Monday, April 22, 2013

Idaho trip

My little Logan boy and I just spent a wonderful week in Idaho with some of my family. This was the first time I have been able to get away on a trip since Joshua's passing and I think it was really good for me. 

At first, I was a little nervous, believe it or not.  As I was driving there, I realized the last time I was in Idaho was with baby Joshua.  We were able to spend a wonderful Christmas with my family and all the memories of that trip came rushing back.  However, I was surprised when I walked into the house, I had a calm, peaceful feeling.  I love being at home.

We did a lot of really fun things! Including:

Watching TV/movies on "Big Joe" (The best seat in the house, especially in front of the fire)

Playing with great grandma.  These blocks are sort of legendary in our family.  My mom grew up with them, all of the grand kids grew up playing with them, and now the great grand kids.  It was a special moment to watch and be a part of.

Some serious pampering.  Honestly, I have been meaning to treat myself to some of the luxuries of life (aka-manicures and pedicures), but I just haven't gotten around to it.  This week, I did manicures with my little sister and had professional pedicures done with my mom.  Next on the list: massage.  These back muscles need some serious TLC. 

Road trip meals-including playing with our food.

Some great family time and some wonderful pictures!

I was really excited all week to have something planned every day.  I find that the really difficult days for me are those days when I am sitting quietly at home (especially nap time).  My mind wanders and inevitably my thoughts land on Joshua.  This week, I felt like I had a relief from that, in a way, since I stayed so busy and was surrounded by people.  

All in all, this was a wonderful trip.  Little Joshua continues to change my life for the better.  I found myself enjoying the little things and capturing the small, seemingly insignificant details:  walking hand in hand, looking at the birds in the bird feeder, laughing at the Finding Nemo movie, playing games around the table, just sitting and talking. These were the moments that mattered most.  I am so grateful that Joshua's spirit continues to remind me of these important things. 


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Joshua Kent Ipson was born December 1, 2012 with a very complicated combination of congenital heart defects. After 2 1/2 months of fighting for his life, he passed away on February 13, 2013. We invite you to share our experiences as we grieve his loss, rejoice in God's plan, & keep Joshua's message of hope alive.
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