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, October 7, 2010

Taking bets...

Yep, I missed posting yesterday. I can't believe that I messed up the 31 for 21 challenge on day 6! How lame is that?

Yesterday was sort of boring anyway. Today I got a message from a friend in Eastern Europe! Some ladies at Zhen and Theo's orphanage want him to give them some photos and videos. I haven't a clue how they are going to watch any videos I might send them! How funny!

So I'm working on getting some photos together. My friend is going to make prints and pass them out. I'm glad that they haven't forgotten us or the boys. I hope that seeing the boys looking healthy and happy gives them some idea of the potential that kids with Down Syndrome have.

More exciting news to share!! Zhen's crib mate, TJ, is coming to visit tomorrow!!!! How fun is that? These boys were together ALL the time in their group at the orphanage. TJ was adopted and came home abotu a week before we arrived to meet Zhen. The ladies at the orphanage said that Zhen was "suffering" since his friend left him. Poor sweetie!

I'm so curious about whether they will remember each other after three months apart. My mind says no way. Look what all has happened since then. Plus, they will be out of context meeting on unfamiliar territory.

My heart says friends are forever. They spent three years together. They ate their meals together and sat in the same crappy, empty playpen together. They are practically brothers.

Anyone want to place a bet? I'm thinking the odds are pretty even.


  1. No doubt they'll remember eachother! They'll be confused for a minute, but I'm sure they will recognize each other right away. How fun for them! I hope leaving is not too hard.

  2. They will definitely remember each other!! That's my bet. I want to know what I win??? A Plasma TV, an RV???

  3. My bet is YES too! They will remember. And please be sure to post pictures. We haven't seen any photos of TJ since he left EE...can't wait to see how much he's changed!

  4. Well if yesterday was boring, your week-end sure sounds very exciting.
    I think the orphanage ladies should be able to see a difference- Theo is starting to look more like the boy in the picture that you have on your blog( the adoption one) with his hair growing again. Theo seems happy ant content and loved...and did he gain some weight?
    It would be nice to hear how TJ is doing. If I'm correct their last update was on July 15. I loved following their blog.

  5. My guess is YES they will remember each other even if they can't tell you with their words. What a gift that is. I didn't realize he had a buddy so close by to you. Looking forward to pictures.

  6. how did the visit go ? would love to see some pics of TJ he is a cutie. i had been following their blog now I cant find it

  7. OHHHH I can't wait to hear! I wanna see pics too!! :) I hope they do remember each other! Timothy and Vlad (and maybe even Danil(prayerfully!!)) are in the same orphanage, and will be within about a 4 hour roadtrip of each other once they are home!! We're already hoping to get them together! hehe



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