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Monday, April 30, 2007


HELLO....someone is watching...
The other day I caught Kezy walking around with a cell-phone tucked under her chin pretending to talk to someone, she was asking all sorts of questions and then answering 'someone elses' questions, I was laughing so hard it was just the cutest thing.....and when I was sharing this story with someone they said..gee I wonder where she gets it from?...oh yeah I guess she does see me on my cell and she obviously thinks its important to me. So today I was thinking, 'what else does she view as important things to me?' am I modelling a life of computer, TV and other "things" or does she see me worshipping, praying and spending time in the word. I so often get caught up in my life and forget how closely she is really watching and imitating me....My prayer and my desire is that she grows up to be a woman of God and a great mother! I guess its good to have an awareness of where I spend my time!!! There is always someone watching!!

Thursday, April 26, 2007


REGIS IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As most of you know Live with Regis and Kelly is one of my favorite shows and 6 weeks ago my favorite host Regis had heart surgery, well today he is back.....I almost cried...LOL!! My kids all came running out of their rooms saying' is Regis back today?' and we all smiled and clapped when Regis came on! Welcome back Regis!! We missed you!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Psalm 100
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts, with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures FOREVER;
his faithfulness continues through ALL GENERATIONS.
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Thursday, April 19, 2007

3 Things Meme
I was tagged by
Erin to do this meme. So here it goes.

Three Things That Scare Me:
1. snakes
2. big thunder/wind storms
3. being the center of attention, eg. you are in a large group of people having a conversation with one or two other people and then everyone is suddenly quiet and listening just to you OR being in a fashion show...lol

Three People Who Make Me Laugh:
1. Darrell
2. My Brother Sheldon
3. Brenda

Three Things I Love:Aside from God/friends/family
1. alone time
2. an intimate conversation with a friend
3. a hot cup of coffee that I have time to drink before it gets cold

Three Things I Hate:
1. the flu
2. people being two-faced
3. not currently having the money to give to every area I want to give

Three Things I Don’t Understand:
1. why God made mosquitos
2. why some people are blessed with a speedy metabolism while others crawl at a snail pace.....mmm I wonder where I fit in on that....LOL
3. why we live where we do, something about our forefathers choosing this place..ah I don't know

Three Things On My Desk:
1. camera
2. thermometer
3. receipt

Things I’m Doing Right Now:
1. doing this meme
2. listening to Kezy chatting away
3. thinking about my future

Three Things I Want To Do Before I Die:
1. travel the world
2. fulfill my destiny
3. see my great grandchildren


Three Things I Can Do:
1. bake a mean chocolate peanut butter chip cookie...lol
2. touch my tongue to my nose
3. scrapbook/make cards

Three Things I Can’t Do:
1. the number three with my right hand....its called the claw!!
2. play piano
3. draw

Three Things I Think You Should Listen To:
1. God
2. The cheerful birds at 5am (NOT the crow)
3. United- the new CD

Three Things You Should Never Listen To:
1. someone belittling you
2. doctrine that is not from the WORD
3. people who never have anything good to say

Three Things I’d Like To Learn:
1. how to play piano
2. how to cook, cooking classes
3. Spanish

Three Favorite Foods:
1. Manuka
2. Chocolate
3. Chicken Fettuccine/Chicken Fiesta(Mom's)

Three Shows I Watched As A Kid:
1. Jem and the Holograms
2. GI Joe
3. Smurfs

Three Things I Regret:
1. not having my mom and mom in law in one of my children's birth(this is a BIG one for me)
2. not saving more money while I was working when I was single
3. not recognizing that I was skinny when I was skinny......LOL.......SO VAIN!! Lord help me!!

Okay I'm tagging Brandy , and Svea and Nadine . Your turn!
The Five Love Languages....
The other day I was watching a show called Marriage Uncensored and it talks about different aspects of marriage and the other day it was on the Five Love Languages by Dr.Gary Chapman, I have read this book for those of you who haven't they are as follows...
1) Acts of Service

2) Touch
3) Words of Affirmation/Encouragement
4) Gifts
5)Quality Time
Okay so each one of us is one of these... meaning we feel loved when we have one of the above.
I have struggled with this for a while since mine feels like the most selfish one of them all...gifts...yes I love giving gifts and I love receiving gifts in fact that is how I feel loved....this is overwhelming for people who don't love gifts because it feels as though it has to be some big grand gesture....it doesn't...its as simple as a cup of coffee or a pack of gum, just shows that I was thought of in that moment. So as I was discussing this the other day and how it frustrates me, some wise friends told me why not write a list of 100 things that are gifts to me and give it to my hubby...hey I never thought of that before....SO I did it...yup I managed to think of 100 things that I would deem as a gift....they range from a card, chocolate all the way up to gift certificates to various places and every 10th one reads Plan a date, too funny! So what is my point here?? .....I don't know really other than I guess its okay for me to need that right? My hubby needs Acts of Service so me vacuuming my van and washing it is well..the ticket for him I guess. According to Dr.Chapman this is how our 'love tank' is filled, by our love languages. Also gets me thinking about my friends and family and what their love language is and if I am not speaking it they may not 'feel' loved....and my kids too...big eye opener! This year I also have a prayer sister whose love language is Acts of Service and Words of Encouragement, acts of service has always been a stretch for me because I would just rather give the gift....oh well, in ALL things we grow or we stand still!! Just another stretching area for me........
Oh yes ramblings of Louise....lol!
What is/are your love language(s) ?? Do the 30 second test here. Five Love Languages

