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, March 28, 2011

My Birthday Weekend

This past weekend was my birthday. I turned 37 years old this year. I don't feel like I am 37 which is good. Mark and I have been celebrating it since last weekend. My dad cooked out for me last Sunday since my mom would be out of town during my birthday weekend. My dad cooked hamburgers, hotdogs, and some baked beans. It was so good. My mom made me my favorite cake pound cake and it was so yummy!!! Here is a picture of Summer and I at my party at my dad's house.

We had a lot of fun. I received some money so I could get me a bagger for my riding lawn mower.

Then this weekend we were celebrating it again on Saturday by getting me my favorite donuts at Tas-T-O. So great!!! Then on Saturday night we went to Mark's parents house and we had an Italian dinner. It was so good. We had fun with his side of the family. Summer played with all of her cousins and was wore out when we got home later on that night. They gave me some really cool things for the house and some money to help with the bagger. So I will get it sometime soon.

Lots of candles!!!!

Mark knew I was a little upset that I didn't get what I really wanted for my birthday- a referral!!!! I am just going to keep praying that it will happen sometime soon!!! So at church on Sunday Mark goes and buys me a cross that I have been wanting for a while and a painted picture for the house.

They both look great on our kitchen area of our house. They both give a since of motivation to always put God first in everything that I do. I have such a great husband. I love you, Mark!!!!!

I have become friends with a women that I have met through an adoption blog. She is adopting from Ethiopia too. It is like we have always known each other!! We try to email back and forth each day to keep the other motivated while we both are waiting on a referral. God brought us together before all of this stuff going on in Ethiopia. I am so glad because it would have been too hard not to have someone to talk to about what was happening in Ethiopia. Today I received a birthday card from her and a bookmark with an African Angel on it.

When I saw the bookmark I started to cry!! It was so thoughtful of her to send me my own African Angel bookmark. Every time I use it I will think of her and how our friendship started while going through the journey of adoption. I pray that we will remain friends for a life time and one day we will meet. I hope we will meet for the first time in Ethiopia when we go get our boys!!!! How cool would that be???

Even though I didn't get a referral, I had a great birthday. I was able to spend time with family and friends. I am thankful for that!!! Maybe next year for my birthday our son Connor will be with us helping Summer blow out the candles!!! I can't wait for that day to come. Please keep praying for us while we stay on this roller coaster called adoption!!

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  1. Shannon - ok I've got tears now - anyhow ONE Birthday wish has come true - we're friends forever - and when our boys come home - just watch out! I'm now praying for a few things:
    1 - we meet when we travel
    2- our boys (maybe my girl - still think boy) are together in an orphanage in ET
    3 - we get to hang out - and maybe live closer to have our families meet and we can hang out more!
    Hugs - your new friend
    PS - and NEXT year - we'll both have referrals before our birthdays