Madeley is TWO cute!

Over the weekend, we celebrated Madeley’s second birthday!

, Madeley is TWO cute!

The theme this year was Madeley is 2 Cute :).

Madeley was discovered in front of a police station on December 19, 2014 and was taken to the hospital for a medical exam.  At that time, they estimated that she was about two months old, therefore they gave her the birthday October 19.  Just like with Ashby, we’ll never know her actual birthday…and just like with Ashby, it kind of bums me out for the girls that something so important will never officially be revealed to them…BUT, we will celebrate October 19 every year like it’s the best day ever :).  We felt incredibly blessed this year to get to spend her actual birthday with her.  I’m so sad we missed the first birthday, but it’s nice to know we’ll never miss another one.

, Madeley is TWO cute!

Originally, I had a big party idea in my head…but you know what, she’s just not ready.  I decided to scratch my original theme and idea for this year and focus on something a little more intimate and small.  We didn’t want to overwhelm her, confuse her, scare her or set her back.  So, we invited my parents, grandparents, brother and his family over for a quiet little family dinner…and it was exactly what she needed.

, Madeley is TWO cute!

Our menu for the night.

Roasted Green Beans
Sweet Corn Chili
Pumpkin Spice Latte Bundt Cake

, Madeley is TWO cute!

Miss Madeley was into the balloons :).

, Madeley is TWO cute!

I made a bundt cake (my very favorite to be exact!!) but also picked up some cupcakes from the bakery for a little something extra.

, Madeley is TWO cute!

Candles for the ladies as their party favor.

, Madeley is TWO cute!

The Shull Six ready to par-ty!

, Madeley is TWO cute!

I just liked this.  All my peeps milling around before we ate.

, Madeley is TWO cute!

I made my chili in two slow cookers so that we would have enough for everyone.

, Madeley is TWO cute!

A simple supper for a second birthday.

, Madeley is TWO cute!

The birthday girl LOVES anything with ground beef, so chili is most definitely a favorite of hers!

, Madeley is TWO cute!


, Madeley is TWO cute!

After dinner, she visited with Samuel a bit…

, Madeley is TWO cute!

…and then we all went outside and took turns holding Samuel…

, Madeley is TWO cute!


, Madeley is TWO cute!

…because everyone loves Samuel.

, Madeley is TWO cute!

It’s really a shame that she lacks personality.

, Madeley is TWO cute!

Her too.

, Madeley is TWO cute!

How sweet is this?  Ashby is having Papaw smell a flower she picked :).

, Madeley is TWO cute!

They played football: Lowe boys verses Shull boys.

, Madeley is TWO cute!

Lovie and Samuel.

, Madeley is TWO cute!

The boys.

, Madeley is TWO cute!

The girls (and Samuel too!).

, Madeley is TWO cute!

We came inside to open presents.  I wasn’t sure how that was going to go…but Madeley quickly figured out that if she took the paper off one of those packages, something shiny, that lit up and made noise would be inside.

, Madeley is TWO cute!

It’s so fun when it’s your birthday!

, Madeley is TWO cute!


, Madeley is TWO cute!

This girl is set now!

, Madeley is TWO cute!

I mean…cuteness overload, right?!

, Madeley is TWO cute!

And after that, we sang Happy Birthday to Madeley for the first time ever.

It was such a sweet little party for the sweetest little girl.

To see Kensington’s parties from years past, here you go…
Kensington’s Spa Party
To see Ashby’s birthdays from years past, here you go…
, Madeley is TWO cute!
  • Leslie October 17, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Morning Shay! After seeing your Insta video this weekend, I was seriously hoping to see a birthday recap! Yay! It looks like everyone had the BEST time, especially Miss Madeley! I realized something really funny this morning. Reading your blog posts over the past few years has become a regular part of my morning routine. It’s like wake up, take a shower, brush teeth, read Shay’s blog, and then finish getting ready. Thank you for being such a great blog to start my day!

