Tomorrow is the seven month anniversary of us receiving our sweet Madeley.
No way? It has to be longer than that, right? This time last year, we didn’t even know about this sweet precious girl and now, I feel like we’ve had her forever. It is amazing how God can create families that quickly. It just blows my mind.
Right this very minute, it’s Friday afternoon, and I’m sitting on my patio writing this post while she’s inside taking a nap. We played outside and then walked to meet Andrew for lunch (I pushed her and Ashby in the double stroller). We sat outside on the patio and she didn’t use a highchair…because she thinks she’s so big now :).
Every single day, she does something new and something cute. Right now, if you ask Madeley how old she is, she says TWO really loud and holds up four fingers. Ha! She can’t figure out how to only hold up two, so she goes ahead and holds up four.
Madeley is beginning to string more and more words together at a time unprompted. The other night, she said “night, night mama, I love you.” And my heart melted in a huge puddle. She has also mastered the art of “please” and “thank you”. Basically, I give her whatever she wants just because it’s so cute to hear her say “please mama” and then “thank you” after I give it to her. 🙂
This kiddo wins the award in the Shull house for being the most go with the flow. She is happy, happy, happy and just bounces from one thing to the next without ever being phased. Ashby is really easy too…but in a more sweet and reserved way. Madeley is taking life by the horns with energy, a bit of sass and a lot of cuteness.
Developmentally, she is behind for her age (she’s 2.5 but acts more like 18 to 24 months), but that’s common for kiddos coming out of institutionalized living. She is growing, she is learning, and she is super attached.
Madeley’s favorite things to do around the house are play with the things that light up and make noise (like this little car). She loves the vacuum, the baby stroller…you know, anything she can push that might also make some racket. Those are her favorite things to play with.
She love, love, loves to wear these plastic high heels. Oh my word! In a house with three young girls, someone is always wearing plastic shoes. Madeley walks around in them 99% of the time. She loves to push her little baby in the stroller too.
I really can’t say enough about this kiddo. It took the same amount of time to get Madeley as it did Ashby (18 months), but there was more heartache in-between the second time around. I prayed and prayed for the Lord to give us two other little girls…but the thing is, the Lord knew. He knew that those girls belonged to someone else and that my girl was waiting for me to find her. When I look at her, I see my daughter. I see God’s divine plan. I see a miracle. I see pain and loss and I know there will come a day when she starts to wonder why she was given up…why she couldn’t stay with her biological mama…but you know what? This mama plans on loving her through those hard days. Miss Madeley James…YOU are my answered prayer.
“God can do anything, you know-far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams.” Ephesians 3:20
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