Madeley James

Oh my goodness…I don’t even know where to start.  I guess I ‘ll start from the beginning.

Yesterday, we met our little girl…Madeley James Shull.

(Pronounced “made-lee”)

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Our last family of five selfie.  The night before we left, we ate a ton of Mexican food and took one last pic.  We were so excited!

On Thursday afternoon, we picked our kids up from school a little early and set out for the airport.  We left Dallas at 3:00 and flew to LA before catching a midnight flight to Guangzhou, China.

img_6993 At the airport gearing up for their  first flight.

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China bound baby!

We arrived in China at 5:30 AM on Saturday (yeah…left on Thursday, got there on Saturday).  We went through customs and then waited for our connecting flight at noon to Jinan, China.

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When you realize it will be another 12 hours before you can shower and sleep.

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When you find Starbucks.

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When you finally see that it’s time to board your last flight.

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When you’re just deliriously tired 🙂 .

 We finally arrived at our hotel in Jinan around 5:00 PM.  We. were. exhausted.

We ordered room service, took showers and were asleep by 7:00 PM.

We woke up bright and early the next morning and were so pumped because we knew it was our Gotcha Day!  We have been starring at this date on the calendar for such a long time, so to wake up and know it was actually here was very surreal.  Madeley’s orphanage is four hours away in Linyi City, so they bring their kids into Jinan for the adoption process.  Last time, Ashby was in a big city, so we met her in her city and were able to visit her orphanage, but they don’t do it like that at Madeley’s.  You meet up with your kiddo in your hotel room in Jinan.  They told us to be in our rooms at 2:30 PM and she would arrive.  So…we waited.

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Waiting outside while we were finishing up some paperwork.  Jinan is very pretty!  We love the natural springs that run throughout the city.  This town has over 6 million people in it…so needless to say, it’s not small ;).

We ate breakfast.  We went to the bank to exchange money.  We looked around the mall (our hotel is on top of a big mall).  We ate lunch.  We did homework and speech therapy with all three kids.  We waited.  It was very hard for all of us.

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I’ve been wearing my Madeley necklace for over a year now.  It was extra special to wear it on this day.  The day before we left, my friend Brooke gave me the “born in my heart” necklace…and I couldn’t agree more.

Right at 3:00, there was a knock on the door and two women from the orphanage along with our adoption guide brought in this beautiful little girl…

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…it was all kinds of a blur, but Andrew video taped them handing her to me.  She cried hysterically and wanted to go back to the lady who was carrying her (which is a good thing!  It means she was attached and that’s positive!).  I received her and snuggled with her for a minute and then it was time for me to go over everything with the orphanage workers, so Andrew took her and I started taking notes.  When they left, I found Andrew on the floor with her like this :).

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Kensington went right to work on the basics: lip gloss.

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My turn to love on Madeley!

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So, Ashby is obsessed already with being the “big sister”. We’re always calling Kensington and Smith “the big kids” and now she’s all like “I’m a big kid too”.

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Kensington has decided to raise her.  Madeley is like her new favorite toy :).

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Ashby’s all like “I hold her too”, “I feed her too”, “I kiss her too”. 🙂

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By 5:00, she was sound asleep and the five of us just sat and stared at her.  We’re all kind of in disbelief that she’s with us!

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The proud parents.  I mean, four kids won’t be hard, right? (Ha!)

One, two, three, FOUR Shull kids in a row ❤️. Meet our newest little girl, Madeley James (pronounced made-lee). Our hearts are just bursting over here in China . God is so good and adoption is SO AMAZING! Thank you Lord for our precious kids. ❤️ #adoptionisamazing #adoptingmadeleyjames #oneless #twoless

After dinner (we ordered room service again because we didn’t want to overwhelm Madeley with leaving our room and going to a restaurant), we bathed everyone and put them in their new “coolest sister/brother ever” pjs.  We wanted a picture that looked like this one…

img_24341…it’s crazy to think how much can change in only 20 months :).  God is so good.

Okay, a few random things:

1: Madeley was found in front of a police station on December 19, 2014 and they estimated her to be about two months old, so her birthday is October 19, 2014.  She’s almost two :).

2: She is very small for her age and underdeveloped…which is typical for kids coming from institutional settings.

3. She has a mouth full of teeth but does not know how to chew.  Apparently, she only had formula in the orphanage, so she doesn’t know how to chew at all.  It’s very similar to trying to feed a six month old baby food…she pushes it right out with her tongue.

4: She can walk, so that’s a huge praise!  We were not sure if she could walk or not.

5: She’s sleeping like a champ!  She slept 12 hours last night and took a 2 hour nap today.

6: She seems to be attaching really well.  I mean…it’s only been 24 hours and everything could go to hell in no time…but so far, so good!

7: There is absolutely no way that the Lord is going to let us get a big proud head over here.  There is another family from our adoption agency here at the same time and they’re like saints.  We’ve been spending a lot of time with them today and words cannot even describe how fantastic they are.  They are here getting their 12th and 13th adopted kids (plus they have 2 bio kids).  Did you read that? They’re adopting their 12th and 13th kids.  Not only that, one of the little girls they’re adopting this week is 13 years old and terminally ill.  I mean…it’s been such an honor and a privilege to listen to them talk about their experiences adopting.  I am completely overwhelmed by their dedication to their kids and to adoption.  They are simply amazing.

8: Kensington has already told me that I might need to quit my job because four kids seems like a lot of work. (Ha!)

9: Madeley is covered in mosquito bites.  I thought she might have had chicken pox recently because they’re from her head down to the bottoms of her feet but the orphanage workers said they were “just mosquito bites”.  I mean…bless her heart!

10: I know many of you want to know what her special need is and I’ll be happy to share as soon as we have an official diagnosis from a doctor back home.  She was born with two conditions that we know of…but we would like to know more info before we put it out there.  There is a chance that both of them are under control…we just don’t know for sure yet, so I’ll keep you posted.

11: While I was filling out paperwork and listening to the orphanage workers talk about Madeley and her health/what she likes/dislikes/eats (nothing)/drinks/etc, she was crying and  crying with Andrew and then all of a sudden, sweet Ashby started singing “Jesus Loves Me” to her.  I mean…20 months ago, that was her screaming her head off and now, she’s consoling the new baby with “Jesus Loves Me”.  God is amazing.

 I just want you all to know that I have gone through and read every single blog comment, IG comment and FB comment with tears running down my face.  I cannot adequately thank you enough for your kindness, love and support.  We have prayed and prayed about this adoption and to be able to share it with you is just icing on the cake.  This community means more to me than you’ll ever know.  Thank you so much.

More to come from China.  We had another full day today and hopefully, I’ll have time to share that with you tomorrow.

xo

 

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  • Kathryn September 12, 2016 at 4:01 am

    I’m reading this with tears running down my face. So inspired by you and your beautiful family of 6. Congratulations!!!

    • kathryn madison September 12, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Okay so this is weird…I too am Kathryn and am reading this with tears streaming down my face! You guys are amazing and we do serve an awesome God! I’m so blessed by you guys and love reading about your journey….prayers throughout the remainder of your trip!

    • Kathryn September 15, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Adding to the coincidence I’m also a Kathryn reading this with tears flowing. I just came across Shay Shull on instagram and clicked this blog. I had no idea I would find this incredible family and inspiration. I am pregnant with my second and we have already discussed adopting a third in our future. It seems daunting and I don’t know what the future holds but reading this post moved me further in that direction. Thank you and God bless you and your family and I am so happy Madeley has joined you.

  • Margaret Mellon September 12, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Love love love everything about this! Love following you and your family! I had tears running down my face as I read all of the adoption post as about Ashby and now the same with Madeley! I am currently teaching English in Shenzhen, China and to hear that one of my favorite bloggers/families is in China too makes my heart so happy! It’s like a piece of home is here and I don’t even know y’all personally!

  • Sara Burnette September 12, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Oh my gosh. What a tearjerker post. Congratulations, and enjoy your family time with that sweet baby you rescued!

  • Alicia September 12, 2016 at 4:13 am

    I am so happy for you and you family. You have been blessed beyond measure and your children are so very lucky to have you and your husband. Looking forward to hearing more and watching your family grow. Thank you <3

  • Amy Heinl September 12, 2016 at 4:17 am

    Welcome home sweet Madeley.may you feel the love of your family surround and comfort you during this initial transition. Gods blessings to all of you

  • Katrina Goodman September 12, 2016 at 4:21 am

    You are amazing Shay Shull! God is good! Praying for your family! ????

  • Jamilyn Garner September 12, 2016 at 4:25 am

    Oh my goodness!! Congratulations! Madeley is absolutely beautiful! So so happy for your family! I love reading about your journey with adoption Shay. You are such a blessing! Hope all continues to go well!

  • Beth September 12, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Moving me to tears while I’m not able to sleep at 4am in Illinois. Good Lord, literally, what a thing you’ve done. <3

  • Susan September 12, 2016 at 4:46 am

    What an amazing God we have! I am so excited to watch your new baby grow!

  • Lou September 12, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Oh my goodness, you have me in tears! I’m so inspired by your call to adoption and so pleased this trip to China is all going well! Prayers and Love xxx

  • Kimm September 12, 2016 at 4:57 am

    So happy for you! Madeley is beautiful, and so lucky to have y’all.

  • Marybeth September 12, 2016 at 4:57 am

    May God bless you all as you begin your journey together as a family of 6! Your love of family and your faith are inspiring.

  • Nicole September 12, 2016 at 4:58 am

    You are simply amazing!! Not only for the coursge, love and strength you and Andrew have show time and time again, but for the open and selfless kids you have raised! God bless you Mrs. Shay!

  • Cheri Thompson September 12, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Simply amazing! Thank you for sharing. Praying for all of you.

  • Jibs September 12, 2016 at 5:03 am

    God bless you and your family Shay. He who has made this happen will give you all the grace and strength you need.

  • Imke September 12, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Thank you Shay for this post.
    It made me just praise the Lord. Adoption is such an Illustration of the Gospel. From unwanted to loved.
    Praying for you and your Sweet Family.

    Blessings from Germany ???? (I got to Know your Blog because of the happy Hour Podcast )

  • Casey September 12, 2016 at 5:07 am

    What a beautiful family!! I am so happy for you guys!! Congratulations!! Can’t wait to read more about your trip and little Madeley!

