Oh my goodness, today our baby girl is SIX YEARS OLD!!!!
How in the world did this happen?! Our baby girl all of a sudden turned into a big, independent, super funny, kind of spicy, life of the party six year old girl.
Oh sweet, Mades. You melt me.
This girl is so funny, so sweet, never fusses, always happy, full of joy, really dang smart and keeps us all in hysterics all day long. She is just this bright spot when she enters the room, and we all just cannot get enough of her. She LOVES being the baby. LOVES. IT. She often jokes about how she wants to get inside my tummy like little babies (Bahahaha!) because it would be snuggly. At the same time though, she is super independent (takes her own showers, can get her own food/drink, operate the TV, make her bed/make her lunch, etc), but still loves to be taken care of by the five of us (“Carry me, Smithie”, “Snuggle with me, Kensington”, “Hold my hand, Ashby”). We are all wrapped around her little finger 😉 .
Last year, on her fifth birthday, she was admitted into the hospital with RSV, and we never had her super fun Peppa Pig birthday party…so this year, I planned something really big…BUT…#2020, so we punted yet again and today, she invited three friends over after school to play Barbies (her idea). I asked her what kind of cake or cupcakes she wanted for today’s party and she said “Chick-fil-a nuggets” bahahaha…so, we’re having that instead. It will be small, but she’s so excited because it’s EXACTLY what she wants. (And hasn’t 2020 taught us that it’s often the simple things at home we need the most?)
So happy birthday to our sweet Madeley James. Five years ago, we set out on our journey to adopt for the second time and had all of these ideas in our head about who our fourth child would be…but God totally shoved us and our thoughts out of the way because HE KNEW JUST EXACTLY WHO was born to be the youngest Shull. I think about your birth mama every day, but today in particular, I think about her…and I’m so thankful she loved you enough to give you life and to love you for two months before making sure you were left some place where you would be found and hopefully have a chance at a forever family. I often think of baby Moses when I think of Madeley…I cannot imagine the love it takes to walk away from a child in hopes that one day, they’d find a forever family. God bless her on this day…your sixth birthday. xo