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  1. patriotic culinary contest 2011

    July 7, 2011 by sholdren

    This year we had our annual Patriotic Culinary Contest, celebrating Canada Day and Independence Day! Below are the entries we received. Feel free to leave a comment to vote for your favorite! I’ll add up the votes on July 14th, and announce the winner then, so make sure you get your vote in right away!

    Oh Canada Mini Trifles
    by Sandi & Anna Hammermeister

    Patriotic Banana Cream & Coconut Cream Pies
    by Ruth Hoyer

    American Girl Cotton Candy
    by Stephanie & Esther Fowler

    USA Parfait
    by Elsie McDermott

    Star-Spangled Banner Cupcakes
    by Susanna Holdren

  2. royal wedding

    May 1, 2011 by sholdren

    Well, as you all know, the wedding of Prince William & Kate Middleton took place two days ago! I’m pretty interested in the royal family, especially Charles and Diana and their kids. So, of course, on the day of the wedding I got up at around 4:00am to stream it live on CNN’s website. I sat on the lazyboy in the livingroom, wearing Brian’s cozy red hoodie, with a blanket and a bowl of cheerios, and watched it! Eventually, I realized that I actually didn’t need to get up that early, because it wasn’t till around 5:30am that the important people were starting to arrive. But, it was fun checking out what people were wearing, and seeing a few people I recognized and some celebrities.

    As I was watching the wedding happen LIVE, I had this urge to start taking pictures of my monitor, so I took a few with my iPod. Yes, I know that’s crazy!

    Here are some of the pics:

    Kate with her Dad, walking up the aisle.

    William & Kate waving from the balcony after the wedding.

    I really love Kate’s dress. I thought it was totally her style, and was also traditional mixed with modern, as well as romantic and timeless. I loved the bridesmaid dress too. There were also some really cool hats worn by some of the guests.

    I thought the wedding was beautiful, and you can really tell that William & Kate love each other. I wish them all the best!

  3. I met… Glenn Beck?

    December 14, 2010 by tbholdren

    I’m home here, sick as a dog, but we desperately needed to go get some groceries. I shoveled the driveway as best I could manage, and we were able to plow the car out into the street, slipping and sliding all the way through our development out to the main road.

    It was then that Sue reminded me that she wanted to go to the bookstore for a chance to meet someone pretty interesting. Turns out Glenn Beck was going to be at our local Border’s bookstore today signing copies of his new book, “Broke”.

    Broke, in more ways than one.

    Now, not only was I not feeling very well, and I looked terrible (just got done shoveling 800 metric tons of snow), AND both kids were asleep in the back of the car, but I thought, “You know, it’s not every day you’re a 15 minute drive away from meeting someone as famous as Glenn Beck.”

    So, as ridiculous as I looked, I decided to head on over there: The plan was that Sue would go in and buy a copy and then stand in line while I was in the car with the sleeping kids, and once she got the signed copy, I’d head in there (hopefully before he left) and steal a glance at the guy.

    As we pulled up, we noticed a big, black-tinted window bus that he was probably using to tool around in. So, I dropped Sue off at the door at around 1:05pm (he was to be there signing from 12:30am-1:30pm), and she came outside about 10 minutes later with a book, but no signature. She basically told me that we probably got there too late, and that he’d probably be leaving before he got a chance to sign it. But, she still thought I should go in for a chance to see him and to maybe even try getting the book signed. She snapped the following photo while inside:

    Yes, THE Glenn Beck.

    As I walked in, I noticed around 50-60 people huddled around the back of the building. Sure enough, there was Glenn Beck with a police officer and 2-3 book-tour assistants. He was in a blue comfy looking sweater. It was kinda unreal to see him IRL.

    I thought I was standing in line to get my book signed (about 10 people in front of me), but then I noticed another line off to the left that winded up and down the book aisles. I said to the cop, “Lemme guess… THAT’s the real line over there.”


    “5 minutes, everyone,” one of the assistants nervously chirped. “5 minutes until Glenn has to leave!” Nuts, I thought. Might as well try.

    As I got in the back of the line, I heard some of the chatter of folks around me. One talked about how much a signed copy would go for online. Someone else mentioned that, “There’s no way he’ll be able to sign our books, he has to be in Columbus AND Cincinatti later today!” Another said, “If he doesn’t sign my book, I’m taking it right back.” I was thinking the same thing, but I wasn’t about to say it out loud…

    Another gentleman was commenting on how they could have handled this better, using a limited number of books (150-200) at the desk Glenn stood at, and just tell everyone “sorry” once they ran out. I responded that, although that sounded like a good idea, I’ve never actually ran one of these events, and I’m sure there are logistical issues with that approach as well.

