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  1. v-day awesomeness

    February 14, 2011 by sholdren

    Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

    We didn’t do much to celebrate Valentine’s Day today, but we had a fun day.

    The kids opening their Valentine’s Day stuff from Opa & Omsie.

    The ring Brian got me. Love it!

    Silas made this Valentine for Brian and I, in Sunday School. The words were written by one of the Sunday School teachers, and instead of writing Mommy and Daddy, Silas told them to write our real names, and he told them what our full names were.

    The kids helped me make this Valentine’s cake!

    Brian also got me 4 different types of gummies (my favorite junk food), and I got him a “Ronald Reagen at 100” magazine, put out by LIFE.

    That’s it for now! Happy V-day, all you love birds!

  2. christmas service

    December 20, 2010 by sholdren

    Today was our Christmas service at church! Brian and I didn’t sing this year, but Silas sang with the Sunday School choir, and I played the piano for them. Not all the kids were there, so the choir was rather small, but I think they did a great job! They sang “Away In A Manger”, and Silas did his best to sing along.

    The kids choir. Silas must have thought the choir mic was just for him!

    So proud of my Silas!

    Here’s a video of them singing:

    Brianna in Sunday School.

    Some of the kids in the Sunday School room before they went up to sing.

  3. wedding wowza!

    October 17, 2010 by sholdren

    This weekend we were in Pennsylvania, attending the wedding of Matthew & Bethany Yovich, a couple that attend our church. It was such a beautiful wedding. The atmosphere was lovely, and the whole place looked amazing.

    Here is a short video comprised of a few video clips I took while we were there:

    The wedding party. I didn’t get a close-up of the bride and groom, but you can see them close up in the video.

    Brianna and Silas at the reception. Brianna’s hair got a little frazzled due to lack of hairspray, a 2 hour drive in the car, and her getting a hold of a comb, and combing her french braid.

    The gorgeous head table.

    Everyone got a green apple with an apple poem relating to marriage. I thought it was a very unique and sweet idea.

    There were even goodie bags for the kids, and the contents were different for boys or girls. They all contained certain items for both boys and girls, but the boys’ goodie bags also contained army men, and the girls’ also contained a ring & necklace. Here’s Brianna looking at the ruby in her ring!

    They put Y’s (for Yovich) on the doors to the sanctuary, and there was also a big Y on the wedding cake, which you can see in the video.

    By the way, there was a guy named Steve from Indiana who was at the wedding, who had no idea who I was, and he said I reminded him of Lydia Swansen from Tennessee. Well, Lydia Swansen is my second cousin! Isn’t that interesting???

    The wedding was a wonderful experience, and I’m so glad we went. I think Matthew & Bethany make a great couple!

  4. flea market frenzy

    August 1, 2010 by sholdren

    Yesterday a few ladies from the church went to the Hartville Flea Market in Hartville, Ohio! I had been wanting to check it out anyway, because I had heard of it before. After that, we ate at a very nice restaurant, which I cannot remember the name of.

    Brianna and I at the Hartville Flea Market.

    Us at the restaurant.

    The flea market entrance. It was huge.

    Brianna playing with the free kittens at the flea market. They were black with blue eyes…so cute!

    Yay for cute little kittens! (We didn’t take any.)

    The line at the restaurant.

    By fluke, four of us ladies ended up wearing practically the same color tops!

    We had a nice time! Personally, I would go to this flea market for it’s good, inexpensive produce. If I wanted better merchandise, and other interesting surrounding stores, I would go to Amish Country, where we normally go for the ladies’ get together.

    We had a blast! Looking forward to the next “Sister’s Outing!”

    (Thanks to Rachel Sanchez for some of these pics.)

  5. easter

    April 5, 2010 by sholdren

    This Easter we went to church, where Bro. Jerry Browning preached. Then we ate out at Ruby Tuesday with family. Here are a few pictures of the day:

    Chrissy (second cousin), Silas and Brianna after church.

    Brianna in her shades from Omsie.

    Silas, me and Brianna. Brianna looks a little squished. hehe

    Silas and Chrissy are good friends. I thought it was cute how Chrissy is running towards Silas in this pic.

    Easter morning, Bree and Silas in our bed, opening their Easter baskets from Opa & Omsie. I think those baskets are really cool.

  6. marriage banquet 2009

    October 20, 2009 by sholdren

    Last Saturday was our church’s 4th annual marriage banquet! It was a lot of fun. There was good food, fellowship, fun games, and Bro. John LaFontaine spoke, which was great!

    Brian, Brianna and I at the marriage banquet. Nursing mothers are allowed to take their babies. Plus, Brianna is a real “mama’s girl”, so I don’t know how long she’d be happy without me.

    Brianna trying to avoid our kisses. hehe

    Bro. LaFontaine speaking.

    Me playing the “Not-So-Newlywed Game”.

    Brian playing the game. Here he was saying which meal he would rather have me never make again.

