Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Introduction into Chaos

Well, here ya go. People have been telling me and telling me to start a blog. Honestly, I think y'all are just getting tired of my ranting and raving through e-mail. Be that as it may, now we all win. You'll only have to hear about all the chaos in my life if you choose to, and I get my daily dose of writing to clear my head.

So I thought I'd start with a little introduction for those who don't know me well. The things I write may be off-the-wall and at times a little like you’re taking a rollercoaster ride through my mind; but I can promise you this: I’m always 100% real. In fact, I’m frighteningly forthcoming about myself – just ask anyone who has innocently asked me, “How are you?”

I’ve got a lot going on in my life and love it when I am able to take any of my experiences and the sometimes hair-brained ways I get through them and connect with someone else. Actually, I’d say that’s about my favorite thing in the world to do – make connections with people in unexpected ways.

My husband, Sean, and I were high-school sweethearts and have been married for 132 years (133 next November). We have three sons, Alexx (17), Joel (10), and Seth (5).

Our older two sons have two different types of Attention-Deficit Disorder, and our youngest has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. I homeschool Alexx (the oldest), am somewhat of a full-time therapist to Seth (the youngest), and trying to keep up with Joel (middle dude) is similar to attempting to run alongside a rabid cheetah and comb its hair. So to say that I am busy, or scatterbrained, or sometimes just plain incoherent are understatements. But this is our life, so . . . that’s that!

In my former life, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism at Ball State University, worked in advertising just out of college, and then freelanced for a few years. The career I had before was a piece of cake with whipped cream and a cherry on top compared to what I do now.

But here's the real nitty-gritty:

I love to cook. And love even more to cook and give it away.

I hate hanging up laundry.

I would rather gouge my own eyes out than be within 20 feet of a cockroach (in Texas, they fly at you).

My favorite color is green.

I love, love, love music, and you will find me often quoting lyrics in my writing. My favorite band is Third Day followed closely by Keith Urban (this one borders on obsession).

Hair in shower drains totally skeeves. me. out.

I have seen every episode of ER about 12 times each and have no idea why I keep watching the reruns.

I love my cafĂ© mocha (to be specific – nonfat, 1 ½ pump mocha with light whipped cream).

I like to run – but only if I’m being chased by something that will hurt me.

I hope that by passing on my thoughts and sharing my times with you, together we can have a laugh, connect, and make a little sense of what’s going on around us . . . and within us. Either that, or I'll at least make you really, really glad that you have your life and not mine.

Thanks for giving me a chance!


  1. I just wanted to be the first official "commenter" (is that a word?) on the bestest, newest, coolest blog that ever was of ever will be. And I love Harry Connick, Jr.--I just say that every chance I get. Keep it up! ~Stacy

  2. Great move to start the blog, H. You may have pestered the bejeesus out of me as a kid sister all those years ago, but I love your stories. In fact, I read your entire April 3 email from the pulpit last Sunday--it was the perfect summary to my Mother's Day message. I am glad you will be sharing your gift more widely.

  3. I love reading your stories and I will love reading your blog.

  4. Holly, this is GREAT! Now I have something to look forward to everyday, I am proud of you, this is LONG overdue!
    Luv Ya! Jodona

  5. My new favorite blog! I am so happy that you finally took the plunge.

  6. Holly,

    Up to this point, I've only gotten to experience your wonderful writing when our mutual dear friend, Susan, forwards your emails to me. Unfortunately, she is also the mother of three very busy children and didn't always forward them in a timely manner! I'm so excited to be able to get my own "fix" at will. You are an amazing woman and I thank God everyday that he brought you into Susan's life and neighborhood. Thank you for sharing your laughter with the rest of us.

    God's blessings,

  7. Holly Holly,
    I am so glad you have done this and look forward to reading about your chaos.....partly because it makes me forget about mine for the moment! You do it all with such grace and humility and for those sparing moments you don't, you always offer it to us honestly and I simply love that about you! I cheer you on!

  8. Holly's mom here....finally, finally you are getting your writing out there! Don't all we moms recognize gifts in our children and pester them to do something with it? And for all you folks reading Holly's blog...this stuff really does happen, just like she says,all the time, every day. And I get to be a part of it all!

  9. Finally! I wasn't on your email list but I am excited to hear more about you and your family.