Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Isaiah 49:15

Can a woman forget her nursing child, or lack compassion for the child of her womb? Even if these forget, yet I will not forget you. Isaiah 49:15


Maxim Isaiah Nance

My courtroom experience was completely different that what I had been preparing for. I was ready for 90+ minutes of tough questioning from the prosecutor. She didn't ask me one single question! Either the judge was very busy today, or everyone was in awe of the sheer number of children that I am mothering. I'm leaning toward the former! 

Sorry the pictures are out of order and I cannot fix them here without my computer. The photo above is a quick snap of Mxim's new grouppa room. Very dark and crowded.

Below is me after passing court, with the orphanage representative, the inspector (social worker) and the prosecutor. The judge did not have time to get in on the photo!

Christmas decorations are still up at the orphange.

The judge presented me with these gifts after reading her decision to grant the adoption.

Maxim was born in Sevastopol, which is on the Crimean peninsula. How and why he was transferred to this city and region are a mystery to me. He would have normally been transferred to the invalid home in Belogorsk, outside of Simferopol. That's right. If we had not adopted Theo, Zhen, and Maxim, they might have been living in the same invalid home. They might have been friends.

Now they will be brothers for life.

If you say MACK-sum, this little boy will not know who you are talking to. They way his name is pronounced here is more like Mock-seem. Once he is settled into the family, we will likely give him a nickname that has nothing whatsoever to do with his actual name


patty said...

Congratulations to your family and Maxim. I am so happy to see him in your arms and coming home to a family. Praying the rest of your trip goes smoothly.

Jill said...

So glad to hear court was quick and relatively painless! And beautiful gifts too. Love the name too. I had to laugh about the nickname comment though. LOL It definitely seems to be a trend in your family. :-)

There was nothing in his records why he ended up in KR? Maybe Belogorsk was full? That is very interesting all of your boys may have ended up in the same place.

I hope you can "relax" a bit now over the next 9-10 days and enjoy your new son. Please say "hi" to "my" Maxim for me! :-)

Tammy said...


Thank you for sharing your journey to Maxim with us.

ON, Canada

Jolene said...

Congratulations, Stephanie!!! And Maxim!!!

Since he was born in Sevastopol, he was probably born to Russian parents, not Ukrainian since the city of Sevastopol is a mostly Russian city (72% Russian / 22% Ukrainian). Just something fun for you to think about. :-)

Sevastopol has one of the most amazing underground military bases and nuclear warhead storage (left over from Soviet times) that we have ever seen. An entire city could live and work in those underground tunnels (up to 10 thousand people) and it was built to survive a direct atomic impact. Look up "Balaklava" and read about it. I have toured through it twice. So interesting!

Who knows? It is likely that Maxim's grandparents could have worked in there...

Stephanie @ Ralphcrew said...

Thank you Jolene! I actually have a story about Balaklava...