The Lord blessed me with a beautiful little sister on September 14, 1975. Today marks the 18th anniversary of Heidi M. Allen’s kidnapping and presumed death. Life is about choices. We can choose to be angry and bitter because Heidi was ripped from our family or we can rejoice and remember the wonderful eighteen years we were blessed enough to have her with us.
Some children don’t make it from the womb, others die before they cross the threshold for kindergarten, and some suffer with childhood disease. No particular situation is any less painful for the parents, siblings, family, and community affected. No amount of words can heal the hurt. No amount of screaming, crying, or muteness will bring our loved ones back. They are gone. Not by our choice yet gone.
Heidi lived a full and joyful life. Her smile, laughter, and energy are permanent etchings on the hearts of all who knew her and even some introduced to her via this blog. Today I choose to live, no hiding under the covers or hiding from the world. I don’t plan on running a marathon or traveling the county but I’m going to do things a little differently.
Today I choose to celebrate the eighteen beautiful and memory-filled years God blessed us with Heidi alive and well. Instead of releasing balloons into the sky, I release a new blog design to all of you. Your hope, encouragement, prayers, love, and support give to the entire family and me each day throughout the year. This blog facelift is for you and for Heidi.
I hope you enjoy. There are new pictures on each page too. I hope you enjoy the new look and thank you again for remembering Heidi and our entire family today.
Eighteen years ago, I was searching for Heidi and running from God. I might still be searching for Heidi and answers to her whereabouts BUT I’m running in God’s strength. He carries me, loves me, and there is no need to search for any other…He is the One True God.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3
If you would like to read more to remember Heidi. Please visit my dear friend and sister-in-Christ's website:
18 Years Living and 18 Years Missing. A Sad Anniversary of Heidi Allen's Kidnapping.
"Where were you April 3, 1994? Here's a clue: it was Easter Sunday. Many of us were waking to Easter baskets and sunrise services and new clothes and fun with our families.
April 3, 1994 changed the life of one family. Their 18 year old daughter and sister and granddaughter and niece was abducted from the D & W Convenience Store in New Haven, NY in the early morning, never to be seen by her family again.
Just about the time our own little ones were waking us excited to begin the annual Easter basket search, a different type of search was beginning to find Heidi M. Allen..."
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323