“Family: a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not: the traditional family.”
I googled the term “family” and that is what dictionary.com came up with. I think there’s a lot more to it than that. That definition is lacking emotionally for me. I love emotions. Just ask Denis. Emotion is what defines “family” to me. Family is trust, family is drama, family is friendship, family is fun, family is sadness, family is compassion, family is comfort, family is forgiving, family is joy and most of all family is love.
I also find it interesting that the dictionary.com definition doesn’t refer to family as being blood related because usually that’s what comes to mind when thinking about family. However, sometimes in our lives when our blood relations live far, far away we have to find family in others. Doesn’t mean we love our blood related families any less, it just means that we altogether learn to love even more.
So I wanted you to meet some of my Florida family. They’re pretty awesome. And I’m so grateful to have all of them in my life right now. I’m tied emotionally to all of them and I’m not blood related to any of them, but we’re family.
(Dan & Liz Garza, Denis, Shaun & Amber O’Bryant, Braden & Julie Reynolds)