ABOUT HOLLY

Hi, I'm the Holly behind all these hallelujahs.  You are so welcome here, and I thank you for taking the time to stop by!  I can't think of a better way to blog than by sharing gratitude and praise for my God and Savior by living and loving each and every day.  I hope as you poke around you will find something here that will inspire you to shout out some big ol' HALLELUJAHS of your own. 


At Hallelujahs by Holly, I will share a love of family and food, inspiration and creativity, music and faith, random lists and little details, DIY projects and home improvement, flowers and all things lovely, holidays and celebrations, and the random fun in every day.  Yowza.  Are you ready for all that?  Pretty much anything that makes me thankful is fair game for this blog. 


A Little About Me

I grew up in a family with two parents that loved each other and loved us...us meaning my older brother, younger sister, and me right smack dab in the middle.  We stick together, support each other, and have a lot of fun being a crazy bunch of folks.  Brian (otherwise known as The Mr., The Hubbs, and other affectionate nicknames) and I met in college and were married in July of 2003.  Seems like forever ago, and at the same time like it was yesterday.  We have a super duper son, Cooper, that joined us in November 2008, and he is by far our favorite part of every day.  My heart is full to the brim, as my family fills it daily and has given me so many reasons to shout, "Hallelujah!"  Our lives are not perfect, and I will never claim to be, but I will do my best to share a positive spin rather than being a gloomy poo.


  

Here he is walking just shy of 8 months old.  What?!







I stay at home with my little buddy during the day and thoroughly enjoy my job as a Mom.  He's a good little guy with a great personality.  My husband is an easy going and handsome fella, and it all started when he shared his poker chips with me at our college dorm's Casino Night.  He had me at, "Here, you can have some of mine."  He's definitely a keeper.  So I've got my dream job and my dreamy husband, but I'd have to say that because of a personal and physical struggle of mine, sometimes my dream life has a bit of a hard time feeling dreamy.  If you're interested...I'll share.



A Little Personal Struggle

In July 2003, just after being married, Rheumatoid Arthritis started ravaging my 23 year old body.  Basically, many of the joints in my body began attacking themselves, and those joints became severely painful, inflamed, and immobile.  This disease left me unable to function normally in many ways.  It took quite some time to get into a doctor and find medicine that alleviated the pain, all of which are quite toxic drugs, and that whole process was rather frustrating and took quite an emotional toll on me.  At the time, I was a fourth grade teacher, and it got to the point where I would have to get to school quite early in order to take my time walking in and preparing for the day.  My students would push me up and down the halls in my desk chair on wheels, and looking back, I am amazed at how long I was able to continue.  I really shouldn't have been teaching due to the severity in pain and the physical limitations I had developed, but those little munchkins kept me chugging along.  Thankfully, I was able to get a long term sub for the last third of the year and took that time to seek pain relief and rest.  The pain was so severe that I would cringe and cry out if my husband accidentally bumped me in bed at night.  I also had a hard time finding a shoe that didn't make me scream in pain.   I was issued a handicap parking pass because I was literally crippled, and looked like I was an elderly woman when walking into a store.  My husband was carrying me up the stairs each night, and as you can imagine, the honeymoon period of our marriage came to an abrupt hault.  I did find medicine that worked in the spring, Remicade, and my husband so lovingly took care of his new wife (stuck in the body of a crippled mess), and we did our best...learning and growing...one day at a time.  






I went off my arthritis medicine when we were hoping to start a family, hoping and praying that my pain would some how miraculously have disappeared, and it had.  My arthritis was surprisingly in remission.  Hoping to get pregnant, I was so thankful not to have to have that poison medicine in my body, and we could give it a go.  Now that I have been off medication for years, my body is showing signs of irreversible arthritis damage.  I can feel that while it is not the severe case that I remember, my arthritis has returned, and I struggle daily with aches and pains while doing the simplest of tasks such as laundry, dishes, making the bed, or cleaning up after my little buddy.  It is a constant struggle for me, and my biggest challenge now is finding the energy and strength to get my body back into shape...flexible, healthy, and active.  When I am up for it, being creative is what makes my heart sing (well that and singing), and I give it a go as often as I can.  


Update September 24, 2011: I am once again taking Remicade, as my arthritis once again became severe and debilitating.  I am functioning well, and no longer have much arthritic pain.  I am working on catching up with my life, figuring out how to be in a "normal feeling" body, and moving forward.

This time in my life has been the most challenging season, but it has only deepened my faith and made me so aware of just how fortunate I am.  Hallelujah!










A Little Hope of Mine

This blog is for recording a little bit of my everyday life...my hallelujahs by living and loving.   Each day, I start by being grateful for what I have and try to make the best of it.  My goal is to have a home that functions well and welcomes all...being filled with love, joy, giggles, and grace.   I would love to know you and hope you'll enjoy sharing in my HALLELUJAHS.  My hope is to be a positive little light in your day.  So come on over, and stay for a while.   Don't forget to grab some chocolate!


We'll attempt good pictures things!


We'll share a laugh!


We'll be a little silly!


We might even surprise you!


But one thing is for sure, we'll be happy you're here!

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For God so loved the world that He gave 
his one and only Son, that whoever believes 
in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
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John 3: 16
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My soul wells up.  Hallelujah!

I am in awe of you Lord. Thank you for who you are and the 
undeserving grace you have shown me. Hallelujah!  Amen!






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