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.