Today was Serena's 11th birthday. She received many presents but one special one here that came in the mail. Luckily it came in the mail just today! In fact, though we'd checked in at the New Day office earlier in the day, it had not yet arrived. It wasn't until after Serena and the girls returned home for the day that we got a call saying it was in--so back into New Day we went (actually it was Randy) to get her special gift.
She got a wonderful bear she can dress up and even says special things to her that helps love and encourage her. She also received a beautiful locket and book.
She loved all her gifts and will treasure them always. Thanks so much to her special "friends" for sending those to her!
We are soooo happy they arrived just in time for her special day!
More pictures tomorrow of her special birthday party at the Forever Home and other gifts she received.
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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