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


You can't make up the kind of weird stuff that has happened here. It just never seems to end. A little surprise, a little drama, or a little "what?" just about every single day.

Sometimes I'm given a bottle of tea for the boys. They drink it hot. Did I mention that it is HOT here? Sometimes there are floaty things in the tea. It's real tea...I think. No big deal right?

Friday I was given a bottle for Theo to take outside. I do not take the bottles outside because I'm a klutz and these are glass baby bottles. I would shatter them for sure. So instead I sit down and give him a drink before we head out.

I noticed something big floating. No big deal. Wait!

It was a bug. A good sized roach. Gag. Oh dear.


  1. YUCK!!! And why do they give them tea?? No water or juice or milk??

  2. oh no your poor darling boy, :(

  3. Tea is a staple drink for orphanage kids. It's considered "healthy" and they get sugar in it, so they get at least some calories. My kids really missed getting it when I brought them home, but my hyper little girl bounces off the walls enough on her own without adding caffeine to the mix.

    Tea is also a staple drink in the general population. Even on the train, the first thing you're offered is "chi" (tea).

    My kids rarely got milk. Water is unsafe to drink. At least with tea, the water has been boiled. Juice is too expensive. - Beth T. (adopted two older kids from Gagarin specialized internat in Simferopol in 2007)

  4. oh my word. eeeek ! Can u imagine how many times that has probably happened and no one noticed ?? oh those sweet babies :(
    you gotta share ALL your stories on a private blog once you are home :) i love following along on your journey!!



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