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!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

More about Zhen...

This has been a week of firsts, especially for Zhen. Heck, the past 4 weeks have been a series of firsts for both boys. First train, airplane, taxi, and 15 passenger van rides. First trip to Walmart, Dillon's and church. First snuggle time with brothers and sisters. Awesome!

This week I had food on my mind with Zhen. I can barely count on two hands the times he has choked on seemingly safe foods. My mission is to get this kid safely eating a healthy diet. I'm demonstrating chewing for him in a rather embarrasing and exaggerated way. It seems to be helping.

Last Sunday Zhen ate some pizza! I know, not healthy. But if he is going to fit in with this family he's going to eat pizza on occasion. One night I overcooked some broccoli and Zhen couldn't stuff it in fast enough. Healthy enough? Tonight he got to try some popcorn! It was great fun watching him try it.

Here he is playing with some musical car keys. Precious, delightful boy. He's really so easy to care for. He's been a great blessing to our family.


  1. Hey your other little guy wants some camara! Haha both of them are incredibly cute! Well.. Theo is as cute as he can bee too ;)

  2. thanks for sharing. i love hearing about this journey. what a blessing your family is for these boys!!! (and them to your family of course). tara

  3. He's so sweet! SO happy to see him in your home. :)



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