Thursday, February 28, 2008

Angry Nature or Helpful Heart.....

Yesterday I went out to Superstore to pick up a 'few' things and well the few never end up being a few and I had used one of those baskets to carry throughout the store and well it was getting quite heavy, so when I got to the checkout line I set the basket down and pushed it up slowly as the next person in line was being served. I was totally minding my own business and in my own thought world when an angry lady behind me sneered and said "pick it up already" and not in the nicest form either. I was shocked I turned around to look at her and she glared at me, I was speechless and caught off guard...and as I went through and paid and packed my stuff I kept on thinking 'what the heck is her problem, man I feel sorry for her family, what a jerk' etc not exactly the nicest thoughts and then as I was leaving and still feeling put off by this lady I prayed for her(in my head),prayed that something or someone would bless her today so she could leave her angry world for a moment and find some kind of joy in her life. (Even though I 'felt' like doing something else..grrr).I know, I know broad statement as to say that assuming from the comments she made she has nothing to be joyful about in her life. But my goodness if she has no problem treating a complete stranger like that how does she treat the ones she loves. Isn't it true that we so often treat strangers in our lives better at times then our own families?
so I went home and forgot about the whole incident till this morning...

I wake up and go into the kitchen to find Keziah making lunches for her and her brothers the only thing she needed help with was the sandwiches, then she set the table for breakfast and got all the ski pants and jackets and boots and mitts lined up so they were ready to go when it was time to leave for school....WOW this again caught me off guard. She wanted to serve the ones she loved and did it with a great attitude and kept on asking me if there was anything else she could do....okay you might be thinking what does this girl want? nothing ...her kind and loving nature is shining through her to the ones she loves. Is it always like this? no but I am thankful when I see this happening.

Her attitude and her giving nature today is what I strive to be more like everyday.

What a difference these two pictures are to me, one with an attitude so harsh and hurtful and the other thinking about the other instead of self. I know I can easily fall into the first picture but Lord I want to be the second picture to all around me!!
Thanks Kez for making my morning so bright!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Almost Half Way....

Okay so for Lent (which runs from Ash Wednesday to Easter) I gave up chocolate and well ALL other sweets too....yup candy, cookies, cake, pie, ice cream,bars...well quite frankly the list could go on and I'd just end up with a keyboard full of drool so I best quit, you get the idea.

I didn't do it to follow some religious idea or concept but rather to give up something important to me so that my focus may be where it needs to be, on my Saviour!!

Anyway today is day 21 with 24 days to go(till Good Friday), in all actuality to give something up for lent you are 'allowed' to have what you gave up on Sundays only making it only 40days BUT I decided to go the full 46 days without.

Let me tell you t
here have been days when it has been easy and then there have been days were I have SUCH a craving that the only thing I can do is pray. For the first week I replaced all the sweets I would have had with something salty only making my desire for something sweet even stronger so now I just don't have anything.

I do feel that this has been a good thing for me so far. I don't know what it is like to give up an 'addiction' but this must be a sliver of what it feels like. It's not that I would eat sweets all day long but I would have at least some chocolate chips or a cookie each day and well other days yes more.
I haven't made cookies for my kids because my temptation is the dough not the actual cookie itself...mmm dough...snap out of it... Well yes as I was saying it has been good to shift my focus, I have given up something that is important to me in order to focus on something that should have my focus.

What I have given up is SO small compared to the sacrifice that was given for me that day on the cross and that is what I have to keep remembering.

Last night I guess you could say I was suffering from a common female condition called PMS and well you know woman+ PMS=chocolate...and well I guess I didn't have the best attitude and I may have been complaining a bit and then Ezra says to me " Just give up mom, just stop it and have some chocolate already..." I did chuckle at that and then I explained to him why it is important for me to continue this, I put it to him in his terms saying ' could you give up just one week of computer without complaining?' well he did not like that...and I gently told him when something has so much control over you that just the thought of giving it up causes tears then maybe it is something to consider giving up at least for some time to change the focus and attention of that 'thing' whatever it is. It has been a good opportunity to share with the kids even though Kezy loves to wave things in my face and say ' ha ha mommy you can't have this'...oh yes what a sweet child I have compassionate!!

