February 2017 – Exclamation Points!

Patti and Kassidi Kaminski.

Patti and Kassidi Kaminski.

The True Meaning of Love

Love means many different things to many different people. Our cover story is about a couple who have been in love most of their lives, they love what they do and have accomplished wonderful things together. Alisa and Brian Murray have built a life – and a legacy – around their love for capturing the uniqueness of every individual in amazing portraits.  And that’s just the beginning of what these two lovebirds are planning for the future.

Speaking of lovebirds, we asked some of our Fort Bend friends about their plans for February 14th.  Take a look at their Valentine agendas on page 38, and if you need even more inspiration, our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide will help you find the perfect way to make your sweetheart feel loved.

Our interview with a football legend this month is all about love.  In the 1970s, every Houstonian knew what the phrase “Luv ya Blue” meant, and perhaps no player received more fan adoration than Houston Oilers defensive end Elvin Bethea. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Bethea is a long-time resident of Missouri City, and he helped bring an amazing opportunity to the community he loves. Super Bowl weekend, the Missouri City Parks Foundation will host Texas Tailgate, a Pre-Game Tailgate Party and a Private Watch Party featuring pro football Hall of Famers and NFL legends including Elvin Bethea. Read about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to talk football with the greats in our interview with the legendary Oiler on page 14.

Another community legend who we love is featured on the cover of our newest magazine absolutely! fit & fab. We visited with Olympic gold and silver medalist and Sugar Land resident Simone Manuel and her mom, Sharron, about what it takes to go for the gold. We share with our Fort Bend Focus readers a four-page excerpt from absolutely! fit & fab starting on page 17. Our newest title – celebrating Fort Bend women – is now available, so stop by one of our distribution sites listed on page 61 and pick up your free copy. We hope you love it as much as we do!

It has been said that there is no greater love than that of a mother and a child.  I recently accompanied my daughter, Kassidi, back to college. We spent two days together in Austin getting her ready to begin a new semester, and I noticed her writing in a small book at bedtime.  When I asked her what she was doing, she told me that since the first day of the new year, she has written down three things each day.  “I decided for each day of the year to write a Bible verse for the day, the best thing about that day and all of the things that I love about a specific person in my life. That way when I get upset with them, I can look back and remind myself about all of the things I love about them.”  Words of love, words of wisdom from my baby girl.  Now that’s a Valentine’s present to remember.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our Fort Bend friends!

Stay focused,