Meet Heidi

Hi Friend!  I'm glad you stopped in at Ladder of Mercy for a visit.  I've been writing here since 2008, and I hope something of my thoughts and musings blesses your heart and your life.  I'd like this little corner of the world on the web to be full of beauty, even if sometimes we see it through our pain.

My days wind around little paths through my garden, my home which I am constantly "making", my husband, my family of piano students, and a list of what feels like thousands of other delights I'm always trying to make time for. 

I'm a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, and while you'll often find me expressing my particular worldview here--it's just so much a part of me I can't help it even if that makes me less neutral--I welcome everyone to this little corner of the web in the hope that my words and meditations will bless and cheer all who read.

I'm married to the most wonderful husband in the world.  He teaches music in grades pre-K through 12, composes, gardens, talks me into going running, cooks, cleans, and a million other amazing things on a daily basis.  You can find him, and his choral music, online at

Why Ladder of Mercy?

Well, there's a hymn I love called As Jacob with Travel was Weary.  I'll simply let these words of upward journey speak for themselves, and let you glean the mission for Ladder of Mercy from the source.

When Jacob with travel was weary one day,
At night on a stone for a pillow he lay;
He saw in a vision a ladder so high
That its foot was on earth and its top in the sky.

Alleluia to Jesus who died on the tree,
And has raised up a ladder of mercy for me,
And has raised up a ladder of mercy for me.

Come let us ascend!  all may climb it who will;
For the angels of Jacob are guarding it still:
And remember each step that by faith we pass o'er,
Some prophet or martyr has trod it before.


And when we arrive in that haven of rest
We shall hear the glad words, "Come up hither, ye blest,
Here are regions of light, here are mansions of bliss."
O who would not climb such a ladder as this?