Today is Mother’s Day, so I’m thinking about the women I love and admire. Thinking of my friends who have lost their mothers; friends who have biological children; friends who are not able to have children; those who have lost children; friends who are pregnant; friends who have fostered and those who have adopted. My heart aches for some because they are experiencing such deep grief. I celebrate others as they are having great days with their children or happily expecting a baby.
And I think of stepmoms. I so admire stepmoms. It takes a special person to love someone else’s child. Especially if the love is not returned.
So if you’re a stepmom who parents someone else’s child 50% of the time, 100% of the time, two weekends a month, or just in the summers, here’s to you. Maybe you’re a stepmom with so much parental alienation going on or so much conflict, that you rarely see your stepchild(ren). Whether you show love on a daily basis (cooking, cleaning, packing lunches, doing laundry, being the taxi cab, saying encouraging words, speaking the truth in love) or if you don’t have the opportunity for tangible things but instead, you have a special place for your stepchild in your heart where you keep hopes, dreams, and prayers for him…either way, you are an amazing example of God’s love.
1 Corinthians 16:14 (NIV) Do everything in love.
Happy Mother’s Day, Stepmom.