Families are a funny lot of people. Some are related by blood, some are related by marriage and some are related by love. Everybody has "that" aunt/uncle/cousin/whoever and we love them still. Like it or not, we are forever connected through family.
I have lived a fairly ordinary life. I grew up, went to school, got married, got a job and had a couple of kids. I remember coming home from the hospital after the birth of our youngest child. Trophy husband was behind the wheel with me riding shotgun, I looked over my shoulder toward the backseat of the car where our daughter sat next to our new son and thought "our family is complete, and it's beautiful"
Fast forward through life and our daughter found a wonderful man to marry and love forever. And we love him too. It was an unexpected bonus to welcome him into our family.
And then our son found someone wonderful to marry and love forever and we love her too. Another lovely addition to our family.
The fact that our kids have grown up and found someone that loves them so deeply and the feelings I have because of this fact is something I didn't see coming.
I probably always knew it would happen someday and now that it has, my heart is overflowing with gratitude, happiness and love for this family of ours.
Because, to me, the fact that my kids have found people that love them as unconditionally as I do, truly, brings me to my knees.