  • Erika Slaughter September 12, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Oh my goodness! Miss Madeley is PRECIOUS! Big sister Ashby sounds like she’s doing great! That Jesus Loves Me story is the sweetest. God is so good! Love you, friend and can’t wait to meet that sweet new Shull! XOXO

  • April September 12, 2016 at 5:13 am

    So amazing! God has blessed your family and sweet Madeley already looks loved beyond words! Enjoy the rest of your time in China and safe travels home to all SIX Shulls!

  • Kellee September 12, 2016 at 5:19 am

    She is sooooo cute! Madeley is so blessed to be apart of your family. God is so good! Looking forward to more updates!

  • Kami September 12, 2016 at 5:20 am

    This made me cry happy tears. You’re an amazing mama and all I could think is this little girl is so lucky. I’m so happy for all of you. God is good. ❤️

  • Kaci September 12, 2016 at 5:20 am

    I have been waiting for this post!!!! Sweet Ashby singing “Jesus loves me” to her new sister, makes me want to cry! I pray for peace and rest for the six if you!

  • Laci September 12, 2016 at 5:22 am

    You and Andrew are SO inspiring and I know that God gets all the glory for this. I am so glad that j woke up and read this today! Will be lifting you up in prayer.

  • Diana September 12, 2016 at 5:22 am

    This is just so precious –my heart is melting over here. Ashby singing to Madeley–that’s when the major tears started! God is SO good.

  • Michelle B September 12, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Shay, thank you for sharing your adoption journey again with us. I loved reading Ashby’s and I’m loving reading Madeley’s. So so happy for your family. Love your blog and thanks for sharing everything even when you don’t have to. Praying for the rest of your journey.

  • Lindsey September 12, 2016 at 5:24 am

    Wow this is simply amazing. Ashby singing Jesus Loves Me. The light of the the Lord shines so bright through children. And your other friends and their adopting story? Now I’m sobbing. My heart is filled and thrilled this morning. Your family is obviously blessed and to see you use your blessings for His glory is nothing short of fantastic. Praying for and lifting up your family from Mississippi.

  • kathy September 12, 2016 at 5:24 am

    Wow, what an amazing thing to read early this morning. I’m so happy for you and will continue to pray:)

  • Christene September 12, 2016 at 5:25 am

    God is good. Reading that Ashby was singing to baby girl brought tears my eyes. “Jesus Loves Me” a perfect song. Your sweet family is in my prayers. I am so happy and excited for you. God is amazing.

  • Rebecca September 12, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Thank you so much for sharing an update!!! First, congratulations!!! What a beautiful daughter you have!! Second, I know that myself and so many others are praying for you in these beautiful first days of transition and it was such a joy to read this update! Thank you for taking the time to share!! I have such a heart for adoption and reading your story is so neat!! I weep at the beautiful gift that you have given to this amazing little girl (and to your family)!! Thank you again for sharing!! May God bless y’all abundantly!!! ????

  • Julieann September 12, 2016 at 5:30 am

    this makes me heart so happy ❤️ what a beautiful family you have xx

  • Petra September 12, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Just so touching and beautiful. Prayers and love from Sydney, Aus.

  • Elizabeth Feldpausch September 12, 2016 at 5:38 am

    God’s hand at work is simply amazing! God bless your family of SIX!

  • Jenn Mills September 12, 2016 at 5:39 am

    My heart is bursting with JOY!!
    Adoption is a beautiful thing…every time I read an adoption story it reminds me of how Jesus adopted us. Madeley James is beautiful!!! Praying the Lords peace and strength on all of you!!

  • Jenny September 12, 2016 at 5:40 am

    God bless your sweet family Shay!

    Prayers that the remainder of your trip continues to go smoothly.

  • Amanda September 12, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Adoption is so wonderful and amazing!! Thank you Jesus for this gift!! Your daughter is breathtakingly beautiful and your family is just precious!! Praying for sweet Madeley and your entire family as she transitions. Love seeing your pics and blogs, Shay! Many, many blessings!

  • Melissa September 12, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Your story is an amazing one and your family is beautiful. May God continue to bless you and keep you as you begin your new journey as a family of six.

  • jamie September 12, 2016 at 5:49 am

    how can i not sob with happiness and joy at 6:42am michigan time? how can i not love this little sweet family that i am honored to call my imaginary internet friends? my family and friends think i’m nuts. but i don’t care because the inspiration my soul has been filled with since the day we {met} has changed me. changed me. gosh. my heart wants to focus on the sad {no food? covered in mosquitos bites?} but my heart decides to push that aside to leap and cry knowing that sweet girl was yours along from the beginning of time waiting for you in china.

  • Laura September 12, 2016 at 5:50 am

    I’m so excited you posted this! I cried at #11 about Ashby singing “Jesus Loves Me.” How beautiful!! I hope you all have a safe trip/return flights and don’t lose any kids in the airports 😉

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt September 12, 2016 at 5:50 am

    You and Andrew are truly amazing, and I’m still so in awe of your obedience to the Lord when you could have said, “Later.” So inspiring! Thank you for the update–still praying for your family and the transition!
    MeetTheShaneyfelts

  • Julia September 12, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Shay… I don’t know you but you and your family are such amazing, inspiring people. I love seeing your pictures on Instagram and waking up and reading your blog posts each weekday morning. Don’t forget to change your bio to mama of four! 🙂

  • Laura September 12, 2016 at 5:53 am

    The words “congratulations” don’t seem adequate enough. Remember that you’re not only expanding your family and heart but also those of your readers. Thank you for allowing us on this journey with you. Xoxo

  • Narci September 12, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Just pure sweetness! Your family is just beautiful! We love you guys!! Can’t wait to meet that sweet girl! Xoxo

  • Toni :0) September 12, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Congratulations to all! She is just adorable. You all have huge hearts, she’s a lucky little lady.

  • emily @ a little bit of emily September 12, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Madeley is precious! What a special day – cannot wait to hear more!

  • Holly September 12, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Shay,

    Congratulations on you wonderful family of 6! I got teary reading about Ashby comforting her new sister, Madeley. How beautiful to think of her singing “Jesus Loves Me” during such a tough transition. I will be praying for your whole family during this journey and especially for adorable Madeley!
    God Bless,
    Holly

  • Kristin September 12, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your families sweet journey with all of us. You have continued to be in our prayers. As you are blessed with these children, they are certainly blessed to have you and your family. God is Good!

  • Kasey September 12, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Blessings to you and your new family of 6!

  • Christina September 12, 2016 at 6:00 am

    What a beautiful family, congratulations.

  • Kristen September 12, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Madeley is just beautiful! Congratulations! I look forward to watching her grow and blossom as a Shull. Blessings all around!! We have 4 kids…ages 6, 4, 22 months and 5 months. It’s a crazy but so much fun. Welcome to the club!

  • Sonia Limon September 12, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Congratulations! You are an inspiratio!! I pray the Lord continues to bless you and your beautiful family!

  • Dana Powell September 12, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Ahhh…she is so cute and I’m SO happy for you guys! I can’t wait to watch her thrive and grow like Ashby has. 🙂

  • Amy September 12, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Tears were streaming down my face as I read that Ashby sang “Jesus Loves Me” to Madeley. And to know that just a few shorts months ago, that was Ashby. What an incredible God we serve! Thank you for listening to God’s calling for your lives & for being willing to share it with all of us! I pray God continues to bless your trip and Madeley’s transition into your precious family.

  • Christy Latimore September 12, 2016 at 6:10 am

    No better way to start my Monday than reading this story, Shay! What an amazing journey. God bless your sweet family of SIX!

  • Regine Karpel September 12, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Love.
    http://www.rsrue.blogspot.com

  • Melissa Grimes September 12, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Ashby singing Jesus Loves Me to her had me in tears! What a precious gotcha day story!

  • Lindsay September 12, 2016 at 6:18 am

    TEARS!!!!! Congratulations Shull Family! Madeley is absolutely beautiful. The connection she and Ashby AND the ‘Big Kids’ will have is awesome. I can’t wait to watch them grow up on your blog! I will pray for all of you in the days, weeks and months to come. God has blessed you all once again! Yayyy!!

  • sara alexander September 12, 2016 at 6:18 am

    She’s beautiful and looks like a perfect fit for your family. It’s a great thing to know that your walking in God’s will and plan for your life, good job!!! 🙂 Prayers to your family!

  • Kristin Smith September 12, 2016 at 6:19 am

    What a gift you’ve given the sweet girl, thank you for sharing your journey. I’ve been reading for a long time and never have commented. I love that you brought your kids with. I know that’s not always possible for everybody, but again what a gift you’ve given them. You’re showing them how to love, and you showing them that it doesn’t always come easily. ( sometimes it requires stretching and growing) prayers for you and your family in the next weeks and months as you bring your little love home.

  • Allison September 12, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Congratulations! The gift of adoption is amazing, and I pray the transition is smooth for all of you. I was adopted at three weeks old, and I am forever grateful that I was not only given a chance at life but also the Lord placed me with a wonderful mother. May God continue to bless your family.

  • Charissa September 12, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Beautiful, precious family!

  • Erin September 12, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Beautiful! I was hoping for an update. Thank you for sharing and taking us on this journey. God is faithful. Praying for you all today.

  • Sheaffer September 12, 2016 at 6:31 am

    This post makes my heart so happy, and it makes me so proud of y’all. Watching your family do this again has been nothing short of amazing. And I know y’all are going to bless each other’s socks off! When Ashby first came home, I found myself thinking “this is one lucky little girl” a lot. I kept thinking of all the ways y’all were going to bless her. But now I know that Ashby blessed your family (and all of us that know her!) just as much. The front row seat to this journey has given me a whole new perspective on adoption and how beautiful it is for everybody involved. Now, MISS MADELEY. All I could think when I saw that pic of her with Andrew is “SHE’S SO SQUISHY!” She is just as precious as can be and I can’t wait to meet that squishy little thing! Continued prayers for all of you…especially that Madeley will feel safe with you guys and that God will give her courage. She is one brave little girl. Love y’all! xoxo

  • Andrea September 12, 2016 at 6:32 am

    I love how your kids are along for the journey & how God has lead you to this beautiful girl just like He did with Ashby! God bless!

  • Allison September 12, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Another blog post read with tears streaming down my face. Your family is amazing. God bless all of you. Prayers for this big transition!

  • Jenna September 12, 2016 at 6:35 am

    This just makes me so happy. The fact that there is #oneless because of your love of Jesus is awesome. Thanks for showing us your journey and being an advocate for adoption.

