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Thank you Lauren for featuring Creating for Our Creator in your list of bloggers! That was so sweet to see!

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You can read Lauren’s full feature on her blog, Tuesday Love: Bloggers.

Quick story, awhile back, my friend Jessica, had told me to check out another one of Lauren’s Tuesday Love’s posts, Tuesday Love on a Wednesday, and after reading that post and several others, I knew Lauren and I were destined to be blogging friends because we were SO MUCH ALIKE! So to be feautured on her blog just made my night, and my week!

Thanks again Lauren!

One Proud Wifey

Most anyone who has met my hubby, Andy, will describe him as a quiet individual who only speaks up when he has something intelligent or funny to say (and that’s not bad!). But if you have met Andy, and known Andy, only in this past year, you may describe him differently. My husband has finally found his passion.

A few people remarked to me this past weekend how much Andy speaks out at his BBQ competitions and how different he is and I’ve been pondering this over these past few days. No matter how much time and money this BBQ thing has taken up, it is worth it. It’s worth the late night discussions on flavor profiles and the ever growing stack of Sam’s Club and Restaurant Depot receipts. It’s truly worth it because my husband has come alive. It overwhelms my heart to know how happy he is and to watch him proudly serve his BBQ goodness to the public . I’m overwhelmed at the friends he’s gathered through this, the new friends, and the old. I’m overjoyed that Kellen, his best friend since first grade, shares this passion and that they get to spend so much more time together sharing in this new adventure together.

I am so thankful for our families who continue to give their time to us, serving along side of us and running last minute errands. Saying thank you doesn’t come close to being words that can fully describe my feeling towards all of the help and gifts we’ve been given to make this possible.

Andy has now made, marketed, and sold his very own custom made BBQ rub (and soon BBQ sauce, gained the support of two corporate sponsors, and has an every growing stash of trophies and awards. This has all been accomplished within one year and seven competitions. He was invited to vend at the WestFest Rodeo in Palm Springs this weekend and will be competing at Stagecoach Country Music Festival next month.

I am so amazed at what he’s accomplished so far and what’s still to come. I am one proud wifey.

God With Us

So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Matthew 1:22-23

Finally after almost three years I have reached the New Testament. I tried many different methods and systems to get myself to read my bible each day, if only a verse or two, but want to know what worked the best? Actually wanting to read. Actually wanting to spend time with God each day. Wanting to know and understand the promises in Jesus and truly understand the depth of His sacrifice. Yearning for the Word. That is what worked best. How did I get to that point? By humbling myself and seeing the greater picture. Knowing that not a sparrow falls from the sky without God knowing. Knowing I am nothing apart from Christ. Knowing that I will stumble and I will fall but without Christ, how will I rise up again? I can feel myself changing as I spend time away without God and without reading His word. How easily we are swayed without His guidance. And He always takes us back. No matter how long we stray.

This verse in Matthew is a verse most of us have heard before but in David Guzik’s commentary (enduringword.com) he quotes a man named Clarke…

“In what sense then, is Christ God with us? Jesus is called Immanuel, or God with us, in his incarnationGod with us, by the influences of hisHoly Spirit, in the holy sacrament, in the preaching of his word, in private prayer. And God with us, through every action of our life, that we begin, continue, and end in his name. He is God with us, to comfortenlightenprotect, and defend us, in every time of temptation and trial, in the hour of death, in the day of judgment; and God with us and in us, and we with and in him, to all eternity.”

“God with us” is truly a remarkable promise. As Clarke expounded on this phrase that I have read so many times, I am convicted of my feeble faith and my insurmountable doubts. How blessed is the life of a Christian? Our Almighty God is with us at all times. He never parts from us. We only part from Him. He never changes. He is the only true constant in this life. As all else passes away, God is with us.

God is with me. And for that I am thankful.

Thankful for: Cold Weather

There’s something about making our bed with warm flannel sheets that makes me feel not only very domestic but makes me happy to know winter is here. Gone, for a short while, are the 112 degree summer days and stifling hot heat waves. Here comes Christmas parties, hot caramel apple cider, gift giving, scarves, boots, pine trees, candles, and lots of food! I just love this time of year. I’m thankful for taking this brief moment of time, one full day before the start of December, to say goodbye to fall leaves and hello to snowy nights (at Disneyland).

Thankful for: Thanksgiving Morning!

What a lovely morning it has been! Not only do I not have food poisoning this year but Andy and I are nice and bundled up in blankets and watching our favorite Thanksgiving Friends and Simpsons episodes!! I hope this is a start to a new tradition!

Don’t forget your Thanksgiving pants!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Thankful for: Babes in Disneyland

I am so very often asked how I can go to Disneyland so often and not get bored. Well, I partially addressed that questions here. But in this post I’d like to further address my love for the people I go with to Disneyland. I do not get to adventure around the parks with children very much but when I do, it’s that much more magical. And not only children defined by their age, but also by the young at heart. Those who can step through the turnstile gates and forget about their worries and just enjoy the magic.

