I have learned in the last thirteen years that family doesn't have to be blood related. That was when my dad married a woman that has treated me better than my own mother. Sounds rude to say, especially since my mom died 12 years ago.
She has a very large family and they took me on as if I am blood related. This is her oldest granddaughter, Becky and her kids Vivian, Albrya and Anthony. Becky lives in the same town as me and she's more like my best friend than just my step-niece. My daughter babysits the youngest two a few days a week and I love them like crazy!
For Easter we all gathered at my dad and step-mom's. I brought my camera with plans to do portraits of everyone. Well, it was sunny but the wind was crazy and cold so we all stayed inside.