  • Ashley Pate September 12, 2016 at 6:39 am

    So happy for you, Shay! She’s perfect! Talon has been telling everyone that his friend Smith is in China adopting his new sister! Y’all are such a good example for all of us! LOVE all the sweet pictures!

  • Denise September 12, 2016 at 6:41 am

    I’m so happy for your family … tears of happiness for you all!

  • Marsha September 12, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Beautiful. We are a very similar family. My 2 oldest (girl and boy/South Korea) born in my heart and twin girls. God has blessed you all. Enjoy these difficult but oh so wonderful days!

  • Suzanne @ My Life is a Mix September 12, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Thank you so much for the update! Madely is such a beautiful little girl. I was shocked to hear she is almost two as she is such a tiny little thing! She is going to be a blessed little girl but I know that ALL of you are feeling beyond blessed right now!

    And I just have to say, for all of the traveling and lack of sleep, you look beautiful. Kind of like that new mama glow!

  • Mallory Jones September 12, 2016 at 6:45 am

    So happy for you all, Shay! Love seeing these pictures of your precious growing family. Praying that Madeley continues to attach well! Question – how did you choose her name? I’ve never heard it before! I was expecting something quintessentially British, haha.

  • Paula September 12, 2016 at 6:46 am

    #11…Ashby singing Jesus Loves Me to Madeley…I lost it. The GREATEST & TRUTH in that very moment! #oneless #twoless

    Covering you all in prayers! Congratulations beautiful Shulls!

  • Hilary September 12, 2016 at 6:48 am

    So exciting! What a blessed family. Prayers for little Madeley and you all!

  • Jill September 12, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Congratulations! Madeley is beautiful!! Love hearing how awesome all the big kids are with her already! Safe travels!

  • Marcy September 12, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Praying for your family and also the family adopting their 12th/13th… As you make these precious children part of your families. Thank you for sharing this amazing adventure with all of us.

  • Megan September 12, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Congrats on sweet Madely! She is such a blessing! She reminds me of our daughter on gotcha. A teeny almost two year old screamer who was still primarily bottle fed. Now she constantly has food in her hand! Our daughter isn’t very verbal yet, but she calls Jesus Loves Me “la la”. She asks daddy to sing la la every night. I love how Ashby was trying to calm her sister with those very important words. Praying for a smooth transition for you all!

  • Tamara R. September 12, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Shay. AMAZING. My heart is so full looking at the side by side pictures of four little Shulls in matching PJs and the PJs picture from when you got Ashby. The love in all of your pictures is palpable. And sweet Ashby becoming a big sister! You and your family are so inspiring! Thank you for taking us all on this journey with you. God Bless Madeley and the Shull Six!

  • Elizabeth September 12, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Congratulations to all the Shulls! You are an inspiration to so many of us! I totally teared up when I read the part about Ashby singing “Jesus Love Me”. God is so good! I pray for continued blessings on this journey!

  • Becca September 12, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Congratulations!! So happy for all of you.

  • Kelly September 12, 2016 at 7:03 am

    I was so looking forward to reading this blog post this morning and it did not disappoint! That picture of Andrew holding Madely and Ashby singing Jesus Loves Me, cue the tears :). So thankful that all is going well. Thank you for taking the time to update us when you must be exhausted. Praying, praying, praying.

  • Liz September 12, 2016 at 7:04 am

    No sure if my comment went through. So so so excited for y’all!! A beautiful girl for a beautiful family!! Y’all will all be blessed. Can’t wait to meet her in Decemember. Madeley and Mia Kate all in one month!! Whoo hoo!! Sending love to everyone!

  • Jill September 12, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Congratulations! It’s such exciting news. You are all an inspiration! Ashby singing “Jesus Loves Me” is just about the sweetest thing! Wishing you happy bonding and safe travels back home.

  • Amy A September 12, 2016 at 7:09 am

    What a beautiful story. I cried and then I laughed!
    Kensington and the lip gloss -what a gal!! I pray the time still in China goes well and for safe travel back to the states. God Bless you for doing what you do!

  • Kerry September 12, 2016 at 7:09 am

    What a beautiful blessing Madely is. She was clearly made for you and Andrew! I’m so happy for your whole family. I look forward to continuing to follow your family as they grow and flourish under your guidance and love.

  • Holly September 12, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Congratulations! Madeley is absolutely beautiful! Blessings for you and your family:)

  • Erin Omland September 12, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow! So, so happy for you guys and for the new life you are giving that sweet baby. Prayers for safe travels, grace, peace and joy as a family of 6! 🙂

  • Paige Cowart September 12, 2016 at 7:14 am

    God is so so good!!!! An absolute doll baby…Congratulations????????????

  • Sarah September 12, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Speaking of crying, the whole post is great but the Jesus Loves Me part just about killed me!! I’ve got to keep it together or I’ll be at work with makeup all over my face.
    Blessings to all of you!

  • Cori September 12, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Oh my goodness….Linyi City, Shandong Province? That is exactly where we adopted our daughter back in 2010. We also stayed in Jinan. I think the orphanage has left since we got our daughter though. So many questions….who is your guide? I wonder if the workers are the same? The nanny who took care of Melia was so sweet and loving. Congrats! God is so good. Enjoy your time in China!

    • Cori September 12, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      One more thing, my daughter was also only drinking her food via a bottle, though she did have a cleft lip/palate. Interesting that your daughter has the same issue… We did lots of feeding therapy with her when we got home and she got better about allowing things in her mouth.

  • Cristen September 12, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Congratulations to you beautiful family! Encourage as much oral play as you can with Madeley. Have the kids play tongue games in front of her (sticking their tongues out, side to side, and licking their lips). The hope is to get her copying them. Play games and be silly. Let her mouth and explore everything, this could have been frowned upon at the orphange. When eating meals, she will watch you all and you will all be great models. Give her a utensil to chew on when yoy sit at the table together and let her taste anything she wants. Exposing her to all the developmental milestones that she has missed, she’ll catch up in no time. She’ll be eating Texas tacos in no time. Best wishes!

  • Brigid September 12, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Congratulations!! What a loving family ❤️

  • Ari September 12, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Congratulations!!!! Praying for you every step of the way!!!

  • Allison Ezell September 12, 2016 at 7:28 am

    So excited to follow your second journey! My husband and I are traveling in November to adopt our little boy from Zhejiang province. Following this is getting me even more excited to go get our baby! Happy tears for you all! Congratulations, Shull family!

  • Grace Woods September 12, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Congratulations Shull Family! Even though we have never met I feel as though I know you through the years of reading your awesome blog and I am sharing in your happiness at this time!!! I have and will continue to pray for all six of you as you travel safely and during your transition time. You and Andrew, as well as your children, are an inspiration to others! This is by far the best event you have ever shared and I thank you for doing so. It has made my heart fill with joy for you. God Bless you all! ????

  • Shannon September 12, 2016 at 7:31 am

    What a beautiful baby girl! I can’t wait to read more. Praying for a safe trip home and health for the new baby.

  • Penina Nussbaum September 12, 2016 at 7:33 am

    This was the most beautiful post to wake up to and read!! You are such a beautiful and special family ❤️

  • Anne September 12, 2016 at 7:34 am

    She is beautiful and I am so happy for you and your family. I hope the rest of your time in China goes smoothly and you return home safely/quickly with your new love! So many congratulations!

  • Trinh September 12, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Shay, I have followed your blog before you adopted Ashby. After having 2 difficult pregnancies and our 2nd child this year, our family hopes to adopt one day as well. Your blog is so inspiring and gives us hope that we can also adopt our 3rd. Children are the greatest blessings and joy to have! Thank you for sharing your story with honesty and realness. I can’t wait to see more postings of the Shull Family of 6! Prayers for your family this evening 🙂

  • Tiffany September 12, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Tears running down my face while reading about the new addition to your family! Thank you for sharing!

  • Elizabeth September 12, 2016 at 7:37 am

    What a beautiful girl to add to your amazing family! Congratulations. I pray for smooth sailing and a life filled with love for you all!

  • Mother Henn September 12, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Praise the Lord! Praise Him for working through you and your family, and for you heeding the call. I am touched to my soul at the love and beauty shining through these pictures and your words. Thank you for sharing your journey and your blessings with us. I am inspired and grateful to witness true love and joy.

  • Crystal September 12, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Congratulations to your beautiful family! I read this with tears of joy in my eyes. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your struggles and happiness with others, it is comforting to know there are truly happy endings for those that struggle with infertility.

  • Angela September 12, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I love it! Teary-eyed and all! What a blessing you all are to sweet Madeley! We have 4 boys 9,7,4,2 so I love big families and you will too- they’re a blessing from the LORD! and your house will never be clean or quiet again 🙂 Congrats!

  • Lynsey September 12, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I am over the moon happy for you and simply trilled at the life Madeley now has because of you and your sweet family. I’m sure having 3 other little one that you know about the Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder. If not this is the perfect tool to help her learn how to chew, suck and swallow; Bananas and Strawberries are my nephews favorites!
    https://www.amazon.com/Munchkin-Feeder-Colors-2-packs-feeders/dp/B0076DFF1I/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1473683699&sr=8-2&keywords=munchkin%2Bfresh%2Bfood%2Bfeeder
    Safe travels back to the states!

  • Elyse September 12, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Congratulations to your whole family! Madeley is adorable! You are Andrew are such amazing people to open your heart and home to a child who needs it. Your family is really an inspiration. God Bless you all.

  • Lindsey September 12, 2016 at 7:43 am

    How did you pick her name?!?! It’s so beautiful and unique! Looking forward to seeing her grow and thrive and become a happy smiley girl like Ashby. The Lord is the father to the fatherless and what a blessing to see him using you guys!

  • Meredith September 12, 2016 at 7:51 am

    God is so good.

  • Kelly S September 12, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey with all of us. It’s precious. And you are a loving and godly family that will give her a very happy home filled with Jesus. Enjoy the journey.

  • Mandee September 12, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Holy moly He is SO GOOD! All the tears this morning. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Continued prayers for your family!

  • Jennifer Williams September 12, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Wow, blessings on both sides! Madeley is beautiful! And you guys are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Thoughts and prayers coming your way. 🙂

  • Amy Youngblood September 12, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Breaks my heart that she was only fed formula and then I am so restored that she will now have such a caring family for the rest.of.her.life. WOW! It is so incredible what you are doing and have done. I will lift you all up in prayer as you are being so obedient to God’s calling. He is SO good and bless you for listening to His call…twice! Congratulations on your Shull six!

