Twenty one months ago today, we met our sweet Madeley James.
It’s crazy to think that the next adoption update I do on this girl will be her TWO YEAR GOTCHA DAY!
You know what else is crazy? That this girl right here…
…who was so unsure of us and this new life she had (this pic was the week after we came home) has blossomed into this girl…
…the absolute light of our lives. Sweet Madeley is the HAM of the family. She is spoiled rotten by all five of us and SOAKS IT UP.
This girl is blossoming in so many departments. Look how much she’s grown from the first day of school to the last!! She’s getting taller by the minute (even though she’s still so small for her age) and growing physically, her vocab is getting bigger, her sentences are getting longer and more complex…everything about her screams big kid now.
My biggest fear when adopting Ashby was that I was going to do something that would screw up the happiness my other two kids felt at home. And then my biggest fear getting Madeley was that I was going to do something that would screw up the happiness my other THREE kids had at home. And you know what? God not only didn’t allow that to happen, but he made my kids’ happiness SO MUCH BIGGER! These girls have MADE US A FAMILY. We thought we were a family before, but now, we cannot imagine life without them.
Right now, Madeley is still obsessed with all things Peppa Pig. She loves to play with baby dolls, she loves to color, blow bubbles, draw with sidewalk chalk, ride her tricycle, swim and do anything that involves her big siblings.
Madeley is just super content and easy to please. As long as you don’t take her applesauce away from her, she never complains or cries. (But seriously, cut her off from applesauce for the rest of the day and she loses her mind. I’m pretty sure she would prefer an IV drip of it if we could figure out how.)
Oh Madeley, we just love you! After learning her genetic results a few months ago, we’ve been talking so much about not only China around her, but Laos too. It’s just amazing how we all became a family. When I look at her, I can’t imagine not being her mama. She was made to be mine.
Want to see Ashby on her 21 Month Adoption Update…
…how sweet is this pic?! You can read that update HERE (from October 2016).
Friends, ADOPTION CHANGES EVERYTHING. It really does. It makes families, it brings love, it is filled with joy, it saves lives…it is the most amazing thing I’ve ever done. If you are considering it, I beg you to really pray about moving forward. Your sweet kiddo might be out there just waiting for you to take the first step. xo
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To see more about our journey to adopt Ashby, see below: