I can’t help but share Mr. Wonderful with you today. Isn’t he simply beautiful? On Tuesday, at the fire department badge pinning ceremony, I stepped forward to place the gold Battalion Chief badge on his jacket to represent his recent promotion in the Petaluma Fire Department. To say I am proud would be an incredible understatement. Congratulations, Jeff, I love you so.

Great photos by Nina Zhito.

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  1. #1 - MiaKatia says:


  2. #2 - Tiffany says:

    His smile was infectious. Found myself smiling here at my desk. Congratulations Holden family!!

  3. #3 - vintagesusie & wings says:

    Oh, that's so awesome my firend!!! Congratulations & your pride is so well deserved!!!
    Big Smiles,

  4. #4 - vintagesusie & wings says:

    Oh, that's so awesome my firend!!! Congratulations & your pride is so well deserved!!!
    Big Smiles,

  5. #5 - Sherrie says:

    You should be proud of his promotion and also proud of his chosen career. He puts himself at risk to help others when the need arises, it is a noble profession. I am proud of and highly respect anyone that wears a uniform and who puts themselves in dangerous positions to save others. I bet your smile was just as big as his, when you snapped the photo, and rightly so.

  6. #6 - BellaLovesPink says:


  7. #7 - *The Beautiful Life* says:

    This is so sweet! And SO awesome! Congratulations to Mr. "Blindingly Beautiful".


  8. #8 - Pink Martini says:

    How absolutely wonderful! Congratulations to you both and to a very lucky town. 🙂

  9. #9 - Cori says:

    What a wonderful moment in both of your lives. Something you will always remember.
    Your husband is so handsome and what a wonderful accomplishment.
    You are one lucky lady.

    Starivew Sonnet

  10. #10 - Debbie says:

    SWEET! Yeah Jeff! Congratulations…very well deserved!

  11. #11 - Lululiz says:

    What a handsome fellow! Congratulations on his promotion.

  12. #12 - Patty says:


  13. #13 - marie says:

    Congratulations to you and your Battalion Chief!

  14. #14 - 32˙North says:

    Congratulations! What an honor! You two make a darling pair 🙂

  15. #15 - Amber says:

    Very handsome! 🙂 Congratulations. My husband is a police officer and we love fire fighters.

  16. #16 - TraceyElaine says:

    What a super picture of him. I know the bubbly explosive feeling of being so proud and so in LOVE. They go hand in hand, right!? Congratulations. That is awesome.

  17. #17 - Apron Thrift Girl says:

    My stars…. is he handsome. And having that extra bit of bling from his new badge is only the icing on the cake. Congratulations to both of you.

  18. #18 - Createology says:

    A very proud achievement. Congratulations to your entire family. What an honor. Thank you so much for keeping those in Petaluma safe. Happy memories…

  19. #19 - Hopemore Studio says:

    He looks like such a sweetheart. Give him a pat on the back from me (not that he'll think thats weird or anything…)


  20. #20 - Cheryl~ZanyMayd says:

    Congratulations ~

  21. #21 - Suzanne says:

    Such a wonderful accomplishment. Congratulations!

  22. #22 - Lisa says:


  23. #23 - Tonje says:

    Congratulations! That is one handsome man you got there, and I understand how proud you are of him and his work and achivement! That is a good feeling. Keep it for a long, long time!

  24. #24 - TidyMom says:

    Congrats to Jeff and your family!♥

  25. #25 - Campbell says:

    Handsome AND Honorable-what a winning combination! Congratulations Battalion Chief and Mrs. Battalion Chief!


  26. #26 - Anonymous says:

    Great pics of Jeff!!! Do we have to call him chief now?? lol..

    Congrats! He SO deserves it!


  27. #27 - angela says:

    What a guy!! I know you're proud of him. Congratulations!!

  28. #28 - Norma says:

    Congratulations to Jeff, a proud moment for you all I imagine, it certainly shows in the photos. And a well founded pride it is too!

