As Mother's Day approaches, I always feel a little sad. Here I am putting my time, energy, and love into raising my husband's two children, yet when Mother's Day rolls around, they go off to be with their "real" mom. Because of my experience, I have a chapter in my forthcoming book, "Stepping into a New Role, Stories from Step-moms", entitled "Not My Mother's Day". For my book, I interviewed many step-moms who, like me, never got to share that special day with their step kids, celebrating all they did for those children. Being a stepmom is a much tougher job than I anticipated. However, it is an opportunity for growing and learning everyday. Once my book is published next year, I hope it will be a source of support and comfort to the millions of step-moms out there.