  • Tracy September 12, 2016 at 8:00 am

    I love how God brings families together! What a precious new additions to yours. Thank you for bringing us all along on the journey!

  • jacq September 12, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Shay, you are creating such a legacy that your children (and friends and strangers alike, through your web spaces) will use to create their own. God calls us to leave lasting footprints in the world and it is so inspiring to see how He is using you. I love everything about this. Thank you for sharing your stories.

  • Megan September 12, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Tears as I read this!!! My kids probably think I’m crazy!! I mean, I couldn’t love this more! Miss madeley is precious and the thought of Ashby singing Jesus loves me is just too much. Precious!! Congrats friend!

  • Jessica September 12, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Awww!! I loved reading this update Shay! Madeley is the perfect addition to your family! I’m so happy for y’all! 🙂 Safe travels back to the states!

  • Angie Robinson September 12, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Hello from MS….your family is just the sweetest and cutest!! So happy for another sweet girl for y’all.
    One of my good friends has been on the list for a little girl from China for over 2 yrs now. They adopted a boy from a local agency but still hasn’t heard anything from China. Did it take you awhile to receive any information? Thanks!!

  • Charise September 12, 2016 at 8:06 am

    She is beautiful!!! All of your kids are. I’m so happy for your family. I’d love to know how you guys came up with and decided on her name.

  • Melissa September 12, 2016 at 8:07 am

    You and your family are amazing! God bless all of you as you embark on this new journey and adventure!

  • Raven September 12, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Tears just streaming down my face! Thank you for sharing this huge moment in your family’s life.. Such an amazing testimony to God’s faithfulness. I love your family’s heart! Praying it continues to be a fantastic transition for sweet Madeley girl.

  • Jen McCrady September 12, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Exhausted Airport Kensington is all of us. HAHA 🙂 Congratulations on your new addition! You’re all so blessed!

  • Kerry perkinson September 12, 2016 at 8:09 am

    This just gives me goosebumps! I leave on Thursday to go get our little girl is almost two . God bless your family.

  • Stephanie McDonald September 12, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Oh tears!! What an incredible story and blessing!

  • Jill Moerschell September 12, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Lovely story and what an exciting new journey for you all! Madeley is absolutely beautiful. As a momma of 4 (and our youngest has special needs) I can say that our house, while noisy, and our life, while busy, are full of amazing things.

  • Natalie Clark September 12, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Ohmygoodness! I just love this post! Your family is just so sweet and your hearts are so precious. I have always had adoption on my heart…my little sister is adopted and it’s just been the neatest thing for our family. Both of your posts about Ashby and about Madeley have brought the topic back up in my heart and I just can’t stop sharing it with others and with my husband. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

  • Darcy Sexson September 12, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Wonderful! I love the pictures (especially the PJ pic) and stories – what a blessing it will be to Madeley to look back and read about her Gotcha day!

    PS – I love her name!!!

  • Lauren Mann September 12, 2016 at 8:22 am

    What a beautiful picture of God’s love for us: blessed, chosen, accepted, ADOPTED!
    Ephesians 1:5-6
    Having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

  • lilly September 12, 2016 at 8:23 am

    she is soooooo loved already and big sister Ashby showing her the ropes is so cute and encouraging! blessing for a smooth transiting!

  • Kara September 12, 2016 at 8:25 am

    I cannot adequately express how happy and proud I am of y’all. I can’t wait to meet her and love on you guys. God is good!!!

  • Melanie September 12, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Tears of joy! Thank you for sharing! I hope you truly know how many hearts you’ve stirred for adoption by sharing your journey! Hope you all continue to have a smooth transition!

  • Melissa Riley September 12, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Good for you and your family!

  • Rachel K. September 12, 2016 at 8:30 am

    She is beautiful and so is her name. You guys are all amazing and inspiring. Based on that photo with Andrew I think she is going to be a daddy’s girl!! I hope everything goes smoothly in China and you can return home soon.

  • Susan September 12, 2016 at 8:31 am

    So happy for your family, I love that Kensington wanted to give her lip gloss that is so sweet! Madeley is a doll she will fit right in with your cute family.

  • Amanda September 12, 2016 at 8:34 am

    She. is. precious.
    You guys are just LIGHTS. Precious people obeying the Lord and shining SO BRIGHTLY. It’s a joy to read your blog.

  • Valerie September 12, 2016 at 8:34 am

    We’re going to need to invest in Kleenex here. :tears:
    God bless you all and that dear family that is adopting their 12th and 13th child. God’s love is so real!

  • Angela Ellingson September 12, 2016 at 8:38 am

    This makes me so happy! Madeley is just precious! So sweet seeing all 4 of the kids together. Praying for safe travels home, a smooth transition to a family of 6, and healing for health conditions. Love to you all!

  • Krysta September 12, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Reading this at work and holding back tears the whole time. What a beautiful family you have. And beautiful souls!! God bless you all!

  • Brenda September 12, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Simply precious and amazing. Congratulations on your new little girl!

  • Amanda September 12, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Congratulations Shull family!!! Madeley is so precious!!! We adopted our two daughters from Russia in 2012 at the same time. So blessed God grew our family through adoption! Also, I know the family you mentioned in your blog with soon to be 16 kids! They are amazing!! What a small world! Praying for you all!!!

  • Brittany September 12, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I held it together until the part with Ashby singing Jesus Loves Me. Now I’m sitting in my cube crying. Your family is so special and such an inspiration.

  • SuzyH September 12, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Love to you all…..how precious she is and how precious it is that you all get to be her family. I’ll continue to pray for you all as you travel home and work through your new normal – God is so good.

  • Laci Murray September 12, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I am at work with chill bumps and tears!!! Little Ashby kissing her in that pic is just precious!!! Singing Jesus Loves Me….get the BOX OF KLEENEX… I can’t say thank you enough for sharing this journey with all of us who love following your blog!!! Much love and prayers from Tennessee!! Welcome miss Madeley!!!

  • Kendra September 12, 2016 at 8:46 am

    The thought of Ashby singing Jesus loves Me makes me one big weepy mess. You & Andrew are incredible people who live like Christ did, and it’s nothing short of life-changing to witness from afar.

  • Erin @ No Bohns About It September 12, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Gah!!! The picture of the four of them together is giving me all the baby fever!! We’ve been thinking hard about if we should adopt a 4th and that picture is really kicking me into gear!

  • Alison September 12, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Congratulations! What a precious family!

  • Emily Donaldson September 12, 2016 at 8:47 am

    So happy and excited for your family of 6! Prayers as you continue with this adoption and the process that continues when you arrive back in the US. Madeley is one lucky girl!

  • Keisha Dawson September 12, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this precious journey with your readers! What a precious baby girl! God is so good!

  • Katie White September 12, 2016 at 8:48 am

    She looks like the perfect fit with your family. Congratulations! Enjoy this special adjustment time.

  • Paula September 12, 2016 at 8:51 am

    As one of four adopted children myself (all four of us from different mothers), I just love your continuing journey!! I grew up knowing I was specially chosen by my parents, and felt loved beyond measure, and I know your two will feel the same way. I also really love the love that your two bio children feel for their new siblings…this is a testament to you and your husband! Blessings to all of you, as you walk this walk that you have chosen!!

  • Trish September 12, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I just keep scrolling back to look at the picture of your 4 sweet babies all lined up! Your big kids all look so proud! Congratulations! Praying for all of you!

  • Julie Kitchens September 12, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Beautiful!!! Tears running down my face as i read all about Madeley!! So incredibly thrilled for you all. So incredibly proud of the big kids for the acceptance, excitement and love. They are amazing kids!!! Sweet Ashby is going to make a great big sister and Madeley is God given. How mighty is His works!! Praying for each of you in the days and months ahead!!

  • PaH September 12, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Trying to hold back tears as I read this. God is so good, and you and your family are true examples of this! Sending prayers and guidance as you bring home your 4th child!

  • Kristin September 12, 2016 at 8:56 am

    She is just beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your journey of adoption with all of us! Sending prayers from Kansas that the days ahead bring laughter, happy tears, lots of bonding, enough memories to last a lifetime and safe travels home!

  • Jenny September 12, 2016 at 8:58 am

    God is so good! I’ll be praying that everyone transitions smoothly. Congratulations!

  • Karen September 12, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Congratulations! So happy for you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you. This brings tears to my eyes. Looking forward to reading more about your journey.

  • Corbie September 12, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I bawled like a baby when I got to the pic of Andrew on the floor with baby Madeley. Big tears. My heart is so full for you all and my prayers are ongoing. SHULL FAMILY, YOU MAKE MY HEART SING!!! Can’t wait for the next update!

  • Wendi September 12, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Tears! There are just no words. Your family is such an inspiration.

  • Stacey September 12, 2016 at 9:07 am

    So exciting! Congratulations! This all just brings tears to my eyes. It’s crazy to see the pajama pictures from getting Ashby and now getting Madeley. All of the kiddos have grown up so much! I know Ashby is young, but I’m sure it has been interesting for her to see the process from the other side this time! So happy for you all 🙂

  • Ralinn September 12, 2016 at 9:09 am

    “Jesus Loves Me”. Indeed He does. Sweet Ashby. Thank you for sharing your adoption stories. Madeley is beautiful and looks like she has always belonged. What an adventure.

  • Dustie Day September 12, 2016 at 9:11 am

    She is absolutely beautiful and so blessed to be a part of your family. God is so good – many blessings to your family.

  • Ashley Kimble September 12, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Congrats!!! I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now and remember when you had your Gotcha Day for Ashby! Loved reading this update and so excited for your family.

  • Janet September 12, 2016 at 9:12 am

    This post and its pictures has me in happy tears. God bless you Shull family of 6.

  • Kara McKinley September 12, 2016 at 9:13 am

    So happy for your family! Such a beautiful story, Shay. Love little Ashby comforting her baby sister. God is good!

  • Megan September 12, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Congratulations! She is just precious. I love your adoption posts and visits to China. I have been twice for 6 weeks each to do mission work. I actually was in Guangzhou. It is just so neat to see again. Thank you for sharing!

  • Beth September 12, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Thank you for the update. I’ve been thinking about y’all this weekend and wondering how it was going. She is precious! You and your family are precious! And hearing how you followed God’s calling is an amazing reminder that He should be first and foremost in my life ALL THE TIME. Again, thank you for sharing all of this with us.

  • Melissa Gartner September 12, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Sending so many prayers and blessings your way. You are right, God is amazing and brought your family together in such an amazing way. I hope everything continues to go smoothly for you all as you travel home.

