Ever since Hannah came, she has been our little helper. She wants to help do everything around the house. If she hears bowls or dishes rattling in the kitchen, no mater what time of day, she comes running thinking it is time to set the table! She also wants to help cook in the kitchen and we let her as much as possible, but when it is time to turn the heat on--out she is sent. Hannah desires to help so much that I'm concerned that she might pull a pan of hot oil or water off the stove. It's easy to forget sometimes that although she is nearly 8 years old, she is only 3 emotionally and very much does and acts as a 3 year old. Anyway, she seems fine with that and I certainly don't want her to be burned or get hurt! It's funny though, I let her set the table and she does well with that, but I quickly learned you don't give her food to take to the table or she will either sample it on the way or shortly after she puts it on the table! So for now, all the food stays in the kitchen until dinner is served and I call everyone!!
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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