The TOP's Tuesday blog started in August of 2012, there are quite a few new people following the blog. How many people remember why we started the TOP's Tuesday blog? Initially, this weekly blog was designated to share publication updates for Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey.
Since the release of Where's Heidi? last April, 2013, the TOP's Tuesday blog continues to share updates about my books, speaking engagements, and happenings in life. If there is something new and exciting to share, we try to save it for today's blog . Another thing I enjoy doing on Tuesdays is to share a memory or sister moment, in a special way.
In a nutshell, TOP's Tuesday is a one day dedicated to highlighting Heidi. I write and speak for God and my sister ~ to help, encourage, inspire, and spur on others to know without a doubt, there is hope and healing after loss...even tragic loss. It's a process.
I've included many links to previous TOP'S Tuesday blogs for you to enjoy. And to keep with tradition, a publishing tidbit - there are a couple books in the works with a possible announcement this summer! Tease, tease!
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".
Heidi was a force to be reckoned with on the court. In honor of Heidi - T.O.P.'s Tuesday's is for, a sister day on the virtual kind. A fun way to remember Heidi and share updates for my writing, speaking, and Heidi's case if something changes.
What is your favorite aspect of TOP's Tuesday? Why?
With Mother's Day this weekend, why not gift Mom or the women you know with a book of encouragement and hope. Mother's Day can be a joyous and special day yet to some, it's a challenging and difficult day.
My books offer a little hope to the mom, woman, or friend in need of a little pick-me-up. Order today on Amazon.com and you could have it in time for Mother's Day. Click on the book photos for a direct link.
When the Waves Subside: There is Hope
*Written to encourage the grieving parent.
"...is written by a daughter for her parents out of appreciation for their strength, love, and perseverance since the disappearance of their youngest daughter, Heidi M. Allen. My parents started to look for glass rocks while they were dating and after my sister and I joined the family, the tradition continued. "When the Waves Subside" represents the similarities between broken glass and the parent grieving the loss of their child."
Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey
*Specifically written for the grieving sibling yet broad enough to help anyone whose lost in their life.
"In 1994, my only sister was abducted while working alone at a local convenience store. The journey starts with an early morning phone call then details of the emotions, grief, and confusion felt in those first moments while transitioning through the days, months, and years that follow. A sibling's journey is different from that of a parent. Our role and feelings cannot compare yet they are just as important. Parents experience the greatest loss of their lives through the loss of their child and the emotional loss of the surviving children is just as traumatic. I lost more than my sister on April 3, 1994 I lost my faith. Thanks to the boldness and faith of a child, I have hope and a story to share. There is no one person or thing here on earth to replace Heidi or the friendship we had together yet after ten years of searching I realized there is Someone who can, God. “Mrs. Buske, you need Jesus.” He was right. My name is Lisa M. Buske and Heidi Allen is my sister. She remains missing but never forgotten. Our journeys after loss may vary yet the pain, grief, and need for hope are similar. This is my story of discovery, healing, and hope from the moment I learn of Heidi’s kidnapping until today. Life after loss is a rollercoaster ride of memories and emotions. Will you take this ride with me?"
No More Pain: I Can Fly
* Written for anyone whose lost a loved one, "too" soon
"No More Pain: I Can Fly" is a short story to remind us there is hope. Death, although sad to those left behind, is only the beginning for our loved ones wearing angel's wings."
Encourage Others: One Day at a Time
*An organizational tool to remember the important days you can encourage someone else throughout the year
As a child I watched my Mom, Gram, great-aunts, and aunts dedicate time to send cards and share baked good with those needing a pick-me-up. Births, deaths, wedding anniversaries, and celebrations were recorded on “the” calendar. At the close of each year, they were transferred to following year’s calendar so no one would be forgotten. A name written meant there was a reason to pray and encourage someone on that date. In addition to prayer, tangible remembrance and celebration blessed them too on occasion. A tradition I pray to pass on to my daughter, grandchildren, and hopefully YOU This book is divided by the months of the year. Each month then has four categories to organize your information. These are: birthdays, wedding anniversaries, Anniversaries of Death, and miscellaneous dates someone might need a little encouragement. Keep this resource with your address book, near the telephone, or in your purse. You never know when there will be cause to add a new life event and opportunity to bless and encourage someone else.
Who do you know that might need a little hope and encouragement today? Or to know God loves them?
I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."
Yesterday evening as we sat on the couch watching the the rain fall with the sun shining ever so brightly at the same time, we commented on the its beauty. In the midst of this conversation, a neighbor tagged me on Facebook to look out my back window. I was thankful and awestruck.
We jumped went out in the rain and took pictures from the front and back, I posted a few on Facebook and then I noticed so many others were too. I messaged some of them and asked permission to share their rainbow photos too. For those who missed it, check out yesterday's rainbow.
I teared up looking at the rainbow, it was a "Kiss from the King" - "A God Moment" - a reminder of how much God loved me. I spent yesterday sharing with the women at Hillside Alliance Church in Ithaca, New York. It was a wonderful day and I pray they were as encouraged as I was when I left. The rainbow was the cherry on top of a great day.
A special thanks to all my guest photographers...
As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day,
How does a rainbow inspire you?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323