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.

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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 week ago

Letters To My Papa

Tonight at 11:50 p.m. Nashville time / 12:50 a.m. Friday (EST), it will be 6 years since Papa passed on from this world. Tradition calls for an ice cream toast to his sweet memory as the clock strikes ten till. But in consideration of his namesake's early bedtime, this year's toast came a little early. And with plastic ice cream.

Now that she's in bed, I'll help myself to the real thing. 🍨

Here's to you, my precious Papa Bear! I miss you dearly. And I love you so...
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Tonight at 11:50 p.m. Nashville time / 12:50 a.m. Friday (EST), it will be 6 years since Papa passed on from this world. Tradition calls for an ice cream toast to his sweet memory as the clock strikes ten till. But in consideration of his namesakes early bedtime, this years toast came a little early. And with plastic ice cream. 

Now that shes in bed, Ill help myself to the real thing. 🍨

Heres to you, my precious Papa Bear! I miss you dearly. And I love you so...

 

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💖🍦🍦🍦💖

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Sending so much love!

💜💙🧡

Hugs to you and your family, Ashley😘❤️

Sending you so much love, Friend. Xo

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Hugs to you ❤️

Remembering with you❤️

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3 months ago

Letters To My Papa

Six years ago, November 24th meant nothing to me. I was home for the holiday, and went shopping with my Mama. Same as every year. I had no way of knowing we were living out the end of our family's innocence. I had no idea that a mere 24 hours later life would change forever.

That's the thing about life-altering moments. You never know when one is lurking just around the corner. No one fires a warning shot. There's no ghost from the future with insight on what madness lies ahead. Life simply carries on in the moment-to-moment mundanity.

Until it doesn't.

Until one instant engraves a definitive before-and-after line into our lives. We don't get to choose these moments. We can't schedule them. They happen to us. The tornado plucks us from the familiar, violently tosses us about, and sets us down well outside of our comfort zones -- forever changed.

So while it can be daunting and at times exhausting, I encourage you to live your life as though that tornado will whip around the corner at any moment. Take inventory each day. If tomorrow everything changed, what did you take for granted today? If you'd miss it tomorrow, be sure to appreciate it today. Gratefulness is a beautiful state of mind -- one you'll never regret.

Cultivate gratitude for your life as it is, because it won't ask permission before it rocks your world.
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Six years ago, November 24th meant nothing to me. I was home for the holiday, and went shopping with my Mama. Same as every year. I had no way of knowing we were living out the end of our familys innocence. I had no idea that a mere 24 hours later life would change forever.

Thats the thing about life-altering moments. You never know when one is lurking just around the corner. No one fires a warning shot. Theres no ghost from the future with insight on what madness lies ahead. Life simply carries on in the moment-to-moment mundanity.

Until it doesnt.

Until one instant engraves a definitive before-and-after line into our lives. We dont get to choose these moments. We cant schedule them. They happen to us. The tornado plucks us from the familiar, violently tosses us about, and sets us down well outside of our comfort zones -- forever changed.

So while it can be daunting and at times exhausting, I encourage you to live your life as though that tornado will whip around the corner at any moment. Take inventory each day. If tomorrow everything changed, what did you take for granted today? If youd miss it tomorrow, be sure to appreciate it today. Gratefulness is a beautiful state of mind -- one youll never regret.

Cultivate gratitude for your life as it is, because it wont ask permission before it rocks your world.

 

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Love your thoughts Ashley. I take nothing for granted & never will. Noel will always be missed & remembered with a smile. Love to you your family!

My heart is beating so fast reading this. Seems like yesterday. 😭❤️😲

You are a beautiful writer. I still need to buy this book from you. Hopefully soon!

Emily and I were visiting you that day!!!!