We are enjoying our time here in the states. One of the special things is getting to enjoy all those types of food that we normally can't get in China and often miss. While cotton candy is something we can get there on rare occasions, the girls love it and get it every chance they can.
Ice-cream!! The ice-cream in China isn't nearly as good as we have here in the states so we have to visit a few of our favorite ice-cream places while back. Only problem with this was forgetting just how big they used to be!! I was thinking they were on the smaller side so given the choice of a large or small cone, Randy and I decided to indulge in the larger size with the girls getting the smaller one. Well.....when they brought out the first cone--thinking it HAD to be the large one--I told Elizabeth this was the large size. The lady handing the cone over corrected me saying--oh no, this is the SMALL cone. I then told her I was surely in trouble if that was the smaller size. Just like I thought, Randy or I neither one was able to finish ours. So much for remembering the size correctly!
Randy's parents treated and took us out to dinner on our visit. Shawna ordered what she thought was a simple hamburger--only it turned out to be a MONSTER burger--which she was not able to eat! Needless to say, we ALWAYS gain a few pounds during our stay here in the states. But hey, when you only do it once every 2 years--what are you gonna do?!
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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