A Moanalua Army journalist who has been documenting her struggle to have a baby has lost a prized possession to a thief.
The hopeful mother says it's not her purse or cellphone she wants back after her car was broken into near Pearl Harbor Elementary School on Thursday afternoon. It's a book that holds her deepest reflections.
The Kims have been trying to have a baby ever since they got married three years ago. However, doctors say their chances are less than five percent because Mrs. Kim is already in her forties. She said the thief didn't just steal a book, it was a means of coping.
"I got pregnant right around Fourth of July. And what was really exciting about this one was there was actually a heartbeat," Liana Kim said.
Liana married the man of her dreams at the age of 40.
"Which is already late in the game. I've been waiting a long time to find the right guy and I finally found him," said Liana.
It took them two years to get pregnant the first time.
The second time she miscarried was just a few weeks ago.
"It's a psychological thing when that happens to you more than once because you really start to feel like this is just not going to happen and there's no hope for me to have my own. So I just started thinking about what my options are,” she said.
The smash-and-grab in Moanalua in broad daylight was shocking. However, Liana said what was devastating was the thief also stole her cherished notebook, which holds paperwork, research, and contacts she's made to adopt one day.
"It has just my whole life in it. I feel like just a part of me is just pulled out of my chest."
"I think everyone has that one thing they put a lot of personal stock into that is really not monetarily apparent to anyone else…for her it's priceless,” her husband, Sung said.
"It was my way to get through what was happening to me. It was coping tool. I turned to it to write my most personal thoughts in and it’s got me through that," said Liana.
The notebook isn't fancy. It’s army-issued, green, four-by-six inches with a camouflaged cover and her name and rank on it. But the dreams and memories inside make it priceless.
Anyone with information, call HPD or email the Kims at firstname.lastname@example.org.