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, April 20, 2011

New chapters, new books.

I'm quite happy to report that Carrington Burman is home with her family. She is beginning a whole new chapter!!

I've talked with fellow adoptive moms about kids like Carrington, Yana, and Theo, and I've come to the conclusion that no one has written a book about our kids. What they will and will not do, what they can and can not be expected to do...all of that is unknown. No book about Down Syndrome, no book about adoption, no book about orphans, no book is really relevant. We are writing it as we live it.

What we do know is that we are blessed with amazingly resilient children. How they survived their years of neglect is a mystery to me. They amaze me.

And we also know that these children are part of an elite club. The lucky few. They were adopted.

Of the more than 100,000 orphans in Ukraine alone, somewhere around 2000 were adopted last year. Less than 2%. And you can bet that only a fraction of the children who were adopted had significant special needs.

So as we witness the turning of a page and the beginning of a fresh new chapter in the life of Carrington, we must not forget the children who are left behind. As we continue to write the Book of Theo we can't forget that we are also contributing to the stories of all the other lives that we touch.

Most of the children left behind will never know the love of a mommy and daddy. In the days and weeks to come, I'll be sharing with you new ways to help these friends of Theo and Carrington. This is going to be a real page turner!


  1. I can't wait to see what you have Stephanie!

  2. yeah, someone in my knitting community slammed me last week because we adopted a child internationally.(instead of out of the foster care system) Cut me to the core. Our little G was in an orphanage for heavens sake. She had no language. She is thriving with a family, and love. (her orphange was beautiful and well run- But it was not a family.) I chose to not even reply to the comment-Its a heart issue. I will never see things the same way again. My "perscription" in my lenses has been changed. You and yours- Have a blessed Easter.



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