Y E S !

30 Jun Y E S !

My best friend in the whole world (yes, the whole world!) asked me to marry him…and I said YES! 🙂

If you are interested in hearing more of how it happened….see below 🙂

Some of you may remember Chris — he was my bass player about 5 years ago. He had long curly hair back then, so I was far from interested in him at that point (lol!!!). Let me clarify…I’m a farmer’s daughter — I typically was attracted to farm-grown boys, not the typical “band-guy”. In fact, I tried setting him up with a couple of my close friends, assuring them that I was NOT interested. My mom would encourage me to be nicer to him because, “You never know, Holly, he could be a good one to think about… just think about!” Obviously, I laugh now at the irony in my mom’s words!

All it took was God, some rain, and an umbrella…for me to realize what kind of friend I had in Chris. 🙂

I would no-doubt tell you he was one of my very best friends…but date him? No way! However, one particular day we were hanging out with my family at my brother’s sporting event when my thinking began to change. As we stood in the pouring rain, Chris holding my umbrella, I began to see a side of him than I hadn’t given credit to in the past. He was kind, patient, helpful, and a hard worker… I couldn’t stop thinking about it! It was like I was standing in a dark room and God flipped on a light-switch, illuminating all the wonderful things He created in Chris. Sure, Chris wasn’t the “type” of guy I thought I would marry. But what I began to see that day was that he was more than that. I could trust him. I could work with him. I could admire him…and (to save you from a long very sincere googlie-eyed list, haha), for the first time, I could see myself next to him as more than just a band member or a friend… and for a very long time.

Chris, on the other-hand, was having dreams about doing ministry with me. And, yes, like LITERAL dreams at night about us serving God through music ministry throughout our life together. Because he wasn’t attracted to me at that point, he tried to shake the dreams and ignore them (I mean, that’s weird and crazy, right?). The more he would have those dreams, however, the more real it became to him. For about a year and a half he wrestled with trying to let me go because I was obviously not interested — and when he finally reached the point of surrender, it was about a week or two later that he was holding an umbrella for me at my brother’s sporting event, when my world began to change. Funny how God works, isn’t it?

Not too long after that day we began this crazy thing called courting/dating.

When we started dating, Chris stepped off the road and went back to school to pursue a degree in accounting. Neither he nor I thought it was a wise idea for him to stay on the road and travel together if we were going to date. So he got a job, went to college, and just this year graduated with his master’s degree in accounting and will soon have his CPA license! Can I brag for a minute? I am so so so proud of all his hard work! To watch Chris humbly set aside his passion for music so he could prepare for a life together with me has caused me to respect him in a way I was unprepared for. It caused me to love him in a deeper kind-of way. I will always be grateful for the foundation he has worked hard to build for us. It has not been easy! (Side note…did you know…. my mom, aunt, and two uncles are all accountants? Doesn’t take much to see what kind of people I need around me! Haha… #artist)

Why Haven’t You Heard About Him Yet?

Some of you may realize that I haven’t posted about Chris at all. That was intentional. I take this whole getting married thing pretty seriously, and I also take the platform God has given me seriously. Because dating is not a for-sure thing that will end in marriage, I wanted to spare you from the roller-coaster that it can be. Since we got engaged, we’ve come to to the end of that ride, and as we move toward the next one it is my great joy to finally introduce you to Chris 🙂


We will be concluding this season by celebrating our marriage on October 18th with close friends and family. We invite your prayers and thank you in advance…If you are interested in seeing pictures, I’m sure they will show up somewhere between Facebook and Instagram 🙂


Holly (& Chris)


PS: Oh yeah…the proposal! 😀 He proposed on the top of our favorite mountain hike here in WA…yeah, he’s definitely a keeper! 😉Chris and Holly 2



  • Sandra A. Gonzalez
    Posted at 15:31h, 30 June

    Aaaahhhh, a million congrats!!! So so happy for you both, and I can’t wait to see where God takes you. 🙂 Loved the story. God bless your marriage!
    p.s. thanks for the postcard! 🙂

  • Jacob Monahan
    Posted at 16:09h, 30 June

    Woo Hoo!!!! Congrats!! Hope you will have a great relationship for the rest or your life!!! ☺️⛪️I’ll be praying for you holly!!! You are such a inspiration!!!!

