Coast Monthly poses 10 questions to an intriguing resident of the Texas Coast.
Holly Sanders moved to Galveston from Louisiana a little more than four years ago. She’s a teacher at East End Preschool and a mother of three. She’s active in her husband’s Coastal Community Church, where she speaks at Chick Night, a women’s event.
What are you most proud of?
I am so proud of who my kids are becoming. Ethan is 9. He’s a leader. He’s kind, respectful, confident, very athletic and makes friends easily. Ella is 7. She’s a firecracker. She laughs easily, loves others well and has the creativity I always wished I had. Evan is 18 months old and always running. The only time I can rest is when he’s asleep.
Who is your hero?
My husband, Aaron, who is a pastor. People are drawn to his leadership, authenticity, sense of humor and ability to teach the Bible in ways that are practical and easy to understand. He’s also done an amazing job balancing his role as pastor with his role at home.
Where would you like to grow old?
Right where I am. Galveston.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I didn’t get caught in the comparison trap — the struggle of constantly comparing appearances, families, homes, cars, careers, successes, parenting styles, birthday parties. The comparison trap steals my joy. I think a lot of women share this struggle.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Running. The girls I run with, the feeling of my feet hitting the road, the sweat after a long run and the adrenaline rush when I teach others to run.
What’s something no one knows about you?
I have this weird eye twitch when I eat something I really like. Chocolate gets it going every time.
What skills would you like to possess?
I would love some decorating skills. I would love to be able to decorate my own house, my kid’s birthday cake or for a shower I’m hosting. But I’ve come to terms with just not owning those skills. So I recruit other people to help me. In fact, my mother-in-law has decorated every house I’ve lived in since I got married. And I love it. For real.
What song is your personal anthem?
“Give Me Faith” by Elevation Worship.
What was the last meal you made?
A roast in the crockpot. It’s easy and a Sanders family favorite.
Describe a favorite memory in 10 words.
Helping Aaron baptize our oldest two kids at the beach.