  • Karah Stracener September 12, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Wow! Just wow!!! God is so good and I can’t wait to follow along. Madeley is precious and she is so blessed to get y’all as parents. I think it’s so amazing that y’all have followed Gods calling. Continued prayers that everything continues to go well and you make it back home safe and sound with an easy transition!

  • Rachel September 12, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Such a beautiful story! Sending God’s blessings to you and your whole family!!

  • Melody Byrd September 12, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Shae, so happy to read your positive report of the first day! Continuing to pray for your process of bringing that sweet baby girl home! Her life is forever changed!!

  • Kelli September 12, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Congratulations!! Sweet Madeley is just beautiful and you are all truly an inspiration. As someone who is currently battling infertility and often wondering if this is the path God is intending for me, I am in wonderment that you both heard God clearly telling you to adopt. I pray my husband and I can soon hear with absolute clarity how God wants us to create our family (more treatment, adoption, etc). Your prayerful heart is such an example for us. Also, will you explain where her name comes from? Is it British/English like you other kiddos? Thanks!

  • Rebecca Jo September 12, 2016 at 9:24 am

    I have been waiting so anxiously for this post to see your new family member. I just want to cry for all of you… so amazing.
    & that family you met there adopting all the children? They are doing God’s work while they are here on earth.So amazing.
    My favorite thing of all – Ashby singing to this new baby. You are so right – she was that screaming baby & look where she’s at now. I thought that with the PJ pic. You see the first one & she has that same stiff mouth – not sure to smile or cry… & look at her smile now. I know Madeley’s going to be wearing that big smile soon enough. How can she not when she has a crew that already loves her so much!!!

  • Megan September 12, 2016 at 9:24 am

    She is absolutely precious!! I am beyond excited for you, and cannot imagine all the emotions that you guys have going. Praying for you all and so happy for you!!

  • Sheryl September 12, 2016 at 9:25 am

    God has blessed your family!! Thank you so much for sharing and giving us the opportunity to follow along.

  • Lindsey September 12, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Made me cry. God is so good. Bless you all!

  • Lisa Black September 12, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Well….I shouldn’t have this while sitting at work! I’m balling like a baby! That pic of her and Andrew….PRECIOUS!!! And then sweet Ashby singing “Jesus Loves Me”; you are right, God is so good and those babies are blessed to have you (and vice versa). Congratulations! And keep the wonderful stories and beautiful photos coming! Xoxoxo

  • Elizabeth September 12, 2016 at 9:30 am

    You and your family are such an inspiration to me. If age were not a factor I would love to adopt a child…don’t think I fit the age for adoption. But I am living through your experience and praying for you and your family.

  • Angie moore September 12, 2016 at 9:30 am

    What a wonderful witness that you and your family are!! To God be all the glory and honor!! Congratulations on your growing family- she is precious!

    In Christ,
    Angie

  • Mindy September 12, 2016 at 9:35 am

    What a beautiful moment orchestrated by our loving God! I love reading your adoption posts, and hearing about these sweet children and their journeys into your hearts and family. May god continue to bless you all during this transition!

  • Hannah September 12, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Wow this was such a cool story to read! Congratulations to you and I hope everything goes well as you adjust with the new little one! She looks so precious in the pictures. God is so good!

  • Jennifer W. September 12, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Your family is precious. Words can’t describe how happy I am for you & your family. Thank you for updating us, I’ve been continually checking for updates on Madeley. The kids look smitten & the pictures of Ashby & Madeley bring tears to my eyes. Congratulations!

  • Theresa Martinez September 12, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I am so happy for the Shull Six!!! Congratulations and may God continue to bless y’all!

  • Shay September 12, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Gah! SO many tears! You are truly an inspiration! Much love and thoughts your way!

  • Jess Deisher September 12, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Congratulations!! Your family is an inspiration to everyone! xox

  • AMANDA SHEROD September 12, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Congrats! She is beautiful. What a blessing to have her in your family, God is good!

  • Karen S. September 12, 2016 at 9:50 am

    With tears running down my face………….tears of joy! Madeley is absolutely precious and to see your kiddos loving on her is just a beautiful thing. I know you say you are blessed, but truly your children are blessed ~ you two are amazing parents! I pray that God continues to pour blessings upon you. God is so good!!!!!

  • Sarah Goldsberry September 12, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Congratulations!! Madeley is beautiful and so very special. Praise be to God for this blessing! Praying your amazing family continues to make good progress as everyone adjusts. Tears of joy for you all! We have four children all close in age and it is awesome! You will absolutely love it 🙂

  • carolyn clifton September 12, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Look at those cheeks – she’s so delicious, I could just eat her up with a spoon!! You and your husband are an inspiration, we all could take a lesson of better following God the way ya’ll do. I so enjoy reading your blog, thank you so much for sharing with your “print” friends. The love is no less real. Prayers being sent for a comfortable, happy transition period and travel mercies for your trip home.

  • Katie September 12, 2016 at 9:59 am

    I have goosebumps reading your post! God is so good and I am so inspired by your journey! I have been stalking your blog all weekend for an update. 🙂 Madeley is beautiful! Continued prayers for you and your family!

  • Alicia September 12, 2016 at 10:01 am

    How wonderful and exciting! Congratulations on your new family of six! What a blessing she will be to you all. May the Lord continue to watch over all of you in this adoption journey! I have four kids, ages 17, 15, and twins that are 8 due to fertility issues. With each child, your heart just gets bigger. More love to go around. Blessing to you all.

  • Hilary Boozer September 12, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Loved, loved reading this! So excited for you guys on your new journey, God is so good! Continual prayer for Shull party of 6!

  • Lori Reggio` September 12, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Such a beautiful family! What a wonderful life example you are displaying. You inspire me. May God Bless you always! xo

  • Brianna September 12, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Shay, I got goosebumps looking at all your pictures and reading this post. This sweet baby girl was born to be a Shull. And Ashby, my lanta…..super sweet. I am so happy for you all and I don’t even “know” ya’ll. I can’t wait to see more pictures of your sweet family. Happy vibes from PEI Canada ????

  • Shelly Janac September 12, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Prayers everything continues to transition smoothly. She is absolutely beautiful and I cannot wait to see her flourish as Ashby has. You guys are amazing! I’m secretly on top of the world that Madeley shares my birthday!! Cannot wait to hear more about how you guys chose her name.

  • Lisa September 12, 2016 at 10:13 am

    That is amazing. God bless your beautiful family.

  • Lindsay Dunagan September 12, 2016 at 10:21 am

    I had to come back and read this for a second time with tears running down my face both times. I’m so happy for your family!! Even though we will never meet…you guys are such a blessing to me!! God bless you all!!

  • Brandy September 12, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Your adoption stories are so inspiring. My husband and I don’t have any kids of our own yet, but we already know we want to adopt. Thank you for sharing your stories. All of your kiddos are beautiful. All 4 of them! 🙂

  • Amy September 12, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Oh my heart . . . look at that precious little girl! What a blessing you are to her . . . prayers for a peaceful and easy transition into your family

  • diane jones September 12, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Oh Shay. How blessed Madeley is to be adopted into the Shull family. Love begats love. The more you love, the more love you have to give . Your family is the perfect example of that. Your light shines in every thing you do . Thank you for taking your blog family/friends along on these wonderful life changing journeys. God bless and keep your new family.

  • Heather Newman September 12, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Oh my goodness, so very precious. Your family rocks!!! You are such an inspiration. Ashby singing to baby Madeley….what a difference 20 months makes. Bless you all!

  • Kayla September 12, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Aside from your post about adopting Ashby, this is probably my favorite post you have ever written!! What an honor and a blessing to be able to read about this. You have, again, inspired my heart to look into adoption and bringing sweet babies into our family.

  • Mary Dollar September 12, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I absolutely love this journey for your family. I especially love that sweet Miss Ashby is excited about being one of the “bigs” now. I know our Heavenly Father is pleased and wants the very best for all of you!!! Love and hugs all around!!!

  • faith heimbrodt September 12, 2016 at 10:41 am

    God bless you and your beautiful family! I am so happy for you all!!

  • Lindsey September 12, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Congrats Shull family! She is absolutely adorable and what a beautiful name; there’s no denying she was “made” for your family and your family for her. God sure knows what he’s doing. 🙂 Your whole post had me teary eyed! Can’t wait to hear more!

  • Sarah September 12, 2016 at 10:42 am

    This is literally Christ’s love displayed in the fullest way. Praying for you all and so excited for Madeley to have such a special family. Thanks so much for sharing an update and pictures I went to your blog this morning hoping that there would be something because I know you guys are busy and this made my day. My huaband and I are not in the kids stage yet but have had a heart to adopt and this makes me so happy. I will continue to pray for you all.

  • Karen September 12, 2016 at 10:48 am

    It was so exciting to read your update this morning. Madeley is such a beauty! But can I give a shout out for Smith! Gotta love that little one. His face in that p.j. picture is just priceless. All of your children are beautiful. Wishing you many blessings ahead.

  • Annika September 12, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I’m blessed to read your blog.. God is so good! Adoption is beautiful!

  • Tracy September 12, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Congratulations! I am so happy for your beautiful family of 6.

  • Tracey September 12, 2016 at 10:59 am

    There are no words, for how beautiful your work through Christ is. Simply Beautiful. Bless your family.

  • Shawnee September 12, 2016 at 11:00 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post!! Congrats on your beautiful new little one!!

  • Allison September 12, 2016 at 11:01 am

    This is absolutely amazing and wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. I am a teacher and live in Mckinney as well. I was talking with a new teacher last week and her parents adopted her and her brother (also at different times) when they were toddlers from Russia. We all got started on the adoption talk and all heavily agreed more sweet babies would have loving homes if it weren’t so expensive. I would love to look into the process more seriously but am just currently thankful we recently got two titles on our cars and have that paid off. It’s too bad that it’s SO incredibly expensive. I get that it has to cost money. I know legal fees and agency fees and filing fees and traveling fees and yadi yada cost a lot, I just wish it was closer to the 10,000 range rather than 30. ???? I love following this though! I am soooooo happy for Madeley. And for y’all!

  • Meg September 12, 2016 at 11:02 am

    You are such an inspiration! I have been following your journey from Nebraska & this brought me to tears! Praying for your family during your travels & new addition Madeley!!

  • Stacey Lagrone September 12, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Such a sweet family! Praying for you all as you go through this process! The Lord is doing magnificent things through you all! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Marisa September 12, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Crying so many happy tears!

