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Meet Julie A. King, 2021 New Hampshire Mother of the Year®

January 27, 2021

About

The only thing Julie A. King ever knew she wanted to be was a mother. Growing up, her parents, Frank O. and Sherry A. King were active in their church and community, helping children and teens and fostering several children in the late 1960s. Julie followed in their footsteps, teaching and mentoring teens and young adults in her church, participating in mission work, helping rebuild nine houses in Louisiana and Texas after Hurricane Rita, and helping at the homeless ministry. In 2017, while helping a struggling single grandmother who had recently taken custody of her three grandchildren, Julie felt the call to become a foster parent. In 2017, she began her foster care journey when she took in a 17-month-old boy. Three years later, Julie adopted her son. Julie is a single parent who works full time at Bauer Hockey as a Senior Manager of Training and Community Development. Julie was instrumental in developing Bauer’s philanthropic platform in support of families. Under Julie’s leadership, #BauerGivesBack serves families in greatest need, providing financial support, hockey gear, and inspirational experiences to families in need. In her free time, you will find Julie enjoying adventures with her son, leading Women’s Ministry at her church and spending time with family.

What surprises you most about being a mom?
What surprises me most about being a Mom is the depth of my love for my son. From the moment he came to me at 17 months old my whole life shifted to be about him and what is best for him-no matter what.

Who has been impactful in your journey as a mother? What lessons do you carry with you and share often through motherhood?
My own mother has been the most impactful person on my motherhood journey. Growing up she was the COOLEST mom I knew. She worked intelligence in the army, she could cook anything, sew anything, build anything and fix anything. She was beautiful without effort but could throw a softball with such force grown men feared the speed. She made raising three biological children and several foster children look effortless. From her I learned to love fiercely and always put my family first. Unfortunately I didn’t get her cooking skills.

In your experience, what’s the first step in tapping into our maternal energy to positively impact lives around us?
For me, it’s faith. God is the foundation for my life. The two greatest commandments are love God and love others. I use that foundation to look at the ways that I can make a difference for others-even if it’s something as small as complimenting a stranger.

Share one of your favorite stories from motherhood?
When I was preparing to adopt my son my best friend sent me a snap chat that she wanted to throw me a son-shine shower. When I explained what a son-shine shower I explained that it was like a baby shower but for adoption. My son was SO mad. He sent my friend the funniest video saying I am not a baby and I don’t take baby showers.

What is something, big or small, you’ve accomplished that you’re proud of?
Adopting my son as a single mom. The only thing I ever wanted to be was a mom. When I was married we tried to conceive but failed. After we divorced, I resolved myself to the fact mothering might not be God’s will for my life. I became active in my church working with teens and young adults, standing in the gap with those who had difficult home lives. I was 47 years old when I answered the call to foster. It was the hardest yet most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life.

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