Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What Five Minutes Can Do. . .

If you are interested in signing up to test drive a brand new Ford vehicle in our Drive 4 UR School Promotion, that is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. click on the link below.

We will have a drawing for lots of great prizes for everyone who takes a test drive, including two tickets to the ECU/NC State game in November, a car detailing from Deacon Jones Ford, and many more.

Every person who drives will earn our school $20, up to a grand total of $6,000! Please take just a few minutes to come out and support Faith Christian Academy by signing up below.

Please click here: http://vols.pt/HVnaax to sign up for FCA's Drive 4 UR School on @VolunteerSpot today!

Many thanks to Scott and the wonderful crew over at Deacon Jones Auto Group for making this possible!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My daddy

Dewey and Sharlene, circa 1967
My daddy turns 69 years old today.

I know that it is true, that he's actually 69, but in my mind . . . he's still 34 and holding. (Am I the only one who refuses to think of their parents as growing older?)

In honor of my dad, here are some thoughts about him (and for him) listed in no particular order:

  1. My dad *loves* to laugh. Some of my earlies memories of my dad are that of laughter.
  2. My dad is (and has always been) a good man. Ask ANYONE who knows him. He is a man of integrity and honor. He was invited to church by some friends when I was in first grade. He attended all services and was even very faithful to give to the church, even before he became a Christian.
  3. My dad overcame his childhood circumstances. Born to a single, teenage mom almost 70 years ago and raised by his grandparents, my dad had every "right" to be bitter and to allow his life to go in a downward spiral. He did not. 
  4. My dad was in the Army. Not only was he in the Army, he is a decorated sniper. 
  5. My dad started his career in finance right out of the army, but realized as soon as mom found out she was pregnant with me that he wouldn't be able to support a family on that salary. He made the decision to enter the coal mines. Although the money was much better, the job was very dangerous (especially 42 years ago . . . when he started there)!
  6. My dad adores my mom. They have been married for 45 years. In the good times and the not so good, I never wondered if my dad and mom were going to split up. I KNEW that they were in it for the long haul.
  7. My dad adores my sister and me. You will never meet a more supportive, loving daddy. I promise.  he used to bring us a "surprise" home from work...a little Debbie lunch cake that mom had packed in his lunch  bucket the night before.
  8. My dad thinks the sun rises and sets in his grandbabies. 
  9. My dad is a godly leader. My daddy was never called to full-time Christian service, but he has been the biggest cheerleader for every pastor he has ever sat under. He has also been a deacon, treasurer, sat on many a board and everything in between.
  10. My dad is generous to a fault. I saw this as a kid and it continues today. I have seen my dad and mom buy groceries for needy families, when they could barely afford to buy groceries for us. I have seen him hand a credit card to our pastor and say, "Go have a good time on vacation, your gas and snacks are on us." 
My Main Men, Christmas 2012

Fooling around at CFA

Dewey and Erica

Dewey and his momma, Janovee 
The whole crew at Mama Miller's house

Us, Summer 2013

The list could go on, but suffice it to say, I love my dad. He was the first man I ever loved.

Happy Birthday Dad! (6 foot 2 with eyes of blue!)

I hope your day is as wonderful as you. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, PSL's,--and other wonderfulness!

Sweet. Cinnamon. Pumpkin.

These three words cause my eyes to glaze over and my mouth begin to water, much like . . . 

Pumpkin. Spice. Latte.

What is it about the scent of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and such that creates such a longing for cooler weather and all the fun things that go hand in hand with it (i.e. high school football, apple cider, warm jackets, and fleece blankets)?

We have had an extremely warm summer here in eastern North Carolina. It’s been the kind of summer where you feel like you are having a cold-front come in when the temperatures dip to a mere 83 degrees. This West Virginia girl (go Mountaineers!) sometimes longs for the milder temperatures of the north. I love cardigans. They are cozy and they cover a multitude of “buffet” sins! J

My darling husband, the absolute love of my life, knows that Fall is by far my favorite season. A few days ago, while perusing the interweb, he found a “hack” where he was able to get a PSL (pumpkin spice latte, for those who are uneducated in SBX lingo) early by using a special code, spoken to the Barista. My man shows up at my  office (during a particularly difficult afternoon, I might add) with the season’s first PSL, just for me. (He likes them OK, but he’s not nuts about them. He’s more of a grande-brewed-with-cream-and-four-Splenda kind of guy.)

This single act, in and of itself, would have been enough to carry me over for several more days. But no, a mere few days later (this past Tuesday), he shows up with yet another PSL. This man is on fire! He dropped it off, kissed me, and headed on his merry way. MMMM. I can still taste the wonderfulness—ahhh!

Fast forward two hours. When I arrived home, as soon as I opened my van door, I smelled a wonderful aroma. It is a scent that I hadn’t smelled in a good long while. When the door to the house opened, I was immediately engulfed in the most wonderful scent that Bath & Body Works stores have ever produced.

Sweet. Cinnamon. Pumpkin.

Rewind two hours. Shortly before my main squeeze had stopped at my local ‘Bucks for a PSL, he had dropped by our local mall with his mom, after taking her to lunch for her 70th birthday (See my previous post). While there, he quickly realized that my uber-favorite fragrance was indeed back AND that there was a decently amazing sale, currently in progress. Girls (and guys, if there happen to be any) my husband came home with not one, but TWO Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candles, the three-wick kind, hand soap, hand sanitizer, AND Wallflower refills. YES. All of that!

And in this seemingly small act of kindness, I am reminded of why I love Rodney Holloman so much.  

He gets me. Like no one else

He speaks my love language.

He knows my favorites and he strives to do everything within his power to make my life wonderful.  