    The line went surprisingly fast. I thought for sure, “Any second now one of those nervous-looking little assistants is going to announce to us that ‘GLENN BECK HAS LEFT THE BUILDING.” To my astonishment, I finally reached near the front of the line. One of the assistants came up to me and asked to see my book. I asked him if he needed to see my receipt, but he said, “no.” He opened it to one of the inner pages, and as I got even closer, another gentleman took my book and handed it to Glenn.

    He looked exactly like he does on TV (or, youtube, since I don’t have a TV.) I figured he was pretty rushed, so I wasn’t going to say anything as I was handed my freshly-signed copy of the book. “Neat,” I thought. At least he stuck around long enough to sign the book. I was turning to walk away, when Glenn said, “Sir?,” and extended his hand out to me. I didn’t think he’d have time for a handshake, but apparently he did. I firmly shook his hand, smiled and said, “Keep up the good work, Mr. Beck.”

    I must have been more nervous than I thought, because I had already turned to walk away as he said, “Merry Christmas.” I get terribly nervous around preachers I don’t know, let alone nationwide celebrities. Hope I didn’t seem rude 🙂

    I haven’t listened to Glenn as much as I have some of the other conservative pundits (Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity, etc.), but I do appreciate that he tries to interweave a spiritual message in with his conservative rhetoric. He’s a Mormon, but I don’t get the gist that he’s trying to lead Americans to Mormonism, but just a traditional American faith in God. And that’s a better than 99.9% of the celebrities in this nation (the man even said “God bless you,’ to someone after me in line).

    He describes himself as a “Rodeo Clown.” I could say the same thing about myself when I’m in a crowd, always going for the laugh. I don’t think he’ll be able to turn America around, but I believe he’s genuine, and would truly like to see that happen. I can admire that.

    His signature is actually less legible than my own.

    I look forward to reading it 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. william andrew hoyer

    March 30, 2010 by sholdren

    I would like to announce the birth of my newest nephew, William Andrew Hoyer, on March 25th! He is such a cutie, and quite the little chunker, being born at 9 lb 11 ounces. I just love him, and can’t wait to meet him!


    William with Mommy (Natasha), Daddy (Andrew) and his big sister, Charlotte!

  6. date night

    March 8, 2010 by sholdren

    One thing Brian and I never do, that a lot of parents with young kids do, is occasionally go out on dates together! So, we decided to start. We’re gonna try to go out once a month. Any more than that is difficult because we don’t have any babysitters close by.

    About a week ago, we dropped the kids off at Brian’s parents’ house and went out to a restaurant called Jake’s. It was a very nice place!


    Brian’s BBQ chicken burger and fries. The fries were incredible!


    My Philly steak with portabello mushroom ciabatta wrap with chipotle ranch sauce. It was excellent!

    Brianna sleeping on Grandma’s lap. She was like this when we got back from our date.

    Brianna ate almost a whole McDonald’s cheeseburger while we were gone. No wonder she was snoozing!

  7. 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.)

  8. luau

    October 13, 2009 by sholdren

    Last weekend we were at a luau, celebrating the 16th birthday of Katie Sanchez from our church. It was lots of fun, the food was awesome, the decorations were lovely, and there was even a piñata that looked like a pig!

    Silas, Brian and I at the luau.

    The Sanchez family. From left to right: Katie (the b-day girl), Natie, Joi, Angel and Zoe (with the lei in her hair.)

    Kim and I feeding Brianna maple baby puffs that taste like Waffle Crisp cereal.

    Silas about to hit the piñata!

    I love theme parties!

  9. 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.

  10. Opa Hoyer

    October 1, 2009 by sholdren

    Helmut Hoyer, my paternal grandfather, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 27, 2009 at the age of 88. He was a very special person, and lived a very interesting life. He was born in Lithuania, and immigrated to Canada. He used to tell us all kinds of stories about when he was in the German army. He was a neat person. I wish you all could have met him.

    We are sad that he is gone, but we are happy for him because we know that he is in a better place and we will see him again one day.

    The funeral will be held on Friday, October 2, 2009 in Edmonton, Alberta. Click here to see the guestbook for Opa.

    Here are a couple older pictures of Opa:

    Opa in his 20’s when he was in the German army.

    Opa in his 30’s.

    Opa and Oma Hoyer. This is the last time I saw Opa, when I was in Edmonton two years ago.

    Opa meeting Silas for the first time.

    Love you, Opa! I’ll miss you.