Yes, we like to celebrate any holiday, whether it be Western or Chinese. Western holidays 'cause we are Westerners, and Chinese holidays 'cause we live in China. It's a good enough excuse if you ask me! This way the Forever Home girls get to learn about and celebrate many different cultural things. This is Jenna enjoying some of her new gifts she received on Chinese New Year.
Hannah also thought these gifts were fun and exciting!
Doesn't Serena look beautiful in her new traditional headdress?! If you detect a bit of make-up, you'd be right. Although Shawna and Elise feel they're too old for such things like this headdress or toy lantern, they have THE MOST FUN dressing up the other girls! They had to apply a little make-up feeling like their costumes just weren't complete without it! After all, with such a beautiful headdress, you need a bit of eye and lip make-up, right?! After they did their little faces up, they then marched them in to have their pictures taken.
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.