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

November 5, 2019
Ellery Is Fourteen!

October 19, 2018
Is Ten!

October 4, 2018
Aden Birthday Get Together at Hunan Pearl


September 23, 2018
Is Ten!

September 8, 2018
Bowen Receives Idaho Hometown Hero Award

September 4, 2018 - September 18, 2018
Reno and Eagle

Back To School!

August 19, 2018 - August 23, 2018
Sydney Quilt Class

August 5, 2018 - August 11, 2018
Camp Silver Creek


July 26, 2018
Meet Murphy Toomey!

July 22, 2018 - July 27, 2018
Camping At Tugman With Ellery and Sydney

July 14, 2018
Sydney and Ellery are Bridesmaids!

It was Aunt Christine Hill and Paul Callega's wedding ceremony in Grants Pass.

June 23, 2018 - July 1, 2018
Cousin Redwood Camping Adventure

June 7, 2018 - June 23, 2018
Toomey Get Together

June 6, 2018
Heath Is Twelve!

His birthday fell on D Day so he had a D Day party theme including one of Devon's awesome theme cakes!

May 29, 2018
Alan Libin has Open Heart Surgery!

Alan's heart has failed to the point where it is not able to pump enough blood to meet his body's needs. As a result he has been working hard the last few months to get in shape so he could have an LVAD (left ventricular assist device) implanted while he waits for a heart transplant. Today he had an eight hour open heart surgery to implant the LVAD. The surgery was a success but he will be in the hospital for several weeks and have a long recovery period at home after that. We're rooting for you, Alan!

May 25, 2018
Sydney is Eleven!

This year it was an extended family birthday party at Kim's house.
The only request for the cake was that it would have lots of flowers and so it did!
Here Sydney and cousin Lyla admire the cake before Sydney blows out the candles.

Bruiser Toomey
August 20, 2003 - May 20,2018

The Toomeys lost another member of their family today. Bruiser was the family patriarch and his passing has left a deep void. Devon is especially grieving. Bruiser was her heart dog and devoted companion for fourteen years. Her heart is broken. From her Facebook post:

"Tonight my heart is broken. Literally. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. We are devastated. We had to say "goodbye for now" to our sweet Bruiser. He was seriously the best dog. So sweet, loyal, well behaved, smart, loving....I could go on and on. He passed away peacefully in our home, in my arms surrounded by all of us. And now he is healthy and happy in Heaven with Newman. Together again...forever"

March 26,2018 - March 30, 2018
The Toomeys Visit Oregon for Spring Break!

Two nights in Salem with a visit to the state capital and a promised belated birthday dinner for Jeremy.
Two nights in Portland
with a visit to Oaks Park, Powells Books and Colin's work place at Jive Software.

March 17, 2018
Welcome Buddy Libin!

Newman Toomey
February 22,2004 -
February 16,2018

The Toomeys are heartbroken after having to say goodbye to Newman.

In Devon's words: Our hearts are broken. Yesterday, we had to say goodbye and see you again in Heaven one day, to our amazing, fun loving, joyful, live in the moment, always by our side, faithful companion of 14 years, Newman. We had him before we had kids and he was like a child to us. We loved him so much and we are grieving deeply. Nothing prepares you for days like this. He fought hard for almost two years through a debilitating chronic illness. He never gave up but his body failed him and it was time to let him go peacefully. And he did. In our home, surrounded by all of us, snuggled in my arms with his loyal companion Bruiser right by his side snuggled up next to him.. he peacefully made his journey to Heaven. And now we are in a deep mourning period and our hearts are heavy with sadness.

January 27, 2017
Max has dental surgery to remove his two front bottom teeth which were cracked
Looks like his and Zoey's games of tug-a-war are a thing of the past!

January 17, 2018
Ankle Hardware Removal

Today Stephany had surgery to have the plate and screws removed from her 2016 ankle fracture repair.She has been experiencing pain from the metal plate rubbing between her bone and the inside of her skin. The surgery was a success. Looking at the hardware they removed it is no wonder she was experiencing pain!

Update January 30: Today the stitches were removed and I can walk normally again! Such a wonderful feeling!

January 15, 2018
Alan Libin is in the hospital with some serious issues including severe heart failure

                                                Update: February 2, 2018
Alan went home today with a strict aftercare regiment, many medications and a new CPAP for his sleep apnea. His heart failure is severe enough that he needs to have a LVAD (left ventricular assist device) implanted to help his heart pump properly. However to qualify for that he has to make some life style changes in the next few months so right now he is on nine different medications to keep his heart working until he can hopefully get the LVAD implanted.

January 13, 2018
Curt Heath and Michelle Tracy Get Married!


Happy New Year Unpleasant Surprise

The building where we store our RV at South Salem RV Storage was broken into. The thieves pried up and broke the escape hatch on the front of the roof and dropped in. They then proceeded to ransack all the cupboards and drawers but I had removed everything prior to storage so there wasn't really anything for them to take except a windbreaker and my bike. They started to take Dennis's bike too but for whatever reason abandoned it outside the building. We feel lucky that there wasn't anymore damage but it is still a bummer. Management's response was less than stellar and as compensation we were given a free month's storage rent. That did cover the escape hatch repair by Advanced RV Repair but I am still out a bike. As I said, bummer :(

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