Today, our Madeley James turns FOUR!
I just don’t even know if I have the words to express how much this girl fills our home with JOY!
She is funny, she is sweet, she is cuddley, she is happy, and her magnetic personality makes her everyone’s favorite in our family. We fight over who gets to sit by her, sleep with her, wake her up…she is always the center of attention at the Shull house.
This was on her 2nd birthday…a month after we became a family. Look how much she’s grown!
The other night, she was sleeping with Smith and they asked me to lay down with them. Smith quickly fell asleep, so just the two of us lay there in the dark together. She kept tracing her face and then would trace mine. She would trace her lips and then my lips, trace her eyebrows and then mine. Then she said, “Mommy, I just love you so much”. My heart melted right then and there.
She grew so much between three and four, so I can hardly wait to see how much she thrives during this next year. Her vocabulary has exploded, she’s able to do so many things independently now around the house like take herself potty, climb in and out of the top bunk, open her own snacks, put away all of her toys (even though sometimes she tells me she forgot how…hahaha!), she can even turn on the TV and flip through the DVR to find her favorite shows (Peppa Pig and Little Einsteins!). She is just so BIG!
Madeley is just this little nugget that has absolutely completed our family. We are so excited to celebrate her birthday today. I am so thankful that the Lord nudged us to move quickly after Ashby’s adoption and to it again. What would life be like without her?
Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this…we don’t know if today is actually her birthday or not…she was found on December 19 and appeared to be about 2 months old, so they gave her this day as her birthday. I don’t know when her exact birthday is, and she’ll never know either. But you know who does? The Lord and her mother. My prayer during this time of year is for her mom. Whenever that date comes around, I can only imagine how hard it is for her, so my prayer is that the Lord gives her this peace, this overwhelming sense that her little girl is okay. That’s my prayer right now. I want her to know in her heart that her daughter is loved and doing just fine.
Happy birthday, Madeley James. You are one special little girl. xo