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, July 3, 2011

Then and now.

Earlier tonight I was chatting with a friend who is in Simferopol adopting from Theo and Zhen's old baby house, Yolochka. I was answering some questions and looking back at some old photos and I happened upon this video.

Oh, how these boys have changed. Theo could barely sit up and had to be tied into the swing. It's a common practice used by the caregivers there. And he just looks like death.

Now check this out:

He's not even the same child, is he?


  1. WOW!!! That is unbelievable!!! Just seeing how TINY Theo was compared to Zhen makes me cry. I can't believe how much he has changed in less than a year. Praise God!!!

  2. No, he's not the same child, and I thank God for that! Theo has changed so much! And your son looks like the most protective and loving older brother! Love that video

  3. Oh, my! It truly is amazing to see how he has changed in less than a year!! He looks healthy, happy, and loved now! Also, I think what you are doing with TLC is wonderful!

  4. Amazing what God, through us, can do. We just have to be willing to be His hands and feet!

    Thank you!

    Brooke Annessa

  5. God is truly repairing those connections in the brain..... putting the broken pieces back together, wholeness. Since He is the creator he is just the right one to do this.... Its an amazing place to be isnt it?!

  6. I just can not get over how poor Theo was so weak and his cry...oh mu word his little cry just brought me to tears! You saved him! Look at him now! Does not even look like the same child! God is god!



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