The definition of family is constantly evolving, and every person can define family in a different way to encompass the relationships he/she shares with people in his/her life. As a genealogist, I believe that family in the traditional sense makes for a biological fact and not necessarily a relationship.
And as I've grown older, I've come to realise that the people you can be closest to don't have to be related through DNA or marriage and you don't have to have known them for a lifetime.
We are blessed to be building a network of friends locally who are becoming so important to us, as well as maintaining those vital friendships of long-standing.
Who do you have in your life that you think of as family?