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It's too bad that the term "fairy" has taken on such a negative meaning in our language, far from the benevolent context of Cinderella's "fairy godmother." If it hadn't, I would have titled this post "fairy stepdaughter," as an homage to the remarkable changes in our household that my fabulous stepdaughter Erin has wrought since she moved in with us a few weeks ago.

I don't know what it is about Erin, but she manages to bring out the best in all of us. Having her in the house on a day to day basis has been such a positive thing. We're all happier. The house is cleaner--not just because she cleans up (which she does, and that's wonderful), but also because she sets an example that the rest of us can cheerfully follow. We're eating family dinners every night, and taking the time to enjoy each other's company.

Actually, as I think about Disney characters, she's really more of a Mary Poppins--but younger, blonder, and with a decidedly more delightful southern accent. And we're lucky to have her.

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What a great thing to say! I must say that living in my new home has been FULL of new lessons, and exciting sibling debates! I am honered that ya'll have opened your home and lives to me. I can promise I am learning more from ya'll than you are me! Still it's always nice to feel wanted. Besides, Project Runway has never been as much fun to watch, as it is with Liz! Talking trash has hit a whole new level on Wednesday evenings. Ohh the cherrished rituals of a stepmonster and her fairy stepdaughter!

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