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!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cool things about Ukraine

Can you help me make a list? I'm starting a list of cool things about Ukraine. I don't ever want to forget this place!

  1. If you forget to put on your deodorant one big deal.
  2. You are never more than a block away from a little grocery store.
  3. .....

Those of you who have been here, leave me a comment and help me flesh out this list. Those of you who have not been to Ukraine, leave me a comment anyway. I'd love to know who you all are!!


  1. I know sometimes it feels like "is anyone out there reading what I have to say" I want you to know that you have been a huge blessing to Fred and me! Your words have encouraged me and helped me to keep going anything you can pass on about Ukraine would be helpful, Fred and I have just a few tiny steps left until that joyful day that we will be visiting the wonderful Ukraine! You are in my payers every day!!! God Bless and Congrats on your two new little boys!

  2. Well, we just mailed our dossier, and we've never been to Ukraine, but the coolest thing to us about Ukraine is, that is where our baby girls are! Nothing greater in our minds right now!
    Congrats on the boys! I love their names!!! They are beautiful!! We are planning on 2 middle names for both our girls as well. I didn't realize that might cause a problem in Ukraine, though.
    Congrats again!!!

  3. You can talk in public and no one knows what you are saying! (Unless it is another RR person who happens to be walking by!! LOL)

    Their children are beautiful!

    The church architecture...

    Because you get to walk ALOT... it is a great place for losing weight!

    The underground world in Kiev...

    Those were a few off the top of my head...

  4. No experience from the Ukraine- except their time zone is similar to ours in South Africa- so when you update it is close to my real time. I think there's an hours difference,but close enough to for me! So when your awake at night, or updating your blog and wondering what your friends are doing- I'm awake and probably checking to look for a new update. I'm sitting here with my 4year old ds son, Kallen, enjoying the photos of your sweet boys. I'm looking forward to see how both of them change in a loving family. Alec makes me think of little Hailee (nogreaterjoymom) and I just know within a few months home, he will be a different person. And Zhen has been in my heart for a long time. congratulations on your 2 new boys and may God bless you with your days ahead, without your husband!

  5. Along with a grocery store at every corner there are also liquor stores, cigarette stands, and phone card stands at every corner.

    There is not much wind compared to where we come from.

    This summer weather here, although it is rare for them, is unbearable.

    Ukraine has very beautiful people.

    Their clothing, esp. the girls, is WAY to revealing. I hope this trend NEVER makes it to America.

    Driving is too crazy and too fast for my liking.

    The BEST part about Ukraine is my little boy is here.

  6. I've been trying to keep up with your progress of the adoptions! Glad everything is going great and hopefully you will be on your way home soon! The only thing I can think of to add to your list is the culture experience. I have never been to a foreign country so that would probably be what would stick out for me. Keep up the updates! I don't always comment but I love reading about your experience!

  7. I REALLY wish I knew something about Ukraine, because it would mean my husband had agreed to follow in your footsteps!

    Lisa (RR lurker)

  8. Fresh berries... yum!

    No one looks twice if you wear the same outfit two (or five) days in a row!

    Once you get out of Kiev and the other big cities, ridiculously cheap living!

  9. I have never been out side the USA, however I have been reading your blog.
    I have enjoyed following your journey to bring your boys home.

    Hugs from another Mommy : )


  10. How about you can wear the same shirt over and over, or is that just a French thing?

  11. I too have never been to Ukraine but hoping to go there in the next couple months to get our lil guy!! I am sure I will have some cool things to say about Ukraine by then!!

  12. I can't add to your list - though I still keep hoping and praying that one day I will. :-) Your boys are precious. I'm praying for you as you wait that God would bless you and encourage you. ((((Stephanie))))


  13. I'm watching your blog because we are waiting on our travel date and very interested in learning as much as we can before we (hopefully in about a month)!

  14. What I loved about Ukraine?...
    1. Even though the people don't walk around smiling at everyone else, they are very friendly & helpful when it's needed.
    2.In region, (Kirvogrhad) everything was pretty much within walking distance & if it wasn't finding a cab was no problem what so ever
    3. the bread!! To die for!
    4. the cheap dvd's (we bought a few for Isaac to have when he came home)
    5. the wonderful outside markets where you can buy toilet paper & pads in one stand & a nice blouse & heels in the next :)
    6. the great greeness..I loved all the trees, the long grass and the beautiful full gardens in our neighbors yards..even loved the bee hives outside our window
    7. hand washing & hang drying our cloths...
    8. the sheer simplicity, back to basics kind of living.
    Yep..I miss Ukraine & would go back in a heart beat! :D Enjoy your time sweetie..soon you'll be back home



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