I am thankful to have such a wonderful one. When you need them, they come. Not everyone has such a close knit bunch.
My eldest son recently separated from his wife. This has been hard, she and I are friends. I had taken the mention of her two daughters, who were not "really" related to me, off my profile.
You can see, they are back.
Sometimes family is a matter of the heart and not the blood relations.
I still have my "sister" Lalani. We haven't been truly related to one another for well over 30 years, yet we both consider one another a sister. Her Mom and my Dad were married for almost five years.
My Mom and Dad divorced when I was almost 11... yet Granny has always referred to Mom as her Daughter in Law.
So we are going through a rough patch right now, sorting out our feelings, with my DIL. I have spoken to her on the phone, and we are still pretty unsure of the new ground we are walking. Her daughters may not be my grandchildren by birth, but they are by way of the heart. Pulling their threads from the tapestry of our family would leave such holes. They will just have to stay woven into the fabric.