Life of a working mom: A child can have an amazing influence on othersAmazing Grace. That’s what we call my amazing little goddaughter, Grace.
By: Julie Moravchik, Fox 21 News
Amazing Grace. That’s what we call my amazing little goddaughter, Grace.
She was born four years ago and changed our lives forever. She is the first grandchild in our family, and I didn’t realize how much we all needed this sweet child in our lives until she was born.
I was living in Minneapolis, working at KSTP, a large-market TV “dream job.” I was flying all around the world covering amazing stories with “Jason Davis, On the Road.”
When Gracie was born, I rushed home to Ino. When I held that baby girl in my arms, I did not want to leave. I did not want to live 200 miles away from her. I wanted her to grow up knowing her auntie, not just seeing me once a month.
She is one of the main reasons I moved back home and started the first TV news operation in Ashland. Gracie brought me home.
It was incredible to see the effect she had on my entire family. She brought out the best in everyone. I saw my brother and his wife turn into the most loving parents. I watched as my parents turned into generous grandparents. And my sister Jennifer says that’s when she truly realized there is a God, when she held Grace for the first time. Babies can change the world if you let them.
There is something special about our “Gracie Bear.” She is loving, smart and independent. I have a strong feeling she will make a huge difference in this world as she grows up.
When she first met my son, Joey, she wasn’t so sure about him. She’s so smart, she knew she would have to share Auntie Julie with this baby boy, and she didn’t like that at first.
But it didn’t take her long to love Joey. And now she even calls him “brother.” It warms my heart every time she says “I love you Joey” and every time she hugs him or takes him by the hand to show him something. Every time she does, I think about the amazing effect our “Amazing Grace” is having on my son.
Moments like that are one of the reasons I have chosen to live here, close to my family. But being close is not enough. I also need to be a good example for my little niece.
She has many women in her life who are good examples, from her mother to her grandmothers. I hope and pray I, too, can serve as a good example of what women can achieve: as the first female news director in Twin Ports history and a woman who built the first new news operation in Duluth in 40 years from the ground up.
I think we as adults have to think about the little children in our lives and how much they are watching us and what we do. I think we need to take this responsibility very seriously.
I want to live a life she can be proud of: one that is honest, noble and puts the needs of others before my own.
From the moment she entered my life, she made me want to be a better person. It’s funny how such a tiny child can have such a huge impact.
Thank you, God, for our “Amazing Grace.”
Julie Moravchik is news director at KQDS-TV, FOX 21. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment to her column on the Scrapbook page of duluthnewstribune.com. You can write to her at 2001 London Road, Duluth, MN 55812-2126.