Mags and I have yet to return to the library and scan through the microfilm for more articles about Heidi as a teen. Our hope is to share Heidi, the person and sister I was blessed to spend eighteen beautiful years with. In absence of the time to give you news articles, I opted to go through Heidi's yearbooks from Bishop Cunningham. Our Alma Mater in Oswego, New York.
I smiled, laughed, and chuckled to my self for over an hour as I went through the pages in search for pictures of Heidi. I didn't read the notes written by her friends, first because they are private and two, because they probably would have made me cry. I did read the notes her teachers and coaches wrote, that was enough. They all captured the sweet joy of Heidi in their year end notes.
Today's photo is of her and the varsity volleyball team. I cropped it to only show Heidi because I wasn't sure they would all want their high school volley ball photo on the web. I will say Heidi stood in the center and was the tallest on the team. The smiles and comments written around their team pictures was a reminder of the tight bond they had with each other.
In life we all need to belong to a team. Teams keep us strong and able to accomplish more than we ever could on our own. To some, family is a team (I'm thankful for this) while others have yet to experience family as a team. Some call work their team and others, their friends in the social scene. Regardless of where your team resides, we each need to be on Team God. On His team, if there is something He has called you to do and your are playing by His rules and on His team...the sky is the limit.
What team are you playing on? Who is the captain of your team?
Our Tuesday blogs are titled, T.0.P.'s Tuesday and will provide you with information relating to the release of Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey. It might be an upcoming speaking engagement, the cover, an excerpt, or bizarre tidbits about the publishing process you may not be aware of.
Why is is called T.O.P.'s Tuesday? Great question! Heidi played volleyball for the Bishop Cunningham Jr./Sr. High School until it closed in 1992. On February 14th, 1992 the Palladium Times (an Oswego, New York newspaper) named my sister, Heidi M. Allen athlete of the week. This was exciting and we were all proud of her but it was the name they gave her that stirred the most attention, "Tower of Power".
*The proof books arrived to my parent's house this past Wednesday. It was an exciting and emotional day. It is hard to explain how it feels to hold both my first book in my hands AND my inner most thoughts ready to share with readers across the globe.
*Up late last night making editorial changes so the book is more pleasing to the reader's eyes. Editorial changes have been made in a couple spots that jumped out at me. I am sure others will appear as the proof reads happen over the next few weeks.
*Mom is reading Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey for the first time. I pray she enjoys the read and remembers to make editorial notes too.
*Ideas for my next two books seem to be moving in quickly. Go figure, hit the "submit for review" button on one and the others impatiently move in. My dad's words, "Slow down girl, you don't want to overdo and get sick again. But then again, you come from a long line of go-getters." Not a bad attribute, if you ask me.
*I started working on my next book while waiting for the proof books to arrive. Very exciting, maybe a September 2013 release for the next book? Who knows, too early to tell.
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