On Friday we took all the girls to the pool again. I think it is their favorite past time! They don't seem to get enough of the water! This place is very inexpensive and not terribly far away so we've scheduled a trip every other week during these summer months. Hannah is the bravest of all these girls. She's not afraid to get her face wet and absolutely loves the water! She can come up a sputtering and it just doesn't phase her! In fact, she swam so hard that she completely wore herself out. We didn't realize just how much until she got out of the pool and then had trouble walking without assistance. I guess next time we'll have to watch her a bit closer to be sure she doesn't exhaust herself that much before having a good rest. After-all, she will have to work up to such things as she is still recovering from major heart surgery. She probably feels better than she ever has in her life and just wants to do things she always dreamed of doing. Who could blame her?!!
This time, the pool's temperature was much cooler and Jenna took quite some time getting in. She wandered around the pool sticking her foot in to check the temperature I guess to see if it was any warmer here or there. After some time, she finally decided she'd get in, but held tightly to my neck not wanting to completely immerse herself in the water! Once she got acclimated to the temperature, it was great fun! In fact, she had a royal fit when she had to get out!! Serena also enjoyed herself asking me over and over once we returned home when we were going back! Elizabeth also has a great time in the water! All our girls love the water and just can't get enough!
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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