Thursday, May 9, 2013

Memories of Joshua...From you!

So, this morning, I was thinking it was about time to get Joshua's photo book together. I make a photo book for Logan for each year and I plan to do that with all my kids.  I have sat down to do Joshua's before and I just couldn't do it.  My heart was not ready to review that short little life in such detail.  However, I feel like if I wait too much longer, we are going to forget some important details and that is the last thing I want.

So, I have a request from all of you!  I know very few people knew Joshua on a personal level, but I do know that many of you have been touched by his spirit and have experiences with him.  If you don't mind sharing, I would like to collect some of your experiences to include in Joshua's book.  Not only will it help complete the story of his life, I think it would be good for my healing heart to hear from all of you and how Joshua's life affected others. 

So, there are two ways you can share: (1) simply leave your memory/story in a comment below or (2) send me an e-mail at abrokenheartandcontritespirit@gmail.com. 

Thank you, in advance, for your contribution to Joshua's book.  This will be something our family will treasure forever and for generations.

2 comments:

  1. Stephanie, I have been so touched by Joshua's life and your example. My Lucy is just 2 weeks younger than Joshua. I can't help but think they could have been friends before they came to earth. My time with my children is so much more precious. My calling as mother has become so much more real. Every single day I have with my children is so special. I listen more, I let some things go that I never would have before, I play more, I read more, I sing more. I have studied the gospel more and in turn my relationships with everyone around me have improved.. Thank you for sharing Joshua's life with us and how he continues to fulfill his mission. I feel like I know Joshua, and my life has been incredibly blessed because of your example and that angel boy. Love you, my friend!

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  2. Stephanie, I was one of the lucky ones who got to meet him. Being able to meet him is one of the many things that makes me grateful for my job at Primary Children's. If I hadn't been working that day on the Infant Unit I probably wouldn't have been able to meet him. I don't believe in coincidence and I definitely don't believe it was a coincidence that I got to meet your precious little boy. From the moment I walked into that small, shared hospital room I felt that little boy's GIANT spirit. It is something I will never forget. I can't really even explain it in words, but I felt how close he was to Heaven. It was almost as if he was a little piece of Heaven on Earth for all of us to enjoy for a few short months. I could feel the Savior and His love for us through your little boy. It's so difficult to explain, as I'm sure you know. But that little guy is something special and I felt it. As I reflect on that feeling that I had that day I am reminded of how much I need to do be like Joshua. He touched me deeply and softly that day and will continue to for the rest of my life. In just the few short minutes I was able to spend with him he changed me.

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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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