Photography by Woodsy Wonders Photography
Meet Heidi. She is Beauty Revived.
Heidi, from the time she was a child, has been aware of others; and people have been drawn to her kind nature and loving friendship. As a child, she could be found reading a book to a sad sibling, or playing with lonely toddlers. As she has grown, Heidi hasn’t lost her empathy for others, or her desire to serve. For the past 10 years Heidi has been my right hand man, taking care of our family when I have been physically unable to do so. She has wiped runny noses, changed dirty diapers, rocked crying babies to sleep. She has helped with homework, made dinner, cleaned spills, and done the laundry – without shrinking, pinking, or otherwise changing what came out from what went in. She has, in more recent years, gone grocery shopping, ran errands, and taken siblings to various activities. All, I would add, without complaint. Heidi loves her family and is the best oldest daughter we could ask for. She spends time with her siblings, often having “secret” meetings in her room with one sibling who may really need someone to talk to, or who she knows is struggling. Children and youth alike feel drawn to Heidi, they know she loves and cares for them, is a listening ear, a steady sounding board, a true friend.
During her pre-teen, up until the present, years, Heidi has been instrumental in helping several other youth through trying and at times, heart wrenching, difficulties. She has done this by sharing her deep faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ, and His love for each one of us; by listening without judgement or criticism; by truly caring and being a true friend, which at times means telling you how it is, even if you don’t want to hear it; and by continuing to reach out to others, regardless of their backgrounds or what they believe. To Heidi, everyone is important and valued. Heidi is a friend to all, and is respected because she lives her beliefs, shares them fearlessly, and respects others who believe differently.
Heidi is a natural leader, often seeing a need and giving her all to help fulfill that need. She can often be found creating, baking, or in some way pulling little gifts together for someone who looked like they were having a hard day. Heidi listens, and I have heard more than once, “sorry I was gone so long, so and so had a hard week and really needed someone to talk to.” She likes to help others smile, and somehow relieve some of their burden.
While Heidi quietly serves in her home, school, and among friends, she also serves in communities that are in need. Most recently she was involved in a Helping Hands Relief Trip with her church group. They spent a weekend traveling to an area that was affected by the recent flooding, and aiding in whatever way they could. Some of the services she provided included: tearing down walls that were wet in preparation for new building; cleaning off sidewalks so the trucks could come in and gather discarded and soggy items; tearing off plaster and wet wood; pulling up tile in preparation for replacements; and just taking the time to talk to the victims who lost everything, praying with them, being a listening ear, and offering hugs as needed.
Heidi is the calm in a storm. She has that rare ability to face a storm, and not be moved. Others are drawn to her because she is immovable in her standards and what her conscience tells her is right or wrong. Others are drawn to her because they can feel how much she truly cares. Others are drawn to her because she is a light in the storm.
About the Photographer
My name is Erica Williams, a lifestyle photographer for Woodsy Wonders Photography. I have been a photographer since 2008 specializing in families, children, newborns and seniors. I currently reside in the North Dallas area with my husband and 3 children.