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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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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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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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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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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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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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