Josh Ferris will be deploying for Iraq Tuesday morning, October 16th, at 4am.  Josh is the son of my boys’ second “mom”, Kim.  I have known Josh for the past eight years- ever since Isaac was just six weeks old.  The kids all love him and he’s so good with them.  I have seen Josh grow into quite a strong and honorable young man.  The Army has given him a certain gleam in his eye and pride in his smile.  I could see it as soon as he returned from basic training.  I want Josh to know how proud we all are of him and that he will be in our prayers everyday.  Take a moment, even if you are just a lurker out there, and leave a comment for Josh.  He’s taking a laptop over with him.  I’d like for him to be able to see the incredible support he has back here at home.  Thank you!

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October 15, 2007 - 4:51 pm

Leann - We (The Adams Family) would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU! If it weren’t for you (Josh) serving our country who knows where we would be in this world. I had 2 brothers that served and I am thankful for all of you military men and women. We will keep you in our prayers and will look forward to the day you return to your family. Please take care of yourself and fellow military service people. God Bless You and Thank You!

The Adams Family

October 15, 2007 - 5:53 pm

Julie - Josh, thank you so much for serving our country and protecting our freedom! We need you.

God bless you!
This is the Ditty Family shouting out to you from Plain City, Ohio!!!

October 15, 2007 - 6:36 pm

Kelly - Josh,
Thank you so much for protecting and serving our country! You will be in my thoughts and prayers while you are away. God bless you 🙂

October 15, 2007 - 6:43 pm

Andrea - Josh,
I just would like to say thank you so much for serving our country, we need people like you. I want you to know that you will be in my prayers and I wish you a safe return. Trust in the Lord always.

October 15, 2007 - 7:37 pm

Jodi Kinasewitz - Josh- We are so proud of you! The USA could not ask for a better man. We think of you every day and say special prayers for you. Jack, Anna and Abby send big hugs and kisses your way. We love you!
The Kinasewitzes 🙂

October 15, 2007 - 8:48 pm

kris - Josh,

Prayers are being sent your way…I just feel so proud everytime I see a military person. What a selfless act! Many times…thank you!

As my brother from the marines would say…”Semper Fidelis!”

Live Strong, Josh!

The other Speelman’s from Cincinnati

October 15, 2007 - 10:10 pm

Isaac - I thank you very much! When I go to blueash I think of the navy, marines and army. I’ll pray for you to be safe! 🙂

October 15, 2007 - 10:13 pm

Dana Darbyshire - Josh,
Words cannot express how much we appreciate what you are doing for us. It is the most unselfish act anyone can do. We are so proud of all that you have accomplished through your military experience and know that you will continue to make us proud.
I just had Grant and Bryce come over to look at your picture and asked them what they want me to tell you. Grant said, “I love you Grant and Bryce, Josh” His exact words but you know what he means. We do love you!!! Grant and Bryce will be wearing their “Josh soldier pjs” waiting for your safe return.
Love, Gregg, Dana, Grant, Bryce, and Lola Darbyshire

October 15, 2007 - 10:19 pm

Laura Speelman - Josh, Thank you for serving our country. You will be in my prayers for a safe return. God Bless you! Laura Speelman from Mansfield, Ohio

October 15, 2007 - 11:04 pm

Karin Daley - Many blessing to you and your family. Your courage and loyalty is so admirable, Josh. I am Pierce’s mom if you happen to remember us. My son spent his afternoons napping in your room about 4 years ago. I thank you for protecting my country and my freedom.
Karin Daley

October 16, 2007 - 12:20 am

Sue & Bob - Josh, Thank you so very much for your service to our country. Be safe and know that we will be praying for your safe return. We are friends of Melissa from Shelby.

October 16, 2007 - 7:42 am

Jeanie DeTemple - Josh,
Thank you for protecting our country. We are very proud of you and thankful for your courage. I will pray for your safe return.
I am a friend of Melissa’s from Sycamore.
Jeanie DeTemple

October 16, 2007 - 9:07 am

Lindsey Hazelbaker - Josh,
Thank you for serving our country. We are proud of you and wish you the best of luck. Keep God in sight. Safe Returns are sent your way.

