Disclaimer: This is an emotional post.
Here’s the thing, I’ve spent the last two months re designing our website in preparation for a new launch this fall. I’ve spent countless hours studying photography and different blogs I admire. I’ve taken
hundreds thousands of photos. I had it all planned out. September 25th, the Monday after the official start of fall, I was rolling out a fall family home tour and starting our blog new again. Then September 23rd happened. That phone call that you never want to get “Emily, Daddy had a heart attack, and he died.”
Gregory Lee Edens 1959-2017
Guys, I have no words: it sucks. Even as I type it it still doesn’t seem real. I have cried till there are just no more tears left. Whenever I’m left to think about it, nausea overtakes me and have to move on to something else quickly so I don’t fall apart. Greg was not my biological father but, I called him daddy for the last 30 years. He was a good man and an even better grandpa.
We honored him this last week with a service that celebrated his life. So many people came that he had touched. We were overwhelmed by their love for him. It was such a blessing to see that he meant so much, to so many. As the pastor preached he spoke of one of dad’s favorite movies: Mr. Holland’s Opus. He said “This (gesturing to all who were in the crowd) is Greg’s opus.” My dad would have liked that. If only he could see in life what is now only shown in his death. How many people he impacted. May all of us strive to live our lives in such a way that our final opus is full of people who loved us.
For now, I have pulled all the posts I have written and shot this last few weeks/months. They just don’t seem “right”. Today I’m sharing some pictures so you too can know the man I called Daddy.