Blue eyes!

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.
Nice family portrait.
posted April 10th, 2012  
Lovely family and lovely family portrait. I so agree with you on family (not necessarily blood-related) love.
posted April 10th, 2012  
Glad you were lucky enough to get an awesome step-family - I did as well!
posted April 10th, 2012  
Not rude at all to say, it is honest and how you feel. Nothing wrong with that. How great that you have beautiful people in your life! Many of my in-laws are more acception and more supportive than my own blood. Go where the positive energy is, I say!
posted April 10th, 2012  
Lovely family shot.
posted April 10th, 2012  
Lovely portrait and heart warming story.
posted April 11th, 2012  
I hear you - family are the people who love and accept you the way you are. My family is a united nations of races, religions, gender orientations, adopted, biological and step relatives etc but we love them all and it has nothing to do with blood relationships.
posted April 17th, 2012  
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