Lindsey Hazelbaker
(Dana Darbyshire’s sister)

October 16, 2007 - 9:53 am

Mike & Lana - Our prayers go with you for a safe return. We have so much pride for our service people. Thank You! Friends of Melissa from Shelby

October 16, 2007 - 10:15 am

Tom Bemmes - Josh – Our country is great because of people like you! THANKS and God Bless You!

October 16, 2007 - 10:37 am

Carol Gandee - Josh,
Our thanks and PRAYERS go with you. In knowing your parents, I know that the love and support with which you were raised will sustain you until you safely return. I have heard so many good things about you over the years that my grandchildren (Anna, Jack and Abby) have been lovingly cared for in your home, especially from Anna. For a while, I thought you were one of the other children in Kim’s care…

May guardian angels surround you

Carol Gandee
(Jodi Kinazewitz’s mom)

October 16, 2007 - 11:07 am

Linda Gartner - Josh, bless you and all of your fellow soldiers. THANK YOU for protecting all of us here at home. Please know that many prayers are going out there for you each and every day that you are away.

Linda Gartner
SJH teacher

October 16, 2007 - 11:09 am

Paul Alexander - Josh,

Thanks for your service to our country. You can be sure that lots of us will be thinking of you and all our brave men and women who answered the call of duty. Take care.

Paul Alexander
Sycamore Teacher

October 16, 2007 - 11:31 am

Stefany Reedy - Dear Josh,

I remember when you were in my 7th grade Geography Class at Sycamore Junior High. It seems you are all grown up now and then some. How proud I am to have a former student doing such important and brave work in the world. Best wishes to you. We will be thinking of you and waiting for your safe return to the United States. Take Care.

Stefany Reedy (Karrick)
Sycamore Teacher

October 16, 2007 - 11:58 am

Jan Metzger - Josh, I am so proud of you and miss you already. What a joy it has been to watch you grow up to the wonderful man you are today. I have been blessed to know you. Thank you for going to Iraq and helping to protect those of us who are here at home. I will be waiting for your return. Until then you will be in my prayers always. God bless you Josh and keep you safe as only He can.

October 16, 2007 - 12:06 pm

Tony, Mickey & Mason - Dear Josh from all of the Smith Family, we are so very proud of you for protecting our freedom. We have known you now for quite a few years and you have become quite a fine young man. Take care of yourself and you will be in our daily prayers.

October 16, 2007 - 12:18 pm

wendy hazelbaker - Best of luck to you Josh! We will be thinking of you and all other service members! Thank you for your service!

October 16, 2007 - 12:30 pm

Stacey Spencer - Josh,
Terry, Hailey, Trey, and I would like to thank you for serving to protect all that should be right with humanity. May God bless you and keep you and your peers safe. We will say a special prayer for you each day. Please keep in mind the many thoughts and prayers that will be going out to you specifically, and all the troops collectively, and that we will all be hoping you return soon to your wonderfully loving family. ~Stacey

October 16, 2007 - 12:40 pm

Kim - Thanks for all the support for Our son we are Very Proud of him and my heart has filled with joy from all the people who have wrote.Josh is going to be so happy when he is able to read these nice words. As a Mom that was the hardest thing I every had to do. I told him as long as we have our faith we will never say Good-bye because we will always be able to see each other again.Melissa Thanks So Much for doing this for Josh.He will always be able to look at it and read all the encouraging words. Josh rememeber to HANG TOUGH and STAY SAFE. Love you always Mom and Dad

October 16, 2007 - 12:55 pm

Nicci - Josh,
Words can not even began to describe the thanks we have for you, serving our country and standing up for what you belive in is so amazing. I hope and pray for your safe return to your family. I sleep safer at night knowing there are amazing men and women like yourself willing to defend our country. Thank You so very much!!!!

October 16, 2007 - 1:07 pm

Kim Gandee - Josh,
My husband and I think the world of your parents whom we have gotten to know through the Kinasewitz kid’s birthday parties over the years. I enjoyed seeing the scrapbook your mom made for you at the last party. You and the rest of the men and women in the armed forces have our prayers and support. May you stay strong and safe. You will be added to our nightly list of “prayer requests and praises” when the boys and I say our prayers. Thank you for all that you are doing.

The Gandee Family
Jason, Kim, Bryce, Brett, Evan and Carson

October 16, 2007 - 1:07 pm

Doug Parsley - Josh,
Best of luck to you during your tour in Iraq. I really appreciate that you are serving your country in this way. You will be in my prayers.

