Happy Birthday Madeley!

Tomorrow, our Madeley James turns five years old.

Our sweet, spunky, full of life, always happy, has never thrown a fit one time in her life, just JOYFUL fourth child will officially be a “big girl”.

I remember where I was the morning I read my Bible and was drinking my coffee and really felt in my heart God say “go back”.  We had only been home with Ashby weeks and were totally and completely smitten with her, so it shocked me to hear Him tell me to go back.  It wasn’t audible, but it was right in my heart.  At the time, I knew I should listen, but I just had no idea how He could add to a family that was in my opinion, so complete.

And then He gave us Madeley.

And she been everything we all never knew we absolutely needed.

Madeley is such joy.  She is such happiness.  She is the most precious thing, and we are so happy to celebrate her birthday all weekend long.

I think about Madeley’s birth mama every day, but this week, I’ve thought about her even more.  Madeley was found on December 19, and based on her development, they think she was about two months old (which is why they gave her the birthday of October 19).  I think about how that mama must have loved her so much.  How she held her and fed her and I cannot imagine the circumstances that lead to her having to give her up two months later.  I’m teary right now typing this.  Can you imagine?  Can you imagine loving your two month old baby, having that connection and bond with her, and then for whatever reason, having to place her in a basket and leave her alone to be found by someone else?  And never knowing what would happen to her.  Ugh.  I’m crying.  It just kills me.  My prayer every single day is that God would give both of our birth moms peace, some overwhelming peace that their girls are okay.  I want them to know that they’re loved and cared for and happy.

Madeley James Shull, we love you so much.  You are the exclamation point to our family.  The icing on our cake.  The joy in our lives.  I am so thankful that I get to be your mama. Happy fifth birthday! xo

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog October 18, 2019 at 4:52 am

    Happy birthday sweet Madeley! Hope she has a great one! 💕✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    • Nancy A. October 18, 2019 at 2:12 pm

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Madeley! You have a wonderful day!! Such a doll!

  • Lindsey October 18, 2019 at 4:57 am

    So sweet. Happy birthday M!

  • Holley@beesimplyorganized.com October 18, 2019 at 5:11 am

    Shay, I’m balling! I will pray with you today for both of your girl’s sweet birth mothers. Gosh, I can’t even imagine. And how beautiful your story of hearing our Lord so clearly. Those are moments in life that you will never ever forget. I have to say Madeley is just the sweetest! I always see pictures of her and her sweet little smile and think she must just be the brightest joyful kiddo. She’s one of those kiddos you just want to meet and as a former teacher, teach. I bet her teacher just loves her!
    Happy Birthday sweet Madeley! You are too precious! I pray you always know the gift you are to your family!

  • Sheaffer Sims October 18, 2019 at 5:38 am

    Madeley is a ball of fun and the life of the party! WE LOVE YOU, MADELEY! Happy Birthday!!!

  • Paula October 18, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Happy Birthday, Seeet Madeley! That grin is just so precious.

  • Narci October 18, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Oh, Madeley! Happy Birthday, beautiful girl! We love you so much!!!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams October 18, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Happy Birthday to Madeley!! Her energy and smile radiates in every picture you post of her Shay! Enjoy the weekend!
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams 

  • Jennifer October 18, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Perfectly touching! Happy Birthday Madeley!

  • Nicole Miller October 18, 2019 at 6:14 am

    She is absolutely adorable!! Happy Birthday, Madeley!!!! I share a birthday with you and hope we both have a fabulous day 🥳💝

  • Erika Slaughter October 18, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Happy Happy Birthday to my FAVORITE FIVE-YEAR-OLD!! This girl is constantly making me laugh-she’s FUNNY! You summed her up perfectly!! We love Madeley big in our house! 😘😘😘

  • Amy Heinl October 18, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Happy Birthday sweet Madely..may your birthday be full of sunshine and treasured moments. Have your best day and enjoy your special day

  • Melissa Terry October 18, 2019 at 6:45 am

    She is just precious! Happy birthday to your sweet girl and thank you for sharing your adoption journey with all of us.

  • Brooke Richardson October 18, 2019 at 7:01 am

    We love M so so much!!! Hope she is feeling better ASAP!!

  • Shelly October 18, 2019 at 7:14 am

    She is just the cutest, spunkiest little thing! And she shares a birthday with me so yea!

