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Goodwill Wednesday – Tyler Osteen

Several years ago, I lived in southern Oklahoma. This was before April and the girls, and I was at a crossroad in my life, of sorts. I had a good job, and I started working with this new guy named Mark. He didn’t like me. He never came right out and said “I don’t like you”, but I knew it. He didn’t really want me there and I was arrogant, I’m sure, and probably didn’t do myself any favors. But after a year or so, he began to realize that I wasn’t quite as bad as he had made me out to be. We became friends. Great friends, in fact.


He was older than I was, but he was single so we spent a lot of nights together at the local watering holes. We found that we had two great loves in common. Beer and guitars. He’s a great musician and we spent countless nights playing guitars and drinking beer and just hanging out at Budro’s, Two Frogs, El Chico, and Gushers Lounge. It was a great time, and he helped me through a pretty tough time without me even really knowing it. There was always one thing that you’d find out about Mark within just a few minutes of meeting him. He was a dad. He had two kids that he was more proud of than you could even imagine. Ty and Katie. Ty was oldest. He was married and had a little boy. Katie was his baby girl. She was just getting through college, and she was beautiful. He was so proud of them that it seeped out of his pores when he talked about them.

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Mark was, and is, an amazing father. He made being a dad seem pretty cool. His kids adored him, and he would do absolutely ANYTHING for them. He was one of the people in my life that always argued with me when I said that I’d never have kids. He told me that I’d never really know what true happiness was until I had kids of my own. I just rolled my eyes and ignored him for the most part.


Lo and behold, he was right. I found my partner in April, and I’ve got 3 kids that I could not be more proud of. Sometimes, I randomly get a text from Mark that tells me how proud he is of whom I have become, and it makes me feel proud. Mark also found his partner in a gal from Iowa named Toby, and they got married. It makes me happy to see him so happy.

mark and toby

Unfortunately, life likes to rear its head occasionally to let you know that it is still in charge. The unthinkable happened for Mark and his family last week. His son Ty was on his way home from work when he had an aneurysm. A good Samaritan found him in his car unconscious. He was air lifted to the hospital. It’s been a long week+ for Mark and his family. The worst time of their lives. Ty is still unconscious, sedated by design to get his cranial pressure down. They have cooled his body down, then warmed him back up multiple times now to try and get the cranial pressure under control before they can try to bring him out of sedation. It’s been a long road, and it won’t get any shorter any time soon. He’s got a long way to go.

ty osteen family

It’s hard to watch your friends and the people you love go through things like this. As you can imagine, this has been a week of hell for the family. But its always nice to see people gather around those that are hurting and hold them up. Even though this is tragic, I know that all of the support the family has gotten from friends and family, and even strangers, has been so helpful for Ty’s family. And that’s all I am asking for today. It’s Goodwill Wednesday, and I am asking that you will take a moment to let the Osteen family know that you are rooting for them, thinking about them, and praying for them. His wife and son, his dad, his whole family. They are good people. Great people. We need more like them.

mark and Ty

Get well soon, Ty. We are thinking and praying for you everyday.

24 thoughts on “Goodwill Wednesday – Tyler Osteen”

  1. Prayers for all, for peace, comfort, and understanding! May God lay his hands upon his doctors and nurses for the knowledge of what steps they need to take next, and upon his family and friends so they will all know his grace!!! I know first hand that he is a God that works miracles!!!

  2. Thinking of you today and praying for total healing and that Ty be restored to his normal excellent health. May God’s peace be with you as you walk this out; peace that passes understanding. God is your Refuge and your Strength.

  3. Thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Keep your faith in God.
    Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

  4. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers….God is so good. Have faith that he will bring you out of this and heal you back to normal.

  5. Wow. I will preface this by saying that I am a nurse, and I spent a good 10 years of my career working in an intensive care unit. So I understand exactly what has happened to Ty, and what the Drs and nurses are fighting with right now.
    This is the part where most people would say, “I know how you feel.” The reality is that I don’t know exactly how you feel. I have countless times stood on the outside looking in. I have held the hands of families, and tried to explain what is happening. I have encouraged them to hug, kiss, and talk to their loved one. I have tried to explain all of the scary equipment, to make it seem less scary. And I have sat at the bedside and held the hand of their loved one myself when they couldn’t do it themselves.
    But I have never had my child or husband lay in that bed and faced that long road myself.
    I can only imagine that grief.
    I am so sorry that you all are going through this. I will pray for Ty and for all of you. I will pray for his doctors and nurses.
    Stoney, I would love an update on how Ty is doing. Thank you for sharing your friend’s story with us. I know Mark appreciates your friendship, and at times like this, those ties are sometimes the only things that help us through. God bless.

  6. Prayers for healing, peace and strength throughout this trial. Love one another and be each other’s rock. God bless!!!

  7. I will not claim to even imagine what you are going through. But as a wife and parent I know this is a very traumatic time for the family. I will pray for Ty and his family, for all those involved in his care.

  8. I went to high school with Mark and your words are spot on. He was, is and always will be a truly good human being. I am proud to count him as a friend. I cannot begin to really understand what he’s going through with Tyler right now. I don’t want to quite honestly and I hope I never do. I do know that Mark and Tyler and the rest of their family will be sustained by their faith and the prayers of those of us who love them.

  9. Prayers for Mark, Ty, and the entire family. With God all things are possible. I will be thinking of you and praying that Ty will wake up and be completely healed in Jesus name

  10. Praying for Ty and his entire family!! Praying for the doctors and nurses taking care of him that they will have the knowledge and skills to do what Ty needs!!
    Stoney I would ask thT you keep us updated so that we know the directions our prayers need to go!!! God Bless.

  11. Mark, you and your family are in my prayer’s. I ask That Jesus come to him with healing in His Hands. You, your family and your precious son are held high in love and grace.

    Many blessings,
    Helen Stopp

  12. Saying prayers of peace, and healing for Mark and his fmily God please heal this family, this young man. specifically heal this aneurysim and take this young mans debilitating illness out of his body.
    Father we ask you to protect each member of this family also with their hearts Send them the peace they need, to get through each step of this path Let them experience you, through the hard,

  13. Mark and Osteen family,
    Know that there’s one more person in this world praying for Ty.

    Ty, I wish you nothing less than a speedy, and complete, recovery.

  14. I’ve known Tyler (Ty) since the 5th grade and we’ve been best friends since middle school.

    Mark is an awesome dad and he and his family do not deserve this!

    Tyler is a fighter and is making progress daily! Keep him in your prayers please!


    Coby Wright

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