Hello, and welcome to Life in Every Limb!  I’m Leslie Sholly, and you can read below to learn what I consider to be the most important things to know About Me:

  • Catholic (baptized shortly after birth by then-Father and later-Bishop Shea, at Immaculate Conception Church, of which I am still a member)
  • Southern (born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and still here, with a brief interruption during which I attended college at Georgetown University and then got married and lived in Alexandria, Virginia for one year)
  • Wife (for 28 years, to John, a native of Baltimore whom I met at Georgetown)
  • Mother (of five:  Emily (26), Jake (23), Teddy (to us–Theo to his friends) (22), William (16) and Lorelei (12))
  • Homemaker (as in, I don’t leave the house to do my work, and I’m in charge of the cooking, and the laundry, and what housework gets done around here, among other things)
  • Legal assistant (to my husband, who practices primarily family law, with a lot of other things thrown in) from our home office, so that I can help with our business (writing letters, talking with clients, keeping time, sending out bills) while remaining at home where we want me to be
  • Sometime writer (formerly a columnist–for eight years–writing on life issues for the local Catholic paper)
  • Occasional editor (helping my mother’s non-profit with grant proposals and other writing/editing tasks)
  • Always busy (writing this blog, homeschooling my youngest, running my kids here and there, snatching time for myself, spending way too much time on Facebook)

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19 Responses

  1. Shelley Conway says:

    Hi Leslie!
    Did you all move to a new house recently? Or did the wisteria just decide to show up years after you moved to the Victorian I visited?

    • lesliesholly says:

      We moved around Thanksgiving. It’s a much newer house (1961) with about five acres of land and a barn. You’ll have to come see us again now that we are in something new! Thanks for visiting the blog.

  2. Tara Halstead says:

    Hi Leslie,
    Love your blog ! I love it moreso than your column in the ET Catholic because I get to read your writings more often. I’m looking forward to our SJS/KCHS Breakfast Club Moms meeting next Saturday. I want to hear all about your new house. I love that Lorelei needs 2 frogs – perfectly sensible since 1 inevitably hops away.

    • lesliesholly says:

      Thanks, Tara! I appreciate the encouraging words. I’m looking forward to next Saturday too–in fact, I was REALLY wishing that it was today! We need to meet more often. Thankfully, Lorelei was referring to plastic frogs. It’s bad enough that she came up to my office the other day waving a japanese beetle at me.

      • Tara Halstead says:

        Leslie – Fair warning on tent caterpillars – watch out and be prepared for them. They are slow moving and easy for kids to catch and they are out everywhere ! I got to see one up close and personal (and almost up my nose) by my very excited 7-yr old nephew Connor. He also told me that you have to be careful not to pick them up to hard or you will smush them – he tells me this as he wipes caterpillar juice on my shirt sleeve. Do you use club soda or spray-n-wash for hemocoel? That’s something my professor never taught in Entomology. Of course, he was a guy and probably never had bug guts squished on him by an excited 1st grader. LOL!

  3. Sebastian says:

    Hello…thank you for liking one or more of the posts on my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has encouraged you. Please continue check in on us from time to time and follow if you will. Thank you again and remember to have Faith 1st.

  4. Ellen says:

    Really glad I found your blog…I’m also a member of the East Tennessee Bloggers on Facebook, introduced to me by my friend Kate Spears of Southern Belle Simple. Looking forward to reading more! God bless 🙂

  5. Veronica Reed says:

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    Veronica R
    Access Hydroponic

    • lesliesholly says:

      I’m not sure how relevant my blog is since it looks like your business is geared toward growing things indoors, but I would be willing to work with you. I can do a garden post next week some time if you are interested.

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  7. Sharron Quarles says:

    Hi Leslie.
    Certainly enjoyed your One Cemetery-Two Names. My Mother passed away this past January and going through old papers and pictures, impressed my sister and I to start a John and Mary May Desendants group on FB. In a months time we have about 60 members. If you are from the Cumberland Estates area then I’m sure you know where John May Rd is across from Weaver’s Funeral Home. John May was our great grandfather. My Mother’s house is the first house on the left. My grandmother lived in the second house on the left until her death. The old John May Farmstead used to be right where the new subdivision (Glen May) is. Farm house and barn were there until the subdivision was built. Our great grandfather is buried in New Gray cemetery with other family members. Many are buried at Third Creek. Some at Ball Camp. Several members are working through Looks like we need to check out the old cemetery by the old Pedigo/Third Creek School. John May had 12 children. His father George Washington May had 14 children. Trying to track down burial sites of their wives, each having married three times. (wore those poor women out!) thank you for your blog. May have given us some valuable information.
    Sharron Lindsay Quarles

    • lesliesholly says:

      Oh, Sharon, thank you! I do know John May Road. That’s one thing I love about cemeteries–seeing the people all the roads are named after. I am happy if I’ve helped y’all with your genealogy project. It’s awesome that you have such a big group working together.

  8. Kathleen says:

    Hi Leslie, I just nominated your Blog for the Liebster Award if you would like to accept it.

  9. thatssojacob says:

    Hey there Leslie! I do a blog following spree every once in a while, and this July I’m going 7 for 7: following 7 fun blogs a day, each day, for the seventh month. Yours is today’s #1. Feel free to come visit me at and if you like what you read, follow back! Thanks and have a great day!

  10. mary says:

    So glad I found your blog, have enjoyed thus far! My great aunt and uncle live in Knoxville, TN!

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