Today we are sad to tell you that a cherished member of the Forever Home has passed on. Our beloved hamster has died. After one discovered it, they yelled out "The hamster's dead!" and the rest came running to check it out. They all stood over the cage to find out for themselves and sure enough he was gone. There's little doubt when he's belly up in his cage, especially when you shake it and he doesn't move! Aren't you glad I just showed you a picture of the empty cage rather than one of them all standing over it staring at it? We know that a hamsters lifespan is only a few years and we've already had him a couple of years so he probably died of old age.
We haven't decided whether or not we will get a new one. The older girls, who's hamster it was, were really tired of changing it's bedding ever so often. You know how it is when they get a new pet. They promise to take care of it and readily agree to those terms--when after some time, the newness fades and it becomes more of a chore.
I've thought about getting one for the little girls if they wanted but letting them have the responsibility of feeding, watering, and caring for him. We're still discussing it. No worries though, we still have fish, 2 lovebirds, and a dog so the kids have plenty of pets around!
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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