Brad’s Blog: Local mom featured as magazine’s cover story

MOM Magazine cover with Christy Jones and family
The December issue of MOM Magazine featured the Jones family on its cover — Christy and husband Glenn with children Jacoby, Julian and Samia. (Artwork by MOM Magazine with photo by Emily Hall Photography)

A local mom got some great press this month as the cover story for MOM Magazine, a freely distributed publication published in three markets — Eugene-Springfield, mid-Willamette Valley and Salem.

Christy Jones was a good fit for the magazine’s goal of sharing great stories about local moms, something this publication has been doing for more than 15 years. Jones is pictured on the magazine’s Mid Valley edition cover with her husband, Glenn Jones, and their children Jacoby, 13, Julian, 11 and Samia, 3.

Something that caught my attention right away in the magazine layout was a pull-out graphic, “Moms Love Local,” in which she shared her favorite view or scenic lookout.

Said Jones, “When I’m driving home, coming over the small hill into Philomath on Highway 34 and seeing the beautiful place we live with Marys Peak in the background and more often than not, a beautiful sunset; it’s like a breath of fresh air and I know I’m close to home.”

The magazine article on Jones was presented in a Q-and-A format and covered a lot of ground to give readers a good feel for what she and her family is all about. Here, she talks about her husband, Glenn.

“I have an amazing husband who works so hard for our family in his career and at home,” she told the magazine. “As a hotshot wildland firefighter, he works long labor intensive hours for days at a time and at home he is a very present father to our kids and keeps up with all the maintenance of our home and vehicles.”

Jones said the family enjoys getting away from it all.

“We love to camp, whenever and wherever we can,” she said. “Usually camping involves all the other activities we love too, like fishing, hunting, swimming and riding our motorcycles. We prefer primitive camping along a body of water where we can reconnect with each other and the outdoors.”

One of my favorite answers in the article was a question that she was asked about who would be her real-life hero?

“All of my ancestors who paved the way for me to be in this moment with my own family.”

Read the full Q-and-A and see more photos in the digital version of the magazine.

Eric Niemann, former Philomath mayor, nominated Jones to be featured. Niemann once invited her two boys, Jacoby and Julian, to help display donated tribal flags from The Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians and The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community at a City Council meeting. The two boys also helped with the flags at last fall’s 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at the rodeo grounds.


(Brad Fuqua is publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He can be reached at [email protected]).