Devon's blog on Bowen and his adoption: One Stitch At A Time

October 19, 2019
Bowen is Eleven!

September 23,2019
Brooks Is Eleven!

Back To School!

Ellery Grade 9
Lakeridge High School

Heath Grade 8
Ambrose Academy

Sydney Grade 7
Lakeridge Middle School

Brooks Grade 5
North Star Charter

Bowen Grade 5
North Star Charter


August 11, 2019
Bliss Love Vasilchenko

Stephany's niece, Seren Desdier, and Pavel Vasilchenko have a new baby girl!
She joins brother Noble Alexei

July 14, 2019 - July 19, 2019
Camping With Ellery and Sydney at Tugman

July 11, 2019
Dennis Has Cardioversion (Shock Treatment to Heart)to Treat His A Fib

June 30, 2019 - July 3, 2019
Stephany, Ellery and Sydney Make a Quick Trip to Nehalem Bay and Stub Stewart State Parks

June 16, 2019 - June 20, 2019
Aden, Ellery and Sydney Visit The Toomeys!

June 6, 2019
Heath is Thirteen!

May 25, 2019 - June 1, 2019
Camping With Heath and Brooks at Honeyman and Fort Stevens

May 25, 2019
Sydney is Twelve!

March 24, 2019 - March 29, 2019
Spring Break Family Vacation in Sunriver

February 29, 2019 - March 25, 2019
Ellery Ill for Five Weeks with Mesenteric Lymphadenitis

Lymphadenitis is a condition in which your lymph nodes become inflamed. When the condition affects the lymph nodes in the membrane that connects your bowel to the abdominal wall(mesentery), it's called mesenteric lymphadenitis. It mainly effects children and teens and is caused by an intestinal infection. The painful condition can mimic the warning signs of  appendicitis.

Ellery suddenly developed stabbing pain in her abdomen on February 29.  The pain was so bad she could not stand up straight and Kim took her to the ER. After many tests and subsequent doctor visits she was diagnosed with mesenteric lymphadenitis. She missed weeks of school and then suddenly on the second day of spring break vacation at Sunriver the pain went away as suddenly as it had appeared and she was fine! It was such a relief to everyone because we had all been so worried for her.

January 23, 2019 - February 6, 2019
Aden Heads to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates

Doha, Qatar


Abu Dhabi, UAE


From Aden: I flew into Doha, Qatar via LA and Istanbul. While in Qatar I stayed with Marc Virgin  and his family in the Pearl district of Doha.
Marc gave me a guided tour of most of the  country during my stay. I also took a side trip to Dubai for a few days and explored the city.



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