My Dearest Heather Angel
by Vicky Slunecka 
So much time has passed; you, my angel, are four years old. So much has happened. I think of you everyday and I will for the rest of my life. You, Heather, have taught me so much, to live life to the fullest, because, in the blink of an eye, it could be all gone. I have given up on my brothers and sisters. Their opinions for you do not matter to me any longer; mine is the only one that matters. Because of your death, I have met three wonderful friends and I know, in my heart, you had a hand in it along with Caitlyn, Josh and Kristina. Gail taught me that it is okay to let go of my pain and still keep my love for you. Julie, who is so strong, listens to me. She brightens my day. Kathie is most special to me. I feel her pain in the words that she writes. She is very much like me. I have needed all three of them. Thank you for bringing us together. Heather, I miss you so much! I love you with all of my heart and I will until my time here is done. I look back on our time together when I cradled you in my arms, looked into your beautiful blue eyes, held your tiny hand and kissed your sweet little head. You are my daughter. I feel as if a part of me is missing and it is you. I can finally think of you and be happy. I have learned that remembering does not mean reliving my pain over and over. Remembering you means the love we share will never end. Happy Fourth Birthday, my small one.
With Hugs and Kisses and all my love,

Vicky and Kevin Slunecka’s daughter Heather Jo was born June 1, 1993 and died July 14, 1993 due to an infection. The Sluneckas have lost two other babies, Joell Lynn from miscarriage, January 1, 1991, and Cody Ray due to an ectopic pregnancy, December 15, 1995.