On to the next step and Christmas cookies

While this week has seen tragedy after tragedy I count my blessings. My heart aches for all those affected and the lives that were taken prematurely. Take a moment to hold your loved ones and tell them you love them!

This week we have made progress on our adoption. Yay! On Monday I received an email from our social worker with our draft home study. Only a few typos and a paragraph specific for the Congo needed to be added. On Tuesday the home study was done and notarized. We received it in the mail Wednesday. (our social worker is great!) Thursday our application to US Immigration was mailed off and reached them on Friday. So what does this all mean? Well, we await for a letter from them telling us when to go get our biometrics done. Bio what? fancy word for fingerprints. In my opinion, the fancier the word the more money they can charge, since we were just fingerprinted and approved in November as part of the homestudy 🙂 So just another hoop to jump through. This process takes about 8 weeks, but with the holidays I am guessing it will take closer to 10 weeks. In the meantime I will be gathering all the required documents for our dossier so we are ready once we receive our immigration approval letter. So now we need to kick the fundraising into high gear. We are planning an auction and have a few wonderful items that have been donated, but still need some more. We have to bottles filled, thank you to those that filled them, and more out there being filled. Check out our fundraising page or our Change a Life – Change for Congo page for more information and how you can help. And a special thank you to our wonderful friends who sent an unexpected donation! We really appreciate it and feel blessed.

Now, the pictures from this week (some people’s favorite part) Hudson and I made cookies (5 different kinds to be exact) to deliver to friends. Of course there was a huge mess he is 18 months, but we both had fun and  that is all that matters. Here are some pictures of the fun we had.

making the dough

making the dough

making sugar cookies. his favorite part

making sugar cookies. his favorite part

after sugar cookies - the front

after sugar cookies – the front

the back

the back

frosting the cookies

frosting the cookies

frosting his leg

frosting his leg

adding sprinkles

adding sprinkles

tada! A Hudson cookie (the best cookie in my opinion)

tada! A Hudson cookie (the best cookie in my opinion)

getting caught delivering cookies

getting caught delivering cookies

he really got into delivering cookies...and ran off after knocking and forgot to leave the cookies :)

he really got into delivering cookies…and ran off after knocking and forgot to leave the cookies 🙂

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