• She’ll be the keynote speaker at April 26 banquet in Thief River Falls

    What is love? What does it look like? Where can it be found? Everyone has a different perspective, a different frame of reference or point of view about love. It can be shared between two people or encompass large groups.

    For Tom and Renee Rongen, love encompasses three precious children and  biological families.

    Renee Rongen will give the keynote address, “What does love look like?” at the LifeCare Pregnancy Centers’ fundraising banquet Thurs­day, April 26, at Huck Olson Memorial Civic Center in Thief River Falls.

    Twenty-six years ago, Tom and Renee Rongen of rural Fertile were pioneers in open adoption when they became Alexander’s parents.

    In the same way, they welcomed daughters Elizabeth “Bitsy” and Grace.

    For the Rongens, love encompasses six biological families melded together with the love of three children.

    “Each of the biological parents made a choice to choose life and entrust those lives ot us to nurture and care for,” Renee Rongen said. “They gave us the greatest gift that we could not give ourselves. That is what love looks like. It is our very unique love story.”

    As one of the pioneers in open adoption, Renee Rongen has been sought after, and a  resource for hundreds of birth parents and adoptive couples as they navigate their own love stories.  

    Although she is an internationally recognized speaker, author and business consultant, it is her message of love and choosing life that will resonate at the LifeCare banquet.

    Headquartered in Thief River Falls, LifeCare’s mission is to provide positive alternatives to abortion. “Our services take into consideration a family’s needs from conception throughout the infancy of the child. We strive to empower our clients to reach their full God-given potential,” said Jacyln Doyle of the LifeCare Center.

    Banquet tickets, which are $20 apiece, are available at Encore in Fertile,
Joe DiMaggio's in Red Lake Falls, No Boundaries in Erskine or by calling the LCPC at 218-681-1279.