Monday, August 15, 2005

Journal the Journey

Journal the Journey

Inspired by Baby Jacob
Designed by Jamie Aldridge

Our dream as parents is to have children that are born completely perfect.  When we are blessed with a different reality, we often times aren’t sure we can endure it.  Jacob Tyler was born on July 28, 2005 with an unknown seizure disorder.  His parents, Kevin and Jamie Aldridge, have already survived the journey of losing one precious child, Brianna Renee, to the same disorder and know the struggle first hand.  Sadly, Jacob joined his big sister, September 20, 2005.

Where some might find no strength to walk the journey again, especially after having a perfectly healthy daughter, Amanda, born after Brianna’s death, Jamie is able to find some peace in journaling Jacob’s daily progress.  Through him, she has been inspired to share with us the ups and downs, successes and setbacks.  Her journal entries are therapy for her and those that are a part of her family’s life.

In the midst of watching her little one struggle, Jamie felt led to find a way to help other families.  She believed in her heart that if everyone had a way to document what they were going through, the healing process would be so much easier for them now and in the future, too.  Thus the reason for Journal the Journey.

We all have journeys that leave a lasting impact on our lives.  These journeys come in all forms and can be happy, sad, dramatic, funny, exciting or a combination of many experiences and emotions.  Each journey teaches us a lesson and most often we want to remember as much about the journey as possible.  Journal the Journey is an album kit that helps you remember in more detail, the moments of the special journeys you have experienced.

Imagine a father deployed while his child is born, imagine the gift he would receive if the mother were to journal all the feelings, emotions & trials she faced while having to walk the journey without him day after day, allowing him to get a sense of what he truly missed.

Imagine the joy on the parents’ face of a journey written in their own child’s words of the ups & downs they’ve faced while dealing with a serious illness.  What a treasured gift they would have for a lifetime if the child doesn’t conquer the battle.  Imagine the confidence & self esteem the child would gain by re-reading the trials & tribulations they faced & how they overcame them.
Other journeys might include: High School Senior Year, First Year in College, Faithbooking, Marriage, Divorce, Adoption, Difficult Pregnancy, Loss of Friend or Family Member, and many more.

This kit was born out of one mom’s desire to help other people document the journeys that grow them as people.  Whether it be one of pain or one of hope, we all have experiences that are a part of who we are and who we will become.  May this kit help you to journal your journey, whatever it may be.
Thank you, Baby Jacob, for the inspiration you gave to your mommy and the impact Journal the Journey will have on lives around our world.

What previous or current journey are you going to journal?  What about the journey you might help your children journal?  Do you know somebody that needs a way to express what they’re going through?

Join us in carrying out what we believe to be his purpose & journal an event that is dear to your own hearts so that it too can be passed down for many generations, as well as provide remembrance of happier times, or some sort of healing for the sad ones, as it's done for us.

Included with each kit are Jacob's footprints, help us to spread them across this country & allow him to continue to touch more lives then anyone could imagine.

Journal the Journey is an 8x8 scrapbooking kit that reminds us of 14 words to live by; Courage, Love, Trust, Honor, Family, Truth, Charity, Loyalty, Unity, Passion, Joy, Kindness, Humor, and Hope.  The kit includes everything needed to complete a wonderful 20 page album that documents life’s special journeys experienced by all.
Use the link below to purchase your order own Journal the Journey kit.

Thank you in advance for your thoughts, prayers, & support. 

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