  29. #29 - Sue at Dollytub Cottage says:

    What a wonderful smile he has. Do you call him "Sir" now that he's been promoted? :O) Congratulations. SueXX

  30. #30 - Piper says:

    What a handsome man! My husband comes from "Fireman Stock" too! My father-in-law was the state fire marshall and my bro in law is a fire chief! Sooo cool, we are all lucky to have them in our service. Maybe someday you and I can trade state fireman pins!

  31. #31 - Centsational Girl says:

    Congratulation to your sweetie, so proud he represents our community, and so proud to know YOU !

  32. #32 - Connie says:

    You give that man a huge hug and kiss from me, sugar. I looooove a man in uniform but especially one who works hard to save people and defend us! Good job!

  33. #33 - says:

    Congratulations! What an honor. Having been on the recieving end of needing care from a firefighter for my daughter, we are so grateful for his and your family's service.

  34. #34 - susanc says:

    Congratulations! We love our firemen! They did such an amazing job this last summer during the Station Fire.

  35. #35 - Lisa says:


  36. #36 - Auntie Cake says:

    Very cool. Congrats!

  37. #37 - Pamela says:

    Congrats! That is awesome…although I have to say I am a little sad. On my blog the blogs I follow show up with the name and a thumbnail pic. I thought perhaps you were going to show us how to make a good looking man!! LOL

  38. #38 - Diane@inMyOwnStyle says:

    Hi Cathe-
    What a cutie, what a smile, what an accomplishment. You have every right to be very proud of him. I like the last shot of him – oh that smile. Is that how he was smiling when you met him?

  39. #39 - Debby says:

    Congratulations!!!! What a beautiful post.

  40. #40 - Jill says:

    A big congratulations to him (and you) from Nebraska!

  41. #41 - HazeWea says:

    How awesome! Congratulations–from a fellow proud wife of a firefighter! =D

  42. #42 - Elise says:

    Wahoooooo! So proud for you guys and one terrific {and lucky} community! Congratulations, Mrs. Holden!

  43. #43 - dare says:

    bravo!! viva mr. wonderful!!

  44. #44 - Ann says:

    what a looker!!!! aren't you the lucky one! a Handsome Hero Holden !!! Congratulations to him on his promotion…your pride is certainly echo'd in that magnificent smile.

  45. #45 - Connie says:

    From one fireman's wife to another, congratulations on the accomplishment – it took both of you to obtain it.


  46. #46 - Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ says:

    He is so handsome….love a man in a uniform anyway.
    CONGRATULATIONS TO HIM….that is wonderful. I KNOW YOU ARE PROUD beyond words.

    Ad chance would have it….
    Our grandson was pinned today as a new Dallas Police Officer…please pray for his and the other police officers in our country.

    And for all our firemen and women and their commanding officers.

    Such a huge responsibility to be in the line of duty.


  47. #47 - littlethings1 says:

    Congrats to you both ! You are blessed !

  48. #48 - Jana says:

    And thank you for the wonderful tutorial too.

  49. #49 - Em says:

    Congratulations! Behind every great fireman is a wonderful fireman's wife (:
    (also a fireman's wife)

  50. #50 - Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B says:

    Hubba Hubba! That's one very handsome firefighter! Congratulations to him and way-to-go for YOU:-)

  51. #51 - Tales From My Empty Nest says:

    Congratulations! I know you are proud of your hubby. He is one handsome guy in his uniform. Love his smile. Love & blessings from NC!

  52. #52 - Kate says:

    Your Mr. Wonderful has a nice twinkle in his eye. You are blessed to have such a good (and handsome!) hubby. I have a Jeff for my Mr. Wonderful too!

  53. #53 - Dumpster Decorators says:


  54. #54 - Mary says:

    Congratulations Cathe and Jeff. That is quite an accomplishment and I am duly impressed. Very handsome hubby, Cathe. My DH's a cop and I know how proud I am of him. It takes a great deal to climb that high in your DH's occupation. Kudos ~

  55. #55 - Carol do Nascimento says:

    I am brazilian journalist and i have a blog, called Leitmotiv. May I link this idea, and photos, there? I'll write your credits and link. Deal? Sorry about meu english. =/

  56. #56 - Cathe Holden says:

    Hi Carol, Yes, of course! Thank you for asking. Let me know when you do, I'll come for a visit!