You guys, SEVEN YEARS AGO TODAY, we met our Mades.
Madeley James Shull has been the unexpected exclamation point to round out the Shull family.
For almost 20 years, Andrew and I have been trying to build our family the way “we thought” it should be…you know many of the stories. Infertility, miscarriage, we kept “being done” with expanding our kids and then we didn’t know if we were done…we, we, we just sums up how ridiculous Andrew and I are sometimes. It’s not “we”, it’s God. God knew. God grew. God, God, God saw two fools trying to make a family and knew what we needed. He knew our finish line was this sweet girl, and thanks be to God that He made us a family.
One day on Nantucket, the six of us were together. We weren’t really doing anything special. It was a very normal day when all of a sudden, Mades made a joke (which Mades always does), and we laughed (because the girl is oh so funny) and Kensington said “She’s the best of us.”
She’s the best of us.
She’s certainly not perfect, but she is joy. This little girl right here brings so much JOY to our family. All five of us adore her because she truly is just sunshine all the time.
Madeley never complains. Never fusses. She’s always happy to do whatever anyone else wants to do. She’s super go with the flow. She loves to make jokes…ALWAYS self-deprecating and never at one else’s expense. She’s snuggles. She’s giggles. She knows how to make us all laugh. She loves so big.
This girl is almost nine years old…she knows her story. She knows about her past. She has no room in heart right now for bitterness or sorrow. She’s so articulate about the love she has for where and whom she came from and how happy she is to be a part of this family right now.
Adoption is such a wonderful gift. It takes people who really have no business being together and makes them a family. It’s born from brokenness, and in a perfect world, it wouldn’t exist, but thanks be to Jesus that in this fallen world, it does exist and can bring with it a joy and a love that makes strangers forever families.
Madeley James, you are such a gift to this family. These five crazy fools love you so very much.
Seven years ago, we had no idea what we were in for when we met you…but God. But God. God knew you were the final missing piece to the Shull family puzzle.
We are so blessed that we all got each other as a forever family seven years ago today.
We love you sweet Madeley James!
Adoption is so amazing, friends. If you’re thinking about it, it’s on your heart for a reason. Lean into it. Lean into these precious children all over the world who need forever families. They just need you to be brave. Be brave for them. Be brave for your kids. Adopt, friends. If it’s on your heart, pursue adoption. That’s my prayer for many of you today. I know many of you are thinking about it, my prayer is that you take that first step. xx
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