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Friday, September 28, 2007

A day in my life.....Newspaper Article, Crazy Friends, Puppy on the mend and a prayer for my daddy...........


I guess the title says it all. I made it into the local newspaper with a little article about the upcoming show No Opportunity Wasted, my family is so excited and its a great article they did a good job. After reading the CBC advertisement on our episode I had a good chuckle it reads as follows:


Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 8:30 p.m.Eps 1: Fear of HeightsOn Canada's costal mountains, two challengers face their fear of heights - a fear that has kept them grounded their entire lives. For a Winnipeg homemaker, confronting her fear could save her marriage. For a Vancouver firefighter, battling his fear of heights is a matter of life and death. Location: Vancouver, BC; Squamish, BC; Pemberton, BC


Kinda funny I didn't know my marriage needed saving, alas now I know how Brittany feels!! LOL ....okay you have to admit that WAS funny!


Anyway and then yesterday I also had to take my dog for two operations, one a neuter and the other to repair a hernia on his tummy so now he is laying around and taking it easy, he was up at 4 am crying I took him out and then he slept at my feet for the rest of the night, who would have thought I of all people would have adjusted to life with a dog so easily since I have never been a 'pet in the house' kind of person. But I love Rexy now, he is part of the family!!





A small tribute to my crazy friends, the ones I am doing the weight loss thing with(6 down so far..YAHOO)...well we got a tad sidetracked yesterday and since all our hubbies were either working or out of town while the kids were asleep we had a snack attack.....thank goodness weigh in is 5days away, we have to have a cheat day every now and then...(oh that's right we already had one on Wednesday)..oh well today is a new day! thanks girls for keeping me company....love you bunches!!

Last but definitely NOT least my daddy hasn't been feeling well lately and he needs our prayers so all of you who know me and even those of you who don't, can you say a prayer for my dad today, he needs his health and peace of mind that all will be okay!! THANKS I love my daddy SO much and I am such a daddy's girl he has always been such a strong pillar to me and it hurts to hear and see him under the weather!!! Thanks again for your prayers!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

LIFE , MARRIAGE , LOVE and FAMILY
What a privilege it is to walk this earth everyday no matter what the circumstance or whatever is pushing on us. Each day is such a gift it is an opportunity to say ' look Lord I am yours, use me, mold me and shape me into more of what YOU want me to be'. When 'the flesh' cries out to be heard and to hurt it is sometimes tough to stop and say NO, Holy Spirit take what I have right now and help me to move past it.
I love my life, the things I am able to do like still being a stay at home mom when all the kids are in school, I consider myself so blessed and I am thankful for that everyday. I believe in PURPOSE I believe in us all being here for a reason whatever you may call it ,fate, 'the secret', God's divine plan, we are all called to be something for someone, whether it is a smile to someone who might need it, a hug to a hurting friend, a prayer sent out for someone.... we are all called. Why am I writing about this I don't exactly know but I what I do know is that we are ALL loved no matter what circumstance we are facing and the one who loves us the most is just waiting to pour that love out and for us to receive it!!


I want to say thank you to all my friends who have been SO encouraging to me during my nervous moments ,those who have offered a hug and a smile and for those who have prayed!! THANK YOU, you are loved and even though I may not always share that openly I am thankful for all of you and all the unique things you bring to my life!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007








A tradition...




Every year for the kid's birthdays they get to have a day off of school and do whatever they want, Kezy decided she wanted to go for lunch and shopping and a manicure. Well the lunch and shopping happened but the manicure didn't (note to self, book ahead of time). We had fun chatting over lunch and buying her new boots, she is so fun. After that we headed home and the time was only 1:30pm so she says 'mommy would you be sad if I wanted to go to school?' I said ' nope its your birthday that means you decide and if that is what you really want I'll drop you off.' Sure enough that is what she really wanted so I dropped her off and she was so excited to go, either she LOVES school or mommy isn't that exciting to hang out with, I hope its the first one!!(she just told me she LOVES school and LOVES mommy...phew...lol) She also wanted to be a big girl and walk home from school so she did and the last pics are her home from school!!


I had fun with my baby...Happy Birthday Toots!! Love you big huge much!!






Monday, September 24, 2007

SEPTEMBER 25th , 2001

An incredibly special day in our lives our baby girl Keziah was born!! We are so blessed to have her in our lives. She adds so much joy and life to our family!! We love the twinkle in her eyes, her beautiful smile, her kind and loving nature, her hugs and yes even her drama!! She makes us laugh and smile!! She is such a great kid and we are so thankful to have her in our lives!

