Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cookin' With Gas

"Cookin' with gas" is a phrase one of my favorite and most influential dance teachers, Alyson Colwell Waber, used when things really got moving in the dance studio. It best describes the swirling kinetic energy when sweat is flowing freely, when everyone is in "the zone" and when progress is clearly being made.

Well, I think it's safe to say: we're cookin' with gas. We've completed our homestudy, we dragged our baby girl to a correctional institute so we both could get fingerprinted, we've signed our names at least a thousand times and had the signatures notarized. We've answered tough questions and tedious questions. We've had to remember and document ALL the places we've both lived and prove we're not criminals, sex offenders, or parents to other children. We've had bloodwork and physicals, we've recorded our finances, and we've taken pictures of our home. We've organized and made stacks, and stacks, and stacks of papers....and then copied all of them....and then mailed the originals.

We're far from the end, and have several weeks waiting on the FBI and other government agencies, but this feels good. Really good. We're seeing the light at the end of the paperwork tunnel.

Special thanks to my parents who gave us a WHOLE UNINTERRUPTED DAY to work together. The perfect Christmas gift. Thank you.

And, just because...here's a picture of our Christmas Angel.


  1. Just precious! Hopefully next year there will be two angels in the Christmas photo!

  2. I love the Christmas angel!
    Happy new year to the four of you!
    2011 is YOUR year.