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.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Our 10th Anniversary

Mark and I just had our 10th wedding anniversary!!! It was like any other day.. I got up at 3:45am to go to work and load packages on the UPS trucks. I even loaded my own husband's truck. Mark came to work at UPS and drove all day. Then Summer and I swam, played around the house, and even cut the grass. We both were thinking he would be home kind of early so we could spend some time together on our anniversary night... Well, no that did not happen. Mark got home around 9:30.. Summer was asleep on couch while I was asleep on the other couch. So it was just another day. However, we are going to celebrate it on Saturday. We might go out to eat and then Mimi is coming over to spend the night and play with Summer. Normally, we always go back to Pensacola for our anniversary, but this year we decided to stay home and save our money just in case we get "the call" a possible referral. I hope next year we will have a referral or even our little boy here with us. I am praying!!

I can't believe it has been ten years since we walked barefoot on the beach in Pensacola and got married. Mark's dad did the ceremony for us. We only had about nine family members come to watch us get married. It was so a great day. Towards the end of the ceremony it started to rain. Then right after it started to come down so bad that we all got wet!! We all went back to the hotel in the dining room for a small reception. It was great. Then the next day Mark and I flew off to Jamaica for a week. I will never forget our beautiful wedding day and our honeymoon.

I am so blessed to have married this man. He is such a great husband, an amazing daddy to Summer ( and one day to Connor), and my best friend. He is such a great man that loves God. He takes care of us like nobody else could. When I get upset about the adoption or ask how much longer is it going to take he is there for me. He gets upset when I get upset. He hurts when I hurt. He laughs when I laugh. He is always there for me no matter what.

Lately, I have been having to deal with my dad being against us adopting from Ethiopia. He has made it clear that we are messing up as he would say. He was not against us adopting from Taiwan when we first started this journey. The wait was just too long for us to stay with that country so we had to switch to another country and we picked Ethiopia. I don't care what ethnic group our child is from. I will love him just like we do Summer. I want for our family to grow through adoption. So our family might not look like what other families look like, or in that case what my dad thinks it should look like. It is our family and we want it to resemble what heaven is going to look like. With all kinds of people that are different!

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  1. Happy Anniversary!

    I am so sorry that you are having family issues. I cannot imagine having someone so close to you in your life not supporting this important and permanent change in your family makeup. I have never met an Ethiopian (young or old) who didn't melt your heart at first meeting; hopefully he will have the same affect on his new grandfather.

  2. Hang in there - you are building a great support network and have wonderful friends - they will all help you with the family drama. Just remember - Jesus and God don't care what color skin we have - we're all the same Children of God. You guys are an amazing couple and this will all work out.

    enjoy the time today!!!!