It's the hardest decision I ever had to make.
Leave a job I love with people I love - in a city I love....or continue to work my schedule: nights and Sundays - missing out on the family I love.
The decision came down to my the kids.
Tyler is entering all-day kindergarten this year and the idea of me dropping him off at school in the morning....then going to work until 11:00 that night - was not sitting well with me. It pained me to think about all the precious time I would be missing.... and the events, games and programs I might not be able to attend.
Being a mom is my most important job and while I could make the most out of that one hour in the morning with my son..I know how crazy mornings are: getting dressed, eating breakfast - trying to get out of the door and I didn't want that to be our only time together. So like so many moms do - I'm making the sacrifice.
That means I'm leaving 10-11 news to take a job as a morning anchor. So for the first time since I've been a mom, I'll be able to be at home at night with my kids, can have dinner with the family and for the first time since we've been married (8 wonderful years) Todd and I will now both live and work in the same city - no more one hour commute for him. I know in my heart this is the best move for my family....but it still doesn't make it easy.
I've lived and worked in Lincoln for nearly 10 years.
During that time I've met some wonderful people.
Covered some amazing stories.
Worked with a number of fantastic organizations...
And have been given the privilege of being invited into many of your homes - every night.
What an honor!!!
I did not take it likely.
Nor do I take motherhood.
Just to be clear...
I was not looking for a job.
This opportunity just happened.
(Hence the scramble to get the house ready for sale)
I do believe this is best for my family.
So Todd will now be in charge of getting the kids ready for school - which I will miss. But our time together in the afternoons, evenings and weekends will make up for missing the school sendoff.
Now the next few weeks/months are going to be crazy...the packing, the cleaning, trying to sell a house while looking to buy a house and starting a new job....But in the end it will be worth it - my kids are worth it.
I still have a two days left on the anchor desk here in Lincoln, but every night I realize it will be closer to my last.
Thank you so much for your support over the years: the words of congratulations when I got engaged on the morning show, the birth of my two boys...and for watching each night as we all do our best to tell you what's going on your community....and thank you for your understanding now.
Until Next Time,