Jill Rode

Adoption Support Network

You might have heard the African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child.” These are words that Gretchen and I have held onto tightly these past few years while trying to grow our family. Except, in our case, it has been more like “it takes a village to hope for a child, to …

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#GiveUpGivingUp

Today is National Adoption Day. We celebrated by enjoying delicious food with friends at Bap & Chicken, a Korean fusion restaurant recently opened by a fellow Korean adoptee. What’s especially fun about this place is that it has an “Adoption Wall of Fame” where all adoptees (not just those of Korean descent) can have their …

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Promises

This week, Gretchen and I will be celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary. On the hottest day of August in 2013, in an un-airconditioned, but beautiful church sanctuary filled with our friends and family, Gretchen and I joyfully exclaimed “we do!” While many couples choose to write their own promises to each other, we chose to …

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Why adoption

“Tell me again, mommy. Where did I come from?” “You came from a country named South Korea. An airplane flew hiiiiigh in the sky and brought you to live with us – daddy, mommy, and your two brothers.” “And why did I come here?” “Your birth mom loved you sooooooo much that she wanted to …

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