My niece joined the family on July 12th, 2010. This special young lady's mother is my younger sister, which in classic Chinese culture makes me her Jiu Jiu (舅舅) -- thus the title of this blog. Here I intend to semi-regularly post reflections, thoughts, stories, and assorted whathaveyous pertaining to our trip to China, adoption in general, and (mostly) watching my niece grow up. Since the web is a very public place, I will attempt to maintain my family's privacy while telling the story... but I invite you to follow the blog and come along for the adventure!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Whoa... We just had an honest-to-goodness earthquake here in the DC area!  Preliminary reports put it at magnitude 5.8 with the epicenter in Mineral, Virginia, and was felt as far away as New York City.

(Dude, we're all just tenants here, remember?)

I just got off the phone, everyone in the family's checking in with each other, we're all OK and are now tracking down friends & other relatives... Now what I'm worried about is the four(!) nuclear power plants within a 130-mile radius of our area... gaah...

I hope everyone out there is OK...

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