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!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Too pooped for pics

Apparently I'm highly allergic to Ukrainian mosquitos! I woke up scratching last night and couldn't get to sleep. I'm so thankful that I brought some hydrocortisone cream!

So since I was so wiped out today, I thought I would just go to bed early. ha! I've got some issues at home that I had to take care of. I finally made some dinner at about 8pm and then more issues at home.

I have a fourteen year old son who has caused some trouble. An eighteen and nineteen year old sons who are leaving for college around the time I'm supposed to get back. I have a husband who needs help with school enrollment and school supply shopping for the other children. Oh, and he's leaving town again this weekend...back to work means back on the road.

I'm just waiting for our travel agent to email me back or I would be sleeping right now. I've got to get a ticket for my son who is helping me get home with the boys.

I took some cool pictures today, but no time to download them. Tomorrow.

Today was the first time that I have come to pick up Theo and found him in the playpen! There is a woman at the orphanage that I think is responsible for playing with the children. She is rather loud, talks to me a mile a minute in Ukrainian, and I just love her! She showed me some photos that she had taken of James and I with the boys. How about that?

Well, she was in Theo's room today playing with the most severely disabled kids in the whole place. I got teary watching her talk and play with the kids. She loves them, I just know it. I'd love to be able to understand what she is saying to me.

I did manage to communicate to her that we changed Alec's name to Theodore. It's funny, because the ladies can't say the "th" sound so they could not understand how to say his new name. I gave them some speech therapy! A little later in the afternoon when she was headed out the door for the day, she came to me and said "Thay-o-dore." I gave her a smile and thumbs up!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Stephanie,
    I read your RR post and I can relate in many ways--not all of course since I still have my husband here. We were supposed to go home Sunday and I was so excited (as were the kids) to get home...but now are delayed because the prosecutor wanted a piece of paper that was missing on the State's part at court. Costing us ALOT of money between having to switch airlines to get home, and 4 days missed work for my husband, ...and missing the kids longer. I've been feeling sorry for myself and angry and sometimes sobbing for my kids...
    A good friend reminded me that God is in control and that His purposes cannot be thwarted, and that God's purposes may not be ours...often it is not "end" we think of that is His purpose, but it is the process of learning to trust and rest in Him....I needed to hear that:)
    Another person praised God that the court did not say we couldn't adopt--seems more like a wait than a no. He is right! So I should rejoice and give thanks in this...
    I pray the days go quickly for you. I've been taking pictures of beauty I see to help me focus on the good. Praying God will draw you close to Him
    You are in my prayers!



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