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Stepmother's Day: It’s your day too

Stepmother's Day: It’s your day too

Photo: Unsplash/John-Mark Smith | Photo: Unsplash/John-Mark Smith

Maybe you fell in love with the man, but the first time you met his children you got down on your knees and really talked to them. They felt wanted and it only got better from there.

You never excluded them on what could have been your date nights. You learned their favorite foods and the made them fun meals. In time you celebrated birthdays and holidays....they weren’t your kids, but one would never know.

More amazing still, is the generosity you always show their mother. She’s very much part of her kid’s lives and so your kindness extends to her. Recently, you two sat together at the school auditorium, so the kids could see you both smiling back at them as they performed.

In a time of brokenness, you poured your love into those cracks. You made the children a priority as you forged a relationship with their father. I’m sure it wasn’t easy, and I think I would have failed.

But not you. It must be your generous heart that feels what others are feeling. Or maybe it’s a sensitivity that detects rejection in others. Whatever it is, I have seen how you took what was broken and put all the beautiful pieces back together in a new way that has brought hope, healing, and a future to a family.

Some call you step-mom, but I see you as someone who saw more than a man to love, you saw his children, and his former wife as parts of a beautiful life you could share—if you loved each of them. You did, and it’s a gift that will last a lifetime. Happy Mother’s Day to you.

Karen Farris served in the crisis pregnancy ministry — traveling thousands of miles and speaking to over 10,000 students about their life choices — for nearly a dozen years. She became a grant writer and helps find resources for projects that serve those in poverty, mainly children. She's been a blogger since 2010 — Friday Tidings — sharing stories of faith, life, and purpose to give hope in a hurting world.