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JULIE MORAVCHIK: My birthday wish for my son

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Following the most grueling, painful and difficult hours of my life — came the single greatest moment of my life. The day my first child, my son was born. From the moment our eyes met, my life would forever change. I never fully understood the love of a mother, until that moment.

I never fully understood God’s love for us, until that moment.

March 27, 2008, is the day Joseph arrived in this world. He blessed my life beyond measure and the lives of every person in this path.

For the past 6 years, my son has brought me more joy than I ever thought possible. It has also been the most challenging six years of my life. Being a mother is wonderful, difficult, amazing, painful, incredible and heartbreaking. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. It is the single best thing that has ever happened to me.

The greatest honor of my life.

As I look back at the past six years — and look forward to the future — I have a birthday wish for my son.

Dear Joey,

You are the most amazing, loving, kind-hearted boy I know. I am so proud of you. I would not change a single thing about you. You are a blessing, a gift, my son.

My birthday wish for you is simple. As you continue to grow, I pray for your continued safety and protection. I pray you never care about what others think, only what God thinks. I hope you can hold onto your good heart, your kindness and your love.

Once you become a grown man, my wish is also simple.

It’s not that you get the best job or make a lot of money. It’s not a wish that you accumulate a lot of “stuff,” win the most awards or become incredibly successful. My wish for you is this; I pray that you will hold onto your childlike faith and love of God, for the rest of your life.

I pray that when you sing “Jesus songs,” you will continue to sing them with the same enthusiasm as an adult as you do now.

My wish for you is that you continue to relish in the joy of life, the happiness in the simple things and that you hold onto your nonjudgmental way of looking at people.

Your way of loving everyone in your path.

I pray that when it comes to your strong faith and your love, that it remains as strong as it is now at age 6, as when you are 60.


Your mom

Last year, Joey did something at his birthday party that rendered me speechless. He surprised me with a birthday present on his birthday.

As tears welled in my eyes, I looked around the room at the parents, who also had tears in their eyes.

They knew.

What Joey did was amazing, thinking of others on his big day. But little does he realize, I never need another gift the rest of my life — because the greatest gift God ever gave me was him.

Moravchik is news director for WDAZ in Grand Forks and a working mother of two. She can be reached at (701) 775-2511 or