Dear Friends and Family,
There is BIG news from the Rode family! As you know, we’ve been working with Children’s Home/Lutheran Social Services for the last few years in hopes of expanding our family through adoption. Well, it’s going to be expanding A LOT! Early in November, we matched with a family of four siblings between the ages of 4 and 8, two boys (younger) and two girls (older). After many conversations with their team, we have made the decision to move forward as a pre-adoptive home for these kiddos. This means that they have moved into our home and we will be working towards adoption (this will probably happen in about a year).
We are so excited to be parents (and also nervous and terrified!). The last week has been a whirlwind of preparing our home and hearts for these four kiddos. We met with the kids everyday for the last week- showing them our home, introducing them to our pup Petunia, and playing games to get to know them. While we know it will be a big adjustment, we are incredibly excited to be a new family together.
We know that so many of you have been praying for us and our family over these last few years. We are so thankful for your support in this waiting time and we ask that you would continue to hold us in your hearts and prayers moving forward. Because of the nature of this adoption, we won’t share a lot publicly about the kiddos (such as photos and names), but we cannot wait to share more as it is safe and appropriate for our family. It means so much to have the support of so many! Thank you for being with us through this journey!
<3 Gretchen & Jill