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!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Sweet Anniversary

A year ago on August 16th, I spent a few hours here. Waiting. Waiting for the "wizard" to bestow two magic passports upon me.

Successful at last, we raced to the orphanage to collect Theo and Zhen. I begged for a photo of Theo in his bed. He was in bed number one.

The ladies getting Zhen dressed to leave forever. What? No shoes?


We walked out the front doors. No one was around. I could have grabbed a few extra kids and no one would have known. That's how many people cared that these boys were leaving forever.

I found that the ladies had decorated Theo before we got away with him.

I found out that he did in fact have the strength to roll over. And not much in the trunk to hold his diaper in place.

Our friends Bob and Judy helped us get our bags and children up onto the train. We pulled out of town just as the sun set in Simferopol.

On the train for 15 hours. I'm beat. Look at that tiny four year old!

Almost home, little dudes. Almost.

Happy got 'em day!


  1. Just breaks my heart <3


  2. I am still amazed at how Theo was so fragil and how far he has come! Amazing!

  3. Oh, his arms!! So glad to see he's got more meat on his bones now! They've both changed and grown so much in one year, I can't wait to see how much they do in another year!

  4. The "wizard"? That was a nice way of putting it. LOL That's funny about Zhen's shoes too. The nannies had a fit I forgot to bring socks for Jonathan. They reminded me 5x to be sure to put them on when we got in the car since he was used to the "sensory stimulation" of socks. Ha! He hates socks now! :-) His toes make great toys.

    Anyway, I'm still totally in awe of how much Theo has changed in the last year. God is GOOD!



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