    • Paula October 17, 2016 at 5:52 am

      It has been apart of my morning routine for the past 4-5 years or so myself! Such a sweet family!

    • Francie October 17, 2016 at 7:57 am

      I was hoping to see a birthday recap also. The subject is perfect, because this birthday party was too cute!

  • Erika Slaughter October 17, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Yay!!! What a fun little party for such a sweet little girl! Looks like you guys partied hard and had fun! On a side note, we played football last night-girls against boys and I’m fairly certain I looked like Papa Jay every time we scored. 🙂

  • Regine Karpel October 17, 2016 at 5:07 am


  • Sheaffer October 17, 2016 at 5:15 am

    A perfect little party for a perfect little girl! 🙂 Love all the pics, but my favorite is all the girls together!

  • Jen October 17, 2016 at 5:31 am

    She is the cutest! What a wonderful family party!
    Random question…. I love the signs you have made, but is there a time when you will stop, even if you had them done until they were each ten, 40 signs is a lot LOL. I have signs similar to that but I only have one kiddo

    • Mix and Match Mama October 17, 2016 at 5:42 am

      Haha! I don’t know…I guess I’ll stop when it feels right. For now, I’m going to keep going :).

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt October 17, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Best post ever! Love that y’all were able to be with Madeley on her 2nd birthday! What a perfect day!

  • Amy Heinl October 17, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Haopy Birthday sweet Madely…looks like the most perfect party for her. Can you tell me where you got your candles at?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 17, 2016 at 5:56 am

      Bath and Body Works :).

  • Sarah October 17, 2016 at 5:45 am

    What a wonderful celebration for sweet Madeley!! Happy birthday to her!!

    (And thank you for reposting your recipe for the bundt cake!!! I was looking for that this weekend haha!)


  • Paula October 17, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Such a sweet 2nd birthday! I love how much Madeley smiles! She’s truly happy! A gift I know!

    I bought the same shirt you’re wearing and LOVE it! Perfect fall shirt.

  • Narci October 17, 2016 at 5:59 am

    What a perfect party for a precious little girl! Loved the pictures of her amazing smile! She is just a doll!

  • emily @ a little bit of emily October 17, 2016 at 6:01 am

    It looks like everyone had a blast at Madeley’s birthday party – gotta love small, family parties! Your menu sounds delicious, and ohhh, all the toys! She is going to be having so much fun!

  • Britt Hensley October 17, 2016 at 6:11 am

    2 cute!!! Love your dad’s pose too! It looks like a great time was had, & HBD Madeley!!

  • Holly Hopkins October 17, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Yay! Sounds like a blast! I am getting to celebrate my Son’s first birthday this weekend he was born on the 26th. October Birthdays are fun! We are doing a lumberjack theme. Your bundt cake sounds delicious I was lazy and ordered maple cupcakes. I look forward to costume parties in the future! You have a beautiful family!!

  • Grace October 17, 2016 at 6:24 am

    So sweet & totally understand what you mean about not wanting to overwhelm her! Hopefully you can use original party theme for future party! I love your birthday signs. We hope to have/adopt more children & have limited wall space so I think I’ll keep birthday invitations (along with birth announcements and I may do Christmas cards, too!) in an album so it’s easy to keep together & flip through! I also love this post to see more background pics of your beautiful home! Praying for continued blessings for your sweet family!

  • Elizabeth Feldpausch October 17, 2016 at 6:28 am

    What a sweet party and what a blessing that sweet little girl is!

  • Sarah @ The Teacher's Wife October 17, 2016 at 6:31 am

    What a sweet little party! I think it’s great that you adjusted your plan to make sure it was exactly what she needed. Our youngest turns two today, so they are almost birthday buddies!! Happy birthday, Madeley!

  • Tammy October 17, 2016 at 6:47 am

    What a sweet little girl !!! Happy 2nd Birthday sweet girl !!!

