This is my first blog ever, but I thought it would be a great way to keep everybody who's interested "in the loop" about what's happening with the adoption, and what's going on with the rest of us, too.
I'm not exactly sure how this will work, but I will try to write a little each day to catch up to where we are now . . . I don't know what "blogger" will do with the dates, so I suspect the timeline will get kind of wonky, but hopefully it will all make some sort of sense.
Today, I'll write about what happened back in April . . . . One day as I was coming in through the door, Mattias passed me my cell phone and a lady was speaking Swedish to me. All I understood was "Rädda Barnen" (Save the Children), so I told her I couldn't speak Swedish (important calls are too difficult!) and she kindly switched to English. She introduced herself as our new Social Worker, as Eva had taken a job at the office in Helsinki. She was calling because our Homestudy was about to expire and needed to be updated. We went over a few things and then she asked if Stefan and I would be willing to expand our age preference to include six years old. She said there was nothing specific, but there were many older girls available for adoption in St. Petersburg right now. I was to talk with Stefan about it and send her an email the next day. We decided we would accept the change in the age preferences, so our new Homestudy was mailed to us for approval.
About a week later, we received the documents for Stage 2 from our coordinator. It was a set of 4 papers we needed to get apostillized at the Magistrate's. We didn't get a chance to go to town until the 25th. . . . Funny thing, though, . . . While we were driving home, Stefan got a call from our coordinator. She wanted to know if we had apostillized the documents yet, because she had a referral for us. At this point, Stefan had to pull over the car and start taking notes (we were driving through Munsala at the time). She told us that she was 5 years old, had brown eyes and blond curly hair and her name was Anastasia. She also gave us a little health information and family background. If we were interested, she'd send us the information . . . .? Of course! So, two days later we got a paper with exactly the same information we heard over the phone and a package of information regarding preparation for our first trip to Russia.
So, that was April. Tomorrow, I'll write about what happened next.
The outskirts of St. Pete
Saint Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburg, Russian pronunciation: is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, Saint Petersburg was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin, the €10 Mannerheim and Saint Petersburg commemorative coin, minted in 2003. The reverse of the coin features a view of Saint Petersburg, with the Peter and Paul Fortress and its three turrets. In the coin the words "St. Petersburg 1703-2003" can be seen.