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Decade

Hello to all who read this.  It’s been ten years since Joshua passed away on November 21st 2011. Not a day goes by that we don’t think about him in some way. I wanted to say something profound that would jump off the screen and soak deep within your soul and stay forever with you but I have no words of my own.

I will share Jesus’s words:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
(Matthew 5:3‭-‬12 )

Amen.

Thank you for your prayers, we feel them daily. We are truly blessed.

#WildfarmKids Family

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Our Graduate

Six months ago (May 16th 2021) our middle daughter Josi graduated from Highschool. We are so proud of her. This last year and a half with restrictions and wearing masks, virtual and hybrid school schedules and modified or canceled band and cheer events. We are so blessed she had a graduation that had some resemblance of normalcy. Now on to her next chapter of life. She works at the local Christian preschool and loves teaching little ones all sorts of things from colors and seasons to prayers and songs. Caring for children is one of Josi’s many talents.

Chapters of life; during that same time of year many of Joshua’s classmates were graduating from 4 year colleges and starting their next chapter of life. All sorts of emotions surfaced and even though I know God had other plans for Joshua, that hurting feeling of our son not here got overwhelming at times. I know where he is and that his life is more extraordinary then I could ever dream of it being here. He is Home in Heaven.

Blessings to all.

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23rd Birthday

Its Sunday, August 8th 2021
We get to go to CHURCH! Yes!
… Happy 23rd birthday to my middle son Joshua Leo 💗
… 10 years ago I heard him sing, play his new guitar and watched him dance and oh his laughter playing with his siblings. I miss him so much. We all miss him.

This is not our home, heaven is. Life here happens. The sun keeps coming up. There are amazing joys and heart wrenching sorrows. Our time here has purpose, look for opportunities to share God with others, love as many things as possible, and don’t forget to pray.
I will always wonder if there are birthdays in Heaven since God knew us from the beginning.

“Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice. Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.“Philippians 4:4-7

Pray for my family as we pray for you too.

Josi sang “My Jesus” a week later, sharing her faith, missing her brother.

God Bless you all!

#WildfarmMom
#WildfarmKidsMama
Aka Joshy’s MamaGump ❤

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2011 Fair

Fair chores; Joshua hauling feed and water to his lambs.

It’s hard to believe that just ten years ago Joshua was an active young boy involved in so many things. Every year he looked forward to the Polk County 4H Fair. From indoor projects to sheep. He even showed pigs. Farm boy through and through, a shepherd in the making.

The Polk County fair in Iowa has started. The theme this year is “Back to the Fair” a spin off of the Back to the Future movie as last year with Covid the fair was so different. Joshua’s three younger siblings are in 4H so when Watching them with their projects and lambs, there are so many memories that rush back with Joshy.

Joshua, ChadJoseph and Jessi doing chores at the fair.

Thanks for taking time to read this post.

God Bless you all,

#WildfarmKidsMama

“Feed my lambs, take care of my sheep. Feed my sheep.

Jesus said those words to Peter so that Peter would go out into the world and testify, sharing God and Jesus with the people. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and all people are His sheep. Joshua’s story includes his love for Jesus and sharing the Sunday school lessons with his friends. Joshua was known for telling kids at school that were unchurched the Bible stories.
“I got a story” he would say and then he would retell the story and what happened and the way he told them, kids listened. He didn’t use names or say God with in the telling of each story, he would wait till the end. Then say thats from the Bible. That is how Joshua fed Jesus’s lambs.

May God bless your day and may you feel joy an love.

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10th Easter in Heaven

The tomb is Empty!

Jesus lives! Jesus lives!

Every Easter we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s an amazing ending – beginning – eternal celebration of life. Death could not defeat Him. It is so exciting to say Jesus Lives!

Happy Easter everyone!

My prayer for you all is that you show compassion when its not comfortable. Courage to speak out when you see something wrong and most of all that you love more each day then the day before…

This is the tenth Easter with out Joshua. He knows the story and the brutality Jesus suffered. Joshua would get upset and say why didn’t his friends stop it, why didn’t they speak up? My little Joshua was fearless and stepped up when he saw people being bullied. So many times we hear how he would ask the mean kid yelling at someone; What is wrong? Why are you picking on him. Are you having a bad day?

Honestly I think that the bullys were shocked that a little guy got involved but of course he knew big brother 2 years older would have his back if it got dicey, but it never did. Joshua was a little preacher and would say things like “What would Jesus do? Or Gods watching us right now!” To a non believer thats freaky. Joshua would always say how he would have helped Jesus. As a mom I taught him and his siblings that “This” had to happen. Jesus told Judas, “Do what you came to do.” and Judas kissed him on the cheek and Jesus was taken away, tortured and crucified all with in about 18 hours the day before Sabbath was to begin at sundown. All so we could go to Heaven. I am so thankful that Joshua had asked Jesus as his Lord and Savior. A peace that my whole family shares knowing.

Talk to your friends and family about the dangers of the Choking Game aka the Blackout Challenge. Look for warning signs, know them. Our Joshua is in Heaven. There is nothing I can do to reverse that but I can share information with parents and caregivers about these life threatening activities children are told about and die from. It is our mission.

