Thursday, June 13, 2013


As I prepped for this 4 month anniversary, I hoped that I would feel Joshua's presence throughout the day. In my post yesterday, I wrote "I hope you can take a break tomorrow and bring me a little hug from the spirit world,"  I wasn't sure how this would happen, but I really wanted one.
Well, one of my friends posted in the comments that maybe he would send a butterfly or some other reminder that he is around.  The idea made me smile, but didn't really think much more of it...

...Until we went to the park.  We spent a few hours at the park this morning and I saw two white butterflies.  But these were not just flying randomly; both butterflies flew right in front of my face. They came about 20 minutes apart.  When the second one came, I knew this was not a coincidence.  Joshua was there...enjoying the park right along with me and Logan.

I was happy with my little message from heaven, but Joshua wasn't done.  We spent the afternoon playing in a neighbor's pool.  Imagine my surprise when my neighbor said, "Wow, take a look at that HUGE butterfly!"  Sure enough, flying literally inches from where Logan was playing, was one of the biggest butterflies I have ever seen.  It must have had a wing span of 6 or 7 inches.  It circled around Logan's head and flew away.
As I told Tim about this, I said, "Maybe it was just a coincidence," but Tim quickly responded with, "No, that was Joshua.  He was saying hi!"  Some may think these butterflies were random, but I personally believe they were sent from Joshua.  He was reminding me that he is happy and he is still around.  He is working hard on the other side, but he took a few minutes to come give his mom a little hug from heaven.  The Lord continues to give tender mercies and we are truly blessed.


  1. Yay for butterflies! This is such a sweet story. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. This gave me chills. A tender mercy indeed to have him closer than we know. Hugs!

  3. Butterflies also hold a special place in my heart as they remind me of loved ones. So glad you had such a special moment. You guys are always in our thoughts and prayers.


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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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