She’ll learn how to make something beautiful from what once was broken.
When you give a girl a stepfamily, she’ll love them as her own. She’ll gain new best friends – in both her parents and siblings. She’ll have loving arms to count on when times get tough, and warm smiles to count on through every life accomplishment. She’ll have people to laugh with until her belly hurts, and someone at home waiting to hear about her day.
When you give a girl a stepfamily, she’ll understand that family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for exactly who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.
When you give a girl a stepfamily, she’ll learn to accept new people into her life and appreciate the differences. Stepfamilies are made up of a mix of different people. Everyone comes from different backgrounds, different experiences, different memories and more. The differences, all brought together into one family, are what make stepfamilies so beautiful.
When you give a girl a stepfamily, she’ll be exposed to countless life stories and lessons. Whether the stories come from her stepgrandmother about her glory days or her stepbrothers about their latest soccer match, every experience they choose to share with her will only make them closer. Their life stories can be lessons for her to learn and grow from.
When you give a girl a stepfamily, she’ll pretend the extra gifts on birthdays and holidays aren’t a big deal, but she secretly loves them. Spending the special days of the year with so many people, usually spread out across time, just make the joyfulness last a little longer. Also, realizing how many people care about you throughout the good times doesn’t hurt.
When you give a girl a stepfamily, she’ll know the love of someone who never had to love her, but chose to. She’ll understand the feeling of pure love and what it means to care for someone, regardless of their relationship to her. She’ll hold that love close to her heart and share it with those who are important to her, family or not.
When you give a girl a stepfamily, she’ll know they aren’t “step” or “half” at all; they’re just family. Family is family, whether it’s one you start out with, the one you end up with, or the family you gain along the way.
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