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.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Court Date

Mark and I have been waiting on a court date for some time now. Well, on Monday, March 5, 2012 we found out that the birth family had their court date and now the judge could schedule us a court date. This is what we have been waiting on for four months. Our court date is going to be on April 9, 2012!!! We are so excited about this news. As you can see this happened three days ago and I am just now getting to blog it- mostly because I forgot with being on cloud nine for three days!!! We will be leaving on April 3 and returning on April 10.

We will be spending Easter in Ethiopia this year. It is funny how things work out around Easter for us. Mark and I found out that we were pregnant with Summer on Easter six years ago. Then two years ago when we started this adoption journey our yellow lab named Sassi started to get sick. It was on Easter weekend when she finally got so sick that she died. She was only two years old and had cancer. However, before she died we decided to get us another lab to help Summer and I cope with her dying. So two weeks before Easter we found this five month old yellow lab named Lilly (Easter Lilly). We thought the name was a sign to get her. So we did and kept her name. Two weeks after we brought Lilly home Sassi died. Before Sassi died she helped us train Lilly. Sassi was a great dog and we miss her everyday. This is going to be a great Easter!!

I have finally got our flights taken care of. Now waiting to see if we get the guesthouse that we want to stay in. I have heard so many good things about the Morning Coffee Guesthouse. I cant wait to go. Just think in 29 days I will be holding my son for the first time!!! Oh, how I have waited for this day to come. Oh, how much I have prayed for us and for him. Please to continue to pray for us while we get ready to travel. Please pray for our son to not be too freaked out when he sees us and that he will open up to us. Please pray for Summer that she will have an amazing experience in another country and with her little brother.

1 Samuel 1:27 " I have prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked for"


  1. Congratulations on a court date - what great news! I found your blog recently when looking for other families in Bethany's Ethiopia program...would it be alright if I e-mailed you with a couple of questions?

    1. Emily,
      Yes! You can email me anytime.

    2. Emily,
      Yes! You can email me anytime.