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, August 6, 2010

What do I do with it all?

I found a little booth at the Tatar bazzar that sells batteries so I should have camera fired up again tomorrow. Actually, there is not much that you cannot buy at this little mini-mall of sorts. I found a bread lady that speaks some English! Naturally, I shop her booth every day. I get flaky jam turnovers for breakfast and some bread to go with dinner. Good stuff!

Theo had a runny nose this morning. I pray that he doesn't get sick. They may not let me bust him out then. :(

If Zhen gets sick I will not be a bit surprised. Today the little stinker found a lump of bird poop on the playpen guessed...he ate it! OK, shouldn't a 3 1/2year old child know what is food and what is not? He doesn't have a clue. Yesterday it was a pinecone.

I've got to get a translator to come visit with me. The language barrier is getting me down. Today I sat with Theo after coming inside. He was hot. So I took off his shirt, knowing he would be put back into his crib when I left. Along comes a nurse with a shirt and stuffs him in it! Huh?

Oh, and the good nurse was on duty in Theo's room today and you know what that means! Children I never see are suddenly up and playing. Dear, sweet Edwin (RR Other Angels) has a dimples I noticed today! Like all the kids in this room, he is severely deconditioned. (Think "concentration camp survivor") But he is strong and can actually lift his head!

Other children are not on Reece's Rainbow, but should be. There is a boy named Dima, with CP?, who army crawls over toward me in the playpen when he sees me. He has a sparkle in his eye and I know he doesn't belong here. How I would love to see him crawling around his family's living room, exploring and learning.

There are more children with Down Syndrome in Zhen's room. How many more I do not know. I did see Anastasia today. Her photo on RR doesn't do her justice. She's cute as a button!

The closer we get to going home, the more emotional I get at the orphanage each day. What do I do with the things I've witnessed? Why has God allowed me to see what I have seen, smelled what I have smelled and heard what I have heard?


  1. Didn’t’ post earlier waiting for someone wise to come along. Know that I am praying, and thinking of you daily nightly...

  2. You may not see why God has given you the opportunity to witness not so plesent things but all thing are revealed in God's time! You may need to be a shoulder for those of us that are on our way there and maybe can't understand ourselves! I thank you for all your posts and for going above and beyond to comfort those of us on our way! Know that you have MANY prayer warriors behind you and your family!

  3. Ditto to everything Amanda said. She said it so well. I believe the Lord has you at this place for more reasons than to rescue Zhen and Theo. Maybe you'll never know this side of Heaven, but I'm guessing you will...In the meantime, I pray the Lord will give you strength to endure and wisdom on how to deal with what you have seen.

  4. Hi
    A person who adopts and sees the situation goes back home and ends up advocating for the kids that remain. And so "virally" one by one they get adopted. We started with Daniel at Antoshka ( and Andrea RR was the one who was going to adopt him - and could not - and instead she started RR and since then 300 kids have found families..I honestly believe that if you were not upset you would not be normal. Take care. It is very diffcult emotionally.



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