The Hock Family Moves to Eden

Everyone always gets a scrunched up look on their face when we tell them that we recently moved to Eden from the warm sunshine state of Florida. I do admit that the extra four layers of clothing and 20 minutes added to scrape the ice off our cars is exhausting in the winter, but it’s all worth it

Our daughter was about to start kindergarten in Florida and unlike Eden, the public school seemed too dangerous. We had her tested gifted and started budgeting for private school tuition. It was a life unfamiliar to David and I, both growing up in small farming communities in the north but we were willing to give it a try.

Then we got the news.

It was devastating, David’s father was diagnosed with stage-4 stomach cancer. We were flying to Buffalo every few days to spend as much time with him as possible. Our plans to start Millie in school, our careers and beach life as we knew it–came to a screeching halt.

With an entire community of friends and family here in Eden going above and beyond, we realized what we were missing in life: Community.

We knew we had to make the move. We sold our house in Florida, signed Millie up at Grover L. Priess Elementary School and started a new life here.

After the loss of her grandpa and moving away from her friends, Millie needed a support group. We started taking her to the Boys and Girls Club in Eden after school as soon as she was old enough. Instantly, she made friends her age and bonded with the staff.

She LOVES her time at the Club. Millie joined the baking club, practices dance routines with the girls, learned how to play pool and participates in all the fun extracurricular activities she can.

There are many times she gets upset if I pick her up early:

“Mom! We were just about to make slime, can you come back later?”

HA! How could I say no to that?

The sense of safety, warmth and community at the Boys and Girls Club is a shining example of why we have chosen to raise our children in Eden. There is no other comfort like knowing you have given your family the gift of security and meaningful roots.

Laura and David Hock
Parents of Millie and Brixton

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