Oh ladies, yesterday’s post just broke my heart. There are just so many of us right now that either have cancer or have loved ones with cancer. Reading through the comments just made me feel so sad. In my Bible, I keep a list of ongoing prayer requests and 7 of them are for people battling cancer. It’s just awful. So, please know, that I’m praying for you ladies now too. I’m praying for you fighters out there and you caregivers/friends/family too. Sending out so much love from me to you today. xo
On Saturday, we celebrated six sweet months with this precious girl!
Ha! This one has made these past six months FLY by. I don’t know if it’s her personality or the fact that she’s the fourth and just has to be more go with the flow…but Madeley Moo (what we affectionally call her) has made this an incredibly easy, delightful, fun, and full of love six months.
Just six months ago, we met this girl…
…and our lives have been forever changed.
Miss Madeley has really blossomed these last six months, but I would say that over the last month, she’s made the biggest strides. All of a sudden, she’s “getting it”. She’s picking up the language at a much faster rate, and she has too many words to count now…she says so many things this month that she didn’t even say last month. For example, we were in the car this week and she was trying to be funny and of course, wanted the other three to watch her and she kept saying “hey guys, hey guys, hey guys” over and over again so that they would watch her be funny. Who taught her that? Clearly, she picked it up from just watching us interact. She’s way more physical now than even a month ago too. She can climb on and off the furniture with ease, go up and down stairs like a champ, scoot around on the tricycle, and has mastered the slide at the park. She’s just growing by leaps and bounds in all departments.
As far as her diet goes, remember when we got her, she had been on an all formula diet for her entire life and didn’t even know how to swallow simple things like yogurt. But…she has come a long, long way! Her favorite foods are protein. She wants all the eggs, bacon, chicken, ground beef, fish and such. She likes carbs like rice, pasta, and potatoes but isn’t in to packaged food (she passes on things like goldfish crackers and cereal for the most part). She likes veggies if they’re soft (she loves avocado and can’t get enough guacamole) but does not want to eat a crunchy carrot. And I do not believe I’ve ever seen her eat fruit. Ever. Not even a banana. For some reason, she is not into fruit AT ALL.
This one is very smart! Her receptive language is amazing. I can ask her to do tasks that require multiple steps and she does them every time. She already knows simple things like when she walks in the house, she hangs her little bag on her hook and then sits down and takes off her shoes and puts them on the bottom step (like the big kids do). She now drags the little stool into the kitchen from the pantry any time she wants to see me cook or bake and she’s constantly asking to go outside and play. She is also really, really funny! She may not have a large vocabulary but boy…she can make a joke without words. She is a little ham!
This kiddo right here is so SPUNKY! Her little personality is HUGE but at the same time, she is the most content and the happiest of all of our babies. She’s all smiles the minute she wakes up and all smiles when it’s time to go to bed (and every minute in-between). I know that I’m gushing…but Madeley James Shull deserves it. She has been pure joy for our family. Over spring break while we were on vacation, the three big kids would argue at EVERY SINGLE MEAL who got to sit next to Madeley and I said to Andrew, “shouldn’t the newness of her have worn off?!” and we laughed because I really think as the youngest, she’s always going to be the baby and everyone is always going to be vying for her attention…AND SHE EATS IT UP!
Here’s the deal friends, if you have ever considered adding another kiddo to your family via adoption YOU SHOULD. What if we wouldn’t have gotten these two girls? What if we would have let fear, anxiety, worry about the unknown or money stop us from doing this? What would have happened to them? We would have missed out on so much! They are amazing little girls and there are literally millions more out there just like them looking for forever families. If you feel a calling to be someone’s forever family, ACT ON IT. Your sweet kiddo is out there waiting on you.
To see other posts on our adoptions, look below…
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