This was one of the hardest ones to write.
It has already been two years, oh how time goes by. I sometimes sit and wonder about what Joshua would be doing if he was still here, what he’s doing now, and what he does for fun. This time of year is always so hard. Today is Ani’s birthday. We will celebrate tonight as a family and know that Joshua will be with us.
As I think about everything that has happened in our lives and how they have changed tremendously in the last two years, it makes tears roll down my cheek. I know things aren’t and won’t get “easier”, but I pray that I will become stronger. I will admit I do have those hard times that I just have to be alone and let myself break down. Sometimes bottled up emotions aren’t healthy, so I let myself do this. I am getting better at keeping it together and talking to people, those who I do know and those who I don’t, about Joshua’s story and the journey our family has been on to spread awareness of the very thing that took his life. We as a family know that we are making a difference and know that God is always with us every step of the way.
Friday night we are gathering with the classmates of Joshua to share memories, catch up with his friends, and release balloons. We will also have a collection area for “Cans of Soup” for the church food pantry.
(monetary donations or gift cards accepted also.)
This is a free will request, Joshua loved helping people in need. We are just giving everyone an opportunity to carry on something he enjoyed doing each year at this time through church, school & 4-H. We also have the new bracelets in for those who wish to purchase one. They are $5 each and the proceeds go to the funding of this website. We are so excited to see everyone there Friday night from 7:00-9:00PM.
We hope that you will all continue to help us reach out to people, and help us educate them. Thank you to everyone for your continued prayers and kind words. It truly means a lot to us and we couldn’t do what we do without you.
Have a blessed day!
♥ WFK ~ KeriGlenn
Today marks 104 weeks, later this week is the 2nd anniversary of Joshua’s death. This article was sent to us and written by Ken Tork in the National Association of School Resource Officers fall 2013 magazine. We were given permission to share on our website and we want to get this information seen by you asap. We encourage you to share with your school resource officers and your school board members.
The Number 100;
If it were a TV show it would be a celebrated number with cake and banners. If it were a business, maybe a giveaway or discount would be advertised. Someone in recovery, now that’s a proud benchmark. 100 weeks might be a goal to reach something wanted by a certain time…
This 100 weeks is how long it’s been since I was able to feel, hear and watch my son Joshua live his life. I miss so much about him. I know he is safe in Heaven. I know his life continues on there. God’s plan, not mine. Now after 100 weeks we still have this pain, a sadness that we continue to try to figure out why and how. For me it is why as a parent did I not know about this activity? How was I blindsided? I am a good parent; I start the children young telling them the dangers of the world to keep them safe! So why didn’t someone tell me all about this thing called the choking game. It has always been a deadly thing and has always had harmful consequences. Why don’t doctors tell parents at checkups when kids are at that tween age? There are no right answers.
Social Media is our answer today so that parents and families of the children that died because of The Choking Game can use this to educate across the world. We share our own stories and others showing it is real and has no boundaries. Although we target the parents, caregivers and mentors with information on talking to a child and on what to look for as warning signs those children may be engaged in it, we are only effective when our site is read and looked at. In order to do more, we rely on others to share the posts, to talk about our website with others. Link our site to your pages. E-mail our link to your own schools nurses, teachers and principals. Be our friend who with a comment and click shares this post to your social media pages so your friends learn too. We share so many things on social media, why not share this information.
My son lives on in Heaven. Joshua’s big smile and kind heart and rough and tumble fearless memory lives on. We share our grief so others take notice and ask, “What happened?” and then we explain, there by educating others. It is the ripple effect.
100 weeks and we have reached at least 45 known counties world-wide. We have touched hearts and passed along educational dialogue to over a million people with the WildfarmKids website and Facebook pages linked to you, our follower’s pages and sites. But that’s not enough; we need to reach more people. We want to prevent other families from the grief. When I find another child has died I ask why didn’t I reach that family too. How could I get this information in the hands of parents? The answer is old fashion word of mouth and it starts with me passing along information to you in my story.
100 weeks and we thank you for prayers that fuel us, shares that educate others and likes that are warm keep going nudges of love and encouragement.
Bless you all,
♥ WFK Mama & family
When we are in need of encouragement, we first look to God and then we read the prayers and words on this site. Knowing what we are advocating and that educating people about this activity is getting out to the world. There is no celebrity status or confirmation of success of this site, we just know in our hearts it is what we are to do.
Today we wonder what if he was still here, we wonder what his voice would sound like, how tall he would be. Hearing him sing and play guitar is what I wonder the most. Watching him in sports, he was a gifted athlete. Breathe in, exhale, and repeat. It gets to us, every day something happens to take us to that place of despair and hopelessness, and then we remember Joshua lived each day to the fullest!
Thank you once again for all the words of encouragement, please remember that sharing this site often reaches different people and the ripple of safety and education grows and grows and will be a strong wave that reaches more and more people.
Have a great weekend!
♥ WFK Dad
Meals from the Heartland is something that Joshua loved helping with. Last year I did this with some of my co-workers. When it was brought up, I instantly had a tug on my heart to do it in memory of him.
Today, I am volunteering again to package meals. This is an awesome community service project, and Joshua talked about it a lot after he did it. He was truly about making a difference in the world. I read from a journal he had and it was in response to what would you do if you had $1,000,000.00? His response was, “I would give it to all the children that don’t have families or food, because I want them to have something.” This is just more proof of the BIG HEART that Joshua had, and his love and care for others.
I encourage all of you to make a difference in this world. We are all given the gift of being able to make a difference in someone’s life. Be a blessing to someone you know, or someone you don’t.
Have a great day!