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!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Class of 2010 orphanage reunion

Our family had the pleasure of a visit from the McDonalds this weekend. If you don't know of this family, they adopted Zhen's best buddy over the summer. We met Zhen and Theo the same day that little Toby Jr. was flying home to the U.S.A. with his dad!!

Here is Toby Sr. loving on Zhen!

For those of you who thought the boys would certainly remember each other...well, sorry. We couldn't tell if they remembered each other at all!! And you know what? I think that's OK. If you had lived where they lived you wouldn't want to remember it either. I think it's pretty healthy if they, in fact, have been able to move on with their lives so quickly. Don't you?

We all had a great time showing off the new boys at the Buddy Walk. I wasn't originally planning a Reece's Rainbow table but at the last minute I was able to throw this display together. Not too bad huh? I had my hands so full during and after the walk that I wasn't able to talk to as many people as I wanted. It was a beautiful, sunny, comfortably warm day though. Perfect day. Perfect company. Thank you God for our DS community, adoption community and our new found brothers and sisters.


  1. So glad you had a good visit with the McDonalds!! :)

  2. We had a blast too. Thanks for the hospitality. Cassie has already written a letter to Thomas :)

  3. That's my favorite title ever. You are a clever lady!



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