I feel like I'm becoming the poster child for the saying, "Life is what happens while you make other plans." There's been a LOT going on 'round these parts over the past couple of weeks -- birthdays & anniversaries, the beginning of end-of-year school events, preparations for more birthday & anniversary celebrations, preparations for several ginormous end-of-year dance recitals, and bunches of assorted doctor visits and/or associated errands.
Somewhere in there, I updated my iPhone to the latest version of iOS and spent most of a full day getting the damn thing working again... followed by two days of missing every alert, text message and reminder because the update also turned off all the audible notifications. As soon as that got straightened out, my laptop began arguing with me and got progressively worse so that I lost roughly a week of functionality in that oh-so-important tool (and missed important deadlines along the way).
I seem to have finally gotten all the digital members of my family working normally again, so I'll get back to composing & posting here but wanted to warn y'all that there's likely to be another gap while I catch up on all the other stuff I couldn't do... You know, silly stuff like trying to develop an income.
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!