But there is at least one development in my life that I should probably mention. I am now German again. Years ago I took the ancestry DNA test. Like the man in their advertisement, I was surprised by the results. I know that most of my ancestry is indeed from the British Isles, but I believed that at least a portion of it, a portion equivalent to the German surname that I had, would be German. I was surprised to learn that approximately the percentage that I expected to be German was in fact reported to me as Eastern European.
Recently I got an update from ancestry.com. With the addition of new data, they have recalculated my ancestry. The portion that they had attributed to Eastern European is now German.
Both children had DNA tests. They, of course, showed quite a bit of German. But that only made sense because Helena also has quite a bit of German ancestry.