Have you ever wondered what it was like to lose a child? Or to not know where they are for an extended amount of time? I don't have to wonder what it is like because I have lived through it. It was the worst feeling that a mother could ever have, and inside it was killing me. I've heard that the 24 hours are the most critical, and in a sense it is true, but in all reality it never gets easier until your baby is found, dead or alive. You pray that your baby is alive and unharmed, but there is always that doubt in the back of your mind that the worst might have happened to your child. This is the story about when my daughter was kidnapped.
My name is Kimberly Percy Reynolds, formally known as Kimberly Percy Segars before I got married. I met my husband John in high school. We met at the beginning of freshman year and immediately hit it off. I found him attractive, but at that point of my life I wasn't worried about boyfriends and stuff like that. I thought that the best thing for me at that time was just to be friends with people. That would help avoid unnessecary heartaches. We became best friends so quicky, and by the beginning of the third quarter we became a couple. By this time my views on having a boyfriend had changed. I was falling in love with John. We have been inseperable ever since.
Even though we were going for different degrees we went to the same college in Knoxville, Tennessee. While John went to University of Tennessee to be a lawyer, I went to University of Tennessee to be a nurse. We decided to move in together at off of campus, but it wasn't too far away from our school. Although are classes were at different times we always made time for each other. We ate dinner together every night no matter how early or late it was.
When Christmas of 2007 came around we had to go back home to Memphis to spend it with both of our families. Our families got a long very well and his parents house was just a few streets down from where my parents lived. Christmas morning John gave me the biggest suprize that I have ever gotten in my life. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I remember being so happy that we hurried up to make the 6 hour drive down to Memphis so we could tell our parents the wonderful news. Everyone was so happy for us, and I was excited to be Mrs. John Reynolds.
It took 6 months to plan the wedding, and we got married on June 15, 2008. It was a beautiful wedding at the church that both of our parents have been members at for many years. It wasn't a huge wedding, but wasn't a small wedding either. We had a lot of family members from both sides that were there, and we had some of our closest friends there as well. My dress was a mermaid style dress, and I felt like everything was right in the world. On January 29th we found out that we were expecting. It was our first kid and we were both so excited. When the doctor told us that it was a girl John was excited to be getting his princess. On October 15, 2009 our daughter Sherilyn Cassidy Reynolds was born.
Sherilyn was the happiest baby that I have ever seen in my life. She was normally smiling about something. She enjoyed being in her daddy's arms, and I enjoyed taking as many pictures as I possibly could get. My mother always told me that taking a lot of pictures was the best thing to do while going through life. You'll always be able to see the pictures and remember the memorys. On March 9th of 2012 I finally understood why taking pictures of loved ones was so important.