Today I ran into an old friend and he asked me, "How's your family?" meaning myself and my husband. There's something about that phrase that always makes me happy - I think it's the recognition that Mr. M and I are already a family - a family that hopes to welcome children, but a family nonetheless! It's such a small phrase, but it means a lot to me.
"The family, in fact, is born of the intimate communion of life and love founded on the marriage between one man and one woman. ... The family unit, in fact, is born from the communion of persons." (The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, nos. 211, 213)