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* Events: Kristin's 31st Birthday
Posted Jan 24, 2006
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Another year has gone by, and I miss Kristin as much today as I have over the last five and a half years. Kristin would have been 31 this year, and I still wonder what her life would have been like had she lived. Her dogs, Sativa and Winter, are well and continue to be a great source of comfort. Their love and loyalty are unconditional and I often wish that people were more like them.

As I struggle each day to survive, I have to remind myself how fortunate I was to experience the miracle of having a child. Most parents would do anything to protect their child, but as I sadly know, that is not always possible. My faith has allowed me to go on, knowing that I will someday be reunited with my daughter.

As you know, we have been very fortunate, thanks especially to the tireless efforts of Sgt. Mark Hollingsworth, in identifying a suspect in Kristin's case. This by no means brings 'closure" for me, as that is impossible when you lose a child. However, I am truly relieved to know that this suspect is not a threat to society any longer. Unfortunately, evil exists in the world, but there is also good, as evidenced by the kindness of strangers who have reached out to me. And of course, without my family and friends, I would not be able to function each day. I am truly blessed to have them in my life.

Happy Birthday, my Kristin! I promise that I will try and live each day with your enthusiasm and sense of adventure. You are always and forever in my heart.

Kristin's Mother
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