We love you Kezewawa, we pray that as you grow you follow your dreams, that you live life to the fullest and become all you were created to be!! You are so special to us don't ever forget that !!
Love your family!!






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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Here's a meme that I thought looked fun and I was bored, so I did it. I think I found it over at ERIN's BLOG

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) LAURA MONTANA..oh yeah look out here I come...LOL!

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP....a tad of a tongue twister doesn't sound too gangsta!!

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) LHOE.mmmm something about a HOE??? LOL

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) BLUEDOG

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) SHARON STEINBACH coming to Young and the Restless....mmm maybe Victor's new wife...LOL

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) HOE-LO

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) THE RED CHOCOLATE MILK...a doesn't sound too intimidating!!

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) ABRAHAM FRANZ....ahhh yeah.

9. STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy) THE HOTCOUTURE PEANUTBUTTER CUP......ah yeah funny

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) no middle names mother's maiden name with my middle name....SCHROEDER SHARON

11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) LOEWEN LONDON

12. SPY NAME/BOND GIRL: (your favorite season/holiday, flower) CHRISTMAS GERBERA......LOL look out Bond here I come!!!

13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”) STRAWBERRIE TANKY

14. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree) BACON APPLE

15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”) THE SCRAPBOOKING SNOW TOUR

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

'DO YOU TRUST ME ENOUGH TO DO IT MY WAY......'

Huge statement for someone who suffers from chronic 'do it my own way' syndrome. I have been struck by this phrase over and over again this week and last. God has been working asking me over and over 'Louise do you TRUST me enough to do it MY way'.....why is it that by human nature I want to take everything under my own control and try to do it all on my own and then only when I fail I ask for help. I have been asking God to mold me and shape me into what He wants me to be and first and foremost USE me...I have had amazing experiences this past year that show me that I am being used and then I try to grab hold of the horns and 'take over' from God, like who am I kidding right? Over and over and I am reminded that I need to trust and rely in Him for He knows the path that I am on better than anyone and knows me better than I know myself and I need to let go and trust, trust Him that his grace is sufficient ,trust Him that all things work together for the good of those who love him and believe that He is enough no matter what the circumstance, the challenge or the trial. When I am nervous and try to pre-organize things in my head as to what to say, how to act, (what to wear..how silly I know) I will have to choose to trust and believe that I will make the right choice and that God will give me the words to speak in the moment.

Why am I bringing this all up...well as many of you know I am part of the new series (Episode 1 )of No Opportunity Wasted on CBC and I have interviews coming up and well I am SCARED, NERVOUS and terrified of this whole experience, the show has been filmed, edited and ready to air and I know that I have no control over what parts they choose to air and how I will be portrayed but it is huge vulnerability not only because that experience caused so many emotions to flow in me (yes MANY tears)and it will be there for all of Canada to see but I am not exactly your 'typical' TV person with full hair and makeup done, and I know it is stupid to worry about that but man am I nervous., I pray that people can look beyond what they see and understand the heart of this episode and be inspired by my experience and go out and try new things ... So far I have one interview scheduled and I don't know if others will come but again through all this I hear the still small voice echoing inside me saying 'Louise do you trust me?' and I choose to say a resounding YES...do I 'feel' it..no.. not yet but it will come, I have to believe it will.....SO that's it right there...TRUST..smallish word HUGE impact!!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Conrad's climbing partner sent him some new pics of their trip...

Here is my FAVORITE!!! That's my babe!




Friday, September 14, 2007

Found this while roaming online.....

Aug 29 2007
Upcoming series: No Opportunity Wasted, CBC, Oct. 3Posted by: Diane in No Opportunity Wasted
From a media release:


What would you do if you had 72 hours to change your life? Canadians seize the moment in Phil Keoghan’s NO OPPORTUNITY WASTED premiering Oct. 3 at 8:30 p.m. on CBC-TV

A Winnipeg housewife and a veteran firefighter confront their terror of heights by repelling down the world’s second largest granite rock face. After surviving a vicious shark attack that made international headlines, a Vancouver man faces his worst fears by diving into shark-infested water. A mother travels to Africa to fulfil her daughter’s dying wish. These challengers from across Canada share a common goal: to think big, get past procrastination, ditch the excuses and live life NOW. Hand-picked from more than 7,000 applicants, their dramatic and emotional transformations unfold on NO OPPORTUNITY WASTED (NOW), premiering Wednesday, October 3 at 8:30 p.m. on CBC Television.
In each episode, Kirkby ambushes two unsuspecting applicants and asks them to take on a NOW challenge. With their schedules cleared and all excuses eliminated, the challengers, total strangers with a common goal, must work step-by-step to accomplish a series of time targets that will push them to the extreme and help them complete their ultimate challenge.