  • E Omland October 17, 2016 at 7:12 am

    As I read your post I just smiled the whole time. What a wonderful story and a perfect party! I also was struck by the though that those girls will have their birthdays revealed to them when they get to Heaven. 🙂 For now, I think any day they get to celebrate with you is perfect!

  • Brooke Richardson October 17, 2016 at 7:17 am

    First things first, everytime I see Madeley she melts my heart! Her smile/laugh lights up a room. Her Birthday party was Two Cute and perfect for her.
    Secondly, I made your sweet corn chili a couple weeks ago and it was a favorite for sure! Her entire menu for her party is making me quite hungry!

  • Laci October 17, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Madeley is adorable!!! Hope she has a fabulous birthday week!!

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life October 17, 2016 at 7:25 am

    This looks like the perfect party!! I love huge parties but I’m all about intimate ones too 🙂

  • Katie W. October 17, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Happy birthday to Madeley! What a perfect little birthday party! Hope you guys have fun celebrating all week!

  • April Parrish October 17, 2016 at 7:46 am

    So happy for you and your family!! Madeley is just precious!!! I know she brings so much joy to all! God Bless!!!

  • heidi October 17, 2016 at 7:56 am

    What a perfect birthday party! Her little face opening gifts is priceless. X

  • Dana Powell October 17, 2016 at 8:07 am

    We are just in love Miss Madeley over here! My daughters ask me every day if you have an update. 🙂 This is random, but can you tell me where Andrew’s shoes are from? My husband has been looking for some boat-style shoes and those look like what he might like. His shirt is super ‘cute’ too!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 17, 2016 at 12:48 pm


  • Heather telenko October 17, 2016 at 8:32 am

    What a special celebration! I also love Ashby’s burlap bow, where is it from? Thanks!!!

  • SuzyH October 17, 2016 at 8:55 am

    What a precious sight! God is so so Good!!

  • Keisha Dawson October 17, 2016 at 8:58 am

    What a perfect little party for your sweet little girl!

  • cassie {hi sugarplum} October 17, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I couldn’t love this more!! Such a precious girl and precious family!!! xoxoxo

  • Angela Ellingson October 17, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I love your party posts! Love the theme! Adorable. And the happy birthday song you posted on instagram captures the joy of the day even more than the pictures do. Love, love, love!

  • Yolanda McLean October 17, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I loved the excitement on the face of the person wearing the denim shirt. I had to scroll back and see who it was. Your brother! That picture is priceless, just such joy on their faces.

  • Amber Sult October 17, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Shay, first of all I love seeing all of the Birthday pictures. I think that was a perfect party for her. I loved the menu as well. Madeley and Ashby are so lucky to have a loving family as you all and I am sure they will be forever grateful to you all for giving them such a wonderful life that their true Birthdays won’t even matter to them. Have a blessed week.

  • Jenny October 17, 2016 at 10:27 am

    What a sweet party! The small intimate parties are probably my favorite anyways. Glad sweet Madeley got to be home for her 2nd birthday!

  • Mel @ The Larson Lingo October 17, 2016 at 10:57 am

    So sweet!!! What a perfect party for her! Happy 2nd Birthday Madeley!

  • Staci Smelley October 17, 2016 at 11:02 am

    How much do you spend on groceries now that there are 6 of y’all? The last post I saw said 250$ a week. I’m just curious because I cook about the same amount you do.

    • Mix and Match Mama October 17, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      I spend more than that if you factor in the extra food I make for my books/blog. We all eat breakfast and lunch from home food (sometimes, I eat out but the kids and Andrew always eat food from home), plus dinners at least five nights a week…so it adds up!

  • Maria D. October 17, 2016 at 11:06 am

    It looks like the birthday girl had a great time! And so did everyone else….lol…these are the best kind of parties – families together! Happy 2nd Birthday Mandeley!

  • Marisa October 17, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Such a sweet celebration! What a great way to keep a simple them and make it personal! LOVE the stand up chalk board where you posted the menu for the party! Do you remember where it is from?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 17, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Nebraska Furniture Mart!

