A Mom & Her Boys
By Rachel Ryan
Grammy nominated, Dove Award winning artist Kim Hill has a full plate these days. Between leading worship around the country at women’s conferences and raising her family, she also has found time to record her newest album, Broken Things. Broken Things combines Kim’s own life experiences of pain and disappointment with stories from women she has met on her travels “into very real, sometimes messy lyrics that reflect reality.” And as a single mom of two boys, Kim has known her share of pain and disappointment. “I was afraid I’d have to forego ‘public’ ministry after the painful break-up of my marriage. But as [the Bible] promises, God turned my sorrow into dancing and He transformed my ‘misery’ into a ‘ministry.’”
These days, Kim’s music ministry takes her out of town about two weekends a month (the weekends when her boys, Graham, age 13, and Benjamin, nine, are with their dad), leading worship for women’s conferences across the United States and around the world. When not leading worship and singing, Kim finds herself at home carpooling her sons. “I am very grateful that I still get to sing and that I get to do conferences, but honestly there is nothing I would rather do than be a mom,” says Kim. “My goal has been to be the best mom I can be to my boys, and especially because they are being brought up in a single parent home, I feel like that responsibility is even greater to be all that I can be for them and to pour my life out for them. And the fact that I get to do ministry outside of that is really icing on the cake.”
And Kim explains that she loves having boys and is enjoying the process of learning how to raise young men. She confesses that having grown up as a tomboy, many of the things her sons enjoy are things that she enjoyed as well, and now they do them together. Things like playing football or basketball, or just hanging out together outside. Kim even has a fire pit out in her back yard, simply because she knows that boys love fire. She uses that love to encourage them to spend time with her in the backyard after dinner, talking instead of always playing video games inside or watching TV.
On the few occasions when Kim has to travel on the weekends she is scheduled to have the boys, her mom comes from Memphis and stays with them, or the boys will go and stay in Memphis with her. Both of Kim’s siblings and their families still live in Memphis, and so the boys have enjoyed being able to spend time with their extended family. “I am really grateful for that,” says Kim “because my kids feel like they are part of something much bigger…. They realize that maybe their immediate family doesn’t look like everybody else’s, but they are part of this much bigger family.” And to Kim, family is one of the most important things.