This photo was taken at my German grandmother’s 90th birthday in Heidelberg, Germany. There are four different generations represented in this photo. Even though all of these family members live in Germany, I have had the fortune of getting to spend a significant amount of time in Germany with them. (My parents and husband are in this photo and they live in the US). They are a very colorful, crazy, and lively group. Two things that always shine through whenever I have visited are that no matter how spirited the conversations get, family is the most important thing and they would defend it fiercely. The second is that no matter how much time goes between each visit, we are always welcomed warmly and with the knowledge that we are family.