Today, Elizabeth turned 9 years old! Ever since we got to foster Elizabeth 6 months ago, she has asked when her birthday was. In the beginning, for weeks she'd say "My birthday is tomorrow!" I'd have to say, "NO, it's not tomorrow, but a long time off yet." With no concept of time, it took awhile for her to realize it was not anytime soon! Not that she ever forgot, but she finally got to the point where she didn't ask every day! Since she has been studying Kindergarten, she has now gained a much better concept of time. When her birthday was a month away, she began to get excited and started to count down the days! She'd say, "Only 25 more days and it'll be my birthday!" and so on, and so on. Well...the day finally came and we had a birthday celebration inviting some of our friends to join in the celebration! Congratulations Elizabeth, now you only have 364 days until your next birthday!!
We are the Rippee family! We manage and are house parents in a home for older orphaned girls in China. It's called the Forever Home, and it is a project of New Day Foster Home. Like all foreign workers at NDFH, we receive no salary for our work, so if you would like to support our family's living expenses, please click the button below to donate through PayPal. Donations are tax-deductible. To learn more about the Forever Home and ways you can directly support this work, please visit New Day Foster Home's website.
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Elise was adopted at the age of 3 years old as a special needs child by Randy and Rita Rippee, managers and house parents of this Forever Home. Elise is home- schooled and really loves music, cooking, arts and crafts, and enjoys being the big, older sister to the Forever Home girls.
Shawna was adopted at the age of 1 year old as a special needs child by Randy and Rita Rippee, managers and house parents of this Forever Home. Shawna is home-schooled and is good at piano, arts and crafts, and thoroughly enjoys playing with the Forever Home girls.
Elizabeth was adopted at the age of 10 years old as a special needs child by Randy and Rita Rippee, managers and house parents of this Forever Home. Elizabeth is home-schooled and loves the outdoors, computers, bike riding, and crafts.
THE FOREVER HOME GIRLS
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