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Il DIVO...
I got Il Divo tickets for my birthday back in December for this fabulous concert....
So off Jackie and I went yesterday to this event. It started out with a young guy by the name of William Joseph (click on his name to hear the cd) playing fabulous piano....WOW he was amazing and good looking to boot...lol!

Then ..............
IL DIVO
...wonderful, amazing, fantastic..they have SUCH great voices and with a full orchestra behind them this was such a feast for the ears!! The age group of people there ranged from 18-90...lol...there were so many excited grannys mobbing the stage(okay maybe mobbing is a bit exaggerated)..they did the finale song sitting on the edge of the stage and there were women all over these guys, they managed to sing and sign autographs at the same time, these men are also very handsome, hence the reason for all the flocking of women....as Jackie and I were leaving the parking lot a 60something year old women knocked on my window so I rolled it down and she exclaims"now we can be in love forever." oh okay lady...too funny.... (For more a more detailed description of the concert click here..Erin's Blog!! )

But on a more serious note this got me thinking these guys actually get 'worshipped' wherever they go, women going nutts at one look or glance from these guys and this will be enough to sustain them till their next "fix" of the next big thing. We has humans are created to worship and if we don't have God in our lives we seek out something/one to worship. Although I LOVE going to these concerts and listening to the fabulous music, my hope is that these guys know where their gift came from!! and if only all those people could get that excited about God as well...it is SO okay to lift your hands in a concert in praise of someone on stage but yet at church hands stay beside us for fear of what others may think......well anyway enough of Pastor Louise's commentary on the whole deal....it was a GREAT concert and I'd definitely see them again! Thanks Jackie for the fabulous birthday gift!!!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Saturday Clean up..
So I tell my girlie she needs to go and clean up her room because as you can tell it is a mess!! So off she goes,crocodile tears and all and starts to clean up her room, as I get busy cleaning up in the kitchen and putting in some laundry I notice that the house is very quiet, I know that Conrad and the boys are outside... but Kezy usually sings while she is cleaning SO I go look in her room....no sign of her.....ah then I go to her bed and there she is curled up and fast asleep.......this is her new technique for clean-up avoidance, this is not the first time she has used this technique, the little turkey....I wonder how her husband will appreciate that in the future!!
LOL!!!
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Friday, April 13, 2007

Memories in pictures...
I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to France for 17 days last October with my friend Jackie, I was celebrating my 30th birthday and she was celebrating her 40th. This was a trip with amazing sights to see, some we all know well and some that surprised me...like the stunning beauty of southern France. There were moments of extreme laughter and fun and there were also moments of tears, missing our families and our friendship being tested. This trip was great, I wouldn't trade the opportunity for anything, as for what it did to our friendship...that is bittersweet, I love my friend very much, we were always attached at the hip, one didn't come without the other and we have been through SO much together (including the birth of two of my kids) and being alone with someone for 17 days is a true test....one that I don't think I passed, I admit I was not a great friend all the time on the trip and I don't like remembering that, our friendship has a distance in it now, both moving in different directions.... maybe it is just life moving on....I have been dealing on and off with the guilt and hurt myself and have finally decided to let go and let God move in this relationship.....
This is a shout out to my friend I don't know if you read my blog but if you do I want you to know I love you and I apologize for the hurt I caused you,I appreciate the time that we spent on our adventure to France, I pray that we can both remember the good times !! You are an awesome person and you deserve
only the best in life!! I have many wonderful memories of our 8 years of friendship and I still care about you......Love ya!
A small tribute to our trip and some of the beautiful things we saw!
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So you know how my day was.......
somewhat blah yesterday until my kids brightened my evening, well this morning I woke up to do my devotions and here is the quote that greeted me...
"Whether one is twenty, forty or sixty: Whether one has succeeded or failed, or just muddled along: Whether yesterday was full of sun or storm, or one of those dull days with no weather at all, life begins EACH MORNING!!!" Leigh Mitchell Hodges
It is the start of a new day and I will ENJOY this day and the sunshine....I choose to make this day a GREAT one!!
Thanks for everyone's encouragement and love I SO appreciate you all!!
HAVE A FABULOUS WEEKEND!!!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