Well all that
being said I am almost half way there, I think I can do this!! One thing I know I will enjoy Easter eggs with a whole new meaning this year...mmmmm
m ..can't wait!!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Found this over at Wanda's I go.
"SCATTERGORIES" ...It's harder than it looks! Copy and paste into your blog and try it!
**Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following --they have to be real places, names, things ...nothing made up! You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question.

What is your name...........................Louise
4 Letter word....................................Love
Boy Name...........................................Leon
Girl Name...........................................Lucy
Alcoholic Drink...................................Long Island Iced Tea
Something you wear..........................Long Johns
Celebrity..............................................Lucy Liu
Something found in a bathroom........Laundry
Reason for being late...........................Laziness
Cartoon Character..............................Luann
Something you shout..........................Leggo My eggo
Body part..............................................Legs
Word to describe you...........................Luscious

That was fun....hope you enjoyed!!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

High School Musical on Ice.....
What a great night, I took Keziah, Avery and Eilish for a night out to see this event. It was great they had awesome skaters and it was really well done, the first half was High School Musical and the second half was High School Musical 2. The girls were all singing along actually belting out the words to their favorite songs. I loved seeing the excitement and anticipation on their was worth every penny.

As I sat there I thought back to when I was a kid and if only Jem and the Holograms(anyone out there love them as much as I did) had made an ice tour or even a concert tour I am sure I would have convinced my mom to take me so I could sing along to every song(there's magic in the mountains tonight up above the crescent moon is gleaming bright can't recall ever feeling so right, love is here.....(why exactly do I remember this again?) and have my heart swell....okay Louise not about you here...

Anyway the night was great there was a part in there where Troy(the main guy) is getting a makeover and he bares his chest... to this all the little girls gasped and all the moms in the audience were cheering .......ah yes the real reason all the mommies came...too funny..Kezy leans over to me and says 'that wasn't in the movie'...oh just gotta love the little girls and remembering every detail. She was disappointed when there were 'new' songs they made just for the ice show because she didn't know the words. Anyway great night and loved spending it with my girl and of course Aves and Eilish!

Here is my girlie belting out the words to her favorite song...ah one brief moment in my lifetime of memories I want to keep, my little girl sitting beside me so happy without a care in the world enjoying life to the fullest.....really does it get any better than that??

On the mend....
I've had a crazy week but it was mostly fun.
On Monday we went to my folks for the day, it was great hangin out with my famiy having coffee and chatting and laughing as usual.
Tuesday I hosted a spa party at my house about eight of us getting pampered and enjoying chocolate fondue and other treats.
On Wednesday a great friend of mine came over for a sleepover with her two kids, we hadn't seen each other in months and had a great time catching up hopefully we'll do that again soon. Then Thursday night another friend of mine came over for the evening and we had a great visit. That night we also had FIVE extra kids for the night so that would make it EIGHT yup EIGHT kids in the house for the night and to play the next day...NOT a great time to get sick. WELL sick I was I got a NASTY flu and was awake all night from Thurs/Fri, I wouldn't wish that on anyone. I cannot stand puking there are so many other things I would rather have happen than that....ICK...anyway. Thank the Lord for my hubby who stayed at home all day Friday to work from home and to supervise the lot of children that were here. I managed to get some rest throughout all the noise.
I did manage to get out of the house Friday night and go watch a chick flick with my friend Leesh the movie was Becoming Jane all about the life of Jane those types of movies. It was a great movie an ending that wasn't the greatest but good none the less.
Now Saturday I am feeling much better still a tad on the weak side but better none the less.
Tonight I am taking Kezy and two friends to see High School Musical on Ice she has been counting down the sleeps to this event, it should be exciting. I am hoping to take some pictures, if I do stay tuned tomorrow for all the details!
Hope everyone is well at your homes!!
Have a great weekend!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Okay so Conrad and I have been looking for this darn thing the Nintendo Wii for the kids you see it is a great game console that actually has "active" games where you have to provide the movements for bowling, golf, tennis. boxing etc. AND you can buy games like Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution that us adults enjoy as well. We can't find this thing anywhere, Toys R Us had 20 at each store available first thing this morning and I called at 10;30am and they were sold out yeah I guess calling wasn't smart but who wants to drive out there in freezing rain and slippery roads. My goal is to get this thing by May16th (Ezra's birthday) will I find it???? On e-bay it is way over priced, why in the world are they holding these things back and making it difficult for us people to find. Grrrrr anyway if anyone hears of them coming available anytime soon let me know!! Thanks..
Here is a video of a genius kid who has mastered Guitar hero at the age of 12 my eyes don't even move that fast let alone my hands lining up..yikers!!

