We’ve covered a lot of topics during the seven years we’ve been in print, from dirty jobs and education to the outdoors and Veterans. We figured it’s high time, then, for us to pay homage to the very folks that make all of these things possible — moms and dads!

In this issue of Focus on Artesia, Moms and Dads took center stage. We could not possibly cover everything related to being a parent, so instead we chose to highlight a few specific stories relating to fatherhood, motherhood, and being an adoptive parent.

We are thrilled to introduce our Focus readers to Junior Thurman, a new freelance writer for our publication. Thurman is the father of five children, one of whom has special needs. He takes a heartwarming yet humorous look at being a dad in his piece titled “Fatherhood.” His wife, Vicki, submitted some adorable family photos of Junior and his children from years past, and our photographer, Jessica Addington was able to capture some sweet photos of them today at the Artesia Historic Museum.

We included another story on the topic of fatherhood titled “A Father’s Legacy,” in which we take a step back in time and see how one man got started in the tire business and managed to build a tire empire that still supports his family today, more than 75 years later.

On the motherhood side of things, you can read about “The Logic That Motivates A Mother,” and see if perhaps you can relate with having a “mean” mom! To help paint a complete picture, I included a picture of my “mean” mom, Debbie, my younger sister, Erin, and me circa 1985, as well as a more recent picture of the three of us. Truth be told, I couldn’t be more grateful for my “mean” mom and the impact she’s had on my life! I would not be the woman I am today if not for her.

When it comes to parenting, it’s important to acknowledge that families come about in many different ways. Sometimes they’re formed by parents giving birth, but other times it’s through adoption or fostering or even surrogacy. What makes someone a “mom” or “dad” is more than genetics; it’s more than the blood coursing through our veins. It’s easy to put labels on things and say he’s a stepdad or she’s an adoptive mom, but at the end of the day, he’s a dad and she’s a mom. Period. If someone is willing to step in and give a child love, care, attention, guidance…the makings of a full life, the labels don’t matter. You can read about one such woman, Julia, and her journey of adoption on page 32. Her story serves as an inspiration to all parents, me included.

We peppered this issue with quotes about moms and dads, funny “dad” sayings, mushy things moms say, and pictures of parents with their children. It was a fun issue to put together and we hope you all enjoy reading through it as much we did putting it together.


Best Wishes,

Staci Guy, Editorial Director