In what you’ll be justified in calling a “highly emo” moment, I thought I’d pay tribute to all the stepparents who are doing a great job with the children they have accepted and love as their own.

Damn straight. - image - cafepress.com

Damn straight. – image – cafepress.com

Teenagers can be a handful and nobody grows up wanting to be a stepparent. It’s complicated. But, if you had met my stepdad, you could have sworn that he had always known that he would one day find himself in this situation. He was so comfortable and excelled at his suddenly assumed role of fatherhood to the three hooligans that are me and my brothers, shaping us into the adults that we are today.

Me and my brothers. - image - taken by friend

Me and my brothers. – image – taken by friend

Many times, I told him that I loved him because he was open and encouraging like that but never once did I tell him how much I appreciated him for being the glue that held our little family together for all the years we were blessed to have him.

You ladies do a great job just by being around and spreading the love. - image - cafepress.com

You ladies do a great job just by being around and spreading the love. – image – cafepress.com

This blog post is dedicated to stepparents who love and enjoy their families and those who are still finding their feet in this arena of parenthood. It may seem that your presence is taken for granted or worse, unnoticed but believe me, you are appreciated. It’s not always hundreds raising children but when you put love first, everything falls into place. Stay strong and let love take over.