  • Gentry September 12, 2016 at 11:08 am

    What a blessing it is to get to follow along on your journey! Adoption has touched my family too, so it warms my heart to see such beautiful stories of new families! Sending lots of love all the way to China!

  • Rachel September 12, 2016 at 11:10 am

    God bless you! She is beautiful!! Your whole family is beautiful! Congratulations. I’m in tears reading this. I will be praying for you all!

  • Kim Fleming September 12, 2016 at 11:19 am

    BLESSINGS TO YOUR FAMILY! Yes, 4 is a lot, a lot of laundry, a lot of meals, a lot of emotions, but A LOT of LOVE – we have 4 TOO!! The bigger memories and more laughs. You’ve got this Shull family. Travel safe.

  • erica werner September 12, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us! WOW!!! You and your family are a true inspiration and a testament to Jesus. I feel so blessed by you daily! Praying for you and your family 🙂

  • Kelly September 12, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Wow! I have no words. What an amazing journey! The whole story is incredible, but the part where Ashby sung to her made me cry. Thank you for sharing your story with us. God bless!

  • Mimi September 12, 2016 at 11:22 am

    This is soooooo amazing! You’re such a lucky & blessed family and Madeley is so lucky & blessed! This just warms my heart. I hope you all enjoy China and getting to know your baby girl.

  • Jenna Cloninger September 12, 2016 at 11:24 am

    You all are amazing! God really works through your family to show His love.. Praying that the rest of your journey goes well!

  • Britt Freiberg September 12, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Congratulations! I’m so overjoyed for you all and especially for Madeley to have found her forever family. My brother lived in and taught English in Linyi for a few years so that area holds a special place. Have an amazing rest of your trip together!

  • Kristen September 12, 2016 at 11:34 am

    She fits in just perfectly. Congratulations to all of you.

  • Alexis deZayas September 12, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Madeley is precious and a lucky little girl to have such a sweet God loving to be a part of!

  • Ashley September 12, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Oh, my goodness! So happy and excited for y’all! Beautiful, beautiful girl and family! God is so good. Praying for as smooth as a transition as possible.

  • Dawn September 12, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Your family is beautiful!!! and Madeley is truly blessed to have u all in her life now… as you are blessed to have her in yours…

  • Kathie Gilmore September 12, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Have Madeley checked for scabies. They look like bug bites. Very common for children to have on their feet.

  • Leslie T September 12, 2016 at 11:42 am

    This is the sweetest post, and my favorite part is precious Ashby singing Jesus Loves Me!! God is so good! Praying for your time in China! Congratulations on a beautiful new daughter!!!

  • Nicole September 12, 2016 at 11:47 am

    #7 got me. How extraordinary and obedient to have adopted 13 children. That touches my heart!

  • Jan September 12, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I was already teary just from the pictures but the Jesus Loves Me sentence, sent me into a big fat ugly cry. I’m a 76 year old grandma and my grands are 12, 10 and 8. The youngest is sick today and I’m staying with him. He thinks I’m crazy, sitting here sobbing in front of the computer. LOL I love your blog even though most of the content doesn’t have much to do with my life….I don’t cook much anymore, my kids are grown and my grandkids are older than your kids but I do love your stories and your fashion sense (I’m a fashionable old lady) and your big heart. Stay safe and enjoy this new journey. XO

  • Nancie September 12, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I love storybook posts, and this one got me so weepy! Congrats on your adorable daughter and your beautiful family! The Lord will give you strength and continue to bless and keep you on your new journey! Thank you for sharing your amazing story. Can’t wait to hear more!

  • Melissa Presley September 12, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I am so happy for you all.. I am bawling like a baby reading this.. Just LOVE ashby being the big sister. So happy for you and your family. God has such big plans for Madeley too and can’t wait to see her blossom with her sweet family. Our whole family is praying for you everyday!

  • Debbie Dunbar September 12, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I loved reading the details that you shared today. It is a blessing not only that you are adopting again but also that you are sharing the wonderful story with all of us! I am praying for you all!

  • Heather Moffit September 12, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    So happy for your family! What a blessing for everyone! God bless you and I will be praying for you all!

  • Meghan September 12, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Here I am crying while reading this! You are such a beautiful family and it makes me so happy that Madeley will get to have such a wonderful life with you guys!

  • Sarah September 12, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Praise God you arrived safely! Praise God for this beautiful gift of life given to your family!

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World September 12, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    More tears. Shay, you and your family are SUCH a blessing to this beautiful girl. There is no doubt in my mind that sweet Madeley will fit in perfectly as a Shull. To see you guys doing these great things is incredibly inspiring and it makes me want to be a better person for it. Enjoy your bonding time with her… I’m sure she’ll be hooked on you in no time. XO

  • Lori September 12, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Congratulations! I read this with tears because adoption stories just do that to me! She’s beautiful and perfect and I’m so excited to follow her story as she becomes part of your story! Ashby singing Jesus Loves Me, sweetest thing ever!!!

  • Karen September 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Congratulations on getting your little girl!! Madeley is PRECIOUS!! And I already love her! Thanks for sharing your journey with all of us… I absolutely am encouraged by how obedient you are to God’s will, AND I am thankful that I get to see what He’s doing through you. I mean even Ashby’s joy… IT’s so obvious (Before and After pictures)!

    I have to say I laughed… I first read your post from my phone, and the photos were small on it. I thought your necklace read “born in the east”… And I thought, “okay, yes, I guess so…” And then when I read it again, I GOT IT! ha ha… I made myself laugh on that one!

  • Mckenzie Fortner September 12, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Wow!! Way to go Shull’s!!!! It’s so awesome to read about a family that hears Gods calling and listens!! Praying for you guys!!! So happy another sweet baby will have a family who loves her for the rest of her life!

  • Jordan September 12, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Congratulations Shay! She is just perfect. Thank you for being such an inspiration to all your readers. God is good!

  • Kathy Cochran September 12, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    What a wonderful post, thank you for sharing! She is just adorable. May God bless you and your family as you begin this next adventure as a family of six! Looking forward to more pictures!!

  • Liz Thorson September 12, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Tears began when I read your “Born from my heart,”necklace. We have two adopted sons, now 27 and 32 who made our family the possibility I’d always dreamed. Madeley is one very lucky little girl to be adopted by you and Andrew and your precious children. I’m thrilled for Ashby for the experience to be a big sister and being able to share her very kind, nurturing heart. Nixon may feel a bit left out for awhile! ????????????

  • Jackie September 12, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    SHAY!!! I had NO idea!! I was sick last week and didn’t check your blog until today, so I missed your announcement about becoming a party of SIX so when I read this post first, I was like HUH?!?! Now I’m all caught up and I’m SO happy for you and your family!!!!! Madeley is beautiful, please update us on how you came up with her name when you can as I’d love to hear about it 🙂 God bless and safe travels to all of you!!

  • Missy September 12, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    What a blessing!!!

  • April Parrish September 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Madeley is beautiful!!!! So happy for you and your sweet family!!! Continued prayers as you finish up on this process and bring her home!!! God Bless!!!

  • morgan September 12, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    So inspiring! I pray the rest of your trip goes well, and that you acclimate to a family of SIX quickly! special prayers for Madeley’s acclimation most of all. What a lucky little girl.

  • Courtney September 12, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    #allthetears So happy for you and your family! God is so good!

  • Kate L. September 12, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Congratulations to you all! She already looks like the sweetest little thing, and I’m happy to hear that she’s adjusting so well. That Ashby story had me in tears—what a sweet, stop you in your tracks type of moment that you will undoubtedly carry with you when remembering Madeley’s “gotcha day” forever. I am lifting you and your beautiful family up in my prayers. Safe travels back as a family of 6!!

  • Elise September 12, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you for always being so open and for documenting this! It’s an inspiration for the future!!!!

  • Sarah @ The Teacher's Wife September 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    I’m tearing up reading your post. I so would love to adopt some day, but to be honest, I wonder how on earth we could ever afford it. I know God can overcome any obstacle, so I just need to keep praying for Him to guide us when the time is right. Thanks for sharing about your newest sweet girl!

  • Amanda September 12, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    I am legit so excited for every post!! Thanks so much for sharing your journey!!! I can’t wait to hear more! Congrats on your baby girl!!

  • Rhonda September 12, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I am so thrilled for you! You probably don’t remember because you get so many emails a day, but we exchanged emails awhile back about a Michael Buble’ video and I shared that my third child, Lizzie, is from China. Good luck with Madeley and the bonding, settling in process. Although chaotic, this is such a special time. Much like the newborn days! Congratulations!!

  • Jeanie September 12, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    She is so cute and sweet-looking and blends in well with your whole family. I hope her medical issues are small ones. Congratulations to all!

  • Lauren Austin September 12, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Apparently I was due for a good cry because as I drank my coffee this morning and read this post I just cried. What a precious baby Madely is and I love how Ashby reached out to her and sang. Melt me. Praying for you guys as you travel home and transition to having four kids now. You’ve got two big helpers and that’s huge! I look forward to watching her grow and blossom into a little girl just like Ashby did. We are happy for the Shull family!

  • staci hays September 12, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Congratulations…..an exciting new Chapter is being written for your precious family. Abundant blessings for each of you during your time in China and during this time of transition for each of you. Safe travels…..

  • Chasity September 12, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    You are amazing! Congratulations, she is a beautiful baby girl. Tears of joy and prayers to you and the rest of your sweet family from MS!

  • Rhonda September 12, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Oh my, my heart is so full!!! Thank you so much for sharing this journey with us. It is absolutely beautiful to watch you and your family be the hands and feet.
    I adore the picture of Madeley and Andrew!!! SO sweet.

  • Maureen Chen September 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Moved to tears! My heart is bursting with joy for you and your family! I love the picture in the airport of the people laughing at you all with neck pillows on your heads! I’m looking forward to reading more about Madely’s adoption story! What a beautiful connection Ashby and Madely will always have, being both Chinese and now part of the wonderful Shull family! How did you come up with the name Madely? It kind of sounds like Chinese for “beautiful” (Mei Li).

  • Jackie Bessette September 12, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    An inspiration for those who fear their long journey to parenthood and a true testimony that God not only walks that journey with His faithful, but will make it even better than you could have ever imagined. Congratulations Shull party of 6!!