And he succeeds

I know it’s been said before, and will be said again, but I honestly can’t imagine my life without him. I am thankful to be his partner in this life.

I love you Rodney. And I just wanted you (and anyone reading this) to know!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013



When you read those three words (or is it one word?) what idea comes to mind?


To those of us who are married, there can be a bevy of emotions tied to this word. If you have a poor relationship with your In-Laws, then fear and dread may be your reaction. If you have a good rapport with them, then “joy” may be your word of choice.

Many times, our relationship with our mothers-in-law can stem back to what we saw with our own mothers and grandmothers.  Sometimes, what may start out as a very “rough” relationship with the mother of our husbands, can be gloriously transformed into a friendship like no other (and the reverse is also true).

Yesterday (September 17, 2013) my very own mother-in-law, Faye Woodard, turned 70 years old. As I reflect back over the past 18-ish years that I have been in this family, there are a few points that I would like to share. These are listed in no particular order.

·        I entered this family as a virtual stranger. Rodney and I did not grow up together. We did not attend school together. We never attended college together. We didn’t even meet until we were both in our mid-20’s.

·        My mother-in-law is an awesome cook. From her “world-famous” chicken pastry, to her Almost Heaven Cake (my personal favorite) there is nothing she’s ever set before me that was not wonderful.

·        Hospitality is key in her home. Anyone who has the privilege to be there will tell you that you feel welcome when you walk into that brick house on Pierce Street. “Make yourself at home” is a phrase that is said often.

·        Sports play a very important role in her life! I remember a particular Sunday when Rodney and I were dating when I walked into the house and saw a small TV in the kitchen with whatever NASCAR race was going on that day. In the den, there was a basketball game and in the living room, yet another sports broadcast. As a girl who could barely remember what RBI even stood for, I knew I was in over my head!

·        She loves her boys. With the fierceness of a mother bear, Mrs. Faye loves her sons, Rodney & Marc. She will (and has) done anything for them.

·        She loves her grandkids. With nearly the same degree of love that she has for her boys, Nana loves her grandbabies. There are five of them, ranging in ages from 17 to 10. She would give anything she has for them.

·        She is a fiercely loyal friend. Ask anyone who has been a friend of hers for any length of time. She is loyal to a fault!

·        She loves me. I entered this family as a stranger. She opened her arms to me.

The truth is that Nana Faye has welcomed me to her family and loves me as one of her own. There is only one woman on earth who, I believe, loves me more, and she gave birth to me!

I Love you Nana! Thank you for loving me as one of your children. It is an honor to be your daughter-in-law.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

An Opportunity

One of the hardest decisions we have had during this transition is deciding what to share, how much to share,  and are we "over-sharing."  We have tried to err on the side of "under-sharing" so as to not be misunderstood.  This is especially our sentiment now, as Rodney is finishing up the summer term and we are still waiting on the Lord for another place of ministry.  (There has been a lot of activity on that front this summer and we are so thankful for your prayers!)  

Allow me to back up a little bit. One of our desires as a couple has been (and is) to "attempt great things for God." God has marvelously answered that prayer in the many opportunities Rodney has had to minister nationally and internationally. Although I have not traveled as much as he has, I have had multiple opportunities to minister here at home in the Ladies' Ministry, AWANA, etc. Some of the goals that we felt like the Lord wanted us to pursue this year included Rodney doing some writing and me starting a musical project (CD). Rodney is currently working on an eBook for pastors about how to effectively use Evernote in the Ministry and  . . . well . . . I am on my way to Nashville! TODAY!

To be honest, part of our hesitation in sharing is that this was a goal, and certainly not a need, like our present financial situation. However, God has provided the funds for this project through some unexpected ways and some wonderfully generous people. With the obvious demonstration of God's providence, this "dream" goal, is now a reality. We honestly believe that this is one of the better ways we can show our confidence in the Lord as we seek to minister. So, while we are waiting for an open door of ministry for our entire family, we have prayerfully chosen to walk through this open door of blessing.  God can be trusted in full, even when we can only see in part. 

Lord-willing, I will be at Daywind Studios in  Nashville, TN recording a CD tomorrow. The process begins around 10 a.m. CST. 

Would you please pray for the details of the trip and the recording? Our prayer is that God will use this project to be a blessing to others and that He will receive it as an offering of praise.

If you are interested in getting a notification when the CD's arrive (should be early - mid October) email me at andreaholloman+CD@gmail.com. 

P.S. The word "nervous" does not fully capture the essence of what I feel (or have felt for the past month) about this opportunity. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

An Origami Owl Living Lockets *bracelet* for FREE?

Would you like to have an Origami Owl Living Lockets *bracelet* for FREE when they are released in September? 

If so, contact me right away. 

Anyone who books a party (home party, online party, or catalog party) for the month of August will be entered into a drawing for the bracelet of your choice as soon as they are released. You will be one of the first ones to have this beautiful new piece of jewelry.

If you don't want to have a party, but know someone who does, I am giving a $10 "finder's" fee gift certificate to everyone who refers hostesses to me during the month of August.

Email me at origamiandrea@ymail.com, text me at 919-429-9108, or send me a message on Facebook for more details. I can't wait to help you get the Living Locket you want!

Friday, June 28, 2013

How great is HIS goodnes?

I am very thankful for the little things that God does to remind you that He loves and cares for you. 

We could never have known what these past six weeks would hold back in the winter when Rodney found the tickets to the Sci-Fi Spectacular. 

But HE did.

Last night was an amazing time of refreshment for both of us and I am thankful for it. 

Thank you Lord for your goodness to us! "For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty!"--Zechariah 9:17