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Five years

 

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To all the family and friends of Joshua Leo Engle 

Five years ago on a Tuesday before Thanksgiving, just like today, classmates and teachers at Bondurant Farrar schools were told that Joshua had died the night before. Unfortunately details were not completely correct at that time and rumors spread. Even family outside our home incorrectly told stories of what happened. Students heard he had killed himself on purpose. …

NO, Joshua did not purposely kill himself. He was doing something called the choking game also known as the passout challenge. A way to get an adrenaline rush but it can be deadly. Youth think they are invincible and Joshua was no exception. This “game” always does damage to the youths body and the damage shows up as severe head aches. (We all remember Josh complaining about head aches.) There are outward signs too. Itchy eyes, similar to allergies with redness.(Yes Joshua had often told teachers his eyes hurt) Those are also some of the warning signs. In the hospital we were told about this activity and told to see if there were other warning signs in our home. Yes there were. We never knew of this potentially deadly game. If you know someone trying the game, tell them about what happened to Joshua. Tell a parent or guardian, a teacher or coach. Just tell someone before it’s to late.

We would like to say a prayer for all Joshua’s classmates friends and school personal again because they are always in our prayers and you can say this to;

Dear Father in Heaven, 

Be with the classmates and teachers of Bondurant Farrar today as the memory of coming to school and finding out Joshua had gone Home to Heaven still brings tears to their hearts. Give strength and courage to the seniors in their last year of highschol to make good choices about their future. Guide the Juniors and protect them so they have futures. Comfort the teachers and give them the wisdom to console each other and the right words for their students. And the rest of the staff, coaches and administrative personal, give them too the encouragement when they encounter students to comfort. Almighty God be with Joshua’s siblings and protect them from all unrest. Be with his cousins there and at other schools. And last we ask for blessings to the pastors of them all,  that they recognize saddness or the out of sorts feelings and that they give assurance that You, our Creator have a plan and Joshua was a good and faithful servant and although he played a game that took his life, Joshua is in Heaven because he has Your Son Jesus as his Savior.  

Lord we ask these things in prayer and in the name of Jesus; Amen..

God bless all of Joshua’s Family and Friends~

Love to all, Chad & Wendi Engle

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The Ribbon

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We are completely humbled by the love and support we have been surrounded with this season. On the helmets of the football players at Bondurant-Farrar, the choking game awareness ribbon has been added to remember Joshua Engle. This would have been his senior year and his teammates are honoring his memory. 

Jersey #54 was his number when he passed away and it is now displayed on the sideline for this season.

From the bottom of our hearts, we truly love you all.

GO BIG BLUE!!! ♥

Thank you and blessings to all.

WildfarmKids family

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The Choking Game ribbon explained:

BLack is because we grieve.

GOLD because the children are treasured.

RED is our everlasting Love for them.

And please like and share this post to help us continue to educate everyone you know no matter where they live.

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Football 2016 Senior Year

Friday September 9th 2016

A lot happening in our town today. #RVTV in Bondurant this afternoon and the first home game for varsity football tonight.

WILDFARMKIDS knows that the #CyHawk football game tomorrow is our states #superbowl and in our house we have fans on both sides. We also cheer for #NebraskaHuskers and the #SimpsonStorm as well.

Our point is; football is just a game and we hope that all the “fans” #Cy or #Hawk keep the banter civil and most of all remember; the youth of the community are watching. #PlayNice Exibit good sportsmanship. Share #teamspirit and don’t put down the other team. Cheer and enjoy the fellowship. Remember it’s just a game and next week there will be another one to cheer for

Not all games give second chances. The “Choking Game” is one that is deadly and has no adult fans. Our youth need to know the facts and end playing that game.

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Tonight look for the Joshua Leo Engle  #shoutout on the scoreboard at the Highschool football game and the #54 Jersey displayed on the bench in memory of Josh. WildfarmKids wants to thank the parents of the Class of 2017  for making our family feel the true blessings of friends and reaffirm the love the class of 2017 has for Joshua Leo Engle. Thank you to the coaches and staff and the Bondurant Farrar varsity football team  Playing in memory of our #54. Prayers that God and Joshua send an Army of Angels to watch over the players and cheerleaders once again. Safe travels to all who come to watch Bondu under the Friday night lights.

Good Luck to all the players, be safe and courageous!

 

#BlueBayNation #BondurantFarrar #Football

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Safety Awareness Month 2016

 

 

June is National Safety Awareness Month.

We here at WildfarmKids•com are all about keeping our youth safe and we do this by providing free information to those around children.

What do you live for? Everyone has something they live to see or experience. No matter what your passion is. We would like to encourage you all to take some sort of action to highlight the importance of keeping your children and family safe. Read through our website to learn more about the hazards of the choking game and the signs and symptoms to look for.

Each year we can not stress enough how important it is to know the warning signs.

Schools are letting out for Summer break, watch out for your children’s safety!
As our youth go off to summer camps and recreational programs keep in mind not every second will be monitored. Children talk and share things. They share games and experiences. They share the choking game never understanding the dangerous consequences.

Know the signs before it’s too late!

Physical warning signs:
●Bruises around the neck
●Frequent, often severe headaches
●Bloodshot eyes or small, red facial spots
●Disorientation after being alone

In the Home:
●Sheets, belts, neckties, scarves, robe ties, T-shirts or ropes tied to bedroom furniture or doorknobs, or found knotted on the floor or wear marks from being tied.

Socially:
●Mentioning choking games, showing curiosity about asphyxiation
●Having a history of Internet searches about choking games
●Placing choke hold or sleeper hold on others while playing or talk about having been placed in one
●Small child mimicking the choking game (from seeing someone playing it)

In the pool:
●Trying to see how long they can hold their breath under water
(may result in having a shallow water blackout)

If you notice any of these signs, your child may be experimenting with or playing the choking game.

