Someone said, “I know it has Heidi’s picture on it, but which one?”
Heidi’s photograph is not on the cover of the book. Not because we don’t love and miss her each day of our lives but instead so that others will be able to relate in a more personal way to my book
As I prayed about the cover, common themes kept repeating themselves.
I want the cover to reflect:
*God’s working in my life
I believe this cover illustrates all four.
Community: this “remembrance garden” is here because our community is a family and when the going gets tough, we pull together, what better way to thank and illustrate a sense of community than with the very garden you all helped to build
Hope: The focal point of the cover is the white and pink rose. This rose bloomed on April 3rd this year, on the 18th anniversary of Heidi’s disappearance a "bleeding heart" rose bloomed in CNY. Heidi was 18 when she disappeared and has been missing the same number of years, making this past anniversary the most difficult yet for me until I saw this rose. A reminder from God, He was right there with me and not to give up.
Remembrance: The garden ties into the “remembrance” piece yet the store building in the background is a constant reminder of Heidi’s kidnapping and disappearance. I will never forget my sister and neither will this community. This building represents the day our town changed, rallied, and united. Doors are locked, bonds are tighter, and none of you have forgotten.
God’s working in my life: I want to be complete honest with you. When this garden was first built I didn’t appreciate its importance and fear I may have reflected this in my attitude. I apologize to any I may have offended or feelings I hurt. Thank you for this wonderful garden. There are days I drive past just for the reminder ~ Heidi is never forgotten and the love of this community. Transformation in God’s time. I didn’t see it then but I do now. There have been many things I took for granted or glanced over in the past that God has shown me to be blessings in disguise when I look back. I am a work in process, waiting to bloom to my full potential too.
"Instead of viewing this as a place of tragedy, let the store fade into the background and focus on the hope in front of you. Only God could bloom a rose on the very day, 18 years prior, that it snowed."
Lisa M. Buske, Author of Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey
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