  • Erin McGuire September 12, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Gah, goosebumps and tears! Dare I say, I think Madeley resembles Andrew! Something from the eyes on up. 🙂 She’s adorable and beautiful and looks sweet as can be! Congratulations! What a special time for your family! You guys are simply amazing, God bless you all!

  • Angela September 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I love this post so much! I have always wanted to adopt, but my husband is not quite on board. We have 3 boys (and they are super active!) so he says we should be done with kids. In my heart, I’ve always wanted to adopt! I would love to hear your husband’s perspective about adoption. Could he guest post sometime? Also I would love to hear recommendations for books about adoption. Madely is beautiful and you are a wonderful family! Much love to you all!

  • Alice September 12, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    God is so good! Praising Him with you for all he has done to bring you to your precious Madeley, and praying his continued blessing for all six of you in the days, and months ahead.

  • Hayley September 12, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Your post made me cry. I am so, so happy for your growing family. That little girl doesn’t know yet how blessed she is. I love that Ashby sang “Jesus Loves Me” to Madeley. What a precious memory!

  • Tracie September 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    What a beautiful addition Madeley is to your family! Looking forward to watching her grow! Thanks for sharing your story….may God continue to bless you & your family!!

  • Claire September 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I come from a mix and match family too– two biological children, three adopted– 1 international and two domestic (who are biological brother and sister). It is a FUN way to grow up— your kids are going to have a blast!

    I can’t thank you enough for taking time to share your family’s story with the world. I have no doubt that the awareness that you’ve brought to the parentless children epidemic around the world has begun to chip away at the problem. You’ve shown thousands of people that families become families in a whole variety of ways and that while adoption can be challenging, it is so worth it.

    You and your family has also shown an amazing side of Christianity, that isn’t seen enough on the internet. Y’all are genuinely focused on following in the footsteps of Christ and making the world a better place. I know you’ve inspired other folks to do the same.

    Have fun in China!

  • Kristin S September 12, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    You so did not have to post this update but I’m glad you did! It’s so beautiful and I know it will help you remember these blur hours. Praying for you guys!

  • Laura September 12, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    I have read this post every 30 minutes all day. So FABULOUS. I can’t pick a favorite part…her cheeks, Ashby singing to her, sharing lipgloss, tired kids, proud parents…ALL FANTASTIC.

  • Genelle Pretty September 12, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Shay,
    I wish I could meet you! I am so encouraged by your family’s commitment to boldness about your love for Christ. Thank you for sharing the highs and lows of your life and being real. My heart is so full reading about God’s goodness to you and Andrew as you adopt that beautiful girl. May He bless you and your children as you adjust!
    XO
    Genelle

  • Natalie September 12, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Thank you so much for bringing us along! I always read these updates with tears in my eyes! I am so happy for you guys! Congratulations!!! 🙂

  • Lindsey September 12, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    This is so amazing! I just love your family and all of the things you do! You embrace life and live it to the fullest! That baby is precious!!!!!!!!

  • Rachel Schudrich September 12, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Your story just left me crying! What wonderful parents you two are!

  • Michaelann Seiders September 12, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Praying for you and your family, this is amazing and so thankful for what God is doing through you for these beautiful children!

  • Jenna September 12, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Shay, my eyes just filled with tears as I read through this post… What a lucky and blessed baby you have found and how amazing for God to lead her to you. She is beautiful and looks like such a sweet heart. I cannot tell you how much you encourage me to be a better mom, a more fun mom and to just keep my heart open to loving more. I loved following your story with Ashby and look forward to doing the same with Madeley. I hope the rest of your trip is wonderful! 🙂

  • Becca September 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    I rarely leave a comment on anyone’s blog.. but this one deserves one. You and your sweet family are amazing. Your love for the Lord and amazing desire to share it with others is incredible. Congratulations on your sweet girl. She is so lucky to be blessed by you guys! Thank you for inspiring us all with your love of being a mom and living for Christ.

  • Alexandra September 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Can’t wait to hear more about Madeley! So much love ????

  • Lydia W. September 12, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    We are adopting domestically now so to hear your story uplifts my faith. Praise God she is doing well so far. Praying for your health and safety.

  • Ann September 12, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Congratulations! Your children are so lucky to have you and Andrew as parents. You are the true living embodiment of selfless Christian charity and love. I want to be adopted into your family! Madeley is such a lovely name that sounds Chinese with an American spelling. I love how you seem to have combined her two cultures together so beautifully. When you have time I would love to hear how you’ve come to pick all your children’s names. You are a great name picker besides having so many other talents.

  • Libby September 12, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    You all are amazing! Sending many prayers your way. Enjoy every moment with your kiddos. Can’t wait to see more pictures of the Shull Party of 6!

  • Ginny B. September 12, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Such a precious baby girl!!! What a blessing for your family.

    I cannot say enough good things about the feeding therapy my daughter received at Our Children’s House/Baylor in Allen. Their staff is wonderful.

  • Debbie September 12, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Enjoy this time! Such a precious family❤️

  • Denise September 12, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing and thank you for adopting. God is doing great things through your family. All of you will be in my prayers. Thank you for saying yes.

  • Jenn September 12, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    The first thing I did when I had a moment alone was check for your post. I am so excited for your beautiful family to welcome another love into your home. I can’t imagine the highs and lows you’ve gone through over the past year and a half. I am just in tears reading your post and seeing your pictures. What you and Andrew are doing to make life better for another child is so courageous and admirable. Madeley was found on my daughters birthday. I will always think of her and celebrate her day when she was safe and provided a home until you all could find her yourselves. Bless you all and welcome home Madeley!

  • Elizabeth September 12, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Goodness what a long day getting there. Your kids are such troopers. But seeing the smile on their faces when they met Madeley… it SO WORTH it. Your family was made for adoption. You and Andrew are amazing parents!

  • Anna September 12, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    What a beautiful family! What sweet children! Praying everything goes smoothly bringing your precious daughter home! Thanks for sharing your adoption journey and life with us. It has me thinking of adopting when I decide to have children someday.

  • MARIE SCHRYER September 12, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Congratulations!! Prayers and love to your beautiful family of 6!

  • Jessica September 12, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Wow! I am a 1st grade teacher in GA and I have been following your blog and on IG for about 4 years. Shay, I am inspired by you daily! Thank you for sharing your precious family’s story and your heart for Jesus with all of us!!! Praaying for y’all! Praying for Madeley as she adjusts and becomes the newest member of your sweet family! Congrats to you, Andrew, and the three “big kids” 😉

  • Diane September 12, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    My heart is so full reading about your “adventure” in finally making Madeley a part of your family. God has blessed you and Andrew with amazing faith and love for family. My daughter and her husband went through their own two-year journey to make “P” a part of our family three years ago. Wishing you God’s blessings over your ” party of six”!

  • Momma Honey September 12, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Just delightedly happy for all of you. Thank you so much for sharing this joy with us. God bless you!

  • Loren September 12, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    I am crying tears of joy for you and your family. I am looking forward to reading more about your trip and little Madeley!

  • Taylor September 12, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I have loved following your journey with Ashby since the day you got her, and can’t wait to see how God uses Madeley in your lives. You guys are amazing and an inspiration. Praying for you all!

  • Missy September 12, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    And now, I have tears streaming down my face. My heart and eyes were welling up and then I read about sweet Ashby singing to her little sister and I lost it. What a beautiful moment. So very happy for your family.

  • Kristen September 12, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Congratulations! Madeley is too cute!

  • Elise Welch September 12, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Congratulations! Loved reading the update. Hearing about what Ashby did was so awesome! She is such a joy! God is so good!

  • Maria D. September 12, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Congratulations! What a beautiful adoption story – I will be praying that everything goes well for the rest of your stay in China and for you on the way home – hopefully the airplane trip won’t be too bad for Madeley and she will be able to sleep through most of it. Sweet pictures of Kensington and Ashby with her – and your husband is such a good dad with her already! I know it will be a huge adjustment for you – especially since you’ll be adding additional doctor visits at first – but at least the three “big” kids are now in school and that will be a tremendous help.

  • Susan September 12, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Praying for a smooth transition. I know God is all over this. I am in tears reading this. Love your blog and your heart.

  • Taylor September 12, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Wow! Goosebumps! She is so perfect! So fun to follow your family’s journey… thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Jaren September 12, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    I could just burst with joy for you guys!!! We will continue to pray for y’all for a smooth adoption to home process! And if you can do 3 kids, you can do 4! Our #4 is only a few months older than Madeley. And yes, I call them by numbers quite often, and find myself counting to 4 all the time to make sure I have everyone 🙂 Can’t wait for your next update!!

  • Jacee September 12, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Ashby’s adoption process is really what got my attention and I’ve been reading your blog daily ever since. It is amazing to see her now. You are a very special lady. Congratulations on your newest addition. I can’t wait to see her blossom.

  • jen September 12, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. God is amazing. You are amazing. Your children are amazing. Thank you for sharing your stories and your life- those are three beautiful, strong children you and your husband have raised- that new baby girl is blessed in many ways.

  • Lydia September 12, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Yay, congrats I’m so happy for you and your family!! You should give me some advice on adopting soon 🙂

  • Cynthia Brewer September 12, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    God bless you. He is being glorified through your testimony. I have two adopted girls as well – 15 and 11. They both handle it differently but I am glad they have each other. Then our family grew as we were blessed with our first surprise pregnancy four years ago.- then 9 months later another pregnancy. Now we have “the bigs” and “the littles” age 4 and 3. Each baby was God’s love gift to us. I believed for years that I would never be a mother. Now I have four! God’s plans are so much greater than we can imagine. Thank you for sharing your heart and encouraging others to expand their family through adoption!

  • Stephanie September 12, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Congratulations! I hope the transition goes smooth! I just want you to know you’re such a inspiration to who I want to be one day! God Bless!

  • Deanna September 12, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    God bless you and your family! What a blessing sweet Madeley is!

  • Bethany September 12, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Tears over here! God is amazing!!!! It’s humbling and such a blessing what he allows us to do! Prayer for your family as you transition.

  • Jill Myers September 12, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Well that is just absolutely fantastic news! Congratulations! Blessings on you all!

  • Jeremy September 12, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    So very touching. You are a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing your story and such lovely pics too. Look forward to the updates.

  • Sejal September 13, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Your whole family is such an inspiration! I have tears in my eyes over how beautiful not only adoption has been for you, but the journey that He has led you through. Even in the hard times I always believe that there is a reason behind it and everything works out in the end. And to see your beautiful family of 6 is proof of that! Thank you for sharing this with us readers!

