I am Julia Roberts…

In that movie Stepmom – except for the whole Susan Sarandon dying thing.

Ive been in a bit of a funk this week, all these thoughts swirling around my head about turning half way to 70. Yes, I have the tendency to catastrophize. Doesnt everyone?

I get stressed each May. Its a month of memories – some not so nice. I outrun them most of the time but then some days they catch up with me. I decided I was just going to treat today as a great day – I was going be grateful for my little family who made me brekkie, wrote me cards and let me sleep in…til 9!!!

I dont talk here much about my life as a step mum – its a private world full of contradictions, of highs and lows and its probably the hardest job Ive ever taken on – without even having a clue about how hard it was going to be. Its hard to split yourself between 4 people – 2 who dont understand my little quirks all of the time, 1 who is just a replica of me (and strangely has the same quirks) and a little man who donks everyone in the head with Thomas trains. He has quirks – we just haven’t claimed ownership of them yet.

This morning as I was swanning around in a haze of presents, FB messages and drop ins my phone rang and I missed the call.

When I looked back I realised it was my step daughter.

It was her call I had missed.

I rang her back and heard her little 12 year old voice on the end of the line, she cleared her throat and sang me happy birthday.

I think we’ll be alright – the 6 of us.

Im Linking up with Maxabella Loves 52 Weeks of Grateful this week…pop over here and read some of the other posts x




  1. I’m glad it’s not just Harry that donks people with trains. Happy birthday!


  2. Happy Birthday. I hope that you are feeling in less of a funk.


  3. I loved this Sarah. Being a step Mum myself I could feel all the things you didn’t say. Well written.


    1. Thanks Stephanie – I’m glad you ‘got’ it x


  4. How lovely!


  5. Happy birthday, spring chicken! Half way to seventy?? Are you mad! You’re 35 lovely little years in and that is all.

    I loved your thoughts on step-mumming. Yes, I think you’ll all be very ok. x


    1. ah see thats what I needed – a glass half full kinda comment.

      I love that little people that I didnt even give birth to can make my heart sing. Thanks for stopping by in your hectic blogging world x


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