My idea of family is people that are there for you through thick and thin. I have many family members by blood or marriage but I think it extends beyond that. This topic has come up a lot recently in my life.
I was divorced last year. I still have a decent relationship with my ex and with his family -- my family. I still consider them my family too. After being married for almost 9 years (together for 3 before that), I can't just abandon the relationships that I've formed. I'm fortunate enough to have them still accept me as part of their family too.
This is the summer of traveling and the summer of family. I took a vacation with my sister in May, road trip to visit my in-laws at the end of June, road trip today to visit my dad, and road trip in August to visit my cousin and her family. Whew. I love my family enough to spend my summer in the car to visit them. :)
Taken in ND visiting my in-laws. My new nephew.
Taken a couple of years ago at our family reunion. My crazy family (dad's side).
It was taken at my dad's house. Where we are headed to today. Right on the lake. I spend my holidays with about 50 % of these people. They are a hoot.
Next vacation: Chicago. We were there already once this year visiting these lovely people. My cousin and her family (plus a friend).
My little family.
Not trying to gloss over any of my other family. You can read more about my mom here and my dad here.
Be sure to check out these other ladies to find out all about their families: Michelle, Stacey, Andrea, Tracey, Heather, Jenn, Jessica, Amanda, Kristin, Amanda, Sara, Tracy, Lesli, Janet, Naomi, Rhonda, Rose, Heidi, Kristi, and Jean