The day ends well afterall...
So as I am tucking my boys into bed I go through the usual spiel of telling them how proud I am to be their mom and that God has great things planned for their lives, when they start on their own little spiel....
"Mom I am proud of you, You do good work Mom" says Ezra, he says that means I am good at being a mom....lol
"I am proud of you too mom, I am proud of your hair", says Noah
"You are a cool mom", says Noah
AHHHHHH this just warms my heart and makes my day!! I am SO blessed with three absolutely wonderful kids, they have been SO good this week and I have found myself with so many warm fuzzies this week from them!!
Thank you Lord for your blessings!!!
A blah day turned GREAT!!
ah I must add too what Keziah was praying for yesterday ...she says to me " Mom I am praying that Jesus will heal your zits".....just too cute!! where does she come up with these things!! LOL

A Blah but not bad kind of day...
So today I was thinking...that itself on a blah day is a scary thought and I was craving chocolate so instead of thinking I ate chocolate, in fact 1/2 a chocolate bunny, not THAT bad I guess but since I didn't want to eat chocolate this week I failed...oh well! I have been exercising my butt off 5 days a week, seemingly to me not making ANY difference another blah to my day!!(mmm could the chocolate be the problem..LOL) Then I got thinking about this Winnie the Pooh singing teddy bear that my kids had when they were little and the song that it sang fit my mood perfectly today...here are the words
Up Down, Up Down
Puts me in the mood
Up Down touch the ground
In the mood toot toot for food
I am stout, round and speaking poundage wise
I improve my appetite when I exercise!!

So my blah kind of day improved slightly with the chocolate(not at all an emotional eater, eh?) and who knows how the day will end, tomorrow is another day:)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Hey. This is Conrad, yes Louise's husband. So today I made a stupid comment about not taking those personality tests because its wastes too much valuable time. Just as well to say - don't you have something better to do like...cleaning. YIKES! So to her credit there was no retaliatory action. She left me to quietly realize this comment was not good. I shouldn't have said it. Not because I care about or believe in the tests but because I belittled something that was important to her and her interaction with all of you.I apologize. You guys are great. Thanks for supporting my wife with your wonderful comments. She really is deserving of ALL of them.By the way, it says I'm an INFJ.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

PERSONALITY TEST.....


You Are An ENFJ


The Giver
You strive to maintain harmony in relationships, and usually succeed.
Articulate and enthusiastic, you are good at making personal connections.
Sometimes you idealize relationships too much - and end up being let down.
You find the most energy and comfort in social situations ... where you shine.
You would make a good writer, human resources director, or psychologist.

click here to do the test..What's Your Personality Type?
mmm...interesting

Monday, April 09, 2007

Perspective....
Sometimes it feels as though life travels forward for a bit and then backwards and then forwards and then backwards...well you get it! Anyway and then you get a "glimpse" of the impact and difference that you are making and WOW is that humbling. I am striving to be the best that I can be in every area of my life and I come up short a whole lot but I keep moving forward. Today I got an email from a very special person in my life...you see it started out by this email that you forward to all your friends where they are supposed to send it back to you using ONE word to describe who you are as a person...well this is one response I got back, I am touched and moved and teary eyed at the love......THANKS my special someone for touching my life in a way that you cannot even fathom!! In life you never know how the words you share with someone can brighten up that moment in time!!!I am sharing this not to 'toot' my own horn but to share the "glimpse" of hope that I saw...here is the excerpt... ( ) are my added comments
Fire is a good explanation for you because you are hot. Really…I think you are the most beautiful person out there.(okay THAT might be a stretch, I didn't pay her to say that..LOL) And you are on Fire for God. It’s great to see so much joy come from one person. Actually, I would have to say that you are just on Fire about your whole entire life. Your kid’s, God, your husband, your family and friends. You always go way out of your way for every one. God Bless you.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

HAPPY EASTER to my Friends, Family and fellow bloggers!!
God Bless you today and ALWAYS IN ALL WAYS!!

HE HAS RISEN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

EASTER so far....
Me and the kids had a FABULOUS time at my in-laws!! They are such warm and welcoming people and I am so blessed that I have in-laws that defy the stereotype....I love them to pieces!!
The kids had so much fun searching for their Easter baskets filled with all sorts of goodies and yes I got a basket too.....filled with way too much tempting yummy chocolate!! YIKES!!
We really missed my hubby though, who has to work ALL weekend, crazy canuck!! Well babe, we miss you, we love you and we'll save you some chocolate...lol!!
Tomorrow is another day with many more Easter adventures to uncover at my parent's place.
I am looking forward to a fabulous Easter service at church that will remind us all of the reason we celebrate at this time of year!! The greatest gift of ALL!!!
Just a few pics of our fun times!!