Doug Parsley
Sycamore Jr. High

October 16, 2007 - 1:10 pm

Jan Battistini - Josh,

What a brave and courageous young man you are! So many of us take for granted the outstanding commitment of our military around the world today. Know that many people are thinking of you and your fellow comrades as you serve our country in this unique and special manner. We pray that you will be safe and will learn from each experience in Iraq.
May the work that you are doing be blessed in a wholesome and good way.

Thanks for keeping our country safe and all of us here at stateside.
With thanks,

Jan Battistini (Sycamore Junior High teacher)

October 16, 2007 - 1:41 pm

Mary Lou Hoffar - Josh, I remember what a good kid you were at the Junior High! Mostly, I recall you being in Mrs. Ford’s old room, Room 206. Through the years so many kind words have been said about you and your family. It is of no surpirse that you would represent and defend our country and the beliefs that we all hold so dearly.
May God bless you as you leave and may His grace and presence sustain you while you are away. All of Sycamore is so proud to call you one of our own.
Mrs. Hoffar

October 16, 2007 - 1:46 pm

Lynn Stubblebine - Josh,

I work in the art deptament at Sycamore Junior High with Melissa Speelman. I know how highly she regards you and your family. Please know though you’re far away from home in a foriegn country there are many people whos wishes and prayers are with you.
Thank you for your service.
Stay save.
Lynn Stubblebine

October 16, 2007 - 1:58 pm

Karen Naber - Josh,
My prayers go out to you as you begin this courageus and highly vital work! When I met you this past summer, it was clear to me that you are deeply committed to serving your country. I want to thank you for being such an incredible role model to other young men seeking to make a difference in the world. We are very proud to know that you will represent Sycamore in the ranks of brave men from all over the globe. Please stay in contact and let us know that you are remaining out of harm’s way. God bless you and keep you.
Karen Naber
Principal, SJH

October 16, 2007 - 2:20 pm

Aunt Debbie & Gregg - Josh,

Gregg and I are so proud that you have become a soldier and that you are going to defend our country. Just know how much we love you and you keep yourself safe! Please keep in contact and let us know if there is anything you need while you are playing in the big “sandbox”.

Aunt Debbie and Gregg

October 16, 2007 - 3:46 pm

Mary - Josh,

I work with your dad and feel I know you. Your dad is very proud of you. We talk occasionally about the service since I\’ve served in the Air Force both active duty and reserves (which I\’m currently serving) with combined time over 25 years. You will never again know loneliness since you now have a kinship with your fellow soldier that will last a lifetime. May you and your family be blessed.

Mary McDonald
MSgt. USAF Reserves

October 16, 2007 - 6:18 pm

Tom Hazelbaker - Josh –
My daughter, Dana Darbyshire, has kept me up to date with your deployment. As you probably know, she has introduced my wife and me to your parents, whom we think the world of.
Anyway, this is really about you and what you are doing for our country. Please know that we respect all that you are doing and keep all of those who are serving in our prayers. May the comfort of knowing that you have a great family of friends supporting your efforts be helpful throughout your time in Iraq.

May God bless.
Tom Hazelbaker

October 16, 2007 - 6:42 pm

Aunt Kate - Josh,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so proud of what you are doing.
It keeps us safe here and the war somewhere else. I am sorry you have to go. I would rather you and all of our miltary people be here in the states but since that can’t happen I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Don’t worry about keeping in touch with me I will keep in touch with your mom and dad. They are the ones who really need to hear from you in what little time you will have. I hear they keep you very busy.
Love Aunt Kate Mike and Todd send their LOVE Too!!!!!

October 16, 2007 - 8:32 pm

Jodi Kinasewitz - i love you josh josh i hope uyo will be safe love anna

October 16, 2007 - 9:21 pm

Nancy - Josh,
Thank you for defending our country and our freedom. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers!!!!!! The Mitchell’s ( Melissa’s neighbors)

October 16, 2007 - 9:23 pm

Andrea Garten (Your little sis) - Josh-

Scott and I are so proud of you. You have turned into an amazing young man through your jounry in the Army. You will constantly be in our thoughts and prayers. Please stay safe and always remember you are not alone. You always have God to turn to. I can’t wait til we can see you again. I love you tons.

Andrea and Scott

October 16, 2007 - 10:44 pm

Barb - Hi Josh!

