Letters To My Papa


Ashley Hertzog Embry

A personal story of hope, grief, and love

Daily letters written from a daughter to her father ensuring that, despite sustaining a major brain injury, he would never miss a day. She would account for it all, and tell him his own unbelievable tale.


Ashley writing in notebook

SYNOPSIS


Hospital Bed

A personal story of hope, grief, and love – comprising daily letters written from a daughter to her father ensuring that, despite sustaining a major brain injury, he would never miss a day. She would account for it all, and tell him his own unbelievable tale.

The book begins as Ashley Hertzog Embry tells her “Papa Bear” how he narrowly cheated death. With her father still in a coma, she wrote to him when she couldn’t talk to him, clinging to the faith that one day he would wake up and read her words. He did awake, and the words kept coming. She wrote to him every day throughout his recovery, encouraging his progress, and keeping tabs on the day-to-day details that his recuperating short-term memory struggled to retain.


When Papa’s recovery took a sudden downturn, his devoted daughter picked up her pen again, holding out hope for a miracle that never came. With a broken heart surprisingly filled with gratitude, Ashley continued to write through her loss to provide an intimate account of the grieving process one day at a time. Read along as she journeys through seasons of hope, joy, fear, sorrow and, most of all, love.

Ashley's Journal

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MEET THE AUTHOR


Ashley Hertzog Embry resides in Nashville, TN, working full-time in music publishing, documenting life’s little moments in her spare time, and loving the family life with her adoring husband, Mason.

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1 month ago

Letters To My Papa

😭 Well, this opened up the tear ducts first thing this morning. 😭

WSYX ABC 6
Get the tissues ready! A Utah bride whose 5 brothers substituted for their father in the traditional daddy-daughter dance after he passed unexpectedly. His voice was edited into Michael Bolton song, "Fathers and Daughters." bit.ly/2CtLfBt
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I saw that yesterday. Sobbed. It always breaks my heart that if and when Mish gets married, she won’t have this. Unfortunately no brothers either 😭

Oh my word...tissues for sure!!

3 months ago

Letters To My Papa

Today would be Papa's 74th birthday. I like to think if he were still around that this sweet little pumpkin would be climbing up into his lap and asking to share his celebratory ice cream cone. And no doubt he'd let her have more than I'd prefer. But oh, what I wouldn't give to actually have that memory instead of just a daydream!

However, I still find joy in dressing her in the onesie with Grandpa Noel's silhouette on it, and watching her find his picture on her stuffed animal.

Happy Birthday, Papa Bear! You'd absolutely love this kiddo. 💕 And I love you so...
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Today would be Papas 74th birthday. I like to think if he were still around that this sweet little pumpkin would be climbing up into his lap and asking to share his celebratory ice cream cone. And no doubt hed let her have more than Id prefer. But oh, what I wouldnt give to actually have that memory instead of just a daydream!

However, I still find joy in dressing her in the onesie with Grandpa Noels silhouette on it, and watching her find his picture on her stuffed animal. 

Happy Birthday, Papa Bear! Youd absolutely love this kiddo. 💕 And I love you so...

 

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ADORABLE !

Adorable

Hugs!!

Happy Birthday Noel!!!!! I think I’ll have a Noel size bowl of ice cream to celebrate!!!

Thinking of you!! 💕

Happy Birthday in heaven to your daddy! He’s smiling ear to ear watching your beautiful baby girl grow up❤️❤️

My sweet baby doll. 😍

Hugs💕

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