Dad had his 65th birthday

 My dad had his 65th birthday on February 27th and the thought of him becoming a senior citizen I have mixed emotions about. Yes I am grateful he made it to this age and yet concerned that he feels worn out. This is the natural progression of life I guess. He and my mom who turns 65 later this year are in my thoughts and prayers. Even more than that I want to protect them from those who take advantage of old people. This includes relatives, so called friends and perfect strangers.

 They will forever be heroes in what they accomplished in their lives. My mom as a nurse, teacher, administrator and mother and how she balanced all her duties. My dad as a welder, teacher of welding in high school and a father. My parents beat the odds and taught me how to dream big. Now they are teaching my sisters kids their grandchildren how to work, learn and follow their dreams. Hockey camps, school plays, meeting their teachers are all apart of their lives. Just like their previous lives of being great parents they have transferred those same skills in making them wonderful grandparents. I remind my nephews how blessed they really are to have Nana and Gah- Gah as they are affectionately called as active grandparents in their lives.

So 65 years old has perks and drawbacks but has not stopped my dad and mom from living. So what if they need to take a few medications so they can have quality of life and function well. The important thing is they live well and they are grateful for every breath they take. My hope and prayer is that I have that kind of attitude at their age.

By Ty Stingel

March 4, 2014 


Tears of Healing

I have experienced tears of healing

Tears of fear, tears of joy

Words of encouragement that were employed

Being forced to face life and my feelings.

My experience of tears started as a little boy

This may seem normal as life goes

But challenges came early and the tears flowed

Their were surgeries and mentions of life, death and no time to play coy.

So I prayed for my mom and dad when life seemed uncertain

By the grace of God, prayers and the surgeon’s hands

My tears of fear, became tears of joy as I wanted out of that hospital bed to stand

The dark feelings of sadness gone as my mom pulled back the curtain.

So in the coming years my tears of healing came

Now and then as I am grateful for life

Even when disappointments of the world cut like a knife

Due to my second chance to live I will never be the same.

I do not know were you tears in life have come from

My hope is that your tears of sadness are replaced

By tears of healing and joy on your face

As your life is full of love, grace and peace under the sun.

By Ty Stingel

January 29, 2014

Baby Gene

Mom and Daddy were young

And baby Gene was due any day

He was born but the doctor’s told he may not make it and to pray

Then Jesus took him home at four days old at the rising of the sun.

As their hearts were breaking that day

Jesus took their baby boy and held him in His arms

He was at peace and free from sickness and alarm

Jesus put his arms around mom and daddy even if it didn’t feel that way

Baby Gene is an angel up in Heaven above

God healed mom and daddy’s heart long ago

They shared love with my sister and I more than they will ever know

While our guardian angel protect us with the strength of an eagle from above.

Mom and daddy gave all they could

When they could have closed their hearts

They shared their love, grace and courage and gave us a good start

To work, play and be a good neighbor and this was understood.

So every year on the anniversary of your passing

Mom and daddy reminisce of your short life on that day

When they think of being with the angels and pray

So here on earth your family serves Jesus and pursues an eternal love everlasting.

By Ty Stingel

November 30,2013


Grandpa Came Down From Heaven

When Grandpa Roy came down from Heaven

If only in my dreams

He was proud of his son and family as his face beemed

What a vision to have at the age of eleven.

When grandpa met my mom he loved her at first sight

He told his son well done she is beautiful and smart

She is a God fearing woman and has a big heart

You work well together son and a good woman can help you see the light.

Grandpa and daddy talked for hours

With his granddaughter on his knee

And I hanging on every word at his feet

For my dad seeing grandpa again was like a fresh bouquet of flowers.

Looking healthy in a black suit and hat as he got up to go

Telling his son  the next time he will see him in heaven when dad goes home.

So grandpa said goodbye and left the house that day

He disaperared in sight and Jesus took him home

All of us in the family would never feel alone

Daddy and momma were thankful as we got down on our knees too pray.

By Ty Stingel

November 27, 2013

My Family Experience Is Whole

My family experience is whole

Meeting my birth mom and husband the other day

Another dimension of my life is opening up I pray

My meeting answered questions and soothed my soul.

I was be birthed by baptism in a spiritual way

Adding a dimension by seeing where I came from and the history I never knew

Makes me feel happy and sealed a knew bond between us like glue

I am grateful for being chosen and loved and care for my mom who found me I pray.

This meeting has made me feel abundantly loved

To succeed at a high level in my work and as a man

To write, speak and advocate for others and take a stand

I have been strengthened like an eagle and harmless as a dove.

I now feel like I can be a better son, brother and uncle today

God has freed me from the what if’s in my life

He has taken away, angst, questions and strife

So thank you mom for opening up your heart and may God mold our relationship like clay.

By Ty Stingel

July 8, 2013