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  • Karen’s Story – It was a normal Tuesday morning. My husband, Steve, had been put on the night shift in April so he was now taking our son to preschool, a nice break after 4 1/2 years of handling the mornings on my own. In the driveway, I kissed our son goodbye, then kissed my husband goodbye, and we left the subdivision at the same time. I turned left to head to work and he turned right to take Allen to preschool. I didn’t know it was the last I’d see my husband alive. At 7:30ish, Steve dropped Allen off — and, like we did every day, he called to tell me he’d dropped him off. I reminded him the need of an oil change for his vehicle and he got gas and headed to Walmart. He checked the vehicle in at 7:49 am. At 7:58 am, he called to tell me it’d be about an hour and that he was going to walk around Walmart until he got paged. He asked if we needed anything. I said…
  • Justice’s Story – On December 21, 2010, 4 days before Christmas, my mother went to be with Jesus. Our lives have not been the same since that day. How do you keep going when you lose a parent? Children are not suppose to die before their parents. Death is so permanent and comes way too quickly. Yet, we have to keep going because life does not stop because we are grieving. When my mom died, I did not know how to handle my feelings. I stopped caring about school and started to let my grades fall. I came close to failing 2 classes. My sister decided to…
  • Kaydee’s story – Pete and I met in high school, through a mutual friend, and I remember thinking “Hmm, he’s such a fun guy, with a great personality! “ Fast forward two years later, August 1998, and I ran into him at our local high school football game. My best girlfriend was with me, and I told her “Hey, that’s Pete! I haven’t seen him in forever!” I walked up to him, and we began chatting. After saying goodbye, I walked away thinking “Oh, he’s still such a nice guy.” Later on that night…
  • Bonnie’s story – Mark Rosato and I met in June of 1989, just as he was graduating from high school, and I was about to enter my senior year.  At the time, we were both dating other people but hung out with the same group of people all of the time.  We stayed close throughout my senior year, and when I went off to college in August 1996.  It was in the fall of 1998…