Unintentional Stepmother

Julie Michelle Sparenberg and her beautiful step-daughters Mila and Nadia.

Julie Michelle Sparenberg and her beautiful step-daughters Mila and Nadia.

Julie Michelle Sparenberg, a well-known and extraordinary photographer and artist got married last year.  Her handsome prince came along with two princesses- Mila and Nadia.  In a recent post on Mutha Magazine, Julie shares her story of how the gift of motherhood unexpectedly came to her, and how the love of two little girls has changed her mind and heart.  Lucky Mila, Nadia, and JuJu.

 

One week and two days ago, my husband’s hand gently pushed me. To lie with him, face down, on our driveway.

A 20-ish looking man wearing a baggy athletic clothes and a knitted cap pointed a semi-automatic pistol at my head as he took our wallets, phones, house keys, car keys. I remember looking at his handgun briefly. A squarish grey muzzle with a small dark void in the center stared back into my eye. I had never seen a gun before, perhaps which is why it didn’t look real to me, why I imagined it could be a toy. I turned my head away from the weapon, cheek on the concrete, and closed my eyes—a street version of peek-a-boo.

If I can’t see you, you won’t hurt me.   read more…..