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

As you may have noticed...
I changed my title...Why? well I found the same title elsewhere so I thought I'd think of something different so why not put my current goal down so that everyday it can remind me of what I need to accomplish. I want my life to be a shining light to those around me, get people to laugh and smile and most importantly see God through my actions, that's the living out loud part and well the trying to be quiet part is just that, I realise I suffer from foot in the mouth disease I say things without thinking and then later recognize how hurt full that could have been to someone SO I am trying to listen more and talk less!!!
The Girl with the PINK hair....
Yes that is Kez and yes that is semi-permanent....she has been begging and begging for a year to get pink streaks in her hair and today was the day!! Dad approved and off we went to Hair by Kyle...he did a FABULOUS job, Kez was patient and did wonderfully. First the sections were bleached and then the pink added and this is the result!! I love it, she is such a cutey and oh is that a bit of attitude I see coming with it?? Yes I gave her the whole talk about where beauty comes from and if the inside isn't beautiful the outside won't be either but man I think she is CUTE!! and look at the cut...oh to be 5 with cute hair!! LOL
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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

A random thought today.......
My baby will be in school fulltime in the fall so what is the expectation here...back to work? stay at home? have a perfectly clean house? laundry always caught up? fantastic supper on the table every night? WOW....kinda overwhelming for me, not only has this stage of my life gone by so fast but now what do I do with the next phase?? I really want to be here for my kids so I think going back to work is out of the question right now and Conrad is very encouraging of that. As for the whole clean house thing I pray that I get better at that, I'm not too messy of a person but I know that I can definitely improve in that department. Where did the time go, when did my kids grow up?? During the toddler years( yes when they were all toddlers at the same time) the days didn't go by fast enough and now standing at this end of the tunnel looking back I say to myself ' where did the time go?' I always hated it when mothers told me 'cherish the time it flies by' man that drove me absolutely nutts and now I find myself as one of those annoying mothers saying the same thing to mothers with young children... SO what is next? I don't know, I just pray that I can raise my kids to become great adults, adults who love the Lord and enjoy life and I guess that is my answer...I'll do my best at this end so when I stand at the end of the "next tunnel" looking back at this time in my life I won't regret spending more time with my kids and wishing I had taught them at those teachable moments. I guess I have another 6 months to deal with the feelings of sending my baby off to grade 1, I just pray when the day comes I am ready.....each stage of letting go only a taste of the eventual letting go in adulthood!!
WORDLESS WEDNESDAY.....



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Monday, April 02, 2007

Vanessa (who tagged Sognatrice) then continued the meme party by listing 5 things about herself, and like Sognatrice, and Cherrye, Erin too, I like to talk about ME. So, I'll continue the game with the same rules!

Five things about me connected to the 5 senses:

1. TASTE - sweet, sweet and more sweet like ummmm chocolate but it has to be accompanied with a LARGE glass of milk, and especially during the Easter season Cadbury Cream Eggs!!

2. SIGHT(ISH)- I love pictures, taking them and looking at them, I love scenery and happy faces I guess thats why I love scrapbooking so much!! If only I had the talent in interior decorating....ah I'll just out source that to Erin...lol

3. TOUCH - on a whole I love hugs and I tend to touch the person I am talking too and I do have to catch myself b/c not everyone is comfortable with that, I love cuddling with my kids and my hubby and even sitting close to my friends on the couch...lol. I guess I never really realized it but I am a really touchy person!

4.HEARING - Music, definitely a must in my life in times of happiness, sadness, lonliness and praise, music is always a good medicine!! also the sound of my girly snoring oh so softly beside me on the floor....yes she still sleeps in our room!!!!

5. SMELL - I love those moments where you smell something and it takes you back to a specific memory in time and you just want to savour those moments!! I LOVE the smell of fresh coffee brewing, fresh bread, my hubby's cologne and last but not least skunk, yes you read that right crazy me likes skunk, not BO skunk but real skunk....LOL way too much info eh??? (see clarifying comments in the comment section..)
THE FASHION SHOW!!!
What a great time! Even among all the nerves it was a great experience! The show was a success, there were over 2000 people that came to see the show a lot of great comments and reviews on the show, people now interested in coming to church or receiving more info on church... PRAISE THE LORD!! I feel so privileged to have been able to be a part of such an amazing outreach!! Thanks everyone for your prayers and support, I SO appreciate it!!
Below are a few of the behind the scenes photos of the models and a few shots of the amazing decorations that each hostess put on their individual tables, there were some amazing tables! I am so thankfull for my church and for the the amazing experience this was for me stepping way out of my comfort zone. It was great meeting a bunch of new people and making the "big" church feel small!!


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