Sunday, April 26, 2009


This one snuck up on me, even though I knew it was coming:

It was one year ago yesterday that we got our referral for a (then) 5 year old girl in St. Petersburg. We were driving at the time, so we had to pull over. It was an agonizing 5 minutes for me, because I knew who Stefan was talking to, but had to wait till the call was done so he could give me the information.

At that time, we were told her date of birth, her name, that she had blond, curly hair (it's not curly), that she was "careful" and other than "normal" developmental delays as a result of living in an institution she was healthy.

Happy Belated Referral Day to us!


The Holms

Denmark Road Trip

The outskirts of St. Pete

St. Petersburg

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.