We are the Ingram family of 6. Jarrett-dad, Chelsea-mom, Peyton (8)-big brother, Conner (6)-middle brother, Trek (April 11, 2011-June 21, 2012)-little brother, and a little sister coming June 2014. We lived on the island of Maui in Hawaii, USA from 2008-2012.
We have always wanted to travel full time as a family and show our boys the world.
On April 11, 2011, Jarrett delivered Trek in the driveway of our Maui home. It made us all realize how wonderful life was, and we wanted to start traveling with our boys right away. We named our 3rd son, Trek Atlas, in honor of that dream. We began selling all of our belongings, Jarrett put in notice at his work, and we bought 1-way tickets to Thailand for January 2012.
Trek 3 days old-our inspiration for adventure!
In December 2011, just days before our move to Thailand, we took Trek to the doctor because he was losing weight, and was not reaching all of his developmental milestones. He was not eating solids (he only breastfed his entire life), or sitting up. Trek was 8 months old.
In the next 24 hours we flew from Maui to Oahu to Denver Children’s Hospital where we stayed for 2 days, and they diagnosed him with Niemann Pick Type A, a rare genetic disorder with no cure or treatment. Children with NPA rarely live past 2 years old.
We spent the next 4 weeks (January 2012) in Denver visiting family and friends, researching NPA, and gathering pain medicine for Trek. We knew we had to get Trek at least 1 stamp on his passport, and we wanted to continue our plans to travel with him. We ended up getting him 4 stamps. We had high hopes for him to never return to the hospital or the doctor, and he never did.
We left for Disneyland in January 2012 our first real family vacation. We left from California to Nicaragua where Trek road a panga boat on the ocean, to Honduras where he slept in a hammock on a private island, to Japan to meet real ninjas, and to Thailand where an elephant kissed him. Trek got 4 stamps on his passport between January 2012 and June 2012.
In between his world travels, we traveled to Texas and Maui to visit family and friends, so they could love on Trek while he was alive. He also had a very special fundraiser at Hard Rock Cafe in Maui, where he also celebrated his 1st birthday. (all of his travels here!)
Trek riding in a songthew in Thailand
Trek passed away peacefully in my arms with his daddy and brothers singing to him on June 21, 2012 in Phuket, Thailand.our precious son
you can read Trek’s entire story and about his travels here
We are devastated, our life will never be as sweet since Trek won’t be there. Our family is missing a huge part since he left us, we are just trying to live by Trek’s motto that is on his bracelets-Embrace Life. Not a second goes by that I don’t yearn for him to be cuddled in my arms. No matter how wonderful our life will ever be, it will be missing so much without our baby.
Jarrett wrote a book about Trek’s life as a tribute to our love for him and all that he gave us- Following After Trek. It is Trek’s story from Jarrett’s point of view. From Jarrett catching Trek in the driveway on the day he was born until he died in our arms in Thailand 14 months later. Jarrett had a dream just days after Trek died and that dream developed into the other half of his book. Jarrett weaved a beautiful tribute for Trek of his life and our hopes for Trek where he is now. You can read all about Following After Trek at www.jarrettingram.net.
Since Trek’s death we have traveled to Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Cambodia, and spent many months in Thailand. In June 2013, we flew back to America almost exactly one year after leaving from here to go to Thailand with Trek. It was so heartbreaking to come back without him.
We were only coming back for a visit, but on a whim Jarrett called his old job and they offered him a job. We decided to spend a few years in America, having more children, and giving Peyton and Conner a fun American childhood. We decided to try living in a motorhome, so we could live cheaply and travel America on the weekends and vacation days. We lived in our RV, who we named “Adventure” for 6 months, completely renovating it and making it our home.
I then became pregnant with our 4 child! We found out this baby was totally healthy (no Niemann Pick Type A), is due in June 2014, and she will be our first girl. It is a very special time for us. We moved into a beach house on the island of Galveston, Texas (where Jarrett currently works) and have made a little home here. We spend our days homeschooling, playing at the beach, getting ready for the new baby, and eating lots of yummy food.
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the following is what I had on the blog before we found out about Trek’s illness. It is just a little about each of us and I can’t bear to change it since it reminds me of a peaceful and perfect time when all my children were alive…
a little about me…
I love playing with my boys, snuggling, reading books: for children and myself, baking, breastfeeding, swinging on our porch swing, going on dates, drinking caffeine in any form, but a coke with ice and a pink straw is my favorite, clean sheets, learning how to make my life more full, the beach, homeschooling the boys, baby faces sticky with fruit, long kisses, cosleeping with our children, I love to make messes, but not clean them up, pedicures, fresh fruit, and creme brulee!
The backbone of our family. We all wait anxiously everyday for him to come home from work-he is so much fun to be around! He is the most funny, loving, smart man I have ever met. He is always reading and writing, wrestling with the boys and taking me on dates. He loves video games and watching our favorite tv series together, but recently sold all the latter to focus on our dream of world travel so he could write more. He is a talented author. He always knows what I need even when I don’t and makes it happen. He is strong-willed and gets things done and I know we will accomplish all our dreams together.
Is the best brother I have ever known, is a wonderful friend, will play with toys for hours deeply involved in some imaginative plot, jumps and climbs off of everything-no height is too great, loves learning and asks every day to homeschool, wrestling with Daddy and Conner, swordfighting, playing video games, and will eat almost anything. Peyton is our sweet sweet boy, we are amazed daily that he is our son!
Conner 4 years
Calls Peyton ‘brother’ and is always by his side, you want him as your friend not your enemy-he will defend you to the death if he likes you! Loves to snuggle and wrestle. He is so full of life and love, he always makes us laugh with all the cute and funny things he does. He is the most passionate person I have ever met. He is the sweetest most doting brother to Trek, he is always kissing him and talking to him. He likes video games and watching movies, anything with cheese, is a huge mamas boy, likes to run around in the buff and has big brown eyes and chubby cheeks that will melt your heart.
Trek-April 11, 2011-June 21, 2012 (died at 14 months old)
Our catapult into adventure-we named him Trek Atlas (the latter after my Grandpa), and for our life dream to travel the world. He was born in the driveway in our attempt to make it to the hospital and our life has not been the same since! After that moment Jarrett and I both realized that we needed more moments like this and began working on our dreams right away. I call Trek my little lover-he is the sweetest angel we have ever met. His 1st few months of life have been so relaxing and truly enjoyable thanks to all we have learned from our 1st two babies, Trek had an unmedicated birth and has had an unvaccinated, uncircumcised life and it has made all the difference. He is so peaceful and alive-we are captivated by him and his enormous blue eyes.