19. We Love Them Unconditionally By Choice
"I wish more people would recognize the role that stepparents play and how involved they are. We aren’t just here in the background. We aren’t treating the stepchild differently than our biological children. We aren’t plotting to send the kids off every chance we get or praying for them to turn eighteen. We are in the trenches, wiping noses and kissing boo-boos just as we do with our own biological children. We are reading bedtime stories and tucking them in at night. We are joyful when they are joyful. We hurt when they hurt. We love unconditionally by choice. When they leave back to the other home, a part of us stays silent until they’re home with us again." Kimberly K.