Carlie Holgate treasures childhood memories of spending time with her mother and three sisters cooking, gardening and taking fun outings. She said her mother, Sue Wittmann, of Waverly, was always doing things with her children as they grew.
Wittmann’s example inspires Holgate in her own life. She is now 34 and married to Jason Holgate, 40. The South Abington Twp. couple have three girls of their own: Paige, 7, Ayla, 6 and Violet, 2. The family also owns five cats, three horses and a dog.
Holgate said one of the best things about being a mom is sharing with her girls the activities she did with her mother when she was a girl.
Together, one of their favorites is hiking in the many state parks in Pa. and N.Y., such as Ricketts Glen, Salt Springs, Saratoga Springs, Promised Land (which they especially enjoy because of the lake beach where they can play in the sand and swim), Van Saun and Harriman.
They also enjoy riding their horses, taking Taekwondo lessons together and attending community events, such as the Vacation Bible School at Clarks Green United Methodist Church, dances at the Abington Heights Civic League, the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, the Fall Festival at Heritage Baptist Church and various children’s camps and activities.
The girls also enjoy spending time with their father, who takes them to fishing derbies and coaches their soccer teams in the Abington Youth Soccer League.
Carlie Holgate has worked at the Abington Veterinary Center as a veterinary assistant for the last 12 years.
With such a busy schedule, one may wonder how she does it all.
“Time is my biggest enemy,” she said, “and keeping everyone going in the right direction can be difficult.”
She feels she is usually prepared, however, and tries not to make things harder for herself by being unprepared. Her advice to other busy mothers and new or expecting mothers is “Don’t panic—it will all work out. Have patience and trust yourself and all will fall into place.”
She said the advice from her mother, “You’ll know what to do. Don’t worry,” always helped her, especially right before her first child was born.
She said the joys, however, outweigh the trials.
“I’m extremely lucky to be a mom and have three girls. They’re great kids,” she said, adding they help her, rarely complain and enjoy the same things she does.