Morgan and her brother on her 3rd birthday
Morgan was blowing out the candles on her cake in this photo – I remember it was breezy out, so we left the cake in the box to protect the candles from blowing out. Funny how you remember things when you see a moment captured on film. Morgan always loved being outside, so we decided to have her party on the back patio that day.
I love all the memories from that house and ranch that Steve built. He built it with his own two hands. I miss those wonderful days. Days that I would never, not in a million years, have thought would end someday, because of a vicious stalker/murder who would enter our lives 17 years later.
I have been told that everything that happens in your life molds you into who you are today. Lessons learned or not learned make you who you are, and everyone’s life experiences are different. Having never experienced a stalker in my life, I had no idea what to expect or how to handle the situation when it entered our lives in 2011 – I was just so very frightened for my youngest daughter’s safety. Steve and I did what we thought we needed to do to protect her, but it wasn’t good enough…that I know now. So my goal will always be to raise awareness of the seriousness of stalking, so others can learn from the lessons I have come to learn the hard way.
Spreading fear in others is not my goal. I love my sweet Morgan, and I wish with all my heart that I could have been the one taken instead of her. The past can not be rewritten, but we all have the opportunity to change the future, so I hope and pray you will all cherish every moment of every day with those you love, because life is fragile, and remember if your gut tells you something is wrong, if you feel like someone is stalking you, don’t try to pretend it isn’t happening, take it seriously. Please share this information with others…you never know if that one time you share this vital information it may just be the time that saves another’s life.