People around US join grieving Ore. mom in making 'love rocks'

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by Katherine Cook, KGW Staff

KREM.com

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 4:47 AM

Updated Friday, May 23 at 4:47 AM

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Losing a child is one of the most painful things anyone can experience. But the mother of two girls who were killed in a hit-and-run accident has been finding solace by painting rocks and placing them around town.

Now, people all over the country are doing the same.

Susan Dieter-Robinson lost her daughter and step-daughter in October when a SUV plowed into a leaf pile that the girls were playing in.

Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, died at the scene. Her stepsister, 11-year-old Abigail Robinson, passed away at a Portland hospital the next day.

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The accident devastated the family and shocked the small tight-knit community of Forest Grove.

One of the girls’ favorite pastimes was making what they called “love rocks,” stones with little hearts painted on them, to share with family and friends.

In April, Dieter-Robinson started making her own “love rocks” and placing them all over town.

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Now, it appears her efforts have caught on and other people are making them as well.

At the Crafty Fox Shop, the store offers free supplies for people to make their own love rocks.

Dieter-Robinson started a Facebook where people from Cornelius Ore. to New Hampshire have been sharing photos of the love rocks they’ve made.

She’s gotten responses from people all over the country and the world, about how their "love rocks" have spread joy.

Dieter-Robinson said she’s happy something her girls once did can now live on and inspire others.

“I miss them every single second of every single day and my heart aches terribly,” said Dieter-Robinson.”But when I see the love and the joy that's being spread in honor of them, it just makes me happy.”

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