Just wanted to take this opportunity to say Thank You for serving our country and fighting the war on terrorism! I know your family must be so very proud of you and will miss, think of, and pray for you each and every day that you are in Iraq. I hope all these words of encouragement make your day! You are truly blessed to be loved by so many. Me and my family will keep you and the rest of our troops in our thoughts and will pray for not only your safe return but for all those who have given up so much to protect and serve this great country. God bless you!!

Barb (Speelman) Stimmell and family

October 17, 2007 - 12:47 am

Sharon Kowatch - Josh,

It is the courage of men such as YOU that give this this country the strength it has. THANK YOU for all that you will be doing to SERVE our country!

Sharon Kowatch
Montgomery Family Medicine

October 17, 2007 - 9:23 am

B - Josh–

Thank you for serving our country in its time of need but we’ll be praying for your safe and speedy return! You are a brave man. Kim, you must be so proud of your son, but stay strong for him while he is away.

becky (mel’s little sister) and phil, chicago il.

October 17, 2007 - 9:59 am

Danny Williams - Josh-

I’m a friend of your Dad’s at work and I just want you to know he is more proud of you than you will ever know. Thank you for all that you do for our country. Keep God in your daily life.

October 17, 2007 - 11:48 am

mama - Josh – I am praying for you daily! Words can not express the gratitude I feel for what you are doing to help the world to be a safer place. You are truly an amazing young man. (I know that because my daughter Melissa told me!) Always know that you never walk alone! God is with you always.
Gail Dahn Melissa’s mom

October 17, 2007 - 2:21 pm

Pastor Steve Bond - Josh….Our church (First Lutheran in Shelby) prays regularly for all our men and women serving in our military. We are adding your name to our list. We are proud of you and your service and we will be praying for your saftey and for Peace to prevail soon. God Bless you! Pastor Steve Bond

October 17, 2007 - 2:35 pm

Jim Perdue - I would like to thank you for what you are doing. I know my family can sleep at night knowing there are people like you over there keeping me and my family safe from harm. I understand the need for you to be there, I am an old Vet myself. Hang in there and as they say ” keep your head down”. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your unit as well as your family back home. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

October 17, 2007 - 3:57 pm

Kathy Martin - Josh,




October 17, 2007 - 7:01 pm

Shirley and Lloyd - Good luck and God bless you and good luck with your services you are doing for our country love you Grandma and Grandpa Mulcahey.

October 17, 2007 - 9:07 pm

Alan, Alyson, Grace Hazelbaker - Josh,

We wish you all the best and a safe stay during your time in Iraq. I have been able to spend some time with your parents, which are wonderful people, and can only imagine you are very much like them. Our prayers will be with you all. We appreciate what you and every soldier are sacrificing for all of us.

Alan Hazelbaker and daughters
(Dana Darbyshire’s brother)

October 17, 2007 - 9:11 pm

Christy - Josh,

It is an honor to know you through Melissa. Thank you, thank you, thank you for serving our country! God bless you!

Christy Taylor(Speelman’s vacation buddy)

October 18, 2007 - 2:20 pm

Heather Swensen - Josh and the Ferris Family-
Thanks you for the sacrifice of time and family to serve your country. We are proud of you and owe you our gratitude. Thanks Josh !
Best of Wishes and God Speed-
Bruce, Heather, Oriel and Curtis Swensen

October 18, 2007 - 4:41 pm

josh ferris - deaer everyone that wrote,
thank you for all your prayers. ill read this every chance i get.
please pray for my family also.
thank you so much

love pfc ferris

October 18, 2007 - 8:43 pm

Grandma Ferris - Josh I’m so proud of you. Imiss you. We are all praying for you at my bible study on Wednesday. Aunt Kathy is going to give me a computer so Ican have e mail Ilove you. Just remember God is only a prayer away Love Grandma

October 19, 2007 - 5:01 pm

Anthony & Dede Munoz - Josh,

Thank you for your service to this great country. Appreciate you fighting for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you daily.

Anthony & Dede Munoz

October 19, 2007 - 7:47 pm

The Leesemann Family - You rock Josh! Thanks so much for defending our freedom. We are so very proud to be Americans. We appreciate what you and other soliders are doing for us and the entire world!

