TRIPLE THREAT: Triplets ready to graduate together
THEY say good things come in threes and this Murgon mother couldn't agree more.
Maree Holznagel is the proud mother of Murgon triplets, Ryan, Harrison and Jenna and they are busy preparing for the Murgon High School formal this Friday night.
Mrs Holznagel said she was very proud of her three children and how far they had all come.
However, she said raising three kids at once did take a bit of getting used to initially.
"I remember when I first found out we were having triplets it was a big surprise, I sat in the car and cried,” she said.
From early on, Mrs Holznagel and her husband Brett had a very strict routine with the children.
"They were really good babies but we wouldn't have survived without a consistent routine,” she said.
The couple, who have owned The Tacklebox store in Murgon for eight years, said each of the kids had their own unique personalities.
"Jenna is a bit of a mother, she pulls the boys into line,” Mrs Holznagel said.
"Harrison is the hardest child, he has been hard work from day one but he cracks me up.
"Ryan is the quiet achiever, he will sit back and wait for his brother to get into trouble.”
But this loving mother said their household was anything but the Brady Bunch.
"They have their moments,” she said.
"I think they get along better when it is just two of them.”
All three of the triplets have part time jobs in Murgon and Mrs Holznagel said she knew the day would come when her babies would leave the family home.
"There will be lots of tears but I hope they know that the door is always open,” she said.
The triplets won't be the only Murgon High School students graduating with their siblings as there is also a set of twins in the same grade.
"I guess it's unusual to have triplets and twins in one grade of a small school,” Mrs Holznagel said.
Mrs Holznagel said come Friday night at the formal, she would definitely be reaching for the tissues.
"I'll be a mess, I always get emotional,” she said.
"I am so proud of how far they have come.”
The proud mother said while they had their challenges over the years, she wouldn't have had it any other way.
"I believe you aren't dealt things that you are not able to handle,” she said.