After experiencing the loss of Katie, I felt such a deep sadness. As a mother, the loss of a child is the most difficult thing to go through in one’s life. I began to feel a compassion for [...]

Katie’s First Journal

Katie’s first journal writing was when she was 8 years old. She got a heart shaped Diary and on the inside cover she wrote a BIG warning to her older brother Brian. Don’t even think [...]

Before Leaving for Master’s

Before leaving for Master’s Commission, on September 21, 2005, Katie wrote the following: This is my hot pursuit for you, God. You pursued me for so long. Now it’s my turn to pursue [...]

Dear God

During the first week of Master’s Commission, in late September 2005, each student was asked to write a letter of what they hoped to experience in their relationship with God during the [...]


Wendi Watson was a second year student at Rockford Master’s Commission. She had such a heart for missions. In fact, she had organized a concert on March 28th to raise money for her mission [...]

A Mother’s Reflection

What a joy it was to be Katie’s mom. I’m so thankful for every precious moment, every time of laughter, every tear, and every serious talk I had with her. Katie was a true gift from [...]

A Mother’s Testimony

The summer after Katie’s sophomore year of high school, we noticed that she was withdrawing from us. She would go to her room and would lock the door. Sometimes she wouldn’t even say [...]