has gone to Heaven! She had gone
to a costume party for
Halloween. And we never saw her
again! God decided he wanted her
in heaven! She wore the dress
that I had bought her at a
medieval faire near here. She
looked so beautiful in that
dress! She told me that she felt
like a bride in it! We went to
the faire this past summer, and
had so much fun!!! We were all
dressed in costume, and where
ever Heidi was, people would
just stare at her. She was so
We were always a very close
family, and did so much together!!
It's so very hard! She was so
beautiful--inside, as well as on
the outside! And OH! How she
loved to dance!!! She liked Garth Brooks, and
liked the song, "The
Dance" a lot. She told us
the story behind the song, and
said Garth had a hard time
singing it without crying. I
liked the song too--we both like
Garth Brooks. Well, we had
"The Dance" played at
her funeral. The song is just so
fitting! I play it and just
weep, and think of her.
The funeral home was packed with
so many people---people who
loved Heidi. She has had several
trees planted in her memory.
There are two special trees
planted in our yard from
friends, a Frazier fir, and a
pin oak tree. The Longhorn
restaurant where she worked (she
was a cook, and loved it!),
planted an unruly weeping willow
tree--they call it the Heidi
tree. They told us that when
anyone is having a bad day, they
go out and kiss the tree. Heidi
always made everyone smile!
is the pin oak tree planted in
our back yard in Heidi's memory.
It was given to us from Dan and
Beth, Gloria and Barry. Barry is
the minister who gave the
service at Heidi's funeral.
is the pine tree planted in our
yard by our friends Don and Deb,
and Dave and Barb. They made us
promise to always decorate the
tree for Heidi for Christmas. Last year we put one big star on the top of it...for Heidi.
Another friend, Steve had a star named
for Heidi. The star is called
Heidi Allyn Reed now. Until the
end of time! It is registered in
Switzerland and the U.S.
grade school she attended bought
a book in memory of Heidi, and
put it in their school library.
The name of the book is
Heidi loved people--young and
old. An elderly lady (one of her
friends' grandmother) came to
the funeral home in tears, and
told us that Heidi would go and
visit her! She loved Heidi. We
got a letter from a boy who told
us that he had known Heidi since
the fifth grade, and that Heidi
was a friend to him when nobody
else would be! That's the kind
of person she was!
She loved the outdoors---the
beach, the woods. And she loved
have her two cats--Princess she
has had for 13 or 14 years. Princess would not come out of Heidi's
room for about 4 or 5 months, I think she was waiting for Heidi to come home!
Then there is Sadie, who is a
little over a year old, and has
Heidi's spunk and attitude. We
love her to pieces! I am afraid
we are really spoiling her! It
wouldn't be too bad, but we had
3 cats of our own! (Now we have
5)! But we couldn't let a one of
them go now!
Heidi once brought home a litter
of black lab puppies--she hid
them for awhile! Well, she
couldn't hide them for long. I
guess the owner was going to
dispose of them, and Heidi just wouldn't
hear of it. So, she brought them
home. Well, we kept them until
they were all adopted out to
good homes provided by
"Because You Care" (a
great pets without homes
program) in our area.
loved sports and got a wonderful
tribute from her soccer coach in
high school. She was wonderful
in track, and always beat all
the boys in grade school! She
was in the State finals quite a
lot. She ran at the Penn State
track a couple of times, and did
real well! She was involved with
the Hershey track and field
days. She also played soccer at
Family First sports park, she
even worked there for awhile.
Heidi worked hard, and she
She was always a spunky little
girl! And she lived and loved
life to its fullest! She adored
her brother, Scott! She loved
her family and friends with
everything she had! I could
write a book about Heidi. She
was so special. She was very
strong...,strong minded and
strong willed, but had a very
soft heart. I only pray
that we will all be together
again with her someday.
is one of the trees that Paul
and I planted in Heidi's memory.
In the wind it's branches seem
to dance...it reminded us of
are pictures of Scott and Heidi
that hang in our family room.
The shelf between them is a
shelf that Heidi had made for
me. Now it holds her candle and
a beautiful angel given to us by
Anna, her husband, and her
parents in memory of Heidi. The
shelf is a shelf that Heidi made
for me and gave to me on
Mother's Day one year. I will
always treasure it.
is a statue that Paul and I
bought in memory of Heidi that
will eventually go in her memory
garden. It reminded us of Heidi
so much...loving animals.
is one of the stepping stones we
bought for Heidi's memory
garden. It reads:
tears could build a stairway,
And Memories a Lane, I'd walk
right up to Heaven and bring you
we wish we could do just that!
is one of our tables in our
family room. It hosts of course
Heidi's picture, a beautiful
angel hanging given to us by
Lori and Denis in Heidi's
memory, and a dolphin that I had
been saving to give to Heidi for
her collection. I never got to
give it to her...
is the picture that is right
beside our bed on the wall. The
last thing I look at night, and
the first thing I look at in the
Paul and I recently went to the New England States just to "get away" for awhile. Our lives seem to be so trying now.
We went to the coast of Maine, and all the while Heidi was in our hearts...on a beach on the ocean there, I wrote her name in sand, and we watched as the waves came and
washed it into the ocean. We cried.
Just this week, I was coming home from work, and I asked for Heidi to give me some kind of a sign. Nothing happened, and by the
time I put the car in the garage, I had forgotten about it. I stood on the porch to unlock the door, and discovered I didn't have my key because we had given it to
Carollee (our niece) so that she could take care of our little friends the kitty's here, and keep an eye on the house. Paul would be home very soon, so I just stood there,
and looked out on the back yard...there under the pin oak tree that was planted in Heidi's memory was this beautiful lily in full bloom. Now, we have had some frosts, and
there were absolutely no other flowers in bloom...I took the lily as the sign I asked Heidi for. I have had signs from Heidi before.
How we miss our little girl!