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

2015 School Photos!

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December 28, 2015 - December 29, 2015
Ellery attends the Willamette Valley Humane Society Junior Trainers Winter Camp


December 25, 2015
Merry Christmas from Stephany and Dennis!


December 20, 2015
Brittany Anderson and Greg Bobbitt and Greg's daughter Signe
Get Married at Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood!


December 3, 2015 - December 6, 2015
Stephany Flies to Eagle

Stephany does a quick fly-in to Eagle to share some holiday time with the Toomeys.
A highlight of the trip was a visit to the awesome Winter Garden light display at the Boise Botanical Gardens.


November 26, 2015
Thanksgiving and Happy Birthday Kim!

Stephany even gets to use a selfie stick for the first time!

November 5, 2015
Ellery is Eleven!


November 4, 2015
Tamarack Resort Video

Tam Fam Stories | Episode 2 | The Toomeys
Episode 2 introduces you to the Toomeys.
This family has raised a beautiful family and invited a special child into their  lives.
Their story has  been told by The Today Show, People Magazine and now by Tamarack.
Their story of love and selflessness makes us proud to have them part of the Tam Fam.

Devon: Tamarack Resort, where we have our cabin, is doing a video series on people who approach life knowing anything is possible. They have something special. They call it "Tamitude." They contacted our family about being included after hearing about Bowen's story and knowing that nothing stops him...he doesn't believe in the word impossible.  

October 31, 2015
Halloween Trick or Treaters!

The Toomey Bunch

Sydney, Kim and Ellery


October 19, 2015
Bowen is Seven!


October 15, 16, 17, 2015
Justin Visit

It was great having nephew Justin Robertson and his wife Shannon and daughter Haven
visit from Alaska. Here Dennis and I are at granddaughters Ellery and Sydney's soccer
 game along with Colin, Aden and Kim.

October 15, 2015
Heath's AARP Video

Heath's screen debut in an AARP commercial. What a pro!


And here's his agency photo.


September 23, 2015
Brooks is Seven!


September 20, 2015
Aden's Team Takes third in Trivia Contest!

Third place in the $1500 trivia contest nets them $100!

September 19, 2015
Devon, Jeremy and Brooks Do Seattle!


Jeremy had a conference in Seattle so Devon and Jeremy joined him for an adventure!
Heath and Bowen had their own adventure being spoiled by their grandparents Dennis and Lorilee.

September 11, 2015
People Magazine


The awesome People Magazine article on Bowen

September 7, 2015
Colin Gets A New 2015 Subaru Cross Trek!


Back to School!

Bowen is in first grade at Eagle Hills Elementary in Eagle.
Heath is in fourth grade and Brooks is in first grade at Ambrose Academy in Meridian.
Ellery is in fifth grade and Sydney is in third grade at River Grove Elementary in Lake Oswego.

August 23, 2015 to August 27, 2015
Camping at Honeyman with Ellery and Sydney

Adventures at Honeyman this year included Pa and Sydney going on a dune buggy, getting sand boards, swimming
at Cleawox Lake and running into two friends from Riverside there who were also vacationing at Florence. How
fun was that! We also went to the beach and hiked on the dunes and explored Old Town Florence. Stephany even
got some kayaking in!

August 17, 2015 - August 20, 2015
Junior Trainers Camp

Ellery attended Junior Trainers Camp at the Willamette Valley Humane Society.
They learned about care and training of animals and helped get animals ready for adoption.
The last day they went on a field trip to Cockatoo Downs in Dallas, Oregon for a hands-on
training experience with the cockatoos.


August 9, 2015 - August 14, 2015
Visit to the Toomey's in Eagle


August 8, 2015
Welcome Bob Cat and Sunshine!

Ellery and Sydney welcome Bob Cat to their household.
Bob joins Sunshine who they adopted at the end of June.

August 3, 2015 - August 8, 2015
Camp Silver Creek

The girls head to Camp Silver Creek.
It was Sydney's first time and she was at Bear Creek.
It was Ellery's second year and she was at Hillside.

August 1, 2015
Cousin Emily Anderson Linauer Weds Jeremy Rogers

Their beautiful new blended family includes Emily's two children:
Hezekiah and Annaliese and Jeremy's three children: Bailey, Hunter and Chloe.

