We are so proud to tell you that Serena has learned to ride a bike!! We wanted to share it with all of you. While it took a bit of doing due to her poor balance issues, she now is able to ride without training wheels. With the past week being a holiday, it provided the extra time she needed to practice her balancing skills. She is quite adamant about practicing all she can and hasn't given up easily. Now, all she needs to do is learn to use the brakes! She just runs into something or crashes before stopping. Randy has been trying to teach her about using the brakes. At one point, she got a bit confused and would press them just as soon as she began to ride only to bring her to an immediate stop. After more explanation, she is beginning to realize that you only press them later when you want to stop. Serena thought this video of her crashing her bike into the bushes was simply hilarious!! Every time she watches it, she laughs hysterically! How many of you remember when you learned to ride a bike and some of these same type of accidents you incurred before getting much better at it?!! I know I sure do!
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.