Friday, February 15, 2008

A great day....
I love Valentines Day I know to some it is just another day and it is so overdone and we shouldn't have to have a holiday like this show our love, I get all that but at the same time I think it is a great day to show everyone around us how much we love and care about them.....ANYWAY..
The day started out with coffee with great friends, conversation is always good and the time truly flies by too quickly.
In the afternoon I took Rex(our dog) to the school to be shown for 'show and tell' my kids classes and then I had a bit of time to go see Erin while she is painting her new digs...great stuff, can't believe she has done it all on her own!!! Great job Erin!
AND then in the evening for supper my family enjoyed our heart shaped pizzas from the local store here in town....mmm good. We had a great evening together.
After the kids were tucked into bed instead of actually getting to our movie we ended up just cuddling on the couch watching our Thursday night line up of Survivor, LOST and Lipstick was good none the less I will watch the movie with a girlfriend tomorrow night.

I just had to add this to brag on my honey a bit, he went out shopping on his own and bought me a gift and most importantly his little girl a gift, he went and picked out incredibly cute pink camoflauge pants with sparkles on the front(which she is wearing in the pic) and even got her size right!! and then he bought her a rose, he wants her to know that her daddy will always be there to shower love, affection and gifts on her so she doesn't need to find a boy to do that for her(right now anyway, someday forsure although I am sure he'd like her to wait till she is at least 30...LOL)...what a sweetheart!! I love my man SO much and wouldn't trade him for anything. I got a DVD and an external hardrive, yes ladies I know what you are all romantic is that?? well it is because now I can store ALL my millions(okay maybe not that much) of pictures and music on one source and not have to worry about my computer crashing and loosing all that stuff!! YEAH!
I hope you all had a wonderful day!!
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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day!!!

Tonight I will spend the evening having family time eating HEART shaped pizzas and ketchup chips(healthy I know) and after the kids are tucked safely in bed Conrad and I will be putting in the chick flick NO RESERVATIONS(which I got from Jackie as a Valentines day gift..thanks dear) and have a romantic evening to ourselves!! Looking forward to it!
Hope everyone has a great day!
HUGS to you all!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Pushed out of Comfort and Into Peace...
I have been doing a Bible study with two other ladies and it is causing me to really stretch in my thinking and in my actions. I feel as though I am in a place of stretching again and with the gentle nudges and pushing out of my comfort zone I am finding more and more peace. Through the group study and the individual study I am learning more what it means to be all I can be in and through God's work and hand in my life. I am learning to question my motives and see whether or not I am doing what I am doing to please man or God (Galatians 1:10)I am learning what it is to be quiet with out the noise of the everyday world around me including the tv and computer and spending more of the quiet with God. I am learning more of what it is to listen, to truly listen to Him guiding and directing me in my everyday life and how much He truly cares about the small and insignificant things...and then realising how much more does He care about the big things?! I get all 'aflutter' inside when I anticipate the things to come, the growing, learning and stretching that is yet to take place and yet I know that with each stretch even if it leaves a mark I am growing and changing and becoming more of myself in HIM! Exciting stuff!!
One last thought that brings me so much joy and peace: If the Lord cares enough to know the number of the hairs on my head how much more does He care about me discovering the promises in Him and becoming all He wants me to be!!
Jeremiah 29:11-14 always one of my faves!!!
Message translation - "I know what I am doing. I have it all planned out- plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen. When you come looking for me, you'll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed." God's Decree