  • Kent Hackl
    Posted at 16:15h, 30 June

    Congratulations Holly! I’m happy for both you and Chris. Funny I was wondering not long ago why no one has swept Holly of her feet yet…now I know why. Thanks for filling in the missing piece! Haha!

  • Dawn Kerr
    Posted at 16:21h, 30 June

    CONGRATULATIONS!! So happy for you both! God’s greatest blessings on your marriage/life! (Wonderful date BTW: my son’s birthday! YAY!!) <3

  • Steve Terral
    Posted at 17:01h, 30 June

    Congrats you two!! Chris, you may remember me – we worked Holly’s merch table together at CMS a couple of years ago. We talked about how you wanted to get an accounting degree – looks like you are accomplishing your goal! (I told you how much I liked auditing) That’s awesome!! I am so happy for you and Holly!!

    In Christ, Steve

  • Jen Haugland
    Posted at 17:21h, 30 June

    Yea, Holly & Chris!!!! I am especially happy for you, dear friend, Holly! Love, Jen

  • Lami
    Posted at 18:22h, 30 June

    I am smiling from ear to ear hon! What a beautiful thing to happen.. You are a true inspiration 🙂

  • Naomi
    Posted at 19:52h, 30 June

    Ahhhhhh congrats holly you are such an insperation

  • Ronda Knopp
    Posted at 20:26h, 30 June

    So happy for you both! God’s design for our lives is so far beyond what we can think or imagine!! Blessings as you follow Him . . . . . . together!

  • Lisa Stovall
    Posted at 21:47h, 30 June

    Congratulations Holly and Chris.

  • mike france
    Posted at 21:48h, 30 June

    Super Duper Congratulations you 2!!! I am so proud of you Holly!! It’s pretty special when a grandpa can look up to someone like you. Here’s to your new family, your new ministry as a wife, and God only knows what He will be doin’ with y’all…………!!!! How bout we get together sometime and pray for THIS concert? A shout out from Big Sky Country!

  • nancy schanze
    Posted at 22:13h, 30 June

    Congratulations! It is so nice to find your soul mate!

  • Memory
    Posted at 22:21h, 30 June

    Congratulations to both of you. I always new Chris was an awesome guy, very exciting news! Awe isn’t God just amazing! Love you!

  • Manderson (aka: Matthew
    Posted at 23:24h, 30 June

    I called it! I knew, when I saw the, Announcement notification on my phone. I knew what it was about. It wasn’t a new album that went through my head, but this! Congrats you guys…..so excited for you two!

  • Carol Johnson
    Posted at 06:14h, 01 July

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!!! Holly, I’m crying with excitement!!!!!!! Can’t wait to see you next week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Robert Martin
    Posted at 10:09h, 01 July

    Congratulations for both of you. Wish all of us has the same luck in finding a partner of live who can grow in the loving of Jesus

  • Rachel Corliss
    Posted at 10:53h, 01 July

    Congratulations To both you and Chris. I can’t wait to see what God does in both of your lives! I am so excited for you guys and congrats again.

  • Aaron Hackett
    Posted at 12:15h, 01 July

    So excited for you both!!!

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  • Patty Ann
    Posted at 21:12h, 02 July

    I had a feeling a looong time ago there was more to him than just a band member!!! . So happy for both of you! You are getting the best, Chris and can’t wait to welcome you to the family.

  • BOB W.
    Posted at 18:07h, 02 August

    Holly, Mary & I are so happy for you!!! We talked to you tonight after your concert at Thurston County Fair (the older gentleman from Wenatchee)…and your mom filled us in on the engagement. Now after reading the rest of the story (Chris coming into your life…best friend to fiancé),,,,this is amazing!!! God richly bless you and Chris as you minister together for His kingdom!.

  • Callista
    Posted at 18:09h, 06 September

    You too … Are so cute together!!!

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