First there is your birth family, where you have no control over membership. Then there is your own family of which we have control of mates, but children are not handpicked, although loved. After that comes extended families that come along with the I do's. As far as I can tell the only family where every member is chosen by you personally is your family of friends.
Some are picked because they fill the space left empty by a member of another family type. Some are chosen because they sooth an ache to have a type of family member not available in a birth family. My best friend is closer than the sister I never had, ever could have been. Some are included just because you cannot imagine a life without them in it.
God in all His wisdom understood that humans with all their frailties would need more than one way to possess a happy healthy family. The value of a good family is priceless, no matter which type you possess. Celebrate the one's you have, and that will go a long way toward replacing any you lack.
THINK ABOUT IT
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