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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, β€œLetters 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.Β 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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16 hours ago

Letters To My Papa

It never comes when you expect it.

The grief.

Yesterday I found myself more focused on celebrating my husband's second Father's Day than on mourning my seventh without my dad. I selected a photo of Papa, drafted a post, and published it. I missed him, but I didn't cry. I thought about him, but I didn't dwell on his absence.

Then this evening, I show Noella his picture and she recognizes him immediately, and it occurs to me to play a video of him for her. She's seen pictures of him. And she's heard his voice. But never the two at once.

So I pull up a clip of him speaking at the 2009 ELCO Homecoming pep rally. She starts repeating "Papa, papa, papa" even though I only ever call him Grandpa around her. (She also calls Grandma "mama." πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ)

For some reason, the sound of my daughter (his namesake) calling him what I called him most of my life creates an out-of-body experience where I feel like I'm watching my own inner child call out to her father.

Just as I feel myself teetering on the edge of the emotional cliff, Noella says, "Happy, Papa?" (Checking in on everyone's happiness is quite important to her these days.)

And I fell. Right off the cliff.

The tears that were nowhere to be found yesterday came pouring out. I didn't see it coming, because I made it through the milestone holiday with no trouble. But that's the thing about grief. It's ALWAYS bubbling just under the surface. Even when it feels a million miles away. You're always one unexpected moment from a breakdown.

***this clip is all I was able to capture after I composed myself again.
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I wish I had video of my dad. I would love to share him with my girls. Thank you for posting this. It strangely makes me feel better ❀️

Oh my. My heart is happy, yet hurting. Hoping Dad sees her excitement and giving you heavenly huggers. Huggers from me Babe. Love you. 😘😘

This had me tearing up reading it. You write so that people imagine and see these scenarios so vividly. I’m so sorry for your grief. I do love her excitement for her papa. πŸ’• thinking of you.

Oh my goodness, Ash. I have no words. Just sending lots of virtual hugs your way. ❀️

Ashley...your way with words constantly moves me...so much. Thank you for sharing what you do.

Hugs to you πŸ’œπŸ™πŸΌ

Hugs!

Oh, sweet girl!!!!

Those moments hits you at the oddest times.

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Oh what a moment Buckwheat Jr! And he is smiling down πŸ™‚

I envy the closeness to your father

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2 days ago

Letters To My Papa

This is my father. My dad. My papa. This is one of my absolute favorite pictures of us because his laugh is practically audible. I frequently think about things he would find amusing these days, but I don't remember his laugh often enough. Yet when I look at this picture, it echoes through my mind.

I can still hear you, Papa. But I'm terrified the day will come when I can't.

And I love you so...

*May you always remember them out loud.*

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#father #fathersday #family #grief #loss #bereavement #laughter #remember #rememberoutloud #love #papabear
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This is my father. My dad. My papa. This is one of my absolute favorite pictures of us because his laugh is practically audible. I frequently think about things he would find amusing these days, but I dont remember his laugh often enough. Yet when I look at this picture, it echoes through my mind. 

I can still hear you, Papa. But Im terrified the day will come when I cant. 

And I love you so...

*May you always remember them out loud.*

β€πŸ’”β€

#father #fathersday #family #grief #loss #bereavement #laughter #remember #rememberoutloud #love #papabear

 

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