Happy Easter everyone.

The tomb was empty!

Jesus is Alive! Hallelujah!

Blessings from WildfarmKids

If you have not asked Jesus to come into your life and be your Savior below is a simple version of the Salvation prayer. Open your heart and be true to the words;

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior.
Amen

The Holy Spirit is now in you and you can talk to God anytime you want to. Anywhere you want to.

Feel free to reach out to us for more information on what comes next!

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Christmas 2020

Tenth Christmas

I have typed out only to backspace and delete this blog entry several times. I love the Christmas story and the music so instead of trying to find the perfect words on this 10th Christmas without Joshua, I decided to just share his sister Josi singing at church for the Christmas Eve service.

Christmas Hallelujah video

May God bless you this Christmas and for many more to come.

Merry Christmas 2020

#WildfarmKidsMama

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Thanksgiving #10

Hello,

I would like to start by saying thank you for visiting the blog portion of WildfarmKids.com website. Joshua passed away just just over nine years ago today. He loved Thankgiving, and the food and the football. He wrote in his school journal how as a family we would go to Grandma’s with relatives and Thank God (say grace) eat, watch football and play some pool.

He wasn’t a good writer but he did write in a journal at school. He was a great storyteller. He would tell the bible stories he learned in Sunday school or from church youth group to others in a way that kids would listen. I am thankful he knew the stories to tell. He had friends that didn’t “believe” in God and he worried about them alot. He would ask what he should do and I would say tell stories from the bible and at least they will hear. He would ask what else, and I would say just pray for them. Pray they find Jesus and he would ask me to pray for them too. I did.

Joshua was named after Joshua in the bible, a very courageous and faithful man. And his middle name after his great great uncle Leo whom I respected and grew up around. I am thankful for my husband Chad, Proud to have the Engle name. I am thankful for the men he was named after. I am thankful for all who shared the bible leasons with him along the way.

I was blessed with Joshua Leo Engle for 14 years. 9 months all to myself and 13 years and 3 months with the world. I am thankful God gave him to us even if it was a short time, I know God has a plan and God numbered Joshua’s days long before blessing us with him.

The first Thanksgiving with out him was horrible, the first everything was. We were sad, we are still sad, that never goes away. What you see now is nine years of God giving us strength to live life and tell others what happened. I still cry when I am alone when I am overwhelmed because I miss him so much. I trust God and I know that someday the reason will be revealed to my family when we join Joshua in Heaven. I am thankful for Jesus. It’s okay to be “not okay” and sometimes thats when we need prayer time the most. I am thankful I can pray to God.

Thanksgiving #10 I am thankful for the family who I shared the day with and miss the ones who could not be there. Grace was said and there was good food. For one the food was the first time, mashed potatoes and gravy for our Granddaughter. She loved them and at the same time her silly faces, crinkled nose and leaning toward the spoon for more. Priceless! Yes Thankful for grandchildren and all my children.

Thank you for reading this and please look around the website for the real reason we post here, to educate you about the dangers of the choking game and what to look for in your home.

 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” 
Numbers 6:24‭-‬26 NIV

Click on the verse above and listen to Joshua’s little sister Josi sing this, Feel the blessing in your heart.

Thank you again,

~ Wendi Sue Engle

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9 years ago

November 21, 2020

Nine years ago life changed. We didn’t know it was going to happen. We didn’t have a clue. Wait we did have clues but we didn’t know what they were. We didn’t know he was playing the game. We didn’t know that someone told him it was safe to do. We didn’t even know there was a game.

Tonight we are sitting at home, around a campfire, celebrating two birthdays, our youngest daughters 16th and Joshua’s Heavenly one.
Please take a look around our website and learn more about the deadly activity that took the life of our son. By themself each warning sign seems harmless but if you see them in your home we urge you to have a conversation and share the information from this website . Share with your friends and family, teachers and coaches so they know what clues to look for.

Happy Birthday Kisandra &
Heavenly Birthday Joshua Leo

God bless us all and keep us safe,

~ Chad & Wendi Engle
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22 in 2020

Happy 22nd Birthday Joshua!

As for me and my house we will serve the Lord” from the book of Joshua 24th chapter 15th verse

In this world we live in; today our family’s faith is stronger then ever. We cherish time spent together and how blessed we truly are. We miss Joshua and wonder what he would be doing. We know God has a plan and Joshua is part of our testimony to love and serve our Lord and Saviour.

Cherish your family, tomorrow is not promised,

Happy Birthday in Heaven Joshy, till we all meet in Heaven some day.

WildfarmKids

8-8-2020

This is a song that all people should hear, because at some point we all grieve, how we handle it differs, but we all hide our feelings…

Truth be told

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Time

Eight and a half year have gone by now. Time is something that can not be rushed but it can be wasted. Waiting on things to happen or change, to grow or be born all takes patience. Seek God and read his words. This to shall pass. We will be stronger and wiser. Most of all with closer to Him.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1‭-‬8

God Bless us all,

#WildfarmKidsMama
Click here to listen as Josi Engle sings Here’s My Heart

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