Sunday was Serena's birthday. The night before, after Serena went to bed, the older girls (Shawna & Elise) put up some nice birthday decorations to surprise her the next morning. Imagine her surprise and delight when she got up that morning to see birthday decorations in her honor!! She was quite pleased:) After a breakfast of noodles in egg drop soup, which delighted ALL the girls and they each stated they wanted that on their birthdays too, Serena got to open all her presents. Each of the girls, as well as mom and dad, got her gifts. She was excited as she opened each one. Since Serena seems to desire and enjoy jewelry, many of her gifts was that. She got a necklace, ring, headband, bracelet, notebook and other various small things. Later, we had an ice-cream cake delivered to New Day where we were having a carry in dinner. She was able to celebrate her birthday cake with many of the New Day foreign staff. Of course, we always need to sing happy birthday in Chinese and English! As you can see in the video, she had a bit of trouble blowing out her candles! It was a great day and I think she was pleased with it being such a special day!
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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