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, June 18, 2011

How Much Longer???

Mark and I have been busy updating all our documents for our home study. Everything has to be updated to send off to the government for our new USCIS appointment. I am so ready for this to be over with.

How much longer???? That is the question of the hour. I wish I knew the answer. I would love to say here is a picture of our little boy whom we are adopting from Ethiopia when people ask. I think it would be a little easier for me to know that we have a referral. We would know his name, age, medical history, and would see his precious face. I would love to know these things. It would make the waiting so much easier. See I have the personality that needs to know when things happen, and I like to be in control over most situations. When it comes to adoptions you can not be in control over anything except getting your paperwork done. I did all that in one week!! So then I have to wait on my social worker to get the home study done. Now we have our Dossier over in Ethiopia waiting for them to match us to a child that is in the orphanage. Still no control!!! Drives me crazy!!!! Mark and I have some money saved for travel, the room done, clothes in his closet and dresser, and some toys. We can not do anything else until we know his age. What else is there to do??? Been reading tons of books. I am SO ready for a picture of our little boy who is already part of our lives!!!

I am hoping and praying that we will have a referral soon!! I have to trust in God with this one and let Him lead us to our little boy. He knows who are son will be. He knows when it will be the right time for him to join our family. He knows when we will be truly ready. God is preparing us while He is preparing Connor. I just have to trust in Him and keep doing what He wants us to do- that is to NOT give up!!!!!!

I have many people in our lives that support us adopting from Ethiopia. Almost everyone that we work with at UPS is supportive. However, I have one person who does not agree with this adoption and that is my dad. The one person that you would want to back you up is family. Well, he has made it clear that he is against it and that will not change. Mark and I have decided that whoever talks negatively about our adoption then they will not be welcomed around our family. I am not going to put up with it when it deals with my kids. Connor is not here yet, but he is part of our family. We all talk about him ( what he might be like, look like, age) We pray for him everyday and for his birth family too. So Connor is part of our family and has a huge place in our hearts!!!!

Tomorrow is Father's Day.. I am so blessed to have the most amazing husband. He is such a great dad to Summer and will be also to Connor!!! I thank God everyday that I married him and for putting him in my life. I am so thankful that he wants to adopt Connor as much as I do!! He can not wait to have a little boy running around the house.

I already have my Princess now just waiting on my little Prince!!

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  1. Don't get discouraged. It will happen for you soon. Has your agency given you an estimate? Are you considering waiting children? I will keep praying for you and for your Dads heart to soften.

  2. Thanks Michele for the encouraging words. We are going on our fourth month of waiting. Our SW said that wanting a child from the age 2 and up it could take 4-8 months after dossier is in Ethiopia. Our age is 12-3.5 years so we might not be too long. I hope so. Only 3 kids on the waiting list and they all have HIV. Keep praying. Thanks so much again!!