Someone in Beijing gifted the Forever Home with a gingerbread house kit. And yes, we're a little slow about getting around to doing it. During Christmas, things were pretty hectic around here. So.....we planned to do it the week after Christmas when the kids were off school a few days. Sounded like a plan to me. There was, however, one problem. First one got sick, then you guessed it, more. By the time everyone got well at our house, everyone had gone back to school and such. Since we wanted everyone to be able to participate in the fun, we waited for the right opportunity. Then it came on Friday when Serena's teacher wasn't here and then Jenna and Hannah's afternoon lessons got cancelled as well. It wasn't hard to decide what we'd do to fill the time! We'd been waiting for just the right opportunity that everyone could help! Though it took a bit of time to get around to doing it, they weren't disappointed as it turned out to be a lot of fun for all the girls.
Hold it steady Elizabeth!
Jenna LOVES to help out with anything to do with cooking!
Now it's time to put the candies on! Wow, that is soooo cool!
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.