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!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

As promised...

More photos, of course and a special treat at the end!

We had a rough day with Zhenya. He was very sad today. It is getting harder and harder to entertain him during our visits. Sometimes we just sit and snuggle. Today he wanted daddy to hold him tight. I don't know what he will do when dad leaves on Tuesday. :(

Alec likes to swallow air. At first I thought it was reflux, but now I'm leaning toward thinking it is a behavior. Here I'm massaging his face. He's got no muscle tone there either.

When this boy smiles he can light up the whole place!

Zhenya loves cars, machinas they call them here. I only brought one toy car with me and all the cars at the stores here are junk. He's rough on toys. He needs some Tonka trucks, I think.

Dad was experimenting with his camera, I guess. His eyes are amazing, even in black and white!

This bunch of ribbons was the best $1 I spent while getting ready for this trip.

I think I told you that I tried carrying Alec in a sling the other day. Well, when I showed up to bring him back to his grouppa, the caregivers got all bent out of shape. One grabbed me by the arm and sat me down on the couch and tried to tell me that carrying him in the sling was causing problems. The next day he was covered in this green stuff, an anti-septic called mercurochrome. Heh. Sorry ladies, he was covered in these pus filled prickly heat spots long before I even got here.

If you need a reason to smile today, watch this:


  1. precious precious video!!! just what I needed!! praying for Tuesday to go well!!

  2. precious pics and video! So why don't they want you to carry him in a sling. I am bringing our ergo baby carrier for Mina... or at least I thought I was. I wonder why they have a problem with that?

  3. Oh, Alec is the most precious little guy! Love that great big smile and his little giggle in the video!

  4. Those boys are both absolutely gorgeous!! Alec looks like he has loads of personality!!! How old is he, anyway? He's SO TINY!!!

  5. Your boys are so precious! Praying for the rest of your time there to go smoothly and for Zhenya to be happy without his Daddy. ((((Stephanie))))

    So very excited for you friend!


  6. Absolutely adorable!! I'm so excited for you all Stephanie!!!

  7. Oh how cute is he? I love it !! Bless his heart, those bumps look like ant bites...Stephanie you are one lucky mama!

  8. Adorable! Your children are gorgeous.



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