October 23, 2007 - 9:38 am

Martin & Pam McConnaughey - Josh, Your Uncle Martin and Me are so very proud of what you are doing to serve Our Country and their is not a day that does not go by that we say a prayer for you. Just remember what your Uncle Martin told you, let everyone else go first and keep your head down!!! (ha!) You are our hero Joshua Ferris. With all our love, Uncle Martin and Aunt Pam

October 23, 2007 - 2:51 pm

Uncle Cliff AND aunt Edie - Hi Josh,we wanted to say we love you and our prayers are with you always
be careful ,watch over your shoulder,be safe as you can. Thank-You for protecting our Country without our service men,we would not be free. will talk later.Keep that smile love Cliff and Edie.

October 24, 2007 - 11:30 pm

Leann - Hello Josh,
My children & I were checking out Melissa’s site & decided to read the comments that people wrote to you. The children were impressed with all the support that we decided that we wanted to send you another message your way. So, they have asked to write you again and let you know we are still praying for you and your family and wish you well. Thank you for protecting our country we really appreciate what you are doing! God Bless You!
The Adams Family (Mansfield, Ohio) (Joe’s cousin)

October 25, 2007 - 11:28 am

Pastor Wayne - Josh,

We’re remembering you in our prayers at FBC. Your willingness to serve us in the defense of freedom is appreciated.

October 25, 2007 - 12:42 pm

Mike & Tina Ketterer - Josh,

Thank you for your service. As the parents of an active duty Sailor, we know and appreciate the sacrifice you are making for our country and the sacrifice your parents and family are making also.

October 25, 2007 - 1:00 pm

Dan Price - Josh,

A note to let you know how proud I am of you for serving and defending our great nation. Your sacrifice is appreciated; your service is honorable. You are in our prayers for an effective service AND an effective witness to those around you who don’t know the Lord, but need to. Let your actions draw them to you when they are searching for answers.
God bless you!
Dan and Elise Price, Faith Bible Church

October 25, 2007 - 1:09 pm

Lyle - Josh,
Thanks for representing us over there. You and others from the FBC family make the situation much more personal. Please let us know how we can help. — Lyle Kelly

October 25, 2007 - 2:10 pm

Mark Narloch - Josh,

What an honorable and admirable path you have chosen. We are proud of you as a person and honored ourselves to know you personally. We will be praying for you that Christ will be seen in you and you will feel His presence each day and in every circumstance. Know always that He is alive in you and knows each and every need you have and He is able. Our hope is that you will return to us safely. We are so grateful for your service to us and our country.

Thanks and God bless,
Mark Narloch

October 25, 2007 - 6:45 pm

Tim and Jan Wilson - Josh,
Thank you for the sacrifice you are making for our country and the freedom and safety of the people of Iraq. Let your light shine and your life be a testimony of Christ. We pray for your safety, and as was said to another Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.” Take care!


Tim and Jan Wilson

October 25, 2007 - 9:36 pm

Dave Tawney - Josh,

Karen, Josh, Max, Zach, Luke, and I want to wish you the best. I remember you as a tyke and now you are serving God and country in a way that few of us can truly appreciate. I was with my Dad today who fought in WWII and he told me a little about the emotions and fear associated with honor and duty. I and my family truly respect and thank you for your patriotism and valor.
I like the haircut as well, kinda reminds me of mine.
Look forward to seeing you next time you’re home.

THANK YOU and we’ll be praying daily for your safety and decisions.


November 1, 2007 - 3:26 pm

Ferris' (Up the Street) - PFC Josh,

We love you man! It has been so much fun to watch you mature into the man that you are. When you get home we will have to fire up something special on the grill. Know that daily our prayers are with you and your comrades as well. Right after you deployed, I went to my Dad’s 60th LST Naval Reunion. It was encouraging to hear their stories, testimonies of their faith in God’s protection, and to see the bond that these guys had for each other after all those years. Stay strong in His word and we will see you at home before you know it. (Can you smell the grill?)

Thanks for you Service, Blessings, and We Love You!

Denny, Sue, Ryan, & Scott

November 7, 2007 - 12:57 pm

Dana Darbyshire - Josh,
I have asked my students to post a comment to you. We will be sending you some goodies next week!!! Hope you enjoy the comments and the treats. Please take care of yourself.

