My Husband: Pitmaster Extraordinaire 

Rooftop Barbeque Billings Montana Fair BBQ Competition

To say my husband is quiet may be an understatement to some. But if one has a chance to see him at a BBQ competition, you will have the rare glimpse into who he really is. For you see, BBQ competitions are his happy place. While mine may be Disneyland, he truly comes alive when surrounded by his BBQ smokers and by his fellow competitors.

Rooftop Barbeque Billings Montana Fair BBQ Competition Green Mountain Grills

Billings, Montana Fair

People ask me often why I put up with all the crazy that comes with being married to a BBQ competitor. But if you’ve had the chance to see him smile after getting calls and trophies at awards or see him share food that he’s just prepared, you’ll see why. My rather absent minded husband is transformed into a person who has the greatest attention to detail and who takes the greatest care in creating the plates to turn in to the judges. At BBQ competitions, my husband comes alive. And to see someone come alive, to see them in the light they need to be in, it makes it all worth it. The long car rides and the lack of plumbing and the BBQ grime and grease that gets EVERYwhere… It’s all worth it.

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

Grand Champions at the Worland Fair in Wyoming this past weekend, August 15

Grand Champions at the Worland Fair in Wyoming this past weekend, August 15

How Andy Proposed, Reflecting Back 8 Years

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Yesterday marked our 7 year wedding anniversary, so today marks our 8 year proposal anniversary! That’s something to celebrate right?

Read how Andy and I met, our MySpace fairytale here.

I thought I’d take today to share how Andy proposed, because I just love this story!

Once upon a time…

Toward the end of the summer of 2006, Andy and I knew that we would be getting married in the next year or so—even before he proposed. So when he suggested checking out the chapel at the Christian camp that he and all our friends grew up attending, I didn’t think anything of it! We drove the 5 hours up to the Sequoias for my first ever visit to Quaker Meadow—the camp where so many lives had been changed and pledged to Christ. I was really excited to just see this beautiful place in person!

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Taken by our friend David who got us into the camp, before we went on our little hike.

After checking out the chapel and some of the other grounds, we took a mini hike, more of a walk, out to Inspiration Point—a view point where you can see quite a big tree filled canyon.

As we are walking around out there and climbing on the rocks, I thought to myself for the briefest of instances, “man, this would be a great spot to propose!” That thought then left my mind as quickly as it came.

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I still had no idea what was to come.

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Our last selfie photo as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Our last selfie photo as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Minutes later, I was shocked and overjoyed with surprise when Andy then got down on one knee to ask me to marry him by saying something along the lines of “here is where I dedicated my life to Christ, and now I dedicate myself to you.”

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Notice the drastically increased joy in our smiles in our first selfie photo as fiances!

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Of course, I said yes!

 

 

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Nothing much has changed in the last 8 years, as even back then I felt the impulse to document every moment of our lives, down to the dirt Andy knelt in to propose!

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As we were walking back, I remember looking back and thinking, that’s where we just got engaged…. Oh my gosh, we are engaged!

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And lastly, calling the parents from the camp phone! Thanks again David, semi shown below, for taking us up to camp!!

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Thank you Andy for 7 marvelous wedded years together, looking forward to all that’s to come!