I’m thankful for the look on Sarah’s face as she is doused with water as the Finding Nemo parade float rolls by…

Sarah at Disneyland

I am thankful for the twinkle in little Eli’s eyes as he sees his favorite movies come to life before him…

Eli at Disneyland

I’m thankful for being there for Ashlynn’s first trip to Disneyland and seeing her meet Minnie Mouse for the first time, shrinking to the size of a pixie, and having all her dreams come true by meeting the princesses…

To see a video of Ashlynn at Disneyland, click here, you won’t regret it. It’s adorable!

I’m thankful for shy little Ethan’s excitement on Winnie the Pooh, whose excitement didn’t die down no matter how many times we went on the ride!

Ethan and Andy on Winnie the Pooh

I am thankful for the new friendships that are formed, and that no matter how often you speak on a daily basis, the memories from Disneyland are not forgotten…

Girls at Disneyland

And finally, I am thankful for being allowed to act like a goofball with the people I love!

Dancing!

Showing off our dance moves from the Pixar Play Parade, 2005

Thunder Mountain

One of the many Thundermountain Railroad action shots.

Golden Ears

Realizing we are hidden mickeys too, 2005

Excited for Pirates Lair!!

Excited for the grand opening of Pirates Lair, 2006

Thankful for: Dixie

I am not the best blogger so my Thankful for: November posts are far and few but this past week I was able to experience a spiritual revival and I have to share. Last Sunday, the 7th, my very good friend Mckensie’s mother passed away, very suddenly, from a heart attack. God opened many doors and I was able to go out to Utah for the funeral with three of my other close girlfriends. Throughout the trip and since we’ve been back I have been telling this story to all who will listen, so Internet, listen up!

When we first found out about the loss of Mckensie’s mother, Dixie, not only did our hearts break for their family but for our loss as well. Having only encountered Dixie a few times, I can say that even with such brief moments in time, she impacted my life in a great way. She would always greet me with a hug, a smile, and infectious laughter would ensue. She always gave without expecting anything back. She truly was a servant for Jesus Christ.

We left early Thursday morning and got to see a California sunrise and a Utah sunset from within Jessica’s little white car, with Josh and Mckensie’s little Boston Terrier, Champ, in between us. We felt as though we were warriors sent from an even greater army back home, all gathered in prayer for the service and for the family.

The viewing was Thursday night and there was a line out the door to get in! Dixie was quite the woman; a master organizer/planner, hunter, Alpaca farmer, craft queen, mom, wife, and friend. On Friday, there were 800 people gathered to say goodbye. Dixie left such an impact on so many people and Pastor Josh was able to give such a testimony of Dixie’s life. He shared so many sweet memories of her life and then told the people why she was so wonderful. Why was Dixie able to give and give to the people of Vernal? Why were so many people there that day? Dixie knew Jesus and took the love He had for us and shared it by serving the community and loving everyone unconditionally. With the exception of 50 or so people, all the people gathered were unbelievers. Josh then asked them if they wanted to experience that same love of Jesus that Dixie was given and almost every seat was then left and 600-700 people stood and gave their lives for Jesus.

On our way home, we kept thinking “What would Dixie do?” But it truly is “What would Jesus do?” He would give without expecting anything back. Love as though He had never been hurt. And He would continue running this race while sharing of His Father’s grace. I feel so blessed to have gone to Utah and more blessed to know Dixie and her daughter Mckensie. Mckensie is truly a reflection of her mother, and both are a reflection of their Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Check out Jessica’s post on our trip here.

Thankful For: My Husband’s Shoes

As I have been thinking of what I wanted to post as my first thankful note, I realized how much I complain about the little things in life. I am not sure if I will be able to keep this up all month long but for today I found reasons to be thankful for the things that bother me.

My Husband’s Shoes

When I take a step of faith out of the door into the pitch blackness of the garage and trip upon my husband’s shoes laying so haphazardly upon the mat, I am thankful that I have a husband who is so happy to come home to his wife that he just can’t get his shoes off fast enough, so obviously there is no time to put them away. I am thankful for a husband who loves me and wants to spend as much time with me as he can even if that means I must risk my life later, and risk the spillage of my coffee all over my red dress.

Thanks Andy, for loving me so.

Thankful For: My Daily Commute

I used to say that I wouldn’t mind sitting in traffic if I had some good tunes to listen to. Now I find myself sitting in my car feeling quite suffocated by my fellow drivers and their stinky fumes. I find that I just do not have enough music to listen to and that not one of the almost thousand songs to choose from can satisfy me. I find myself watching the miles tick by and the gas gauge rapidly tick down to empty, pleading for a costly fill up. I find myself saying that I just have NO time, for God, for friends, for thinking.

But do I really not have time? I have actually found myself with an enormous two hour gap in my day, one to start and one to finish.

I find myself thankful that I have a car to drive to work and that in all the time Andy has had the little blue Corolla, it has not failed on us. I find myself thankful for my iPhone, which is capable of downloading podcasts from pastors that I love from all over the world, giving me not only new messages to listen to but also giving me a chance to learn more about our God and spend time with Him. Beside the fact that really a thousand songs is quite plentiful. I find myself thankful that I have never not had the money to fill up my gas tank and have never run out of gas looking for a gas station nearby in the 50 mile drive to feed the car. I find myself thankful for uninterrupted time with God, phone calls with friends, and miles of thinking time.

Thankful that I can put the pedal to the medal…