Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
A couple of years ago I was fortunate to get a brand new Simplicity Lawn Tractor. It is a mowing machine. Before it, I had a worn out John Deere. It was an abused church mower that wasn't properly maintained. I pretty much had to buy new parts every year just to keep it running. I had the deck welded up several times and something was always falling off each time I mowed with it...it was junk. So since getting the new Simplicity I have truly enjoyed going out for the first mow and having a machine that starts right up. It is a sweet feeling. Today was no different. You may ask why so pumped up about mowing? Well, it's because I'm a guy. I love going out with the grass high and when I'm done it's trim. I love the alone time of me and the noise of the engine, the smell of the cut grass and the opportunity to think without distraction.
Back and forth or as my grandpa on mom's side used to say, "forth and back. You can't come back unless you have first gone forth." I guess that makes sense, so that is what I did. My report: it's cut, smelling good, looking good and I'm looking forward to the next time.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Born April 10, 2008 @ 6:09 am
Weight 7lbs. 12oz. or 3.52 kilos
Length 19.7 inches or 50 cm.
Our good friends, Josh and Becca Bowlin added to their family this week. They are serving in New Zealand as missionaries to youth. The Wesleyan Churchs first missionary team called to serve teens. We miss them and are very proud of them. What a pretty little girl!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Okay, at our church we have a giant bathtub baptismal up front under the cross. And as luck would have it that giant baptismal's heater didn't work. So I filled it up on Thursday hoping that the water might soak up some room temperature heat...as it turns out I think the room sucked the warmth from the water. The water was very, very cold. As in the Wesleyan tradition we ask each baptism candidate a series of questions before they are dunked. We did that on the platform before we waded into the frigid water. Once we were all ready I headed into the water. I thought of the "Northwestern" crab boat on the tv show The Deadliest Catch. They talk about the frigid temperature of the Bering Sea. They make thousands of dollars playing in that water. Not I. So I toughed it out and got in. Each teen that came into the water had the same expression and made that same, 'Boy this is really cold water' sound. It was GREAT.
I did really good keeping my emotions in check. This is a great event for youth pastors. But when my son got in the water, I'll admit I got a little choked up. It was a special moment, then my baby girl got in. I baptized her. It was a great day for the Holland family. Sometimes I have the best job in the world.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
kinda looks like a Siamese. Maybe there was one in the blood line?!?
Here's Popeye...the father. He could use a new home too.
He likes to be outside but knows he can always come in our house.
I'm sure at another house he would love to be outdoors all the time. He's a good garage mouser!!
He also likes to cuddle on your lap and long walks on the beach.
Here's the Mama...Tito. She likes to be social only on her terms. She is quite happy to be left alone. The only one in the house that she'll have anything to do with is ME!!