Thursday, May 16, 2013

Family Pictures with an Angel

One thing that has been difficult since little Joshua's passing has been figuring out how to do family pictures.  It just seemed wrong to do a family picture without our little man with us, but I knew we couldn't just never take pictures again!  So, I started to brainstorm and asked some other angel moms what their family does.  We came up with a pretty wonderful list and it makes taking family pictures a little easier. 

As I thought through this issue, I realized something...Joshua is our angel and he is ALWAYS there, even though you can't see him.  I feel his presence all the time and I think the key to our family pictures is to include some sort of reminder that he is there. Here are some of the ideas that we came up with.

1) Have someone hold an 8x10 picture.
 

2) Wear one of my Mommy Necklaces.  In this one, I am wearing my necklace with Joshua's finger print. This one is definitely more subtle, but for me, I know that little Joshua is there.
 3) Hold a stuffed animal or other object that represents the angel.  For us, it would probably be a little stuffed giraffe that was always in his hospital bed.

4) Have something in the picture that reminds you that the angel it there.  One of my angel mom friends shared an experience when they took family pictures at their home.  Once the pictures were printed, she noticed a cupboard open in the background.  At first, this bothered her and then, she thought of her little angel and some of the imperfections in her health.  Now, the open cupboard is a representation of her angel's presence. 

Do you guys have any other ideas?  I have years and years of family pictures to do in the future and I would love to hear how you might include a little angel.

Thank you to the wonderful Valerie for these beautiful pictures! 

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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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