Many times throughout the last year, I have thought of my dear friend, Misty, and her family. A year ago today their lives were perfectly normal. They were working on their family farm/ranch and doing what they would have normally done. A year ago tomorrow marks the day their lives, mine and many others changed forever. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, 2012, Misty and Trevor’s son, Calvin was in an accident while doing what he loved to do, help and work. This accident took his life at the young age of 4 years old.
Following his death there was an outpouring of support for his family. People in communities across the state and nation put on their blue shirts, coats, hats, ribbons or whatever they could find. Blue ribbons hung from the doors of businesses and balloons floated through the sky the day he was laid to rest.
I am asking that we show that same love and support to Trevor, Misty and the entire family again tomorrow by putting up a blue ribbon, letting a blue balloon float through the air, wearing a blue bracelet, t-shirt, hat or whatever. Let us remember to say a prayer for the Steeke family tomorrow and through this entire week.
Something struck me to the core that day and I will forever remember something Misty said to me. Hug your kids!
Yesterday, our friend, Katie posted on her Facebook page and on Calvin’s page as well as a reminder of the need to pray for the Steeke family. Katie was gracious enough to let us share her post with you here as well. Her family took Misty’s words to heart as well…
On this date in SuperBowl history…. facts, figures, bets and food. But, the true story lies in the beauty of the young boy killed SuperBowl Sunday a year ago. Calvin, a Rhame, ND 4-year-old, was FUN SPARK!! He lead hundreds and thousands to live more deeply – love more fully. We adopted a family “Calvin hug” a year ago… it’s our promise to Calvin’s Mom and Dad. To hug more. And today we were on our knees when one of our sons said, “Calvin. This is your day. It’s your heaven birthday.” We miss him terribly… please pray for his family. — Written by Katie Dilse of Scranton
As the days without Calvin here on Earth have come closer to a full year, we were remembering our time together at the baseball field to remember many tragedies of those who were gone too soon. We would like to invite you to join us in our 2nd Annual Run to Remember (which is really a walk if you aren’t a runner). We started last year as the family of Sherry Arnold was shaken as they lost her incredible spirit and created the Run for Sherry virtual run/walk. We joined in with their event and added to the day by remembering Calvin, Susie Limesand, Rusty Limesand, and others as we walked together as a community. We will be meeting again this year at James Field (baseball diamond) in Bowman on Saturday, February 9th from 9:00am to 10:00am. We will start the event with a short prayer and moment of reflection (and a picture of course). You can click to see the information for The Run for Sherry and print a running bib from their site. We will be creating a running bib for our Run to Remember as well.
If you have someone you would like us to add to the list of people we will be praying for and thinking of as we walk/run, please comment below or on our Facebook pages.
-robin and jodi