We, in conjunction with New Day, are beginning a home for older orphan girls while they wait to be adopted or to live with a family (us) if they are never adopted. We've had Elizabeth, a heart patient and 9 years old, since last July. Although we were expecting our next 2 children in about 3 months, well.....as things typically go here, it has happened much faster than previously expected! We received our second child, Hannah, 10 days ago!! Hannah was born on April 6, 2002 (currently 7 years old). She was born with a severe heart disease (TOF). She was abandoned on March 4, 2009 and has already had her first heart surgery in late August. Hanna was very malnourished when she arrived at the healing home. Although she is 7 years old, she is very delayed and found to be functioning on a 3 year old level. She has many issues to work through for such a little girl—thank God that his grace is sufficient for whatever is needed!! Hannah will also require a second heart surgery very soon to completely repair her heart condition. She is currently scheduled to go in for testing in preparation of that surgery at the end of February. It will probably require that I stay in the hospital with her for about 10 days while she recovers enough for her to return home. We currently expect to be receiving Catherine, 9 years old, in about 2 months, that is if it continues to go according to the plan! She has had her heart surgery this past month and is now recovering. She will also require a second heart surgery in about a year.
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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We provide this information to give our sponsors and supporters a general idea of the challenges our children face. For prospective adoptive parents, the information on the blog is not intended to be a substitute for a complete and up-to-date referral packet from your adoption agency. Please keep in mind that in our blog posts, we always try to focus on a child's strengths, accomplishments and positive developments, not in an attempt to gloss-over their often serious medical conditions, but in an effort to share a glimpse of their precious personalities.