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, November 28, 2010

Pie Warrior

Zara. Most certainly not her real name.

No photo. No face. No grant.

An orphan with no name and no face and no money.

I had some grand plans to raise big money for her adoption fund when I signed up to be her Reece's Rainbow Christmas Warrior. But, life with our two newly adopted boys has gotten in the way. It's the story of my life...over promise and under deliver.

Not much I can do about "life" right now. I mean, we still are trying to get doctor appointments for Theo and Zhen. But, there are a few things I can do.

When we were preparing to adopt I made enchiladas for donation until my hands turned orange. I was really happy to make something instead of just asking for gifts. I was happy to use good quality ingredients and provide something that people would enjoy.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend I had the opportunity to hone my pie making skills. I have not used shortening or margarine for nearly 10 years. Yes, we quit hydrogenated oils long before it was cool, so my pie crust was made with butter and unbleached flour. The pies were so delicious, the crust so crispy that I was compelled to make more pies on Saturday. I was fighting off the children just so the pies could cool off!

So...even though Thanksgiving is over and done for the year...'tis still the season! I'll be making high quality pumpkin and pecan pies for local people for the next month. If you are in the Wichita area and you'd like to give one a try leave me a little comment and I'll get right back to you! I'm covering the cost of the ingredients and donating my time so that I can donate 100% of my proceeds to Zara's Angel Tree fund.

Enjoy a creamy pumpkin or crispy sweet pecan pie for a donation of $15. I'll even deliver! Save yourself a few headaches and let me make the pies for your holiday events. And together maybe we can help Zara have a Merry Christmas next year!


  1. OOh, I'll take a pecan one. I'm not a big pie eater, but pecan is hubby's favorite, and I'm tempted to try your special recipe, too.

  2. Wish I could get one but Virginia is a BIT far!! You go though!! Praying that those who buy will donate way over the price of that pie so that Zara's fund goes up and up and up!! HINT HINT TO ALL YOU PIE BUYERS!!!! What's an extra 5.00, 10.00 or 20.00 for the life of a child???

  3. I'd buy a pie but I live up in Vancouver Canada!

    Just found your blog. All I can say is "GOD BLESS YOU!!!!" for your wonderful work in bringing home these beautiful children.

    I have been honored and blessed to have a son with DS (he's 13 months old now) and he is the light of my life. I'm also a Christian. The plight of these little ones over in orphanages in E. Europe breaks my heart. Thank-you for your work in advocating for these little ones.

    God bless,

    Kerin (Vancouver, Canada)

  4. My daughter and I looked at all the little faces on the Angel Tree and she picked our girl and I picked our boy. I couldn't get anything to load into my cart last night and decided that I'd try again today. I clicked on our girl, but my eyes kept wandering to Zara and my heart just broke. No photo. No Face. No Grant kept running through my mind. I bet she's a beauty. Thanks for helping me find one of my Angels this year.




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