I am Kadyn’s Auntie Laine, there are so many things to say about my precious niece. Whenever I think of Kadyn I picture a happy, smiling, laughing and caring sweet girl. She was always so happy and full of life. I am thankful to have so many great memories and to be a part of her entire life, even though it was only 7 short years. Kadyn was more than just my niece, she was my lil princess that will always have a special place in my heart. I lived close when Kadyn was young, then moved to Arizona and still made several trips a year. I was also lucky enough to have Kadyn with me in Arizona for awhile and I will cherish those times, Kadyn was 3 then. Even though most of the time I have lived far away, I always kept in contact with my lil punkin. Kadyn would always call and say “Auntie, I want you to come see me” and I would have to remind her I had to get on the plane and fly there, she’d say “okay, well can you get on an airplane and come see me then?” It was so cute and that would always put a big smile on my face.
Whenever I would walk in the door Kari would say “you better check who’s here” (she never told them before I came otherwise they wouldn’t sleep and be bouncing off the walls), Kadyn would always come running with arms wide open yelling “Auntie Auntie!” and of course her little brother right behind. Kadyn and her brother would always show me the new toys they had gotten since I seen them last, then we would play with them or play board games or jump on the trampoline. She was always running around and playing with something. I enjoyed all the mornings of being able to get her ready for school and she was always so excited to go to school. Some days I would go eat breakfast or lunch with her at school and stay for recess, she loved to show off and introduce all her friends to her Auntie or anyone that would listen including the principal.
I was planning on flying out on Thursday to come see them, I was going to get to see Kadyn’s soccer game on Saturday, I was so excited (we didn’t tell her yet or she would be way too excited for the next 5 days). Until 2 days prior I received the worst phone call of my life. There was nothing that made sense of this call and I couldn’t believe any of it. I kept screaming “NO not my lil punkin” and thinking if I got there quickly she would somehow be okay, that I could somehow make her be okay even though they told me she was already gone. Another part I couldn’t comprehend was when they told me it happened when she was getting on her school bus, I thought ‘NO that can’t be, school buses are supposed to be safe and Kadyn knew all the rules of getting on the school bus and always followed them, how could this be’. This was by far the worst day of my entire life.
Now my family has been torn apart, each and every single one of us, our lives will never be the same and there is no “normal” to go back to. I will never get another one of those sweet phone calls asking me to come see her, I will never get to see her in middle school or high school. We will never get to see her prom, graduation, wedding or anything past her short 7 years. I do not wish this heartache and pain upon anyone else and now it is our job in the name of Kadyn to do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t. Every single person makes a difference and we need each and every one of you to do your part in supporting Kadyn’s Law.