The girls have a snack and they'd all agree that it is, by far, their favorite! They simply call it la jiao or la pian (meaning spicy). It is usually made out of tofu or sometimes a flour base. It is quite cheap and they often use part of their allowances to purchase some throughout the week as I can't seem to supply enough to satisfy them in their opinion:) It is actually pretty spicy, but they love it anyway! When our last helper, an intern, was here I asked her if she'd like to try some. But first I asked her if she liked spicy. She replied that she did so I gave her a piece to try. After all, you need to experience as many new things as possible while you're here in China, right?! Well, she took one bite and had to spit it out. Not that the taste was awful, but it was just more spicy than she could handle. She then remarked "How do they eat that stuff?!" All our girls here like spicy! We have to put a bottle of it on the table at each meal! Hannah enjoys it the most. She simply can't eat a piece of toast without it. Jelly just won't due for her, she must have spicy sauce! I do draw the line on having spicy on some things like cake or ice-cream. Believe me though, she's asked more than once! I guess we just have spicy girls!
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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