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 5, 2011

With love, from Sarah...

It's always encouraging when our children "get it." At Sarah's age I had no clue about orphans or children with special needs. Here is a message I received from her this week:

I am 12 years old, and I have a heart for helping others, especially orphans. I am the new and proud big sister of a sweet little boy, Elijah, who just came home from Theo and Zhen's former orphanage in Eastern Europe. I was on a mission trip to EE earlier this summer, and I would LOVE to go back. I love to crochet and I am raising money for orphans on my blog by selling my handmade items ( Right now I'm raising money for Eddie. He is in Elijah's former groupa and isn't treated very well. I hope to raise enough money so that his forever family will step up and bring him home.

This is a necklace I got for Christmas, and I would like to donate it to Masha if you would like it. I just followed you, but I have been looking at your blog for awhile. Just let me know! We will be happy to ship it out to whoever wins it.


Lia Sophia Pearlette Necklace - Retail $48

Thanks Sarah! Thanks for donating the lovely Lia Sophia necklace to raise money for Masha. Thanks for your heart. Thanks for loving the "least of these."

I hope that you will visit Sarah's blog and purchase some of her adorable handmade bath mitts, baby hats and more. And don't forget to chip-in a little for Masha and you might be the winner of a beautiful pearl necklace!!


  1. The mission trip took her to Liza's orphanage and she fell in love with my girl, who wouldn't? :) Sarah is awesome! I can't believe a 12 yo girl would be so giving as to offer up that beautiful necklace to save lives. I am inspired by her.

  2. Wow! What a mature and kind hearted 12 year old!

  3. Is she beautiful or what? God is using her in mighty ways. And Elijah is one lucky boy to get such a great big sister!



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