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, March 30, 2012

Birthday Weekend

This past weekend was my 38 birthday. I cant believe that I am about to be 40 in a couple of years. There is nothing wrong with getting older - it has just flown by! i still like to do my workout everyday and to play with Summer. We are about to go meet our little boy in a few days. Life is so good!
Mark, Summer, Kathza, and I went to my mom's house for my birthday lunch. We had Papa John's Pizza and it was so good. We have not had that since we moved out to Somerville - like 3 years. They gave me some money so I can buy me some Ethiopian souvenirs while we are there.
Here are a few pictures of our day at my mom's house. We had a lot of fun!
So we had a great day. I am so glad that I have my mom and sister in my life! We do not have a big family but we will do anything for each other. I am so glad that they are so supportive of Mark and I adopting our little boy from Ethiopia. It means so much to me to have them so interested in our adoption journey. They both are so glad we are about to go and finally see him and hold him. We also have Mark's parents who are supporting us as well. I have a great father-n-law who I look up to and I consider him like my dad. He is what a dad should really be like. Mark's whole side of the family is very supportive of us adopting. It helps when you have one member that is not.
Sometimes, I wish my dad was on board with our adoption. Sometimes, I wish he would just try to be supportive and call us. I have not really talked to my dad in almost 10 months. I spoke to him briefly on Christmas morning, but that did not go well. And on my birthday I was really hoping he would call me. He never did. I do not know if he knows we are about to go across the world to meet his grandson - who he wants no part with just because he is black. It makes me sad to know that my dad wants to have nothing to do with us because we are adopting a child from Ethiopia. Just sad... However, I am getting use to the fact that he might never come around. I am getting to the point where he might have waited to late to come around. I really do not have a dad anymore and that is what is sad - because he lives only 20 minutes away from me... All I can do is pray for him that he might change....
I did have a GREAT birthday no matter what because we got to get tickets to go to Ethiopia!! What more can a girl ask for???? To pass court while we are there, super fast Embassy clearence so we can go bring him home SOON!!!!!!!!


  1. I told you 2012 was the year for us and our sons! your trip will be amazing. YES get some good souvaniers -but remember you will go back and can get more. Just overwhelming sometimes.
    HUGS - travel safe - I will miss our email chats.

    1. I will MISS our emails too!! Just remember I am always thinking of you!! Hugs