November 7, 2007 - 1:07 pm

Christian Tanis - Josh,
I am a student in Mrs. Darbyshire’s class and my teacher told us that you are in the army and i think that is really cool. It must be really hard and tiring. That’s why a lot of kids in our class are going to send you and others in the army supplies that were on the list you sent us and some more stuff that might be helpful to you guise. Take care.


November 7, 2007 - 1:07 pm

Elysha - Josh,
Hey my name is Elysha but you pernouce it alicia. Thanks like times 1,000000000000000 for being in the army and protecting the country. we will be sending you food and stuff next Tuesday. What would you like us to send you??? im going to think off a joke and next time i comment on you i will tell it to you and it will make them laugh


November 7, 2007 - 1:08 pm

Erin - Josh,
Hi, I’m Erin. Thanks for protecting this country and our class will be sending a bunch of treats on Tuesday. Say hi to all the others who protect the country. Take care and thanks a lot.

Thanks again,

November 7, 2007 - 1:29 pm

Donna - Hi, I’m Donna Seong. Thank you so much for being in the army to protect our country. Mrs. Darbyshire has been talking about you alot. I think it’s cool to be in the army, because you need a lot of bravery to go out and fight. Hope you’ll like the treats that we’ll send you. Well, take care!

Donna S.

P.S. Tell the other soldiers that I said Hi.

November 7, 2007 - 1:33 pm

Andrew Zacharias - Josh,
Hi, my name is andrew. I think its extremely nice of you to protect our country. over this year my class will be sending you materials and stuff that you will need while you are in iraq. my uncle is in iraq so i now what it is like.the climate is very harsh and you will need some supplies. anyways, talk to you later.


November 7, 2007 - 1:34 pm

Nicole Streicher - hey josh: i am nicole streicher and first i just really wanted to say thank you so very much. thank you for fighting for our country and being in iraq. i would never have the self confidence to fight for a whole country never the less risk my life for others. thank you, thank you, thank you. i am looking forward to sending you stuff that you put on the list. take care. ~nicole streicher~

November 8, 2007 - 12:05 am

Sam Niederhelman - dear josh,
I am a student in mrs.darbyshires class and i just wanted to say thank you so much for serving our country in Iraq. It is very brave to risk your life just to save other peoples lives you dont even know. I just want you two know that we are thankful for people like you.

November 8, 2007 - 3:41 pm

Rachel Willis - Heyy Josh
Im Rachel from Mrs.Nagel and Darbyshire’s ID class. I wanted to say thank you for all you for all you have done for our country and I can tell by what you are doing for us right now that you care a lot about us. So thank you again and hopefully we can all get to see you in person some day! Oh and I hope you and your group enjoy all of the care packages we send you guys!!


November 8, 2007 - 3:46 pm

Elysha Thoms - josh
okay well i cant think of a j oke but i have a riddle!!

okay here it goes
theres was a family that lived in a round house
it was raining out side
and the dad of the family that lived in the house was murdered.
The detective was asking everyone for there aliby
The kids said they were playing in the rain
The maid said that she was dusting in the corners
the wife said that she was putting on her makeup
the gardener said she was gardening

Who did it???
okay well stay safe and thanks again tell everybody that i say hi

the answer is the maid and the gardener because you cant dust in the cornerin a round house and you cant garden in the rain. it works better when you say it so tell it to the other soldiers Elysha

November 8, 2007 - 8:51 pm

Kathy Nagel - Hi Josh,
As you can read, several of our students have been writing to you on this amazing website. We will work hard to keep our students involved in this communication process. I teach with Dana and she has told me all about you. The kids are extremely excited to stay in contact.
Please let us know if there are special things you would like sent.
Yes, I’m keeping your family in my prayers as well as you.
Take care,
Kathy Nagel

November 11, 2007 - 9:22 pm

Halley - Hey Josh,
Thank you so much for serving our country! I am really excited I am going to get to know you more as you are there! I hope you like all the things that we are sending to you! Also tell us if there is anything else you want us to send, because i would be more then happy to.
I am praying for you to be safe! Thank you so much!


November 12, 2007 - 2:47 pm

Eric Byers - Hey, it is so awesome that you are serving our country! if it wasnt for you we wouldnt be free. i cant wait to meet you! THanks again.

