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, April 2, 2012

Leaving Tomorrow For Ethiopia

Mark, Summer and I leave to tomorrow to head to Ethiopia!! We are so excited, nervous and full of joy!!! I just might not sleep a wink tonight. I just can not wait to see, hold, and love on my little boy!! It will be so amazing. It has been a long 2 year wait and it is finally about to come true.

We will not get to see him until Friday April 6! We will fly to Mekele where is orphanage is at. We will spend the whole day in Mekele, but not the whole day with our son. We will see him, then get some lunch, go to some museums, and back to see him one last time. That will be so sad to say good bye to him and then have to wait for 2 or 3 months to go back for him. It will be sad for our daughter too who is going to "meet" her little brother. She will not want to leave him there, but we have no choice. He is loved by his nannies. They are taking great care of him. I just want him home with us- so we can be a family for four soon.

We will go sightseeing, and going to the market while we are there. I really don't know what days we are doing what. I hope I can post while we are there. So we will see.

Then on Monday April 9 is our court date!!! Please everyone pray that we will pass while we are in Ethiopia!! This would help us out so much. It would make it easier for us to go back to our son. Then if we do pass I can post pictures of us being a family of four!!!! I so want to show everyone his precious face..

I love our little boy so much!! I am so thankful that the Lord is blessing us with another child. I am so thankful that He has allowed for us to adopt!! I am thankful that we are able to take our daughter with us on both trips. I am thankful that we are about to meet our son. God is so good!!!

Please keep praying for us.

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

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  1. Will be praying for safe travels for your family and for your hearts to be comforted as you have to leave your son to come home. I pray you pass court on Monday. I can't imagine the thought of not passing. I also pray for such sweet joy and a special time of bonding as you meet your son for the VERY FIRST TIME!!! May God bless that time that you have together. May you cherish every last second of it! And for your daughter - I pray for comfort for her as she meets and then has to leave her little brother. Difficult for a parent to handle, let alone a child!

    We've been home with our daughter for a year an a half now, and while it was extremely difficult to leave her in Ethiopia after we passed court, trust me when I say, the time will pass and when you have your son in your arms again, the pain of leaving him will disappear (almost like labor ;).

    Safe travels to you and your family! What a journey!!!


    1. Thank you for the encouraging words. It was an amazing experince to get to hold and kiss on my little boy. I didn't want it to end. Summer did good too. I thought she was going to be upset when we left Ethiopia, but instead she turns to me and says, " I can't wait to come back to bring Connor home on the plane!" So she is looking forward to that. Hopefully, we will be going back soon to Ethiopia and to be reunited with our newest family member. We just have to pass court on April 27. We didn't pass today April 17, but it will happen.

  2. Praying for you! And so happy for you!

    1. Michele,
      Thank you for the encouraging words. Keep praying for us!!