  • Amanda Wilson October 18, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Happy 5th Birthday to your baby girl!!! How is she feeling?

  • DIANE E VANDENPLAS October 18, 2019 at 7:21 am

    The magic of love….Happy Birthday to your sweet Madeley!

  • Elspeth October 18, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Happy birthday Madeley!!! I hope everyone has a fun weekend celebrating!

  • Rebecca Jo October 18, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Happy Birthday to your precious baby girl!!!

  • Angela Ellingson October 18, 2019 at 7:58 am

    So very precious! Happy birthday Madeley!!

  • Gretchen October 18, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Can you do a post about a madeley menu? I noticed you use to do that for your kids birthdays but not as much any more. I am interested to see what kinds of food she likes

    • Mix and Match Mama October 18, 2019 at 10:07 am

      I could! Her menu would include lots of cheese and carbs. Haha! She’s a girl after my own heart!

  • Ella WIlliams October 18, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Happy birthday Madeley!! I hope she has a great day!! That picture with the stuffed animal made my day!!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick October 18, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Happy Birthday, Miss Madeley! I sure hope she gets to feeling better so she can celebrate like the boss babe she is all weekend!
    That Inspired Chick

  • Michele Barabas October 18, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Happy birthday sweet and spunky Maeley! Her pictures made my Friday complete, what a precious gift you have Shay.

  • Michele Barabas October 18, 2019 at 8:48 am

    And spell check totally spelled her name wrong. And I’m a tad OCD so I have to correct it. Happy Birthday, Madeley!!

  • mjny October 18, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Happy Birthday!! I can tell your family is
    “Truly, Madeley, crazy, deeply in love with you!”

  • Kathy October 18, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Madeley is precious and your birthday message is beautiful! I hope she has the best 5th birthday ever, and that you all enjoy celebrating with her all weekend long!

  • Sandy Blitch October 18, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Say it is not so! I cannot believe she is FIVE! I know she was a gift from God to your family, as all children are! For you to honor her birth mother is so touching and what God would want. Happy Birthday to her, I hope she has a wonderful celebration!

  • Felicia Nguyen October 18, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Happiest BIRTHDAY to Madeley!!!
    You just made me have an ugly cry. But OVER JOY that GOD put her in your family!!! What a true BLESSING ❤️

  • Beth Valenta October 18, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Happy birthday Madeley! Such a blessing.

  • Kathy Roe October 18, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Happy Birthday Madeley!

  • Ralinn October 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Happy 5th Birthday Madeley.

  • Ahna @Hammers N Hugs October 18, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Happy birthday, Madeley! ❤❤❤

  • Erin H October 18, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    I cannot even imagine being so brave as those two girl’s precious birth moms. Thank you for sharing your family with us!

  • Teresa October 18, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    OH, that first picture of her is stunning!
    I do know that voice, there is no denying it. After I lost my first honeymoon baby, and I had found out I was expecting again, I heard in a clear, loud, but not spoken, voice during my prayer that the new baby would be a girl.
    She’s the light of our life.

  • Emily October 18, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Happy birthday Madeley!! Just the cutest family and I can feel your Joy through your words!

    Shay would it be possible to ask you a random? I know you have used GlamSquad for hair and makeup while traveling. Have you ever used anyone local in the DFW area, if so, who would you recommend?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 18, 2019 at 1:50 pm

      Yes!! I have a sweet friend from my kids’ school who does it when I’m local. Email me for details!

  • Deb Weber October 18, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    This makes me smile so big–inside and out!! Have the best weekend celebrating!!

  • Jeanie October 18, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Happy birthday, Madeley! You are a charmer.

  • Tracy October 18, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Happy Birthday little cute pie!

  • Debbie October 18, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Happy Birthday to sweet Madeley! She always looks happy and fun!

  • Yvette October 19, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Has madeley ever watched a show called Arthur? I think she would love it! Our son does!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 21, 2019 at 4:54 am

      Is it on TV or like Netflix?

      • Yvette October 21, 2019 at 7:58 am

        It’s on Tv. It’s based off of the Arthur books written by Marc Brown

      • Yvette October 21, 2019 at 11:22 am

        It’s on Regular tv. It’s by PBS kids and it’s based off of the Arthur kids books written by Marc brown.

        • Mix and Match Mama October 21, 2019 at 11:59 am

          I need to find that and set my DVR. Thank you!!