Aden, Ellery and Sydney seemed to enjoy the celebration after the ceremony!

July 26, 2015 - July 30, 2015
Camping at Fort Stevens with Ellery and Sydney

Fort Stevens is always fun with lots to do. Climbing around Battery Russell, hiking trails, visiting the
beaver dam, exploring Fort Stevens, kayaking and this year a visit to the Tillamook Dairy for lunch and ice cream!

June 21, 2015 - June 25, 2015
Camping at Kah-Nee-Ta and La Pine with Ellery and Sydney



La Pine State Park

Lava Lands

High Desert Museum


This trip we explored some of Central Oregon. After camping and swimming at Kah-Nee-Ta we headed to La Pine State
 Park to camp and meet with Stephany's cousins Jim and Val Isaacson. From there we went to Lava Lands and the High
 Desert Museum. A busy and fun week!

June 14, 2015 - June 18, 2015
Camping at Honeyman with Heath and Brooks

Heath wanted to have another birthday trip to Honeyman this year so the Toomeys came to Oregon.
Some camping highlights was playing on the beach and the dunes, kayaking on the lake, and meeting the insect
eating plants at Darlingtonia. The boys even met a new friend, Colton, to share the fun!

While Heath and Brooks were camping with Gram and Pa, Devon and Jeremy and Bowen had their own own
adventures with Aden and Sydney and Ellery!

June 4, 2015
Heath is Nine!

June 4, 2015
Good-bye Simone

Simone died today at age 18.
She was Kim's cat for many years and will be missed very much

May 14, 2015 - May 22, 2015

Could the reason Stephany likes to go to Reno be the Sizzling Platter at Bangkok Cuisine
or the burgers at In and Out? Probably! For Dennis the reason may be a bit different!

May 25, 2015
Sydney is Eight!

May 26, 2015
Chicken Pox at the Toomeys!


April 30, 2015 - May 4, 2015
Eagle Visit

Devon and Jeremy get a date night and the boys have a Scooby Doo slumber party in the RV!

This was suppose to be the start of one of Stephany's wandering exploration adventures but she was not feeling well and decided to come home early and leave exploring for another time. It was fun while it lasted though!

April 12, 2015
Colin and Third Cousin Beth Olarsch at Timbers Game

Family relationships and history are interesting. Stephany met Bethís parents, Herbert Olarsch and Marlene Olarsch, through the internet while doing family history research on her father Herb Libinís family. Their branch of the family stayed on the east coast in New Jersey while her branch migrated to Montana and then to Oregon, Washington and California. Beth lives in New York City but is in Vancouver, Washington on a work assignment. So here today, after three generations, the family branches come together again with Colin and Beth at a Timbers soccer game. How cool is that!

March 17, 2015 - March 27, 2015
Spring Break in Eagle

Stephany, Aden, Ellery and Sydney headed to Eagle for spring break this year. It was a lot of fun with a trip to Tamarack to see the Toomeys new cabin, a side trip to McCall, swimming at the YMCA, gymnastics at Parkour, and plenty of play and relaxation at the Toomeys. 

March 1, 2015
Boise Channel 7 KTVB Films Bowen Skiing with Recreation Unlimited Program at Bogus Basin

Heath has a few words to say about his brother's program as well!

February 25, 2015
Grabenhorst Cousin Reunion Photograph
Coburn Grabenhorst's 70th Birthday Party

February 25, 2015
Gail, Stephany, Gina, George, Cobe, Rick
John was in Hawaii so isn't in this photo

Thanksgiving 1964
Back row: Cobe, Stephany, Michel, Geof
Middle row: Danna, Rick, John
Front row: Thom, George, Anne, Gina
Gail isn't in this photo

The Grabenhorst cousin photo on the right was taken over 50 years ago at Thanksgiving 1964.
Geof, Michele, Danna, Anne and Thom are gone now. The rest of us have changed a bit but we're still smiling!

February 27, 2015
Dr Jer's New Office!



January 10, 2015
Kim has a new house

Aden and Kim are setting up separate households. Kim has bought a house less then a mile away from
their old house which will now belong to Aden. Ellery and Sydney will be splitting time between both houses.

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