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Forest Grove couple spreads love in Troutdale

After their daughters' deaths last fall, Tom Robinson and Susan Dieter-Robinson created 'Love Rocks' to help send a message of healing, love and encouragement

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: LOVE ROCKS - A collection of Love Rocks that Tom Robinson and Susan Dieter-Robinson helped share in Troutdale following the Reynolds High School shooting.

A Forest Grove couple shared love in Troutdale on Father's Day in the aftermath of the Reynolds shooting, delivering "Love Rocks" throughout the community.

Following their young daughters' tragic deaths last October, Tom Robinson and Susan Dieter-Robinson cut hearts out of fabric and “Mod-Podged” them onto little rocks, just as Anna and Abigail had for their parents' wedding in 2011.

According to a Forest Grove News-Times article, family and friends who attended the wedding wrote messages to the couple on the Love Rocks and there were still enough left over for everyone to take home as mementos of the weekend.

To honor the memory of their girls, the couple began the Love Rocks phenomenon, sharing what they call the "love drenched life."

The couple left Love Rocks around town to surprise people and lift their spirits, hoping finders would pass them on to surprise and encourage others, the News-Times article said.

Sunday, their message spread to Troutdale.

"I know that there are two little girls welcoming a young boy into heaven today," Dieter-Robinson wrote last week of Emilio Hoffman's death. "We need to take care of his family and community. Let's do what we know how to do... LOVE!!!"

Infusion Gallery soaring hearts artists participated in "helping drench Troutdale in love with Love Rocks," said Parris Foley, art director of Infusion Gallery.

She said local artists created Love Rocks along with the Forest Grove couple to help foster healing in their community. They planned to add many more, working in tandem with Robinson and Dieter-Robinson.

"A community came together to spread love and joy," The Forest Grove couple wrote Sunday. "It was a beautiful day."

To learn more, visit facebook.com/lovedrenched?ref=br_tf or call Infusion Gallery at 503-489-6595.


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