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sunday, February 10, 2008

What is there to do???
When it is -45 and the snow is blowing what is there to do? Well on Saturday Noah and Kez learned how to knit, Aunty Candy taught Kez at Christmas time and so Kez needed a bit of a refresher and today Noah learnt for the first time. Surprisingly enough they both enjoyed it a lot. It is much easier to knit with the bigger needles as Noah found out but he didn't give up, he only started over about 3 times but continued on, I am going to get him bigger needles and better yarn. They both worked on Kezy's pink scarf and then I finished it off. What fun, I never thought I would enjoy something like knitting but it is relaxing, it is tough trying to read a book and knit at the same time but when the book is good there is always a way to make it work.
I had a great time teaching the kids and hopefully when Noah gets his bigger needles and thicker yarn he'll be able to knit his own scarf.
But for now here are some pics of the fun!

Kezy working on her scarf.

Noah working on his project, didn't get very far but hey he's learning.



The finished product!!!

In the evening we had Candy and Sheldon over and I attempted to make my favorite drink from Cuba -sponge coffee aka Spanish coffee~!
It turned out....I will have to do this more often when company comes are some shots!
In case you wanna try it out here is what you need:
-Kahluha or Brandy pour it into the bottom of the glass
-froth up some warm milk and scoop it on top of the Kahluha carefully so not to mix
-then take a spoon and position it on the edge of the frothed milk layer and pour hot coffee slowly to create the middle layer
-finish is off with some cocoa sprinkles and ALL DONE
- there is it ENJOY!! It is a yummy nightcap, or if you have a sore throat or are feeling under the weather it is a great warm drink!!(you may want to stir it otherwise it is very strong when you reach the bottom)
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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Fabulous Girls Weekend.....

I think I have caught up on my missed sleep and now I finally will share a bit about the weekend. We had a great time at Wilderness Edge in Pinawa there was about 20 of us this year, the numbers seem to go up every year. This is the 4th or 5th year we have been doing this and it is always such a blast. Everyone does there own thing, people stay up till all hours of the night reading or chatting and it is so relaxed, there are meals provided so there is NO cooking which is always such a bonus!! I shared a room with some great gals and we ended up going to bed at about 2:30 each night. It is neat getting to know everyone on a personal level.

I also was able to go for a nice walk on my own and enjoy the winter air and scenery. Even though it is so bitterly cold the beauty is still all around. I had a great time of prayer with God and He showed me some wonderful things one of them to do with the picture of the dock, it spoke so deeply to me...the center of the dock is the way to God and the docks branching out are all the distractions along the way, the things that keep me off track from pursuing my identity in Christ. I was moved by this and realised this is not a message just for me but I think everyone can understand that in one way or another, how easily do we get distracted and get off track and realise that it has been a while since we have spent time with the one who loves us the most!

So it was a refreshing walk and I am so blessed to have been able to have taken some wonderful shots!

As we were leaving on Sunday afternoon we had a wild guest come and say goodbye. I guess the wildlife here is so used to being fed they have no fear of approaching people, made for some neat pictures.
This is my sis-in-law Rose petting the deer.

Here is Erin trying to get a good pic and the deer kept on going too close, so funny!!!

So bottom line it was a great weekend and it goes by way to quickly, I look forward to next year~
Thanks Erin for the thoughtful gift and thanks to all of you ladies who made the weekend so special!!!
Love ya!

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Friday, February 01, 2008

(two of my girlfriends Charmaign and Fish)
Girls Weekend Checklist
-junk food
- CHOCOLATE -isn't that a category unto its own?? LOL
-clean undies I guess..heehee
-my blankie
-gift for my prayer sister
AND well that's about it!!!
-oh yeah toothbrush might make everyone around me thankful!!

I am so excited to go on our girls (20 of us)weekend at Wilderness Edge in Pinawa. For the first time this year my sis-in-law Rose is joining us and I am excited to have her with me. This weekend consists of some much needed mom to mom chatting,friend to friend chatting, gut aching laughter, food, coffee, movies and more food. I am sure I'll have some pics to post!!
I hope you all have a great weekend!!