Monday, May 13, 2013

The Headstone is Here!

After a little bit of drama with the monument place, Joshua's headstone is finally placed!  We are both trilled with it.  I am just so glad to have something there to see and that there is something there for everyone else to see when they visit. 

I do not think it was a coincidence that the stone was placed today...exactly 3 months since his passing.  These dates come so often (every 1st and every 13th of the holidays like Mother's Day and Easter) that it is draining sometimes.  I think this was one way the Lord could remind me that He is with us during this difficult time.  We are truly blessed to have this small, but significant tender mercy. 

 There were a few things that were very important to us when we designed the headstone: 

1) His picture: So much of Joshua's spirit could be felt when you looked into his eyes and I feel that people get a small glimpse of that with this picture.  It was a must. 

 2) "Heart Hero":  Tim wanted to give people a little clue as to why Joshua's mortal life was so short.  After a few brainstorming sessions, we came up with the Heart Hero inside the heart.  Although there was no possible way of explaining everything, we feel that this small clue will be a little hint as to what his life was like. 

3) Our full names: I feel that headstones can be a very important link for family history generations down the road.  I wanted to make sure people knew little Joshua belonged to us. 

4) Families are Forever:  Yes...this may be a cliche phrase for a headstone, but now I understand why!  Those three words bring hope and light amidst some serious darkness.  That simple but profound gospel principle is everything to our family, especially since Joshua's passing.  It was only fit that we include those words as a permanent testimony to our beliefs. 

 So, I can breath a sigh of relief that it is finally done.  Joshua's memory has a permanent place in the world.  Generations of people will see his name and hopefully feel his tender spirit while visiting.  I am so grateful to have something there to remind me of him.


  1. It looks so good! I know what a relief it is in some ways to have the monument in place. Good work!

  2. I really like it. I'm glad it is exactly what you wanted. Is it typical to have to wait three months for a headstone? Just wondering. Hopefully the "drama" wasn't too unbearable-what you've gone through has been difficult enough; you don't need anymore difficulties with things like this. Gorgeous flowers, too-I love daisies!

    1. Wendy-from the place we got it from, they told us 4-6 weeks from the time we approved the design. We actually didn't go in to order it for a while after he passed away because we just were not ready. Some of the drama with the place was that it took much longer than they told us it would. Also, they cannot place the stone in the cemetery during the winter months, so that can sometimes make it take a little longer (although that did not affect us much).

  3. I love it. I love that you can have flowers there for him when you come visit.


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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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