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


Zhen Ezekiel Nance
Theodore Honor Nance

Court was...interesting. The courtroom was about the size of a nice walk-in closet! There was the judge, two witnesses, the orphanage attorney, the prosecutor, a court reporter, the social worker, our facilitator and the two of us stuffed inside. We had to stand up to open the door! Instead of the judge stepping out to deliberate, we had to leave. She couldn't get to the door anyway.
Apparently she like the answers to the questions that were asked because she made a decision in our favor! It also could have been that she was very busy. The hallway was full of people waiting for her attention as well. She spoke so fast that our facilitator could not translate for us!
You may wonder about the boys' names. All of our children have two middle names and these boys were not supposed to be an exception, but the paperwork here would have been a mess had we insisted. We can always change them officially when we get home, if we feel the need. They are, Zhen Harrison Ezekiel Nance and Theodore Honor Alexsey Nance.
I just said good-bye to my husband. He is flying to Kyiv tonight and leaving again early in the morning for the good old U.S.A. Wesley, you had better have a burrito waiting for him!
Being alone has never really bothered me. But, then again, I've never been quite this alone before. I wonder how I will like it?


  1. YAY!!!! Welcome to the family boys!! hehe I'm so happy for you!! Can't wait to hear how you do now that hubby is gone. I will be doing the same thing. Gulp! :) Praying for you!!!

  2. Congratulations! The boys names are perfect! I'll make a list of questions for you to keep you busy :)

  3. hURRAH FOR YOU!! Praying that the time flies for you! So glad court went well...

  4. Congratulations! We are so happy for your boys to finally have a mommy and daddy :)
    We'll pray for you and your husband as you separate. Do you know when you'll go home now?
    we hope to have our court this Friday
    traci adamson

  5. Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you and the kids. I know it was hard to say goodbye today but just think you are half way done with your trip there. Hugs

  6. congrats! so happy that court is behind you! good luck :)



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