One day while waiting to pick up Zoe from preschool, Holly and her classmates were outside taking a break and playing in the sandbox. She posed for a quick picture and a hello, then went back to working hard in the sandbox :)
After shots, which Zoe also received, we felt lunch out and ice-cream was in order. Zoe and Camilla LOVE ice-cream!
We love our new electric cart we purchased in December after our other one kept breaking down all the time. Though it wasn't but about 3 years old, it had become quite unreliable. So......we got a bigger, better one. It is able to fit all of us if necessary when we go places. It even seats 2 on front in the drivers area.
Yesterday Camilla went in for her first childhood immunizations since being with us. Needless to say, she was none to happy about it all! These pictures were taken after she was all done and we tried to cheer her up while she waited for Zoe after preschool. First we try the merry-go-round. Nope, that didn't help!
Then we tried the rocking horsey. That was okay but still didn't produce much of a smile. Keep tryin!
The swing--we didn't particularly care for it much at all!
But the trampoline.....that made her smile--even laugh!! Finally! All cheered up!
Holly is one of those girls who often has a smile for you when you walk into the room. She always greets you each morning with a "Good morning, Mom!" or "Hi, Mom" after she returns from school. Holly is generally a pretty happy girl and when she's not, well, it isn't long at all before she is again!
She loves being the big sister and helping out the little ones. She also loves doing things for you when you ask and has enjoyed learning bigger girl chores.
We got her an MP3 for Christmas knowing how much enjoyment she'd get from that. Holly loves music and listens to it every day.
She also loves the outdoors, books, coloring, play-dough and especially loves building things with blocks!
Holly often expresses to us her desire to be adopted and go to America like so many of her foster sisters and other children whom she's known from New Day that has also gone on before her. All we can tell her is we also hope that some day she gets an adoptive family of her very own too, but all we can do is wait. We soooo look forward to the day that we are able to share that news with Holly! In the meantime, we love caring for this very special girl and have given her a home with us for as long as it takes to see that dream of hers come true.
Often Zoe asks dad to sit a while so she can give him a beautiful hair do. She loves to make hair!
Then she decides to make her own hair. Her hair is beginning to grow out and she now has about 2" of growth--not really long enough to do much at this point, but it won't be long! By early summer we'll be able to put in some bands and pretty bows--we can't wait! I'm sure Zoe will be happiest of all!
Now that there are some warmer days, we try to get the girls out each afternoon for a stroll. They really enjoy their time outside and we all get some exercise too after the long winter and having to spend so much time indoors. Though it was in the 60's last week and the heat is now officially off, we are back in the 40's (daytime) and expecting snow tonight! Looks like some back-up heat is in order.
Zoe shows her excitement at "racing" Camilla!
Camilla wonders what that is down there on the ground. Oh, how she'd like to get out and investigate!
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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