My six

My six

"As for me and my house we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Here I go again...

I am not very good at blogging. I mainly wanted to start a blog so my extended family could keep up with my crew. I haven't posted anything since Monday. This has been a busy week, but what week isn't. We will be slammed until Addison graduates High School. So I can't look for any rest for another 16 years. By then I will be grandmother. 

This week was baseball drafts. Mike is coaching two team. He is coaching Brady in mustang-which is kid pitch, and he is coaching Colby in Colt. Colt is so cute. They have no umpires, they all get to hit and run the bases. No outs. The spirit of these  little guys is so sweet. They are totally unaware that next year they face some hard realities in rec ball. Once they get to the Shetland league everything gets so competitive. It truly blows my mind how some of these parents act.  I guess I can sit back and shake my head because I have been there and done that as well. Lived it Learned it. 

Daulton started playing baseball at 4. At the time there was not a colt league, you had to play shetland. When he was 2 I signed his sister up to play softball and he use to cry to get on the field. He loved it. Still does. Daulton cried the very first time he went out to practice because the coach made him wear a helmet to bat. He was devastated. That point on he was fine. He has now played for 9 1/2 years. It has always been something that he wanted to do. We never pushed him. He made his first all-star team when he was 5 and has played competitively ever since. He is actually a natural. What drives me crazy about him is he has no drive. Yes, he loves it, but he is so laid back I have to put a fire under his fanny to get him moving. Daulton lacks heart. His big sister and little brother have so much heart when they play, and yet they struggle  athletically. Daulton has never had to struggle in that way. If he would just play with some heart he would be phenom able. Looking back though, I don't remember us as a family trying to keep up with the Jones' as far as our children were concern. Either they wanted to play something or not. We never forced them, Well one time, I lied and told Daulton that I signed him up for basketball just to test the water to see his reaction. His brother and sister were playing and he always played with them in the driveway. He cried the first night, then the next day he said " Well, you are going to have to buy me some shoes."  After that he is crazy about the sport. I actually think he loves it more than baseball. But other than that one time, we have never tried to out do other people when it comes to our children and sports ( or anything else for that matter) So I am amazed at how many people want to live through their children at such a young age. I firmly believe that if you push a child to much he will regret it.
If Mike was trying to live through our boys, he would have pushed them to play football, his first love. This year Brady has decided to play football in the fall-something that he wants to do.

I guess being the mother of so many children, and the various ages that they are, I can look and see that we need to savor every moment of their childhood. Not to let winning be the most important thing. Mike tells the parents of the kids that he coaches, it is not about how much you know about the sport and it is not about winning. What your child will remember the most, is that dad would practice ball with me, and that dad was encouraging during the time that I played. 

I want my children to remember me as their biggest fan not their sorest looser. 

This shall be an exciting season, we have all three boys playing. Can't wait until July...

"Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged." Colossians 3:21

-pg

Friday, January 23, 2009

Happy Birthday, Darlin'

In May of 2006 we sold our first home. We were in dire need of a larger one since we had 5 children. The last week of May we were in the process of moving our belongings into storage and getting ready to remodel the home we were purchasing, when out of the clear blue-- the line appeared! I remember taking Michael breakfast that Monday morning after I had taken the kids to school and taking the test. He came out to the van and said " What's wrong", I looked at him and said, " I took a pregnancy test".. He just smiled and said "well you must be pregnant since you are telling me that you took the test" but then he said the sweetest thing that made all the difference. 'Honey, we have never been more prepared in our whole lives. It will be fine. God will take care of us." Michael has a great since of humor, he claims it is peeing on the stick that gets you pregnant! (lol) But, talk about stress, we were moving in with my husbands parents for four months with our five children and one restroom to share. We did not tell anyone for three months, you know it just didn't look good at first-homeless with five children and pregnant!! Almost sounds like a welfare case. We eventually were able to move into our newly renovated home, plenty of room- 5 bedrooms, 3 baths and on January 23, 2007, Addison Lilleigh blessed us with her presence.
"A 'lil hill" has been a handful ever since. My new slogan of "mom wisdom" is....God gave me 5 children just to prepare for Addison. So today my baby is 2. She is my milkshake on the side of my burger and fries, a wonderful treat and filling. She is a ray of sunshine on my gloomy days. Always curious, never a dull moment, and extremely smart. She can carry on a conversation and is definitely a product of her enviorment. She has added a new word to her vocabulary, she picked up from her grandmother, it is so precious and sweet to hear her say it...darlin'.

So here is a Happy Birthday to my Darlin', thank you for filling my quiver.

Psalm 127:3-5
"Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate."

-pg

Something New

I have been pondering this for a while, creating a blog that I can share and keep track of all the exciting events that happen in my daily life. Being the mother of 6 is not an easy job. Seriously, I am the most unorganized person I know, and the good Lord saw to it that he would bless me with 6 amazing children. He must be trying to create a new work in me and I just don't get the hint!

Please bear with me as I post "current events" in the Hill Clan, we are a work in progress, we will never be perfect but probably perfectly unpredictable. I never know what pitch life is going to throw at me next... lets just hope I don't strike out!!

-pg