(my stomach just did a flip....EEEEEEEEK!!!, can't wait to see it!)

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Instead of venting...

I choose to be thankful

>for health

>for great friends who give the best hugs and who listen no matter how many times I repeat myself

>for a God who loves us unconditionally no matter how much we screw up

>for awesome kids who have their own quirks and giftings

>for a husband who survived unbelievable odds

>for a house

>for food in my fridge

>for being able to feel, be it happiness, sadness, loneliness, love, tiredness and JOY

>for so many incredible experiences in my life

>for walmart who had jeans today for my boy who cried all morning because none of his jeans fit....ah the finer things in life...lol

>for ears to hear even though it is whining or crying but also many good things too like "I love you mom, just the way you are"....thanks Noah

>for the place I live with four seasons...even though they come too early sometimes!!!
There is SOOOOOO much more this can't even be the tip of the iceberg so to speak!!


So yeah, even though everything in me wanted to lash out in venting my frustrations I thought this might be less hurtfull to myself and make me also realise how truly blessed I am!!!

God is GOOD!


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

SO I was thinking....
My posts have all been a bit emotional lately so I thought I'd do something random and see WHO exactly is out there and WHO reads this bloggy thing that is bits and pieces of my life SOOOOOOO if you read this PLEASE comment!!

Here is how you do that, click below this post on the THOUGHTS FOR LOUISE section type your message and click on send it anonymous...if you do this put your name below your comment so i know who you are OR if you really want to be anonymous then be anonymous. Just thought this would be neat since it says lots of people read it and ohhh only about 8 people comment!!
So if you are out there I'd love to hear from you!!
Thanks for reading and have a great day!!!

Monday, September 10, 2007


Pictures of Conrad and Keith's Adventure.....the day of the story below!!!

Sunday, September 09, 2007


Look who is sitting in my living room safe and sound!!!

Conrad was able to get an early flight out this morning and arrived at church this morning to surprise the kids after Sunday school, we then had lunch with friends and as Conrad was relating his ordeal and his voice quivered I had a hard time keeping it together. In the face of adversity it seems I am almost cold and get into command mode and get things done but as he was physically there sharing with us all it was hard to see him vulnerable and full of emotion. I am SO thankful he is back healthy and safe. The story is truly amazing. a miracle story something out of a book. There was divine leading and protection and I am so happy that I serve an awesome God who cares!!


I'll keep my man close as long as I can!!

Saturday, September 08, 2007


Prayers DO get answered....

Last night around 10pm I got a phone call from my hubby..since he is out in Banff climbing mountains I was happy to get his call. He sounded a tad emotional on the other end of the line and I asked him 'did you have a great time?' his answer was ' your husband is alive and that almost didn't happen.' Naturally my response was WHAT??? Going back a bit yesterday morning before the kids left for school I said to them while eating breakfast 'we should pray for daddy and pray for protection and safety as he climbs the mountain today' so we did and off the kids went to school. I didn't think much about it until he called me....he wasn't able to share much with me last night because the emotions were so raw and he couldn't speak but he called back this morning and was able to talk here is a bit of what happened......


They were climbing Mt.Temple when a freak snow storm hit near the summit the visibility was low and the mountain got covered quickly in 3 inches of snow....there are MANY drop offs and cliffs on this trek SO with the visibility low and the trail covered they were slowly making their way down when Keith, Conrad's climbing buddy fell of a 30ft cliff, Conrad called to him below and he responded but now how was Conrad going to get down, he called down to Keith telling him that he'd go back up and look for another route...as he was doing this Keith was doing his own looking around and looked up to where Conrad would be and saw a 1000ft drop he started yelling to Conrad and Conrad couldn't hear him, Conrad was trying to yell for Keith and Keith couldn't hear him. Conrad ended up missing the cliff and coming back down to where Keith was but yelled for Keith and there was no response as Keith had moved on, at this point Conrad thought Keith was dead, he said 'okay God its just me and you'. (during this whole time the visibility is still low and snow still falling) Conrad set out alone to find the way down as he went he rounded a corner and saw Keith, he describes that moment as one where all the emotions you could think of came out, ( Conrad was incredibly emotional sharing this) so they continued slowly down the mountain....this trek took them a total of 10hours. Conrad also told me they took lots of video and pictures on the way up but on the way down he didn't take any he explained in his words that ' if I would have taken any video it would've only been to say goodbye'....(tears)....for any of you that know Conrad he is ALWAYS positive a tornado could be going through our neighborhood and he'd say ' oh its no big deal, we'll be fine' so to hear him this raw with emotion I know its a big deal not something small. I asked him if this brought back memories of all his other climbing adventures(because there were MANY including ones with falling) and he said "nope we have BOTH NEVER experienced something like this before. Sounds like a bad scene out of a movie!!!

