30 Days of Gratitude–Day 11

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.

Today I am thankful for my stepdaughters, Sydney and Sophie.

This photo is a couple of years old, but it’s what I had available.
From left to right: Steve, me, Sydney, Sophie

The above photo is one of my favorites. On a complete and utter whim (after a bit of bourbon) I thought it would be fun to get dressed up and have a photo taken. Our neighbor kindly came over to take a few pictures.

They are truly remarkable young ladies. Completely different from each other. But both a lot of fun. Sydney is a junior in college and Sophie is a junior in high school. They are both really into choir. Sophie even does gigs around town, playing her ukulele and singing.

Movies, books, and TV shows have, I think, done a really bad job with blended families. They portray all of the drama and bad stuff, and sometimes it winds up being all right in the end. That could not be further from my experience. I was completely braced for impact, but from the beginning these young women have welcomed me into their lives.

It’s a lot of fun having them around. Especially for the holidays, though I’m sure it’s stressful for them zipping back and forth to do stuff with both their dad and my family and their mom and her family. But we make it work. For me, I come from a small family, so it’s nice having more people around. Plus, Sydney and Sophie will play and sing a couple of Christmas carols for us (I may have told them that they have to sing for their meal).

It’s difficult to know what else to say because I obviously want to respect their privacy. I’ll leave it at blended families are good and I got lucky by gaining two sweet stepdaughters.

What are you thankful for today?

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