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

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

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

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).

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

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,

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.

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