    Click here to see the Marriage Banquet Photo Album. I haven’t uploaded all the pics yet, plus I might get more from other people, so keep checking back to see more pics.
    (Some pictures provided by Kim Browning.)

  7. Opa’s Funeral

    October 4, 2009 by sholdren

    I was unable to make it to Opa’s funeral, but I have some pictures of it to share. I will be visiting Edmonton around Christmas time, so I’ll be able to be with my family from there at that time.

    My Dad giving the eulogy.

    The pallbearers, which include my brother and cousins. From left to right, they are: John, Isaac, Andrew, Matthew, Mark and Peter.

    Family and friends at the burial.

    The grave marker. “September 27, 2009” will be engraved below Helmut shortly.

    Below is the eulogy my Dad gave. I’m sure you’ll find it interesting. 🙂

    Good afternoon,

    For anyone who doesn’t know me, my name is Edward Hoyer and Helmut Hoyer was my father.

    I want to say a few words in memory of my dad. To most of you here, he was known as “Brother Hoyer” and to others especially those in the business world, he was known as “Ed”.

    My father was born on May 06, 1921 in Wirballen, Lithuania which is located in Northern Europe. He was the youngest of four brothers; there was Ewald, Franz, Walter, and my dad as well as two sisters, Wanda and Meta.

    Dad’s life as a child and young person in Lithuania at that time was relatively pleasant. Dad had a great family and good friends.

    In his teenage years, Dad became a barber by profession, learned a bit of english in school, sang in the Lutheran Men’s Choir and while attending the Deutshe Mittelschule, he and a friend were known as the Table Tennis or Ping Pong, Champs in the area.

    As with most people in that era, the 2nd World War changed his life in many ways. Because of his German background, he had to leave his home country and was serving as a German Soldier in a war he disagreed with and under a leader he despised. God in his mercy protected him and brought him through without a scratch.

    In 1952 he set his eyes on immigrating to Canada. It just happened that on the same ship a young lady was also headed west with her relatives, and Dad had his eye on her as well.

    This young lady was Wilma, and they were married on July 8 1953 and over the next few years had three wonderful children, Miriam, Edward, and Edna.

    Growing up we had a happy home and I have many good memories of Dad and the things we used to do together. He always put his children first. When I think back, Dad was always in a good mood even when things weren’t going so well. Dad loved to go fishing and hunting and also putts around at home. We had a nice acreage with a large two story cabin that was our recreational spot. It was two hours west of Edmonton where we always had a great time on the weekends, and many friends and believers came to visit with us there.

    I believe it was in February of 1953 at the Central Baptist Church on 97th street here in Edmonton that Dad’s life as a born-again Christian started. Then in the early part of 1970 our family came to know God in a far greater way when we heard about a 20th Century Prophet and the Rapture Message that he brought.

    Dad’s life and all of our lives were never the same after that. Dad and Mom raised us to know the Lord and we thank them for that.

    This afternoon we are not sad that Dad is gone home. Of course we will miss him, but are not sad because we know that he now enjoys the Eternal Bliss that awaits all those that love the Lord.

    On behalf of the family, I would like to thank each one for your prayers, your kind words and for coming out to be with us today.

    God Bless you all.

  8. amish country adventure

    September 28, 2009 by sholdren

    On Saturday we went to Amish Country with a few ladies from the church. It was a lot of fun. It’s nice to just be together and have time to talk and stuff. We went shopping at a few different shopping areas, and ate at an Amish restaurant twice.

    A pic of one of the areas we were shopping in.
    (Picture by Noemi Cannon)

    All of us at the Amish restaurant. From left to right: Sis. Noemi, Aunt Norma, me, Brianna, Brandy, Braedon, Sis. Miranda, Sis. Gomez, Sis. Linda, Sis. Browning, Brenda, Mom Holdren, Zacky, Sis. Smith and Kim.

    Zacky and Kim at the restaurant.

    Brianna’s first Amish Country trip!

    It was lots of fun, especially at this one store, which I don’t know the name, which had 3 levels, and lots of awesome home decorations. It was really, really, cool. I bought something for my fireplace mantel from there. 🙂

  9. lafontaine concert

    May 25, 2009 by sholdren

    Last night we were at a LaFontaine concert at our church. It was really awesome, and very inspirational! I loved it! I bought their newest CD, “Beautiful Day”, and Sheri LaFontaine’s Christmas CD called “Wonder”. Can’t wait to listen to them!

    The LaFontaine adults singing at the concert.

    Wesley VanWyk. The last time we heard him sing, he was just a kid!

    The LaFontaine kids singing. They did an excellent job, and we were all impressed.

    The LaFontaine parents singing! I think they’re so cool.

    Great concert!

  10. a real jewel

    May 8, 2009 by tbholdren

    Bro. Jewel Forney preached for us last night. It was a wonderful service, and I really felt helped by what I heard. If anyone is interested in listening you can find it at our BSWT website.