About Dear Jalen

MamaI’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

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