~eric byers

November 12, 2007 - 2:53 pm

Katie - Hi Josh,
My name is Katie and I really appreciate what you are doing. I thank you for letting me sleep and get an education with out having to worry. Please stay as safe as you and in the box of goods we send is are wishes

November 12, 2007 - 2:53 pm

Chris Kearns - Its awsome what your doin for our country out there in Iraq!!! Not many people would have the guts to risk so much to save so many people. Not any ordinary person could do that. You have to be strong and have the will to do it. Its actually more than our country that you are serving. It is the entire world. I think that anyone who can come out and say “I want to be in the army,” is already a hero. Thanks sp much for what you do. Just keep it up!!!!!!!

November 12, 2007 - 2:54 pm

ryan westendorf - heyy josh
i am ryan i am a 7th grade at sjhs iw alnted too tel u that we relly do apriceat what you do we dont relly show it much because most people dont know how too show it but this one of them thank u so mush for what you do it lets me know that i can be save unlike other
thanks 🙂

November 12, 2007 - 3:17 pm

Jamie - josh,

November 12, 2007 - 3:19 pm

Jamie - Josh,

Thanks so much for serving our country. You have done soo much for me and our country. This will be a great experience for me to sent messages to you! thanks sooooo much!


November 12, 2007 - 11:25 pm

Katie - HI josh
you know Elysha and erin ho have been writing wel were bffs. I am in seventh graden and i love math. we are doing this thing called an aviator fly by. This is were when the bell rings if you are in the hallway you get picked off and get in trouble. Are school is doing this because alot of kids are late to class

November 13, 2007 - 1:59 pm

Vladimir Jovic - Josh-
Thx for fighting for our country. Without u and other veterans we wouldnt be where we r today. Its men and women like u that keep this country free and well protected. We know that we can live safe lifes from the outside world. Once again thx.


November 13, 2007 - 2:01 pm

Sara - Josh,

Thank you so much for serving our country in the war. I think its really cool to be sending you a message and you getting them in Iraq. we all pary for you to have a safe trip. have fun in Iraq.


P.S. tell the other soldiers I said hey. =]

November 13, 2007 - 2:01 pm

kelly mcdonald :) - Dear Josh,
Thanks you for serving the country and and pretecting its people!! this is a great exprience send u messages!!we all pray for your safety and and hope for the best!!!!!!!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)):)::):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

November 13, 2007 - 2:02 pm

mitch - Josh-

both my parents were in the armed forces and even though i dont remember it i know my mother went to war. i can imagine what it felt like for her and i am vary thankful for you and your comrads to be there, even if it isn’t the most safe thing to do. thank you again and please thank the other in the squad for me and my family.

Mitchel Bie

November 13, 2007 - 2:06 pm

Katrina Hilvers - Josh,
Thanks for being brave and helping our country by going to war without soldiers fighting and who have fought America wouldn’t be the same.


November 13, 2007 - 2:07 pm

joe - Dear Josh,

Thanks for all you’re doing in Iraq, you are what keeps are country strong.


November 13, 2007 - 2:08 pm

Maggie - Dear Josh,

I hope you are doing ok. Do you think it’s fun there, or would you rather be at home. No matter what, I think what you are doing there is a great choice. E-mail me back if you get the chance at it.

Bye, and Good Luck,


November 13, 2007 - 2:10 pm

cody Renoit pronunciation(ren waa)p - Hey Josh. I think it\’s awsome that youur in the army. my mom and dad were in the army. acually thats where they met. Take care.
cody renoit

November 13, 2007 - 2:48 pm

Aaron Jones - Dear Josh,
Hello Josh, my name is Aaron Jones and I am very proud that you are serving for our country.

November 13, 2007 - 2:50 pm

Cailyn Wallace - Hi im Cailyn and i think it is great what you are doing for America!!!!! I hope you have a a safe time!!!!! I hope you can also continue to do the great job you are diong !!!!

from: Cailyn Wallace

November 13, 2007 - 2:51 pm

Eli Goldweber - Hi Josh,
I think what you are doing for our country is great. Keep it up! Stay safe and keep it up. Everyone is proud of you. Come back soon.
Eli Goldweber

November 13, 2007 - 2:52 pm

Aaron Jones - Dear Josh,
Hello Josh, my name is Aaron Jones and I am very proud that you are serving for our country. My family pretty much served in for the country also. I am very proud of all of the veterans and such. Once again thanks for helping our world.

Aaron Jones 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

November 13, 2007 - 2:53 pm

Emily E. - Hello there! Thank you for serving my country! I hope you will come home soon and have a safe time and trip! see you soon, hopefully!
Emily E.

