Ty Is a Renegade Making a Difference!

Dear Readers,

An adorable baby boy was born May 29th, 2009. He was welcomed into the world by his mommy, daddy and big sister. This child was unique in a way that many young children are finding themselves likewise. As he grew, his parents sensed something wasn’t right, that their little boy did not seem to be progressing normally through development. They sought out early intervention putting him into therapy where he was quickly recognized as suffering with Sensory Integration Disorder. When he turned two years old, his parents had Ty tested. Their suspicions were confirmed; they were given the heart wrenching news; Ty Ry was autistic.

Since that day, they have embraced the diagnosis, educated all of us and surged forward with determination! They wanted early intervention for Ty Ryan even before the diagnosis. Now they are even more determined that their son will become more engaged in the world he lives in. They want their son, Ty to be a Renegade for Autism. Whatever troubles his mind, his small world, there will be help to overcome it and make it bigger. He is destined to make a stand for others, like him, letting the world know autism has a name, autism has a heart and a soul, and a face. Autism is a reality in homes by millions of families and we must listen. We must care and help these children and these families in our communities to make a better future. You see, simply said, what they want for Ty is what so many families that have children with autism want for their children also, simply what they deserve, a chance for a budding future.

Every 15 minutes a family is told, “Your child is autistic.” The numbers are staggering of families affected by this. Many times, autism is not recognized till much later than Ty, making it much more difficult to treat. Ty’s mother, Rebekah, intends on letting Ty's story be told over and over again in the hopes that some mother will recognize her child's symptoms early on. We must do all that we can to improve the quality of life for these children and get them into treatment quickly and keep them there as long as they need it; it is our social responsibility.

There is no TYme like the present to make a change. Please consider collecting and giving your change for a cause that improves the life of an autistic child. Please give your TYme for children like TY. He can't say thank you YET but those of us that love him are praying, given enough therapy, one day he will be able to!

Blessings to you and your loved ones, Grandma Ronni


Walk Now For Autism Speaks

For Details and to Register for our (Ty's) team or donate to it,
please visit the link below and search on Team Name: Ty Ry's Renegade


NOTE: I wrote a blog on 1/11/11 on Ty Ry Glasmeier. If you glance back and read it now, perhaps you will see, between the lines, even back then, our family had a sense that he indeed was a special little boy. He is our angel and we feel blessed God placed him in our family. Thank you for reading this entry. He warms all of our hearts immensely! Amen.


Jake James Turns One

Celebrating my youngest grandson's one year old birthday was somewhat bittersweet. I hope you enjoy the slideshow as much as I enjoyed making it. Hopefully it will remind you of your past birthdays and the birthdays to come!

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Stocking Family Reunion

Seeing a family I never really knew much about reminds me that life is full of surprises. Each day can bring something new. We should be learning more about ourselves as we journey towards self discovery until God calls us home for life everlasting. I fully intend on taking advantage of the days I have left on this last half of my journey. The family reunion I attended this past weekend was a wonderful part of my journey!

What a family it is, the Stocking family, my biological mother’s side.
They are indeed so full of love, laughter and personality. From Mark with
his unique quirkiness, Ron with his eyes for perfection and an amazing
ability to make landscaping look like an art, to Debbie and Connie that
just epitomize sweetness and kindness of heart.

We have the family member that has a strong presence even when they are not;
all that attended talked as if Amy was there. That is partially because
of how wonderful she is to us all. She has this uncanny clever wit, a
dastardly way of finding humor in all and keeps us all in stitches even
on days when she is flat on her back in pain. Amy is a breath of fresh
air to all of us that is like the thrill you get of seeing the first flower
bloom at the start of spring. Her goal simply is to live life to its fullest
and make darn sure we do the same!

We also have the eternal optimistic in Renee and Aunt Nancy and the pure
of heart in Aunt Ruth. Scottie, the teddy bear to Kim the 'I love
controversy'! Oh, too many to list but the diversity is splendid,
showing me the finest traits in the blood lines. Void from the day's
festivities and conversations of this family were any mistakes of the past.

For this one moment in time, on a warm hot day in the middle of summer in
Michigan, we stood united. We hugged and we leaned in real close as we looked
at a wall full of pictures of the generations before us, admiring our good gene pool! The family ties bound us together that day, regardless of our political views, our religion or lack of, our life styles or other extraneous traits, we
were a family. We connected.

How ironic we took different paths to get there that day, but we all arrived
with the same gratitude attitude and with a smile firmly planted on our faces.
The family strings unite us, and no matter what has happened, or what will
happen, it will always be that way. When we gather together as a unit, the
bond will be there and our differences will melt and our similarities will
be prevalent in the air. The warmth in the air was much like the sun’s rays
on that warm July day.

Yes, the Stocking family is a family that laughs wholeheartedly with gusto!
It is a family that cries when the situation arises that is sad, as they are
not afraid to show their feelings, no matter what the situation. They are
an outward bunch that embraces life for all it is, the good and the bad.
They seem to know, collectively, the only way to grow in faith and spirit
is to wrap your arms around life with the passion of a child blowing
out his birthday candles.

I am grateful to God for finding the gap in my life to put me in this place this past weekend. (And for a cousin that reached out to encourage me to come also!) What a memory I was given, this reunion. I experienced finding a family that was lost to me, many moons ago. I had forgotten they existed. And to find out they are delightful too! It clearly shows it is never too late to venture back in time and revisit your roots. Wow, it was so worth the effort. They are an important part of who I am, and I am a part of who they are likewise.

You can never really hide from the roots of who you are - so why should you not embrace them?

Connie Brown: You were right, our family is a gift!