(poem originally published in the May 2012 edition of Stepmom Magazine)

Mother’s Day can be a very hard time for some stepmoms. You put in motherly work while caring for your stepkids but often don’t get acknowledged on the day. Your stepkids are with their mom as they should be but their absence leaves a hole…. a reminder of the complexities of blended family living.

I wrote the following poem to celebrate the blessing that a stepmom is to her family and to the world around her. May we all take a moment this month to celebrate ourselves and the mothers in our life. Happy Mother’s Day and never forget the blessing that you are!

A StepMom is a Blessing

a tender heart

a gentle spirit

unselfish acts of kindness

these are just some words that describe a stepmom

She joins a family by choice not chance

She embraces another woman’s children

pledging to love and nurture them

She seeks not to replace their mother

but be a positive role model in their lives

She celebrates her stepchildren’s successes and

her heart aches when they are hurting

She is her partner’s biggest cheerleader

supporting him through the easy and the difficult times

She is the heart of her home

even when her heart is breaking

She stands strong during the storms of life

holding onto the truths she knows

even when lies are raining down on her

She does much for her family

often without a thank you or acknowledgment

She is often overlooked for the love and care she gives

and the positive impact that she makes

She presses through those challenging times

knowing that doing what is right is often not the easy choice

She is stronger than she thinks

wiser than she knows

and more precious than she often realizes

She is sustained on a diet of faith and hope

She makes peace with her past,

embraces her present and plans for her future

She models a healthy relationship with her partner for the children

a gift more precious than gold and silver

She breathes light, love and peace into her home

even when dark forces from the outside fight to get in

She loves with abandon

She lives passionately and purposefully

some call her stepmom, bonus mom, smom

regardless of the title the world gives her

She is love

She is light

 She is precious

She is truth

She is beauty

She is compassion

She is selfless

She is self-control

She is committed to her partner and her family

She is a blessing!

- Heather

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