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World October 17, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Happiest of birthdays to your sweet little babe! I know it just warmed your heart having all of your favorite people there to celebrate her!

  • Lauren Austin October 17, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    What a fun party! Sometimes the best parties are the small, intimate ones with just family, love that Madeley has such a fantastic family to celebrate her now! On Friday I posted a picture on Instagram of Sydney helping me bake. Well, we were baking your caramel apple Neiman Marcus bars…holy cow, we can’t quit eating them!! I think we found a new favorite bar! Thanks!

  • Megan Butler October 17, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Oh my goodness!! So much cuteness and fun! Happy 2nd birthday miss Madeley!

  • chelsea jacobs October 17, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    So much fun!!

  • Kelly October 17, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    A sweet family celebration for a sweet girl! Madeley will never remember a time that she didn’t feel loved and cherished. Thanks for posting your menu, the sweet corn chili is already a family favorite at our house! Happy Birthday (on Wednesday!;) to Madeley!

  • Jana B. October 17, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Such a cute and simple party! Curious what crock-pot and other kitchen staples you recommend. With crock-pot season upon us I have realized I am in the market for a new crock-pot.

    • Mix and Match Mama October 17, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      One of my crock pots is 13 years old. It’s the one pictured on the right. It’s very, very basic from Target. The other one is an All Clad from Williams-Sonoma and I love it too!

  • Chrissy October 17, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing Madeley’s special day and all the fun pics! What brand/size do you wear for your layering tanks?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 18, 2016 at 4:31 am

      They’re the Nordstrom brand camisoles. I LOVE them!! I believe I linked to them on Friday’s post.

  • Nourine October 17, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    I am really the biggest fan of your family!! 🙂 dreamed of you even once haha
    God bless you.
    Random question, have you mention Madeley’s health problem yet? I just want to make sure that I didn’t miss that post.

    • Mix and Match Mama October 18, 2016 at 4:30 am

      You’re very sweet! I haven’t yet :). Hopefully, by her 2 month post-adoption update!

  • Jeanie October 17, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    I love every picture. Looks like Sean has Samuel working out already! Happy birthday, Madeley!

  • Karen October 17, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    I had to come back and reread this post because it is just so so sweet! The six of you are just so so blessed to have each other. Happy Birthday, sweet Madeley!

  • Kirsten Juenke October 18, 2016 at 12:50 am

    How sweet! Happy birthday Madeley! We think October 19th is a great birthday 🙂 my daughter shares it with Madeley!

  • Christy October 18, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Looks like a super cute, low key party! Question: How do you make your roasted green beans? Thank you! 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama October 18, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Place them on a cookie sheet with a liberal drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Roast at 425 for about 45 minutes.

      • Christy October 20, 2016 at 12:35 pm

        Thank you!!!!

  • Diane October 19, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I can’t hold my tears back! This is a earthly representation of what God does for us when we accept Him! We are adopted and showered with His goodness and love along with a showering of all His gifts…salvation…peace…mercy…grace…hope…etc. Just like these pictures of you celebrating and showering Madeley on her birthday. As I look at Madeley, I think she has no idea what just happened to her 1 month ago. Same with us in the kingdom of God.

  • Kame October 19, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Totally unrelated (although Madeley is absolutely presh!!) but can you tell me what type of wood your floors are? Oak/Hickory/handscrapped, etc??? We are redoing our and I cannot figure out what wood in a larger setting would look like.

    • Mix and Match Mama October 19, 2016 at 11:42 am

      They are 5 inch red oak planks that have been hand scraped and stained :).

  • Brittany Rae October 20, 2016 at 3:09 am

    Ok, so I found your blog a few weeks ago and have been very inspired so I put it in my reading pane. And then there was a moment just now when I was like yo, that guy looks just like Sean Lowe and scrolled down to see Carherine. So it totally is Sean. Too funny. This post was great and I love the pic of the flower smelling. Its great to take time and smell the flowers, really.