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ASHLEY HERTZOG EMBRY


Ashley Hertzog Embry has a poetic soul. Born and raised in Newmanstown, PA, she dreamed of becoming an author when she grew up. Always the family documentarian, in first grade she wrote “All About My Family & Me,” a short story chronicling the lives of her loved ones. Decades later she released her first book, “Letters To My Papa,” a much longer story chronicling the lives of her loved ones.

In 2001, she moved to Nashville, TN to attend Belmont University and pursue her love of lyrics and the melodies that bring them to life. She continues to reside in Music City, working full-time in music publishing. Embry leaves no day unaccounted for by capturing moments in photographs and collecting memories in her personal journals. When she isn’t writing or creating handcrafted gifts in her home study, you can find her living 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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Sending so much love!

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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!!!!