Gretchen

Licensed for Foster Care

In the last few months, in addition to continuing to quarantine together (did you see our Quaranteam post?), we also became licensed in foster care!  Although we aren’t planning to do traditional short term foster care (what many people think of when they hear “foster care”), we are now open to adopting out of the …

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Jill, Gretchen, and Petunia on Easter

The Rode Quaran-team

We hope that this post finds you all healthy and safe as our country quarantines at home during this pandemic.  We give thanks for those of you who are essential workers!  We have been staying home to keep our neighbors safe.  While this is a scary time, Jill and I have found ways to have …

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Travelers at Heart

Jill and I share a passion for travel.  Both of us spent time living abroad (Jill in Thailand and me in Chile) for some time after college.  We continue to love traveling together.  We just got back from a two-week trip with my parents and brother to England, and then a few days on our …

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Why CHLSS?

When Jill and I were deciding to adopt, we looked into Children’s Home Society/Lutheran Social Services (CHLSS) right away.  We had a good impression of CHLSS since Jill was adopted through LSS as a baby.   Adopting can be a long and emotional process, so it was important to us that we work with an organization …

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Summers as a pastor

Summers are often times where people slow down. But, when you’re a pastor who works with youth and children (as Jill and I both do), summers can be the busiest time of the year! Working with the youngest kids at church, both of us are in charge of planning and running Vacation Bible School. A …

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