About Dear Jalen

I’m incredibly embarrassed to admit that I have few memories of my childhood. I’m not exactly sure why that is. I often find myself wishing that I could go back in time and meet the “little me”. I wonder what she was like? What was her favorite story? What did she love to play?

My family is grown and gone, so these aren’t questions I can really ask of anyone. So I began searching for anything, pictures, a baby book, anything left behind that may help shine some light upon years gone by. As it turns out, photos were sparse. When you’re the youngest of 5 the thrill of capturing those milestones has lost its shine a bit. And the baby book? Well, the first page or two was written in and the remaining pages are blank with good intentions.

“Documenting little details of your everyday life becomes a celebration of who you are.” ― Carolyn V. Hamilton

Fast forward to today. I’m a mother now and where before I may have just been curious to know a tidbit or two, today I find myself filled with questions about so many things. Does my daughter look like me when I was her age? Her quirky mannerisms, her silliness, the way she is so filled with joy when she sings, did I used to do that too? While I had been busy wondering about my own childhood, my daughter’s has been flying right past me. Oh and my daughter’s baby book? Well, let’s just say I had a blank book and good intentions!

This blog is my way of giving our daughter more than good intentions and a few snap shots here and there. I want to write this blog in a way that tells our story behind the photographs and to include video clips to help her relive moments in time that she may have forgotten. I’d like for this blog to become a means for me to pass along some of the life lessons I’ve learned along way in hopes of making her navigation through life just a bit easier.

This is our story. I hope you’ll follow us.

– Robin L. Reynolds





21 thoughts on “About Dear Jalen

  1. I think you have a great idea! My children are all adults. However, I have also started a separate private blog for them with photos that span from today to many years before I was even a thought in my parent’s mind. My plan is to give them the information in a few years to access it … after I have time to get a lot of good information & photos on there. But, I do have a back up plan for them to find it if I am not around as long as I plan to be 🙂 I do look forward to seeing more of your posts!

  2. I am very much like you regarding pictures and memories of my childhood, but I am trying to remember some. This is an excellent idea to do this now for your daughter. And I love the point about your daughter’s baby book being good intentions. Much the same for my daughter’s baby book. Good luck with this project.

  3. Can’t wait to read more. I have two teens. I am so happy I filled out the baby books, although I hated doing it at the time. It was such a struggle!! I cherish the few videos I took of them. I wish I had embarked upon a project like your blogumentary. This will be a treasure for Jalen AND for you as well, when, seemingly 5 minutes from now, she is packing up to leave the house and make her own way in the world.

    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement @remedialprof! I found filling out the book to be a struggle too. I had collected a few things but they were all thrown together in a box. I’m now faced with all kinds of photos and video clips all randomly stored in various areas. I’m hoping this blog will help me to get those out of hiding and posted/organized. 🙂 You know, it’s never too late to start a second blog like this for your teens too. You can go through their photos, scan them and write posts about each. I’d tune in to that! The photos I’ve gone through have jogged my memory on other things I had temporarily forgotten.

  4. I am not a parent, still have a long way to go before I have kids, but when I do have kids this is something I would do. keep a journal/documentary, but mind wouldn’t be online, it would be on paper. Something that one day they could find in a old box, and be able to see and read my own hand writing along with pictures, know that it was me, writing that journal/documentary. Good Luck with your project.

  5. I absolutely love the concept for this blog! What a gift for your daughter to have your stories of growing up and family stories. Bravo!

  6. This is a great idea. I am hoping for my children to remember the times we spent together but I guess everyone forgets after some time- so a blog is a really good idea.
    Keep writing, so she will have a great reading and growing experience.

    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement! It was daunting for me to begin writing a blog but it has been a very rewarding experience in the short time I’ve been pursuing it. I’m looking forward to how it may evolve over the upcoming weeks.

  7. I’m not a parent but I can tell you that if I were your daughter I know I would treasure your documentation and words … on a separate note -I have just nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogging Award. I would be delighted if you chose to accept, but if you prefer not to I surely do understand. You can read my nomination post and the rules on my blog if you are interested.

    1. Thank you so much @ibdunn! I’m incredibly flattered to receive your nomination. I felt uncertain at times starting this blog but the encouragement I’ve received from others like you has been incredibly reassuring. Thank you again.

  8. Baby books are honestly over rated ….I never even bought one for any of my 3 kids….but I do however follow them around with a camera constantly and have photographed them to the point that now they sometimes roll their eyes at me when they see camera in hand. Looking forward to reading your blog 🙂

  9. I appreciate your idea; I have written some of the blogs recollecting my childhood memories and more ; I will be following yours for my own learning as how to improve my own writing and will request you to follow mine for your comments and suggestions for improvements.
    with greetings

  10. An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a co-worker who was doing a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me lunch due to the fact that I found it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this issue here on your web page.

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