I am currently travelling around the world with my wife and 2 young sons, exploring new places and writing books along the way. We found out in January 2012 that our 3rd son Trek Atlas had a rare genetic disease called Niemann Pick Type A. There is no treatment or cure, Trek died in our arms on June 21, 2012 after getting 4 stamps on his passport. You can read about his travels and life here.
Our life will never be the same without our sweet boy-we are continuing our journey around the world in order to celebrate every day of his life.
My wife and I made a decision at the end of 2011 to travel the world. In the begriming of 2012 we were going to Thailand to spend more time as a family, enhance the boys education, and to see the world. When we received Trek’s diagnosis in January we decided we still needed to show him the world. We traveled to Nicaragua, Honduras, California, Texas, Maui, Japan, and Thailand with Trek. It was magical. In the months since Trek’s death we have also been to Laos and Burma. We are currently in Pai, Thailand renting a house finishing my book Following After Trek available in November 2012.
You can read more about our family travels and Trek’s journey on my wife’s website-www.oursonnylife.com.
Chelsea: My wife, she is a mix of Mary Poppins and Betty Crocker. After Graduating Liberty University, she has become a stay at home mom and official unschooling teacher of the Ingram house. She is passionate about parenting and is the most wonderful mother alive. She has managed to stay married to me over the past eight years and has been my best friend through it all. I cant imaging going through the journey of life without her as a partner. No matter how high or high low I have been emotionally she has always believed in me, and somehow, after all this time, she still likes me. For that I am grateful. She has her own blog that you can read, it’s can be read at www.oursonnylife.com. The only difference between hers and mine is that people actually read hers.
Peyton: Oldest of my three sons, he currently is six years old. He loves to climb and frequently scales anything within his vision. Height is of no concern for him nor footholds. If it’s vertical, he can scale it. He is the sweetest boy you could ever meet and Chelsea and I have only been concerned because he doesn’t ever do anything wrong. The other day we found out he would sneak cokes from the fridge when Chelsea would put the baby to sleep, imagine our relief! He is sarcastic and witty, willing to forgive anyone who wrongs him and the shinning example of what a human being should be to his younger brothers. I am proud and fortunate to be his dad.
Conner: Power personified is this young man’s persona. He currently is four years old and I am glad that I am in with him because he is not to be trifled with. He is passionate in both anger and love. Without question, he is the sweetest older brother to baby trek and does things like bring him toys and sings original songs to him. He is sharp and perceptive and I highly doubt that anyone in his life will ever be able to take advantage of him or those he cares about. He is the protector of our family while at the same time the lover of the family. His equally tender side gives context to his power and crystallizes why he is so passionate in all he does. I am proud and fortunate to be his dad.
Trek: April 11, 2011-June 21, 2012. He entered the world in the natural way. No hospital required for this little adventurer. Only a mother, a driveway, and a dad for the doctor. You can read his driveway birth story here. Needless to say, he has the most beautiful blue eyes that are always open. I choose to see it as a symbol that he is aware and sees things for what they are. In truth, he has the island vibe big time and is disinclined to raise so much of a finger to do anything. He is happy and chill andlived all his days enjoying the beauty of this world and the love of his family.
Jarrett: That leaves me. Twenty eight and happy with how my life has gone so far. I have made massive changes emotionally, spiritually, and professionally over the past eight years. I don’t have it figured out and I couldn’t tell you what my next eight years would look like. What I can tell you is that I am committed to living a life that is interesting to myself and to living at all costs. Everything else is negotiable. I am currently writing three books, all of which I hope to finish next year and I have the idea for the fourth. They are all different and I hope you enjoy them. I’m not trying to change the world, just enjoy my life, provide an awesome journey for my family, and learn a few things along the way. My commitment at the moment is to screw up or succeed trying. Some might call me crazy for relocating my family half way around the world, to those, I would simply say, “Thanks.”