Joey's Journal

Joey's Journal


Welcome to Joey's Journal: Staying Strong When Far From Mom

12 year-old Joey chronicles his poignant 12 month journey through one of life's most difficult and increasing realities.

Welcome to Joey's Journal: Staying Strong When Far From Mom

12 year-old Joey chronicles his poignant 12 month journey through one of life's most difficult and increasing realities.

About Joey and his Journal

Sad, but true






My journal is dedicated to the kids who are sad because a parent travels a lot for work or is often absent for other reasons. I hope my stories make you smile, laugh, or momentarily take your mind off of your sadness. 

Sad, but true






My journal is dedicated to the kids who are sad because a parent travels a lot for work or is often absent for other reasons. I hope my stories make you smile, laugh, or momentarily take your mind off of your sadness. 

Journal Testimonial




"I loved reading Joey's Journal!  It made me smile every time I read the first sentence of Joey's new day.  I knew right away what kind of day it was going to be for him: fun, long, boring, busy ... you name it. He never hesitated to tell you what the day was going to be. Not seeing mommy every day is not an easy adjustment but Joey weathered the storm and rode the rainbow."

                     -Denise Rowell Tompkins

Journal Testimonial




"I loved reading Joey's Journal!  It made me smile every time I read the first sentence of Joey's new day.  I knew right away what kind of day it was going to be for him: fun, long, boring, busy ... you name it. He never hesitated to tell you what the day was going to be. Not seeing mommy every day is not an easy adjustment but Joey weathered the storm and rode the rainbow."

                     -Denise Rowell Tompkins

Joey, all grown up!






Joseph "Joey" Kaigler, Jr. is now a senior at Chicago's DePaul University where he is studying Digital Cinema.  His professional goal is to be a screenwriter.

Joey, all grown up!






Joseph "Joey" Kaigler, Jr. is now a senior at Chicago's DePaul University where he is studying Digital Cinema.  His professional goal is to be a screenwriter.