November 13, 2007 - 6:37 pm

annabella deluca! ily josh! 7th grade msr d's 4-5 bell class!! - heyy josh!

my name is annabella u can call me anna if u like but annabella is way cuter! i love wat u r doind to the warld! or well at least 4 the u.s.!!lol so any way tell all ur friends i said wats up!!! and how r u lol. hit me bac so we can talk some more! i would love to get to know more about u josh i think u look and sound (from wat mrs. d has told me) really kool!!!

luvv ya!!,

annabella deluca!!

November 13, 2007 - 10:28 pm

Kathy Nagel - Josh,
As you can see, I have a lot of work to do being the English teacher of these kids! Help!! What do I do about their grammar???
JK— but you can’t imagine how much of this slang carries over into their formal writing.
Hope all is well and u r adjusting to your new envoronment.
Thinking of you,
Kathy Nagel
Yes, the 7th grade language arts teacher at SJH!

November 14, 2007 - 5:23 am

joshua ferris - Mrs. Darbyshire’s class

hey thanks for all the comments, i try to read them everyday. thank you all so much for the thoughts, and prayers. hope to get to no all you guys and girls better.

joshua ferris

November 14, 2007 - 12:20 pm

Smile - 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

November 14, 2007 - 1:53 pm

Robbie Freeman - Dear Josh,

Thank you for all you are doing for the U.S.. We hope you can stay safe and come home soon to us. Keep Well

The Freeman Family
Robbie, Kathy, Scott, David, Will, and Angel

November 14, 2007 - 11:55 pm

maci - dearrr josh,
so basically i want to thank you for EVERYTHING.
you are totally amazinggg. you are incredibly brave and i never would have the guts to do what you are doing it just shows your courage…and how much you truly love our country and thats awesome. i sent yous ome stuff so hopefully you and your other soldier friends will enjoy it..along with the other tons of stuff my class sent you. well once again i think your AMAZINGG. and i hope you get to come visit our school because it would be so cool to meeet you. be safe. THANK YOU.

Maci in Mrs. Darbyshire’s class
bell 4-5

November 20, 2007 - 9:25 pm

Aunt Debbie & Gregg - Josh, As we enter into the Holiday season, and as Thanksgiving approaches, I must pause and give thanks for Men like you, who have protected the freedom of America, and the world, throughout history.I am proud to know you, and even more proud to be considered a part of your family. God bless you and keep you safe.Gregg

December 1, 2007 - 5:56 pm

Samantha W. - dear Josh,
Thanks so much for protecting us and fighting in the army in iraq! I cant tell you how much i appreciate everything u have done! I hope that you will be able to visit us at school so that we get to meet you and thank you personally! Thanks again for protecting our country!
Samantha Wolkoff
one of Mrs. Darbyshire and Mrs. Nagels students

December 5, 2007 - 12:58 pm

Sallie Cohen - Dear Josh,
Hi! I’m Sallie. Thank you so dearly for having courage to complete a difficult task to me. That takes a LOT OF COURAGE to do. Risking everything and fighting for something you want and believe in! I know EVERYONE at sycamore is Very happy to be able to write to someone as brave as you. How is it going over in Iraq. Well I wish you the best of LUCK! Once again THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO! and THANKS FOR PROTECTING US AND OUR COUNTRY! 🙂

– Sallie Cohen

Mrs. Darbyshire and Mrs. Nagel’s Student.

December 10, 2007 - 7:05 am

Madge Patrick - Dear Josh,

Just a short message to let you know you are in my heart and in my prayers. Prayers for your safety, wisdom for decisions you must make, adjustment to the conditions and the day-to-day things you must do.

As you look up into the sky at night and see the many stars, remember our God is watching over you and the people that are praying for you are like the stars in the night sky – to numerous to count.

A big hug to you,
Madge Patrick

Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

January 10, 2008 - 2:08 pm

Aunt Kate - Josh,
I don’t know if you still check this but I just wanted you to know I
think of you often and pray for you just as much!!!!
You are special to me and always will be. Love you !!!!
Aunt Kate

February 15, 2008 - 4:54 am

Enubdirulfili - I’d prefer reading in my native language, because my knowledge of your languange is no so well. But it was interesting! Look for some my links:

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