Psalm 68:5-6

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

I am Stepanie Nance. My family adopted two little boys with Down Syndrome from Ukraine in 2010. I hope to educate and to inspire you. I hope to make you laugh and to make you cry.

Come along for the ride. It's a wild one!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

I Got Nothing.

I have nothing to report. Things seem to be at a standstill, on the surface at least.

Our home study won't be completed until the FBI clearance is received. I called them and they said they had us in the system and were working on it. At least the guy was friendly, right? He said I might try calling back in a week.

In the meantime, we are knocking out as many of the rest of the dossier documents as possible. I want everything in the dossier ready to go when we send our home study off to USCIS. We don't know how long it will take for USCIS approval, but lately other families have been surprised by a speedy approval! I know. USCIS and speedy in the same sentence!

I just don't want to be caught with my pants down!

I'm really concerned that we will be caught up in a landslide where everything comes together all at once. I'm afraid that I won't have time to apply for grants or plan a nice fundraiser. Fear. Not from God, that's for sure. So I try to tune it out and continue to take steps forward.

And then, there are the boys. I'm so in love with them, but I put up a little wall in my heart. I can't think about them too much or I start worrying. Are they hungry? Are the other kids mean? Are the caretakers abusive? Do they ever receive a tender embrace or sweet words?

We are on our way, dear boys! We are coming as fast as we can!


  1. What a beautiful journey, to accept two adorable boys into your home. I hope someone is caring well for them and loving them. Hopefully soon they'll never have to wonder who loves them!

  2. You are making great progress it sounds like. I agree the volume discount on the dossier documents is a great idea :)

  3. I've been wondering and hope you dont mind me asking are you planning on keeping both the boys names as Alec and Zhenya?
    I was just looking at the chip in button and noticed that, the beginning letters of there names are the first and last letter of the alphabet. Not that that means anything. Though I did connect that Alec was first and Zhenya was found next lol anyway when your ready to share..



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