In 2006 Heidi married an American writer and editor whom she had met in her teen years while living in Indiana. She then moved from the bright lights of Paris to the forested hills of the American Midwest. For a time she worked at the Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater, a part of IU’s internationally recognized Jacobs School of Music. She also volunteered her time for local theater productions. After her two children were born, she introduced them to painting and storytelling, in the same way that her sister Muna had done for her. Creating stories and then illustrating them has become a favorite family activity, and this interaction with her own children is the driving force behind her desire to create quality children’s books for all children.
Heidi M. Rasch working on some of the illustrations for Indian Boyhood: The True Story of a Sioux Upbringing
She has continued to explore the world and its cultures, first with her husband, and then also with her two young daughters. Her destinations have included Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Tahiti, Bora-Bora, Niger, India, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, in addition to many countries in Western Europe. For the past decade, she has made annual trips to the American West to visit the Crow and Shoshone tribal reservations, where she maintains many close relationships. She and her two daughters were adopted into the Crow tribe by Joe Medicine Crow, at the time the oldest male member of the Crow tribe, and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.