While Hollie does not have a lot of writing under her belt, she enjoys the challenge of learning and perfecting skills and is willing to do her best and work to become better.
Hollie's main focus for the last 14 years has been to be the best housewife and mother that she can be. While she has had jobs in daycare, a bank, and the Church office, she has always considered her priority to be home with her children as much as possible. Being a housewife, she uses a variety of products and often analyzes their pros and cons as she is using them.
She has not joined the blogging bandwagon, but it has never seemed too far-fetched for her imagine herself staring a blog.
It is obvious from the above information, that family life and home are a big part of her life. While she did work at the Church office (as previously mentioned), that job-- for a small country church-- was only 7.5 hours a week. For the last two years, Hollie has been a stay at home mom and homemaker. It is important to note, for the last 8 years, her primary income was that of her husbands, so budgeting has become an interest of necessity in her life.
Her oldest son has been diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder. This has also become an interest of necessity to her.
Hollie has been doing some online tutorials for webpage design as she would like to pursue making webpages in the future.
Recently, her family has added a dog to the household, and addition that has brought much joy along with a little frustration. Hollie stumbled upon "clicker" training as a way to train her puppy. She is impressed with how well the dog is responding.
Other hobbies include: knitting, surfing the internet and reading.
Hollie started college with a vision of teaching children. She entered the music education course of study, but realized that teaching music was not her passion, after all. She changed her major to Early childhood Education and worked with children in a daycare setting. She realized that her degree was not as important to her as working with children and withdrew from college having achieved her Associates degree in Bible.
Hollie is very concerned about the education of our young people--the future of our nation. She has written "Letters to the Editor" to the local paper, and has had the opportunity to correspond via email to school board members from the district in which she lives.
Living in a farming community, Hollie is surrounded by agriculture. She spent much of her childhood on her grandfather's farm, and enjoys going to visit her sister's dairy farm. All of Hollie's siblings have gone into the farming industry and she admires and takes great pride in their choice to feed the world.
Hollie is of Christian Faith and believes that that is more than just a religion. She currently attends a small United Methodist Church of about 170 members. Hollie served and continues to serve in this church in many capacities, including: Volunteer during Vacation Bible school, Sunday school ministries, United Methodist Women member and president, technical operator (computer and sound during services), and Church Treasurer/Secretary.
Hollie has had to perfect skills in budgeting over the last few years. For the past eight years, her husband and she have been raising a family of five on primarily one income. In addition, for the last two years, they have been living on a cash only basis. This is not a skill that comes naturally, but has been refined in the last 14 years of marriage.
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