we went back to the park for a bit. Summer really likes this park and it always has lots of kids to play with. Here are a couple of pictures of us at the park again!!!

We are trying to keep Summer busy on the weekends so she isn't always asking when are we getting Connor. I just say we are praying that it will be soon. Then she asks does that mean in a couple of days? We just laugh and in my head I sigh!! I don't really know when we are going to get a referral. It is up to God to make that choice. I know we will get him one day, but just don't know when. It is so frustrating to not a timeline to go by!!! All I can do is stay busy and try to not think about it too much. It is hard though when you can see a little boy running around the house with Summer ( of course in my head). I just pray everyday that I will be prepared, and God is preparing Connor for us when we meet as a forever family!!! That day will be AWESOME!!!

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  1. thanks for sharing the pics - you guys are such a happy family! and Summer is beautiful -

    You will have Connor home soon - maybe ot soon for you andSummer - but for a life time it will be well worth it - hang in there. Our little kids will be great friends - even from a distance someday

  2. Thanks Gail!! So glad we have become good friends. Hope one day our kids will be too.