Welcome to Families First Monthly
Families First Monthly is entering 18 years of publishing with this issue. Finding stories and columns has been the most rewarding part of being a publisher/editor. Oftentimes a story finds me, as is the case with Arlo Strong: A Journey of the Heart, about my 13 month old grandson. My daughter-in-law Emily wrote a touching story (page 5) about this amazing boy who has had two of his three needed life-sustaining open heart surgeries to rework his seriously defective heart. Our Young Entrepreneur is a fundraising dynamo for the American Heart Association and I was pointed his way by a reader. And I love how stories in an issue can tie together.
Jane Louise Boursaw has been a writer with Families First Monthly since the beginning. She provides a movie reviews column Reel Life with Jane (page 18) which has been a wonderful addition to our content. I am sad to announce her departure with her column, as this is the last one. I am happy that she will be having more time to focus on her family, and the time it takes publishing The Old Mission Gazette.net. We will miss her here.
For Earth Day my gift will be showing more passion for our environment year around. The Mother Earth artwork shown here is by a young local artist Calla Behmann.
Enjoy our many Mothers Day stories which span generations.
Laura Lee Kalchik