We're all celebrating Hollie and John's new baby, Lil' John Jr. We have mixed emotions over Hollie choosing to stay home and raise her baby; of course we're so excited for them, but we're going to miss Hollie! One of Hollie's and my best friends is Sam, who filled in for Hollie on her maternity leave. Sam has been like a big sister to Hollie and is one of my dearest friends.
Please allow me tell you a little about Sam. We worked together on the air for over 10 years of prayerful friendship. I remember when she accepted Jesus as Savior and her baptism. Fast forward to now. She's a mom to Zoe who's turning 2 (a little Rock Star), Desmond is her almost teenage stepson, and Carlos is her awesome husband. You'll hear that Sam also has a very special place in her heart for pets, especially dogs. She has an amazing heart for a lot of things, although she'd deny it! "Scott and Sam," it's been called "the world's biggest small group!" Don't be surprised at the laughter, the tears and hopeful the heart behind it. Go Team Jesus!
I was born in Grangeville, Idaho.
Graduated from Lewiston High School, and a tech’ school in Phoenix with an emphasis on Communications.
The greatest loves of my life are my beautiful wife and four children. Gabriel is the youngest in the family with a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. McKayla’s daddy's girl and an incredible volleyball player. Tyler is in the Air Force Reserve and has served in the Middle East. Whitney’s mama's girl and married to Ben. They are parents of our first grand-baby, Theo. Jett is our Miniature Long-Haired Wiener-Dog and Luna is our Parakeet.
I have an obsession with Black Bamboo, fresh home-made bagels and Arabica bean certified organic, Free Trade coffee.
It's not something I'm proud of. I used to avoid church on Mother's Day because it made me feel like I was missing something important in my life. I was a single girl with a dog for many years. Don't get me wrong... I loved my life. It's just that I wanted a family. I thought I'd be a good wife and mother, but it seemed like God had said no. Eight years ago God sent Carlos - a tall handsome businessman with a big heart and a good laugh. He also had three boys... I said "I do" to all of them, and have thanked God with all my heart. The oldest two are in college now and the youngest, Desmond, is 12-years-old.
We gave him a baby sister in 2012 - Zoe. This miracle girl was born with Down Syndrome and for five months suffered from a seizure disorder that seemed incurable. It's the hardest thing I've ever done - watch an innocent baby go through pain and not be able to help her. I spoke about it at a church women's group. The 300 women there prayed for her to be healed, and she was. She really was. Now she has no seizures. She is smart, gorgeous, fierce and hilarious.
God is faithful. He heals. He has given me life in abundance. Sometimes that means piles of laundry... grass stained socks balled up... the refrigerator door left open (again)... the highchair and the dog smeared with smashed sweet potato. Mostly it means great joy, lots of work, stronger faith, and huge admiration for those parents who have done it so many years more than I have. I love radio and Christian music and am so excited to join the Star 99.1 team.
Hollie's Farewell Message