I am thrilled to say he is safe and sound and enjoying the hot springs today. I am sure that he will share the complete story when he gets home tomorrow...that above was the bits and pieces he was able to get out.

I am blessed and thankful for answered prayer, for protection and safety and a God who cares!!!

I can't wait to wrap my arms around my man and tell him how much I love him!!!

Friday, September 07, 2007


Getting used to this....

So today I've gone shopping for most of the day by my lonesome..

groceries - check

new jeans - check

more dog food( i guess they do eat...getting used to all this) - check

Tims coffee- check

Booster Juice for lunch - check

4 birthday gifts - check


I could freely run in and out of stores and spend as much time as I wanted and I still got home in time to clean all my bathrooms and my kitchen. SWEET!!


Love it, this whole kids in school fulltime business is something I may not have trouble getting used to!!


I am making a list of ALL the things I want to get accomplished in my house and who knows by next summer I may be done...LOL!


Have a great weekend everyone!!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The First day of school.......
all went well today the kids went off for their first day with big smiles and actually excited to start the new school year. Kez was so brave such a trooper...gave me a hug and said 'bye mommy'....and thus began my momentary freedom..no kids from 9-4 what to do??? well here is the exciting, thrilling and absolutely exhillerating part ......hang on here it comes.....I went to a weight loss meeting..yup you read that right!! how exciting is that?? LOL I went and got weighed and well if that wasn't enough to brighten my day I at least shared it with friends(not my weight, the time)...I guess after six years of carrying around this 'baby weight' I really don't have an excuse that I still have a baby...she is in GRADE ONE afterall!! SO as many times as I have started and failed miserably I don't know that this will be any different but I will put my best foot forward and at least give it a good go at it.....so yeah that was that...then us girls(who all got weighed in) went for breakfast and a bit of shopping, got home and the girls came over and THAT was my day..it was great to just be able to go and not worry about coming home by 1pm or bringing kids. (no cleaning or laundry or organizing got done in the making of this day...there is always tomorrow...I hear a gasp coming from my mom and mother in law...heehee)

The best part of all was that the kids had a FANTASTIC day they all had a great time and that IS an answer to prayer!!

Hope all you moms out there had a great first day back to the schedule...enjoy your evening!! Hugs to you all!
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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

WOW am I glad this day is almost done....




Just one of those days when SO much was to be accomplished but YEAH it all got done!!
Got the dog to his first grooming in one city,

bought school groceries,

got Ezra new glasses in another city since his broke but alas they are only ready in a week and school starts tomorrow,

got Kez and Noah's hair done back at home,

went to meet the teacher...and now a moment of peace before bed....

BUT tomorrow is a big day.. HUGE in fact SO big that I have been waiting for it for 5 years...not waiting as not enjoying my life where I was at.... but just at the back of my mind knowing this day was coming and now that I am on the eve of the big day of EVERYTONE going to school there are mixed emotions, Noah wanted to fall asleep with my blanket..nervous I guess, Ezra kept on coming into the kitchen as an excuse for something...nervous I guess and Kez...well she feel asleep wanting to wear her new "first day of school" clothes. And here I sit knowing that tomorrow all my kids will be in school all day...no more driving at noon for Kez, she has to be there all day, eat lunch play outside with the big kids at recess and be okay without mom all day, I have no doubt she'll be fine...she is such a trooper, her biggest fear is that she'll get too hungry before lunch!!

Today we got to go meet the teachers and bring in all their school supplies and tomorrow is the big day.

As for me I still have Rex at home to keep me company although I am not too worried about needing company for now, I just hope and pray the kids enjoy school and make good friends and are happy and I'll enjoy some much needed alone time after 9 years of having kids around most of the time!





Here are some pics I took of the kids tonight....

















Noah sleeping with Rex(nice curled up ear Rex) AND my blanket(yes its a beautiful pink and I've been sleeping with it since I was about his age)...what a sweetheart! for all of you out there worried about my dog training abilities Rex does get kenneled at night...lol!