Oz, I have found that family bonds are sometimes even stronger among those that don't share blood relations. This has been the case in this lifetime for me with the exception of my children. My kids and I are close as it comes. But I have sisters and brothers here who are much closer to me than those I was raised with. Our paths simply differed.I like the idea because I often feel the people around us now have always been with us and are kindred souls.I call it family, although they are not always related.