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Monday, March 19, 2007

Letters to Heidi

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I had wanted to post this on March 10th, but Charlotte & I were both sick, so it got put on the back burner for awhile...

My sister and best friend, Heidi, died 3 years ago on March 10th. She had complications following childbirth, and slipped away from us five short days after giving birth. She was my best friend, my confidante, my playmate, my encourager......I could never put into words all that she was to me.

My mom gave me these letters shortly after she died. She had found them while going through some of Heidi's things. Apparently Heidi had saved several letters that I had written her over the years. These were all written when I was between the age of 8 and 14. I couldn't believe that she would hold onto these letters and pictures for close to 15 years. I treasure these notes, as they bring back such sweet memories of simpler days, when life didn't hurt so much.

I still write letters to Heidi. They are different now, as I'm older now, and life has thrown a few challenges my way. But they are still very much the same...love letters to my dear sister.

In memory of Heidi...daughter, sister, friend, wife, and mother. I miss you as much today as I did 3 years ago.


Donette said...

That is very touching, Summer. I cannot believe 3 years have passed since Heidi's death. I think of her often, and of all of you left behind, and I know there will be a glorious reunion one day when we all reach Heaven. Keep writing her the letters and keep finding your comfort in Christ!

girlie girl said...

That is a beautiful picture. I'm so glad that she kept those notes, and that your mom didn't toss them out in the move years ago! How awesome that God plans the tiniest detail, such as Heidi saving notes He knew you would need down the road!