Risk is real, don’t take the chance.
Talk to your children about this, they may know more then you are aware of.

WildfarmKids

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WEEK TWO

WildfarmKids•com would like to share this with you as part of National Safetry and Awareness Month;

National Weather Service and Homeland Security and Emergency Management have designated June 9, 2016 as Heat Awareness Day.

Most Summers in the United States produce heat waves that bring health risks if precautions are not taken. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses. During extremely hot and humid weather, your body’s ability to cool itself is challenged due to decreased evaporation of sweat. When your body can no longer adequately cool itself or when too much water or salt is lost through sweating, your body temperature rises and heat-related illness can occur.

In 2015, there were 24 vehicular heatstroke children deaths in the United States. Never leave children or pets in a vehicle. Look before you lock! The temperature in a vehicle can quickly become deadly. If the outside temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit, in 10 minutes the temperature inside the vehicle will be near 100 degrees, in 30 minutes near 115 degrees and in 1 hour, near 125 degrees.

During periods of hot and humid weather:

• Drink water often

• Take breaks and cool down

• Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight

• Eat light and easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads

• Make sure pets and livestock have access to water

• Check on neighbors

Sharing information is our way of caring for others.

#WildfarmKidsCare

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54 Months

 

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… shared from WildfarmKidsMama’s Facebook tonight…

I was looking through all the “54” bench marks. Days, Weeks, and now Months… How ironic that his unofficial senior year would have started today four and a half years from his death.  I am still waiting on Jesus so in the meantime I will share my faith, smile and cry a little when no one is paying attention…

It’s still a good day; just a sad night…

Buts that’s life right….

“54” months now.  What’s that song “if we could turn back time, to the good ole days” …

No, no matter how many times the days or weeks before Joshua’s death replays in my mind it would have still ended the same because I was not educated about the choking game. God took Joshy and no amount of prayer will bring him back… But I will see him someday, maybe “54” hours or days or weeks, months years??? Only God knows when that reunion will be but I know with all my heart it will take place because I did make sure Joshy knew God and had Jesus in his heart ♡

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9

 

Please continue to share the warning signs with your friends and families.

Blessings  #54 #WildfarmKidsMama

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History #WildfarmKids

 

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A dream was dreamt a long time ago. After a decade, a farm was bought (Wildfarm) and our home went from 3 to 6 children (Kids) = WildfarmKids.  (Wild animals Farm animals and our Kids. )

As social media boomed, we decided to aquire the url WildfarmKids .com and .org for fun and sharing. Many things in life happened over the years and we always put off the website and then our middle son  Joshua died. What was the choking gamechoking game. The information that is out there is so old and medical. We had to step up and get this information to the parents. Our oldest daughter Keri had a class that required the students to build a website. Keri used our momentum of educating others on a local level of just a ripple to a wave of education reaching international views with the website. In 2012 Keri gave her presentation  to Simpson college showcasing the website, and it’s social media conterparts Facebook and Twitter. (We now have Tumblr, Pinterest too.) 

Keri won the Simpson College Iron Journalist  Award that day. Her research, skills and the passion to help others is what has made this site what it is today. She posted a thank you to everyone the next day on here.

To date we are just shy of 90,000 seperate ip address views to the site. With an estimated 3x more via social media and other websites sharing our posts. There have been thousands of hard copies of the information sent out and distributed.  As Keri’s mom I continue to thank all teachers from kindergarten through college, all her coaches over the years and her 4H leaders/mentors and of course all the Sunday school, vbs and Church groups she has been involved with too. All these people outside our family also encouraged and taught Keri and reinforced things from not giving up, to getting up in front of a crowd of people. Athletes/cheering, speeches/fine arts and presentations/showing livestock.

In 2012 with confidence and emotions she stood in front of many of her peers and explained the website. God bless her and thank you everyone that helped us raise our daughter. She is an amazing lady, an inspiring and involved older sister and a devoted bride. She continues to mentor and volunteers in many community outreach programs. Always approachable and ready to tell anyone about our mission. 

God Bless you all for following and sharing out site,

WildfarmKidsMama

“Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it.”~Proverbs 22:6 

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WildfarmKids vs TheChokingGame

 

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Whether it’s done as a dare, a rite of passage or a desire to get high without using drugs or alcohol, the choking game has potentially deadly consequences. Youth ages 6 to 21+ have died as a result of this. Media calls it “the Good Kids High” because parents are blindsided when tragidy happens to children that are good students, popular and are active in school, sports, church and community volunteering.

It is our primary mission here at WildfarmKids.com to educate parents about the choking game. (aka the pass out game ) Since 2011 we have advocated to explain what to do if you think your child or their friends may be involved in this dangerous activity. It is important to have a conversation with your child and talk to them about it. There are not many schools across the world that even warn parents this is possibly happening.

After the death of our son; and the creation of this site, my family has covered all the expenses in running it. Now we need help for getting more information out. Our goal is to be able to upgrade the website and be able to continue to mail out flyers and parent packets. Advertising, print and postage costs have become overwhelming. That is a good thing yet we do not have the budget to cover this increase.  We also would like to have funds to cover the cost for traveling to give our presentations to parents, guardians and all the caregivers.  We do not charge for presentations or materials requested from the website because we want as many people as possible to be educated.

https://www.gofundme.com/wildfarmkids

No one warned us, we were blindsided. Help us continue to spread awareness and be victorious over the choking game.

Bless you and Thank you in advance;

WildfarmKids family

 

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