It's Christmas Eve and we are cooking up a storm of special traditional treats for tonight's dinner. The girls have all wandered in periodically to see what we're doing and helping out. They soooo enjoy these times when they can help out in the kitchen. I think it makes them feel special, feel big! Jenna is one who doesn't particularly like getting her hands dirty. She wandered in about the time I was going to bread some chicken wings for our spicy wings. Although she clearly wanted to help, she had to go wash her hands off 2 or 3 times during the process!! Just couldn't stand to have that stuff stickin' all over her hands!
Tonight, we had some special foods, candlelight, Christmas punch, and a Christmas movie. We also traditionally let the kids open one smaller gift on Christmas Eve. They've been so excited all day anticipating tonight's festivities. They weren't disappointed and we all had a great evening. Now, we're just looking forward to Christmas morning! And opening the rest of the gifts!
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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