I first meet Heidi Swapp back in early 2004 when I attended my first CKU (no longer in existence). That might have been the first time I met Rhonna in person as well. Rhonna and I had won a scrapbooking contest and were starting our journey in the scrapbooking industry. Heidi had won the annual contest a few years before and was already inspiring people to tell their story in beautiful ways.
But I really met her last year at RootsTech, when as she was driving to another location felt strongly that she should come. I don't know what it was about her and why I felt so drawn to her that day, but I felt a connection to her that I can't describe. We spent the day talking about the power of stories and things I didn't anticipate sharing with essential a stranger who suddenly felt like a dear friend as we walked around the event. I still remember at dinner laughing and learning about her gun-wielding granny. One of her ancestors we found as we were talking about All The Stories. Yes, I'm such a family history nerd that it comes up in dinner conversations.
Fast forward a few months and I get a text from Heidi and can Rhonna, and I come to her office and talk about a family history/story event. It's been on her mind. Which as most coincidences happen was the same time we had started talking and working on Light Keepers It was a lovely appointment talking and more laughing and once again discussing the importance of telling your story.
Fast forward a few more months and messages back and forth, and I have the honor to share with you the Heidi will be the final presenter in our Light Keepers workshop. She will be talking about the importance of telling your story and why it is so important. We spend so much time looking and hoping to find the stories of our ancestors, will our posterity have the same frustrations and desires to know about us? I can't wait for you to hear her. She is such a great teacher.
Over the past 14 years as I have watched her company evolve as a woman whose creativity cannot be contained. I have watched babies come, grow and experience hard things and something I can't fathom with the death of her son, Cory. I have watched a woman of great faith turn to God for peace. I have seen her become an advocate and champion in remarkable ways. Her ability to listen to the Spirit and follow has inspired me in ways that I am eternally grateful our paths crossed.
It is a great honor to have her participating in Light Keepers. She truly shares the light of Christ and keeps Him close to her heart.