Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill - March 2020


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Enjoying It While It Lasts The Hill Family’s Chaotic, Entertaining Life

G rowing up as an only child, I never fully experienced the dynamics of sibling relationships until I had kids of my own. My wife, Jamie, and I have four kids, and sometimes the whole aspect of sibling rivalry still feels like nonsense to me! Even after almost 18 years of parenthood, I’m still baffled by many siblings’ inability to leave one another alone. Surprisingly, our eldest son, Connor, and our youngest son, Caleb, know how to poke each other’s buttons the most, despite the seven-year age difference between the two. Jamie, who is one of three siblings, reassures me that it’s all perfectly normal. Thankfully —minus a few squabbles and what I’m told are standard sibling arguments — everyone in the house seems to get along. I guess without the sibling competition and bonding, our house would be pretty boring. For years, our lives have revolved around school and the kids’ activities. It seems like we are carting a kid to a tournament every weekend, and we are at someone’s practice every weeknight. Most of the credit for keeping us on schedule goes to Jamie. She does a great job of keeping the kids’ athletic schedules in check and running them around. We’d be lost without her! Years ago, Jamie and I had the luxury of the kids participating in the same activity. That meant we were ushering kids to the same event at the same location and on the same schedule. Now, our rule is they have to pick one activity each, but that plan may have backfired. Today, we have a cross-

country runner, a football player, a gymnast, and a soccer player, each with varying schedules and needs. Jamie and I are proud of our kids, especially as they continue to grow into their personalities. It’s cool to see them choosing sports and activities so different from one another yet perfect for them in every way. It’s hard to believe one family can have so many varying interests. As we work our way through another chaotic year, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that this is a monumental year for our family. Caleb is in fifth grade, and next year, he will head off to middle school. That means the Hill family will have finished elementary school. Meanwhile, Connor is a senior in high school, and by the time you read this, he will have chosen the college he wants to attend next fall. He’s currently leaning toward studying in the medical field, and if he can buckle down and study hard, I know he will have a great career. Connor has always been our helper bee. In fact, more than once, Jamie and I have received a call from school about Connor not remaining in his seat because he was helping others instead. But that’s our Connor. If you had to get called into school as a parent, that’s about as good of a reason as any. As Connor counts down his final days as a high schooler, our lives have been filled with college applications, campus visits, and scholarship applications. It’s a whirlwind of emotions and a busy time in our family, but it won’t always be like this. Soon, Connor will be at college, and Jamie and I will only have three little schedules to follow. I’m sure our remaining three kids, Chase, Lindsay, and Caleb, won’t have any trouble keeping us on our toes. Sure, it’s a chaotic life, but it’s our life. We may be busy every night, and Jamie and I may not always have time to do the things we want to do. But I couldn’t imagine it any other way. “Sure, it’s a chaotic life, but it’s our life... I couldn’t imagine it any other way.”

1 (239) 265-9779 –Mike Hill

March 2020

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