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!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

What day is it?

Honest, I keep forgetting what day it is! Crazy. I went to church tonight, so maybe that will help me get a grip on the rest of the week.

I didn't get many photos today because the camera is running low on batteries. I need to hit the grocery store and try to find some good batteries. Wish me luck.

Zhen always lays down to play with a car. Funny, huh?

Theo is complaining because all the other kids here get to go outside in just their underwear. At least he wasn't stuffed into some long sleeve pj's like last week. Shortly after this photo he lost the hat, shirt and the socks!

Zhen, or Zhen-ka as they like to call him around here, was trying to put a hat on this balloon! How cute!
After church tonight I got to tag along with the pastor and his wife. We went out to the teen camp that they are running this week. I got to see some of the countryside and learn some history about the road from Simferopol to Yalta. Then I got to listen to some excellent preaching in the hottest room ever! Seriously the building we were in had one door and none of the windows open. The walls were, no kidding, three feet thick. My camera was locked in his trunk, but maybe someone else has some photos.
On the way back to the city, we stopped at a cafe to eat a late dinner. We had a private, air conditioned room to eat in. How fun is that? What a blessing to have made some friends here!


  1. My boys laid on the floor to play with their cars when they were little too! I thinks it's because they like to watch the wheels go around. What a cutie!!

  2. So happy you were able to get out and about today. i still can not believe the heat there..seriously nuts. florida is hot, and humid but only 95-97 not over 100 :) zhen is so cute playing so serious with his little car :)

  3. My little guy used to lie on the floor when playing various turns out that he has low muscle tone, and that is a very common thing amongst kids with low muscle tone. His Occupational Therapist also says that these days (age 6) when he chooses to hug the floor, he is probably looking for deep pressure and proprioceptive feedback (due to issues with sensory processing). This may not be the case with your little guy(s), but may be something to keep in mind once you are home if it persists and occurs frequently. May God bless you on your journey of adoption!



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