We moved to Columbus for my husband to attend dental school. When looking for a place to move our family, our hearts were drawn to Hilliard. We loved the small-town feel of it and knew we would feel comfortable raising our kids here while my husband finished school.

We moved to Columbus for my husband to attend dental school. When looking for a place to move our family, our hearts were drawn to Hilliard. We loved the small-town feel of it and knew we would feel comfortable raising our kids here while my husband finished school.

During the past few years we have loved the people in this community. We have loved the teachers, coaches and dance instructors our kids have had. We have loved the people we have met at practices, games and schools. This summer, we have learned so much from this community and have been humbly blessed by the genuine goodness of all who live here.

In June, we were leaving Hilliard for a day trip near Cleveland when we hydroplaned on Interstate 270 near Sawmill Road. It was a day that each of us never will forget. Even in the first few seconds after the accident, people stopped and helped. They talked to us in calm voices, called 911, and did all they could to comfort us until help arrived. Help arrived so fast. It seemed like a lifetime for them to come but in truth it was just a matter of minutes. Never were we so relieved to see someone as we were to see them. They were quick to come to our aid and were especially efficient in taking care of our daughter who was in the worst condition.

Both of our daughters in the car with us played softball with the Hilliard Girls Softball Association. Their coaches were so involved in checking on us and offering to help in any way that they could. Our older daughter was in the hospital for about a month and her coach came to see her many times and checked on her daily by phone. Their teammates donated money, gift cards, and many other things. The commissioner spread word about our accident and we were amazed at the generosity, love and concern that this community had for us.

Their elementary school staff has been amazing. Teachers and students came to visit our older daughter during her extended stay in the hospital. They called us at Riverside Methodist Hospital the moment they found out, to check on us, too. They have come to our home and showered our family with love and understanding. As the school year was getting ready to start, they were so involved in making their transition back to school as smoothly as possible which is such a relief to us.

As word spread about our accident, people began to pray for us. It was amazing to feel such a power from people's prayers. We know that our family would not be whole today if it weren't for the prayers offered up in our behalf. It was amazing to hear different people from many different denominations say that their church was praying for us, they were praying for us and their friends were praying for us.

Words cannot express the tender feelings we have in our hearts for this community. We are grateful for you and your generosity. We are grateful for you reaching out to our family even though we haven't lived here for very long. We are grateful for your compassion. We are deeply grateful for your faith and prayers. We are grateful for our Heavenly Father for answering your prayers and granting our family many miracles. We have learned that it doesn't matter where we are from, what race we are, what each of us does for a living, or what religion we are.

We are all here to help and care for each other. We are all God's children and life is the very best when we serve and reach out to one another.

Thanks for welcoming us into your community and for opening your hearts to our family. We will never forget the things we have learned from this experience and from all of you.

Heather and Nate Murdock

Hilliard

The Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone in the Hilliard community who attended the Taste of Hilliard and Business Expo on Aug. 10 held at the Makoy Center.

This year, we had more than 1,000 people attend, showing significant growth from last years' inaugural event.

The show of support from the Hilliard community allows the chamber to showcase our business community. This year the Taste was better than ever. There were more than 70 business and restaurant vendors, all members of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce.

Our celebrity judges tasted many restaurant entries, and awarded winners in three categories: Best Appetizer, Best Entrée, and Best Dessert. Heritage Golf Club was given Best Appetizer and Best Dessert, while Ange's Pizza walked away with the Best Entrée award.

We allowed the guests to vote on their favorites, and they awarded Applebee's with Best Appetizer, the Makoy Center and Jet's Pizza with Best Entrée, and Heritage Golf Club with Best Dessert.

Lastly, we would like to thank the city of Hilliard for its continued support of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce and continued growth within the Hilliard community. It is our hope that events such as these will continue to shine a positive light on our community.

If you were at the event, and would like more information on any of the businesses or restaurants you visited, please feel free to call us at the chamber office, (614) 876-7666.