Over the summer we had plenty of opportunities to spend time with my husband's Brazilian relatives. Some live here in the States and one was here visiting for a few months. I absolutely love getting together with our Brazilian cousins. My husband's cousins are more like siblings to him, and he has always been very close with them, and I love them just as much.
When we get together there are always entertaining stories--especially those told by my father-in-law, who remembers everything and has a real gift for telling a great story.
|My father-in-law and my husband laughing and telling stories.|
Telling stories about the past, including the time my husband spent in Brazil as a child, bring us closer as a family. We laugh together over shared meals that include American, German and Brazilian foods.
My husband's German grandmother is lovingly remembered and honored by my mother-in-law through stories about the delicious sweets she made and the German traditions she integrated with the new-to-her Brazilian culture.
|my mother-in-law shows me some cookies her mother used to make|
|German-inspired cakes for my husband and youngest daughter who share a birthday.|
All of the women in the family are skilled cooks. I used to feel a little jealous when my husband would rave about his cousins' cooking, and then I tasted it. All jealousy was replaced with praise. My mother-in-law makes fabulous German cakes, just as her mother did.
|My mother-in-law and sister-in-law|
My mother-in-law spends a lot of time translating historical documents for Family History purposes. There have been many times when she's found something interesting out about an ancestor and gives us a call to tell us about it. Her mother's family left Brazil to go back to Germany shortly before WWII, and she remained by herself in a foreign land. My mother-in-law is still in contact with her German relatives. It's fun to hear the stories about them.
I sure love my family and I am glad they are a part of my life story.
|Three generations of Johnson men. My son is wearing a shirt my father-in-law's mom made for my husband when he was a little boy in Brazil. My son looks a lot like my husband did as a boy.|
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