Sunday morning, we walked to church with Jörg and Tobias.
Heike, Christopher and Dorothea had gone on ahead because they were all involved in the ceremony. Heike is the choir director and Christopher, in addition to playing in the church band, was playing a solo on his piccolo trumpet.
Dorothea, of course, was the star of the show, so pretty all dressed up.
We tried to sing hymns along with the congregation and the kids were a great help, pointing out the pages and verses, but it was a challenge keeping up in German. The format of the service was very much like what we recalled from the Presbyterian church we attended in Miami Shores and I was able to recognize the Lord's Prayer and the Apostles' Creed and even understood a little bit of the sermon.
The pastor called the boys and girls to the altar in pairs to bless them and welcome them into the church family.
After the service, we went straight back to the house for a couple photos.
We had a pleasant surprise when another third cousin, Andreas, arrived from Lake Constance with his family. Andreas visited us in Florida; I think it was in 2005.
We also got to visit with Heike's parents, Hans-Jürgen and Ingeborg, again before the house filled up with guests. We met and hiked with Hansi and Ingeborg (and their other daughter, Kirsten) in Colorado in 2003 at another cousin's (Erich) wedding in Denver that summer.
After all the guests and family had arrived, Jörg made a celebratory toast to Dorothea and everyone had a chance to mingle before we all headed for the Sulzbachtal Restaurant a couple miles away for a feast!
Here we are at the restaurant: that's Heike's younger sister, Kirsten, seated next to Dorothea; Kirsten, another third cousin of mine, visited us in Florida a couple years ago, too.
It was a big, family affair. The entire banquet room was filled with Ulmers and Langners and their relations.
And just when I thought I'd eaten as much as my stomach could hold, it was announced that ten cakes had been prepared for desert!