  • Mel @ The Larson Lingo September 13, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Soooooo happy for your family! Madeley is precious…what a gift! Congratulations Shull family!
    P.S. Major tears reading that Ashby sang her Jesus loves Me! Beautiful!!

  • Alli September 13, 2016 at 6:14 am

    I have been waiting for this post since your Instagram pic last week. My husband and I have always wanted to adopt, but God keeps giving us belly babies too fast and furious forums to be able to preuse. Anyways, thank you so much for sharing your journey and glorifying our God. It is so so beautiful to follow ❤️

  • Elizabeth Feldpausch September 13, 2016 at 6:18 am

    This is so amazing! God bless your beautiful family! I love that you are sharing this journey because you will be so thankful to look back on it one day:)

    Random question: how do you pack the girls’ hair bows in the suitcases so that they don’t get smashed?!? Thanks!

  • Holly September 13, 2016 at 6:26 am

    We were away this past weekend in a small cottage on PEI and having a difficult time getting our 4yr & 10mos old settled when I read your post on insta about adopting a 4th. Ive been praying for your family all weekend and just knowing you were on this big journey relaxed me with my two.
    To open your door again i mean wow! I love the way God is using you! Just know you are being prayed for. Cant wait to follow along! ❤️????????

  • Lisa September 13, 2016 at 6:33 am

    So happy for your sweet family! What a blessing! I held it together pretty good… untiI read #7 and #11????

  • Valerie September 13, 2016 at 6:35 am

    What a beautiful little girl! I love getting to see Ashby be a big sister…she is going to rock that role. Praying for a smooth transition for Miss Madeley and the rest of the Shull Six!

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life September 13, 2016 at 6:55 am

    You all are amazing and Madeley is just precious!! I love that Ashby is such a proud big sis now!!

  • Tina Lor September 13, 2016 at 7:42 am

    You are an inspiration. God shines so brightly through you and your family. Praying for smooth transitions for Madeley, the kids, you, and Andrew! Have a great time in China and safe travels back 🙂

  • Lori September 13, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Shay can I just say that your blog, your love for the Lord, and the love for your family is such an inspiration to me. Many times I have found that regardless of how my day was, I can get up in the morning turn on my computer and read your blog, it’s so uplifting. Only by the grace of God can you go from infertility, to delivering two precious babies and then to be blessed with two adopted children. You and Andrew seem like such loving parents. Those kiddos are so fortunate to have such a close and loving family. I pray that Madeley’s transition goes smoothly and she adjusts to her new normal. God bless. (From a Momma of two in Georgia)

  • Dana September 13, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Congratulations! I started following your blog right after you adopted Ashby and have enjoyed reading your posts and am so excited for Madeley to be joining your family. You guys are inspiring especially when it comes to considering adoption and wish you only the best!

  • Amy Lawrence September 13, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I remember your post from Ashby’s adoption and she was always so serious. Now she is always smiling. So seeing Madely’s serious face makes me excited to fast forward a few months from now when she knows you all are her forever family and she is smiling from ear to ear!

  • cassie {hi sugarplum} September 13, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Praying for you six, and sending so much love!!! xoxo

  • Marie Miller September 13, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Congratulations on Miss Madeley’s Gotcha Day! Your family is beautiful! Praying for your safe travels and a good transition for Madeley. God it Good!

  • Stacey September 13, 2016 at 10:34 am

    You know what I think is amazing…? How at first Andrew didn’t think adoption was for him, but God softened his heart to not only 1, but 2 little girls, his daughters!!
    As a single mom, I am praying through my feelings of adoption. It is in my 5 year plan (God willing) so adoptions stories are my Favorite!!!

  • Pam September 13, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Yay God! Congratulations on the new addition to your sweet family! Madeley is Precious! And just when you think Ashby couldn’t get any sweeter…my goodness with the “Jesus Loves Me”. Jesus surely does you sweet kiddos! I am continuing to pray that everything goes well and according to God’s Will. Sending you many blessings and prayers to China. XOXOXO

  • Nick P September 13, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Shay, this is a must read, do you happen to know these couples?
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3787275/Pre-schoolers-best-friends-Chinese-orphanage-happy-reunion-Dallas-airport-adopted-families-town.html

  • Sarah September 13, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Your blog post today made me cry! The “Jesus Loves Me” part is just amazing. You guys are such an inspiration and I just love how you share your enthusiasm for Christ while sharing your day-to-day routines, the fun and hard things you experience, and for being so open with your followers about everything. Madeley has just inherited a wonderful, loving family and she is so blessed. I hope one day you will give talks on all that you are experiencing. (and put them online so we can all listen!) Congrats to you all – will pray for your sweet family. You are setting an amazing example for others to see and perhaps follow, and I think the impact will be great. Thank you for blogging!

  • Amy September 13, 2016 at 11:54 am

    What a beautiful and amazing post! Your four children are absolutely beautiful! Welcome to an amazing family, Madeley!

    Congratulations to you & your family!

  • Erin Howell September 13, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Wow. I’m all smiles sitting at my computer reading this post. Madeley is such a doll baby. Congratulations to your family of six!

  • Sheila McGowan September 13, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I have chills reading these posts. Girl, you are doing God’s work, don’t dismiss that. It doesn’t matter if this is your first adoption or 21st. You are doing great work!!!! Bless you!

  • Bethany September 13, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Shay, Madeley is beautiful. Your older children seem to be doing a fantastic job with accepting and loving on new siblings. This post hit home for me, as my little guy turns two on 10/21. Just a few days (if that) age difference from Madeley, and it totally breaks my heart to hear of her first two years. Obviously being in an orphanage, they can only do so much, but it still opened my eyes reading this post. We give our little Liam so much love, encouragement, experiences, and he totally lights up our life. I can’t imagine all this time with him on formula or not developing. However, i am amazed at you and Andrew for this adoption and it warms my heart to think you are going to let her bloom and grow and learn with the support of your love. Ok, i’m rambling, but congratulations and thank you for being such an inspiration.

  • Heather September 13, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Congratulations on your adoption!
    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and am amazed at how God is working in your life.
    First Ashby and then Madeley….God is good! I will be praying for you and your family during this time. My husband and I have been thinking about adoption as well, so it’s been great reading your story. Can’t wait to read more updates!

  • Maria September 13, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Prayers for a safe return and comfort for all of the feelings Madeley is feeling. Your hearts must all be bursting!! What a sweet little one:) Best to you all!!

  • Marybeth September 13, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    So incredibly happy for you guys! I’m an adoptive mom too, so I understand completely the stress and waiting. Congratulations!

  • Terry Privitera September 13, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    I love your blog! Congratulations on new daughter!! She is beautiful!! As a busy mama of four kids myself, I can relate. And you will do great! Our children are all adopted (3 from Asia, one in US), so I can understand your bumps along the way. Your kids will have Miss Madeley laughing and playing, filled with love in no time!! The kids are the best teachers and ice breakers. You are a amazing family and everyone can see so much love already!! Enjoy every minute, good and bad. Adoption is not easy, but so worth it!! I wish your family all the best, sending so many prayers for a sweet transition for all of you. ????
    (P.s. ~our blog is very behind! ???? Not enough hours)

  • Andrea Morris September 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    So amazing and such a beautiful family. God is SO good!! Congratulations Shull Family!

  • Sharon September 13, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Congratulations and hoping for a smooth transition through all the paperwork and appointments and then home! Such sweet and caring “big kids” you have – Madeley is a lucky little girl to have these big sisters and big brother!

  • Kelly September 13, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I was adopted at 18 months old from south Korea. In those days, the baby was brought to the family so neither I nor my family have any idea of what it was that I left behind. I arrived with a broken leg and I was in a hip to toe cast. I have wonderful parents. My fervent wish in life is that all the orphaned children who are adopted get families as warm, loving, caring, supportive as mine are. I don’t think about being adopted much or my time in south Korea because it still, at 35 years later, makes me cry. I wish you all the best of everything in life and I hope your story inspires other families to bring home these wonderful children and give them a chance at a great life. Kisses to you all.

  • Anne Illges September 13, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Wow, God is So good! I’ve reread this post multiple times today, and the joy just oozes from the pictures and stories! So excited your y’all in your new adventures as a family of 6, and you will all be in my prayers!

  • Michelle Dang September 13, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    I can’t begin to express how overwhelmed I feel right now. I first discovered your family through Sean’s season on the bachelor and have been following your lives like they were my own. I’ve read every update about Ashby and was so excited to see your post on Instagram about heading to China. I have been to China twice to work with special needs kids and babies at an orphanage in Xiamen and have always felt the nudge to adopt in the future. As I’m reading this update about getting baby Madeley, tears are running down my face uncontrollably. God truly is amazing. And you and Andrew are amazing. Your kids are amazing. Thank you for inspiring so many of us to look towards adoption. This brings so much joy into my heart, more than you can imagine. Will be praying for your family’s safe travels back to the states.

  • Kayla September 14, 2016 at 9:22 am

    You have created a beautiful life and I am so grateful that you have chosen to share it with us. I had tears in my eyes as I read this post and I couldn’t leave this page without letting you know how inspiring you are.

  • Kelli September 14, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    And I have tears rolling down my face too at the thought of Ashby singing Jesus Loves Me to her. God is so good. We have 4 foster kiddos (ages 10, 12, 16 and 17) and that comes with issues of its own, but I feel like God has gifted us with the ability to raise teenagers. The thought of that many babies/toddler/small children wears me out! Ha! Praying for your family! He’s gifted you perfectly!

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  • Rebecca September 15, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Wow, this is amazing! So very happy for your beautiful family. I love what a wonderful heart you have and I have to tell you that you encourage me as a mom. God is so good!! Blessings!!

  • Jean September 16, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Love and blessings to your beautiful family. Such an inspiration.

  • Jordana September 17, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    You guys are so amazing. I cannot read your blogs about Madeley, the process, and your family, without tears in my eyes. What a gift you give to these kiddos & your bio kiddos by teaching them unconditional love. I so look up to you. God IS good.

  • lauren t September 20, 2016 at 12:57 am

    Your family, Madeley, your posts, your kids bless us all more than you know!!! And #11 and Ashby singing to her sister? Precious – Jesus does love her – and yall more than we will ever, ever know!

  • Alison September 22, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Waiting for our referral from our agency (China). Can’t wait for this to be us!

  • Michelle September 25, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I am so impressed with your family story. I followed your first story with Ashby and now Madeley. What a blessing your family is to these children. May God continue to bless you all.