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, August 14, 2010


Friday was not quite as hot here in Crimea. It has been a pressure cooker her for nearly two weeks. Some people say that this is the hottest summer in 1000 years!

Since it was a cooler morning, look what we found when we walked through the gates on Friday...Zhen and friends out for a stroll.

Zhen likes him some Wesley!

Honestly, I think this kid just prefers to hang out with men. I think he is tired of all the women in his life pushing him around!

These women even make him wear shoes and a hat. The kid can't catch a break here.

He has figured out how to make this vibrating toy work! Smart little fella.

Smart fella with lightning fast hands.

Those eyes. They just turn me into a puddle.

Getting curious about the camera.

This poor old stroller is held together with packing tape. I like to look at the photo of this empty stroller because it reminds me that my boys will soon be outta here!


  1. So glad to hear it was cooler today. Hopefully that trend will continue. And how fun to see Zhen bonding with Wesley! Yay!

  2. oh those photo's of Zhen are so sweet. I clicked on one and he has those lovely Brushfield spots, love them. I call them "god's stars' the one thing I struggled with (for a few hours after A was born) was looking into his eyes, then God told me it was ok, I seen those stars and they remind me that God made Aden in his image....
    did I say Theo is melting my heart? oh please give them both a big kiss from me. hurry home.
    how long till you are out of there?

  3. How old are those people claiming it is the hottest summer in 1000 years?!

    This post is heartening to us waiting for your family to be re-united.




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