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Embrace Hope

My Favorite Student

Teachers aren’t supposed to have favorites.

Ty, Roxanne (Merri), Jan & Bob

See that young man on the left up there?
His name is Ty.
He is my favorite!

(Well, in honesty… don’t be dismayed
if you’re one of my students….
I have lots of favorites, OK?
But Ty… well, read on!)

Ty was my kindergarten student in 1962-3.
Every day when he stepped off the school bus,
the girls all stopped what they were doing.
“Hi Ty!” they would swoon.
Yes, even kindergarten girls
recognize a sweetheart when they see one!

Photo by Lukas on Pexels.com

And every day when it was time to go home,
the girls all waved to Ty,
“Bye, Ty!”
they would swoon.

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com

I was a newlywed.
It was my second year of teaching.
I decided if I had a boy someday,
I would name him Ty.
And I did!

Here’s my Ty with his little sister, DeAna.

Ah yes, my Ty is a sweetheart, just like his namesake!

See the sweetness sparkle?
Both Tys are a little older now!

So why the HOPE title?

Yesterday I heard the devastating news
that my favorite student, Ty,
has been diagnosed
with Stage 4 cancer.
It has metastasized.
He needs our prayers.
My heart is heavy,
but I am a believer…
and HOPE
is what believers do,

Day before yesterday I posted this scripture:

“For I know the plans I have for you,”
declares the Lord,
“Plans to prosper you
and not to harm you.
Plans to give you hope
and a future.”

Jeremiah 20:11

I know God has Ty tucked into the palm of His hand,
just as He holds our world in His hand.

I know God is watching over Ty and his treatment process.
But, won’t you add your prayers to mine?
“Dear Lord, please give healing to Ty.”

I wrote about Ty when he came to visit us
here in Montana a couple of years ago.
Here is the blog link:

A Gift from the Heart

After Ty & Roxanne left, they sent us a thank you gift for our hospitality. He created this cross for us. It hangs on my dining room wall as a constant reminder of my special student, Ty Stiles.

Notice the three bars?
Ty said they represent the Trinity.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Please Heal Ty!!

Embrace Hope

“May the God of Hope
fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in Him.”

Romans 15:13

The reign of Christ,
both present and in the future,
is our foundation of Hope.

Take Peace

“And in despair I bowed my head
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will toward men.

Then peeled the bells more loud and deep –
God is not dead, nor doeth He sleep.
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail –
With peace on earth, good will toward men.”

Embrace Peace.
Embrace Love.
Embrace Joy.
Embrace Prayer.
Embrace Hope.

See ya tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting
and praying with

Comments on: "Embrace Hope" (18)

  1. Fran McNeill said:

    Oh Jan, my heart aches for you, and my prayers are lifting you all and holding you without ceasing. Love to you, Bob, Ty, and all involved his medical team.


  2. Jan, praying for your very special student, Ty. He walks surrounded by God’s hope, peace, and love.

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  3. Oh Mom…..I’m just reading this now. I’m SO sorry Ty is ill. I pray he can still beat this horrible disease! 🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️

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    • Thank you, {{{De}}} – I am praying the same with you. Have a beautiful Sunday night and a great week. ❤

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      • Thank you, momma! I’m alone spending the evening/night in our Alpine Suite. André went down to Sierre to see his momma. I had to stay up here and do the laundry for three rooms that left this morning. I want to sleep in all three rooms to see how the beds are. So far this bed is amaaaaazing! Love you!!

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      • Sounds like a good idea. Always a good idea to check out the beds your guests are going to use to be sure they are comfy for them. Good for you, DeDe. ❤ .


      • It’s a comfy bed for sure! But I’m already awake at 5:30. Well, I was asleep early, 10pm. And I always sleep better when André’s with me which he is not. Oh well! I hope you have a super week, ma! 🥰💗✨

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      • I hope you have a super week, too. Off to dreamland…


    • Thank you for your prayers, DeDe. I know God hears. I am praying for a miracle cure. 👍🏽❤️🙏🏽

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  4. Somehow I knew pretty quickly the way this post was going. I wish him well

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Elaina Colby said:

    I’m sorry to read this sad news. My prayers include Ty and his family along with the many others fighting cancer and other diseases. Hugs!

    Liked by 2 people

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