Today, our Madeley James turns three.
I always have such mixed emotions on my kiddos birthdays, but especially on Ashby and Madeley’s. I think about their sweet mamas every single day, but today, I really think about Madeley’s mom. Adoption is so amazing and such a gift…but it is also so hard. We don’t know if today is really Madeley’s birthday or not. It could have been yesterday. Or last month. Or next month. We don’t know. We do know that she was found on December 19 and appeared to be about two months old, so they gave her today as her birthday. We also know this…her mama loved her so much that she gave birth to her. She loved her so much that she kept her as long as she could and left her some place where she would be found. And I know this too…her mama thinks about her every single day. I just know she does. My prayer today is that the Lord can give her some sort of sign, some sort of peace that her little girl is in good hands.
We are so thankful to have Madeley. This girl is our JOY. She is just this light in our family that we didn’t know we even needed until she showed up and shined so brightly on us. We could not love this little girl more. We are so thankful to be spending her third birthday with her.
Right now, our big three year old is growing like a weed! She is so physically active, loves to ride her tricycle, play on the swing set, run around the yard and chase her big siblings. She loves to sit at the bar and color and is always so proud to show off her art. She loves to help me bake and cook and is found most days on top of the counter helping. Madeley loves school and is so social. She has real friends! Real little girls and boys that she talks about, gets excited to see and loves to be with. She is so loving and oh so lovable. I feel like it’s such a gift to be back in this stage of life again. I love hearing Peppa Pig in my house, I love playing with the big Duplo blocks, I love blowing bubbles at the park and going for walks with a stroller. I love it all because I know that in a blink of an eye, this stage will be over.
On Monday, we celebrated Madeley’s birthday with a play date with her little friends and their moms. Here are some pics from our special morning…
We had an apple themed party. Isn’t her birthday sign so cute?!
We gave each of her friends little goodie bags as they left filled with things like a coloring book, crayons, bubbles and such.
And then my friend Emily made these adorable cookies to pass out at the end too (since the party was before lunch, they just left with a cookie).
Aren’t they pretty?!
She was all dressed up and ready to go!
The big kids knew that we were celebrating her with little friends and that they get to celebrate today with her.
I just love this girl too!
So, we went and we played…
Look at Britt walking around! Isn’t she getting so big too?!
I really think it would have been easier to take a picture of wild cats 🙂 . We love these kiddos so much!! We are so thankful for them and how much they mean to Madeley.
And back at home helping me cook with her new Moana doll in hand 🙂 .
Today, we celebrate some more!
Happy birthday sweet Madeley James! We sure do love you!
Smith’s Hunting Party
Ashby’s Princess Party