On Monday, we celebrated 15 months with our precious Madeley James.
Fifteen months of four kids.
Fifteen months of squishy cheeks.
Fifteen months of the cutest waddle around.
Fifteen months of figuring each other out.
Fifteen months of hugs, kisses and pure joy.
Fifteen months not living in an orphanage.
On one hand, it seems like we’ve had Madeley forever and ever. Just the other day, I was thinking about our trip to Switzerland and had to catch myself because I really thought she was there. But then…on the other hand, it still all feels so new. We waited 18 long months for this sweet girl and have only had her fifteen…but the “newness” hasn’t worn off. She’s still the star of the show, everyone still fights for her attention, and it still feels too good to be true.
I wanted to post this picture today too…
…Ashby on her 15th month post adoption update 🙂 .
I honestly think the best thing we ever did for Ashby was bring home Madeley…
…they are just the best little friends. They’re inseparable! To hear them laugh and giggle all over the house makes this mama heart SO HAPPY!
She also got to go visit Kansas State University for the first time where she learned all about the Wildcats…and kept us entertained the whole time 🙂 .
But mostly, she’s just morphed from this little baby into this big girl. A big girl that can do so many new things now that she wasn’t even able to do a mere three months ago.
This girl can zip up her own jacket, work an iPad and select her favorite movies (Trolls) and shows (Peppa Pig) and play all sorts of games. She can count to four, identify many of her colors, recognize the letter M and knows that it stands for Madeley, brush her own teeth, and set the table just to name a few. And when I say set the table, I’m talking…get the place mats out, put out napkins, flatware, cups and plates all by herself. She is such a helper!!
Madeley has convinced us to take dance this January. At the big girls’ recital a few weeks ago, she was bound and determined to put on a costume and get up there too. So…we have signed her up. When she tried on her new little tap shoes and ballet slippers the other day, she BEAMED!
She loves playing with Little People, Duplo blocks and her baby doll the best, BUT she will play anything with the big kids. Just Monday night, I saw her creeping around the corner with a Nerf gun because, hello? Smith invited her to play and she is not going to turn down that invitation.
This child is nothing short of pure joy. Her boundless love and affection have completed our family in a way we didn’t even know possible. It catches my breath sometimes to think about how close we came to not being her family. We would have missed out on so much! She is the blessing to us. The thing is…there are MILLIONS of other girls (and boys) just like her out there. Please understand, I fully believe that if adoption is on your heart, it will NOT go away with time. It’s on your heart for a reason. My prayer is that you consider your life, your home, your future and really think…can I share it with a child that has nothing and no one? A child who needs a home, a hug, a meal and a forever family. There are millions of Madeleys out there just waiting on YOU to come get them.
Fifteen months down with the most precious girl around. We love our sweet Madeley!
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