We live in a small community where not only does everyone know everyone else, it seems that most people are also related to one another. My friend's, (MB's) family portrait includes more people than I know! It's amazing!I have no children, I am an only child, my parents are deceased. I HAVE NO FAMILY!
Honestly, the only blood relative I know is my first cousin, J.
J's father was my mother's younger brother, Jack, and I adored him. When Uncle Jack married Aunt Lucy, she had a daughter L.M., exactly my age. Uncle Jack adopted L.M., ...YAY!! I finally had a cousin. Although, now I had to share the attention w/ someone else, I was happy to have a cousin.
However, when Aunt Lucy got pregnant and had an "adorable" baby girl (J), I was less than thrilled. Instead of sharing the attention, I was getting NONE! I'm happy to say that I got over those feelings of jealousy and consider myself lucky to know both J and L.M.
J and I are definitely from the same family. We have so many things in common: married, no children (by choice) except critters, loves animals (especially dogs), hummers, gardening, living in small town, reading (works in library).
Cousin Jackie napping w/ her critters,
Sydney dog and Mitten (Gone but not forgotten)