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, January 26, 2011

the transformation continues...

Here are a few of my school boys. Don't you think I should be able to get them to look at the camera at the same time?
The bus will be here soon. Let's get zipped up!

Backpack on. Ready to go!

OK, doesn't this look like he's ready to take off walking?

Looking good, huh? Honestly, he's leaning against big brother's leg. But with his new SureSteps he's got good stability and balance!! One of these days...

These boys are true miracles. I can't even comprehend it sometimes. When I get them out of bed each morning I have to just say "Wow!" Thank you, Lord!
It would have been frighteningly easy for us to have said no to adoption. We couldn't afford it. We already had our hands full. The travel was nearly impossible.
We could have missed out on these unfolding miracles.
I'm so happy we said yes!


  1. I'm glad you said yes, too! And not just because I could sit here looking at some Theo & Zhen cuteness all day...although that's certainly a plus. :)

  2. Oh how I wish I could get my husband on board with international adoption...I will not give up! He will see my passion for these children. SO in the meantime I get to check in on Theo and Zhen, thank you for that!

    Tina in Canada

  3. You rock!! I know just how you feel Stephanie!! I kept trying to get brave enough to tell Andrea, "Nevermind, we can't do this" for weeks and weeks after we commited to Timothy! Oh how HAPPY I am that I didn't!! God knew what He was doing when He told us to "Go!".

  4. Hello, I am working on a montage of children who are adopted from RR, I was curious as to if I could use a picture of your sweet boys?
    Email me at



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