Michelle Farnsworth


I always knew I wanted children, but I wanted girls. No boys. So I have two boys. That's how things work. And my two boys are the light of my life. I cannot imagine anything different. That's how things work.

The tricky part is raising boys that become thoughtful, loyal and honest men. In today's society this is a daunting task. There are so many outside influences that can lead your children astray. I often hear experts speak about "you can only do the best you can do, and then it's out of your hands." I don't subscribe to that theory. It is in my hands; our hands. My husband and I are responsible for our boys to learn right from wrong, to know how to live in society without hurting someone else, to become productive citizens, to do the right thing when called upon.

There are many happy, fun and adventurous moments when raising a family, but there are also the moments that test our every bit of patience and good-nature. If you're putting your all into it, parenting is difficult. Anyway, that's my opinion. There's nothing easy about it. But to never have this experience would leave me without direction and without a purpose in my life. Pretty much everything I do each day is for them or about them. In fact, starting this magazine is for them. I want them to look back at this magazine some day when I cannot see or I am without the use of my hands due to arthritis, and say, "Wow, Mom really did a great thing with that little Be Magazine," and be proud of me. I want them to some day show their children the adventuress I had when I was a young woman. (Okay, a middle-age woman.)

The Be a Parent issue is going to give you a little bit of everything from health tips to fashion and food. If you are new to the parenting gig, here's hoping you find some little nugget of information that will give you thought and help you on the life-long parenting journey. Hold on tight! Being a parent is the ultimate rollercoaster ride of your life.

Michelle Farnsworth loves travel, writing, photography, daily devotions, gardening, making jewelry and finding old treasures. Her greatest accomplishment is her two sons, who bring life, love and laughter to her each day.