Getting to Know "Full Hands, Full Hearts"

Lately I’ve been pondering adding a little FAQ section to the blog.  So, when I came across this link-up at From Mrs. to Mama, I thought I would share some things here for now instead. The idea is to do a little “411” or “Get to Know” the person behind the blog.  You can check out Becky’s 411 Link-Up and beautiful blog here:

I’m using some of the questions suggested by the host along with a few originals.  I’m looking forward to reading and learning about some other bloggers as well!

Here we go…

How long have you been blogging? And what got you started on blogging? Has your blog changed?

While Full Hands, Full Hearts is fairly new, I have been blogging for about 3 years.  I began blogging about infertility, and then blogged for family and friends (many of whom are far away) when we were blessed with our twins.  I received a lot of positive feedback from loved ones, so I decided to try a more public blog.  I love to be able to combine some of the things I’m most passionate about – my family, education, nutrition, writing, and a growing photography hobby.

Did you go to college? If so where, and what did you study?

I’m a Michigan Wolverine.  Go Blue!  I have a BA in English, which surprises most people since I am actually a former HS Math teacher.  I know, odd combination, right?  I did take quite a few math classes while in college, and then earned my teaching certificate through a state sponsored teacher certification program (Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedogogy) while living in Georgia.  I’ve also taken additional classes in science and nutrition since graduating from U of M.  

Where have you traveled?

When I was younger, I twirled baton competitively and was fortunate to have opportunities to travel all around the country and the world.  Some favorite places include:  Hawaii, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, and France.  A few favorite vacation spots include the upper peninsula of Michigan, the Caribbean, Key West, and Sea Grove, Florida.

Sunset on a pre-twin Caribbean cruise.

What is your favorite movie/book/play?

Love me some Shawshank Redemption/The Help/The Lion King.  I have seen the movie more times than I can count, read the book one time (so far), and have seen the musical twice…and would go again in a heartbeat! 

Share with us an embarrassing moment of your past? Or present.

Ok, so this might have been more embarrassing for the male, college-aged security guard checking my bag, but I once had to explain why I had a breast pump in my purse while entering a Kenny Chesney concert!  Since I was still nursing the boys a few times a day, I brought an empty hand pump with me to “relieve” some pressure half-way through the concert…in the restroom.  Of course, my friends and I had to have our bags checked on the way in.  I tried to be discrete and quickly assure the guard that it was just an empty bottle and that I was not sneaking in anything.  He was (understandably) confused, though, and kept asking questions.  Finally, as I was not getting my point across, I just came out and  said, “It’s a breast pump!”

He quickly shooed me in with no further comments…and a couple rosy cheeks. 😉

What day would you love to relive again?

I would probably choose the day we found out I was pregnant.  My husband actually shared the news!  After three years of infertility struggles, I was too nervous to call our nurse to find out my blood test results.  So, my sweet husband found out while we were both at work.  He came home with a bouquet of red roses and a big grin.  I fell to the floor and sobbed (happy tears) for about 20 minutes.

Show us the most current picture of you or you and your family.

So, I am missing from the picture, but here are my boys relaxin’ on grandpa’s boat this past weekend. 

If the boys are twins, why do you call them Big Brother and Little Brother?

Big Brother (who is actually 1 minute older) was 2 pounds bigger at birth than Little Brother.  Little Brother was 6 lbs, 4 oz…so yes, that means Big Brother was 8 lbs (and 3 oz)!  Now, at 19 months, there is a 5 pounds difference between them, so the names still fit.   For your entertainment, here is a picture of me in all my pregnancy glory. 

It’s okay, you can stare.  Most people did.  That was one HUGE belly…at only 34 weeks.  The boys were born at 38 weeks, so that belly got even bigger.

And here’s my little (or not so little) guys shortly after arriving home from the hospital.  I think this might be our first non-hospital family photo.

Where do you see your life 5 years from now?

Once my kiddos are in school, I would like to go back to school myself.  I hope to pursue my Master’s in either education (and return to teaching full time) or nutrition.  

Thanks so much for reading!   If you like what you see, please grab a button or follow along!  

Full Hand full Heart



  1. Your family is so precious. I am so glad I came across your blog through the link up.

    Your breast pump story is hilarious! I love that the bouncer was way more embarrased than you were. Too funny :)

    You have a new follower.

    • Thanks for the comments! Yes, the bouncer was definitely more embarrassed by the whole situation. I think after child birth and breast feeding, there is not too much that one finds embarrassing. :)

  2. Your boys are ADORABLE!

    Here from The 411 and your newest follower! :)

  3. The breast pump story is funny! Your boys are so cute!

  4. Oh I just love all of your Q&As! You look amazing at 34 weeks pregnant!! All baby bump! I love mamas of twin boys as my brothers are twins, I kind of just feel drawn to following the story. I must say, watching twins {especially boys} grow up is such a sweet thing. And let me get this right, you traveled to all those amazing international places thank to twirling the baton?? I clearly missed out there!

    Glad to have found your blog through this linkup, new follower…you can find me here:

  5. That is so neat that you traveled for baton! What a fun talent! Your family is just adorable! I feel like my 14 month keeps me on my toes constantly so I can’t imagine having two at the same time!

  6. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog.. I am now following you, too :) I showed my husband your 34 week picture and it officially confirmed what we already knew. I definitely had a “twin” belly with this last pregnancy! I had people asking me all the time if I was having twins and he was only 8 lb 10 oz! And you had one that size and another almost that size. It is so amazing what our bodies can do! Your boys are precious and look forward to getting to “know” y’all better!!

  7. hi! thanks for following and finding me via the link up 😉 i love that you have twins, mommy’s of multiplies are AMAZING! i can’t even imagine how this could be done- i look forward to reading more about your journey through mommyhood- and wahoo to another SHAM blog! by the way your day to relive was so sweet- made me tear up!

  8. Your boys are too cute. I love that your husband got to tell you. That’s sweet. New follower!

  9. Really enjoyed reading your 411 answers Holli. Your boys are so, so precious. They were good size babies for being twins – way to go mama :) Excited to be a new follower :)

  10. Thanks for your sweet comment! I love reading your 411 and getting to know other bloggers. And that belly… impressive! Way to go momma on carrying those adorable like boys to 38 weeks. New follower!

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