Last night, the English school of New Day hosted a "New Day's Got Talent." The Forever Home girls got to perform, and WHAT A PERFORMANCE!! They looked like professionals! Especially Serena! She introduced herself and all the girls, then announced what they'd be performing. I was amazed as she had very little coaching. They'd practiced their song all week, but never the intro to my knowledge. Of course, I'm sure she's seen it a hundred times on special programs on TV, but I was amazed at how natural she looked doing it! Perhaps she has a future there?! We already know how much she loves to sing and are working on perhaps getting her some piano and voice lessons to help with that passion she seems to have for music. All we need is a coach and/or music teacher. Perhaps we can find one to do both. You can keep that lifted up.
Anyway, the plan was that Serena and Elizabeth was to sing the song, with Jenna and Hannah doing actions. Although they'd practiced all week, with Shawna and Elise as their coaches, and it was ohhhh soooo cute, it didn't go quite according to plan!! Apparently, when the actual performance time came, stage fright set in on 3 of the 4. Elizabeth, who normally isn't shy in the least, hardly sang and wanted nothing to do with the mic. Jenna and Hannah performed no actions, but instead stared at all the people!! Regardless, I was one proud momma!!! I still thought they looked ohhh sooo cute and did a terrific job! Job well done 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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