National Stepfamily Day

I say it often, and yet not nearly enough. I feel especially blessed.

One of my great blessings is to be part of an incredible blended family.  When I officially became a stepparent, I had no idea how it would change my life. (And yes, despite the now adult stepchildren’s insistence that it’s not true, I proudly self-dubbed myself the Evil Stepmother. Come on! Theatre gal here, and I gleefully play all the witches!)

In truth, learning to handle both triumphs and challenges makes us all stronger and better people. As a stepfamily, we also grow in our capacity to love and be loved. It’s truly fantabulous.

When Adam and Caiti got engaged to be married, the Parents’ Table at the party featured 4 couples. Yup. They both have birth parents and stepparents. I remember thinking how truly blessed we all are. Many young people feel fortunate if they still have one parent. When we gathered last Thanksgiving, the picture formed a perfect one for National Stepfamily Day. Our little Granddaughter has 8 Grandparents (and turned my Mom into a Great Grandmother) … plus Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins… all thanks to the great Stepfamily.

Whatever your family is, was, or could be, cherish the moments. Remember and celebrate the love. Always.

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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