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!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Handling disappointment...or not so much.

I'm having a hard time with this:

Love those crib slats? How about the fact that this child's diaper is completely soaked? That this child won't be getting out of this bed today?

I just returned from Ukraine. Well, I've been home about a week. It takes me that long to get over the jet lag and process the whole experience. Add in some doctor appointments and a holiday and it seems to take forever to get back to normal.

You can read about the trip over at Project TLC. I just wanted to share my personal feelings here about what I experienced.

Even though it was plain to me that God had been very busy planning all sorts of wonderful moments for us to experience and inroads to make, the disappointments of the trip are weighing heavily on me. I know that God is working in these dark places, even we are not there, even when we are not thinking of them. He's very much in control.

So why doesn't He just fix things for these children? What is the purpose of it all?

Please don't forget the children living lives of quiet brutality in Eastern European orphanages. They are hidden treasure.

"Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” Luke 9:48


  1. David made a hospital visit yesterday to a man from our church and saw (not for the first time) 2-liter coke bottles being used as IVs. Really makes you grateful for what you have!

  2. That is heartbreaking. :( My thoughts go to those types of things so often. I wonder about my 5 (especially Keith and Paula) and all the ones whose names aren't even known. Looking down the pages of faces on Reece's Rainbow is enough to break any heart that truly knows that each face was handcrafted by God and is a child who deserves to much more. Then to think of all the ones whose faces aren't listed and no one knows about can do me in completely. Praying for you as you try to come to grips with what you have seen.



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