2013 and A Little Angel: Travel Rocks for Jaedyn

2013 is coming to an end and this is what is coming to my mind, “Oh my, what a year it has been!”   For my family and I, it will always be a year that we will never forget.  It was filled with excitement, laughter, ups and downs, and even some “what the heck were we thinking” moments!  This was the year that our family decided to donate 3/4 of our belongings, remove toxic people and things from our lives, move to Finland with only suitcases, and basically simplify our lives in so many ways. We also spent a lot of time focusing on our travel bucket list, and as we reflect on this past year, we have so much to be grateful for.

A few weeks before we moved to Finland, I received this email on Facebook from one of my high school classmates who I hadn’t seen in many years:

The email that started "Travel Rocks for Jaedyn".

The email that started “Travel Rocks for Jaedyn.”

My friend lost her baby girl, Jaedyn, at only 16 months old after a tragic accident. Jaedyn would have been 10 years old this year.  Since I can remember, my daughter Mia has always picked up rocks wherever we went. She has probably picked up a thousand by now!  I would find them everywhere… at the bottom of my purse, in my pockets, her pockets, and her daddy’s pockets.  She even has a very nice collection of them on her window sill in her room in Finland.  So, after receiving this email from my friend, I knew this was a perfect job for my family and we started to pick up rocks for Jaedyn on our trips that we went on. Here is a photo of precious Jaedyn which was taken only three weeks before the accident:

Our angel who has been traveling with us: Jaedyn

The little angel who has been traveling with us this past year: Jaedyn

Here are photos of the jar we made for her travel rocks and also photos from her gravesite where her mommy joined us to give the rocks to her a few days ago:

We put the rocks we collected for Jaedyn in little bags and wrote where there are each from and put them in this purple jar.

We put the rocks we collected for Jaedyn in little bags and wrote where they are each from and put them in this purple jar.

Jaedyn's beautiful gravesite where we placed her jar of travel rocks a few days ago.

Jaedyn’s beautiful gravesite where we placed her jar of travel rocks a few days ago.

The jar of Travel Rocks for Jaedyn along with some other rocks that people have collected for her.  She's traveling the world!

The jar of Travel Rocks for Jaedyn along with some other rocks that people have collected for her. She’s traveling the world!

I will end 2013 with this photo of my daughter Mia with one of her rocks she has collected and a quote that I love about when a child gives you a rock.  I would also love to hear any of my fellow bloggers’ stories about their children and rocks as well as any special things that you do for those who have passed.  Thank you all for following along. I wish you a very Happy 2014 and a new year of peace and many exciting adventures!

Mia and one of her many rocks she collects with one of my favorite quotes. Happy New Year to you all! xoxo

Mia and one of her many rocks she collects with one of my favorite quotes.  Happy New Year from Red Pin Adventures! ~Christine

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