Kenneth Neff Brady June 17th, 1956 - July 19th, 2009

My dad passed away last Sunday at 11am. I feel so blessed to have witnessed the courage and strength he demonstrated as ALS slowly took over his body and eventually won. He was only diagnosed last September and there was no telling how fast it would progress. I don't even really know how to put into words the events that led up to this monumental event, but I will say that this is a day that I will never forget and will always hold dear to my heart.

While booking weddings for 2009 I often questioned why we weren't booking anything for July. We had three weddings in June and six in August, but NOTHING in July. Now looking back, I feel a grateful confirmation that God has a plan for all of us and everything happens for a reason (ie. us not booking any weddings in July and my dad being diagnosed with ALS). Because Justin and I both work from home we were able to travel to St. George and spend the last three weeks of my dad's life by his side. I can't thank God enough for this amazing gift! These three weeks were insightful, emotional, encouraging, and life changing.

There is a quote that hangs on my dad's fridge that says, "Courage: The ability to face pain, difficulty or danger without being overcome by fear". This is exactly how my dad lived and I admire him so much for this. In my eyes my dad is Superman! His attitude up until the very last breath was positive, full of faith in God, and thankful. He said that he would not have picked a better way to die, especially because had had all of his family surrounding him.

Last December I made my first post explaining my feelings about my dad and asked fellow followers for help through an auction, meanwhile my dad watched an outpouring of love from all of you, he commented:

My dear daughter Amelia, I am so incredibly touched by the love and well wishes from all of your blog buddies. The things which have been posted have added to my life additional peace, great courage and an abundance of gratitude in life. I have decided that I no longer have ALS. I now have ALD, "A Lucky Dad". However, this disease doesn't ever end, it goes on forever! How could any father be discouraged, regardless of the situation, when he is blessed with such a loving family? I can not begin to tell you how deeply I love you. I understand how difficult this is in your life. I need you to know that everything is alright and the strength we are learning from this trial is far beyond our ability to understand today, but will be of priceless value in our future lives. I love you and you family so much. Love, Dad I just have one last thing to say to you. HAVE A GREAT DAY! (12.25.08 08:03 AM)

I want to publicly thank everyone for the many emails, twitters, comments, donations, and support we've received. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel right now for all of this. What a blessing it is to be a part of such an amazing industry and foundation of people...good people!

Here are some of my favorite photos of my dad, along with images all the way through the last day of his life.


The beginning of my daddy and me:)
All I have to say is acid wash jeans and his black 300 zx! LOL!
A very emotional father-daughter dance on my wedding day, I'll never forget that dance.
My dad and his lovely wife Kristee, I took this shot in November.
July 6th
My little brother Jordan has been serving a mission for our church. Jordan was called to the Provo/Utah mission and was a little disappointed at first that the call wasn't somewhere more international or farther away from home. My dad actually lives within Jordan's mission boundaries and has been able to visit my dad a few times since his diagnosis. Again, we see that Heavenly Father has a hand in everything that happens. Jordan was able to come spend a few days with my dad to be by his side and say goodbye.
Like father, like son.
I was fortunate enough to capture pieces of my dad through imagery during our visit here in St. George.
Nicole with dad.
Most of all, my boys were able to fall in love with my dad, the same way that I remember doing while growing up. My kids would sit on his lap and even though he was so weak he was able to play, make them giggle, and feel loved.
July 18th. Through the months everyone spent a good amount of time holding my dad's hand, here is mine with his.
Last week I watched Sloan call for "batchu-braaadee" (grandpa brady) then walk over to my dad's bed, rest his head on my dad's side, and laid there while my dad rested his hand on Sloan's head for about 7 minutes. It was a sweet moment that brought such sweet joy to my heart.
My dad with my grandma. Because it was hard for my dad to breath he had to have a breathing mask on that expelled his carbon dioxide levels and recharged his oxygen levels.
Kenny (my brother) was the one that stayed by my dad during these last three weeks every waking moment. I am amazed at the things Kenny did for my dad, I love you big brother.
dadblog_019.jpgJuly 19th. All of my uncles (minus one) with my grandpa, just minutes before my dad's passing. I was moved by this moment, the love in that room was so strong.
Kristee with dad. I admire her for taking such great care of my dad and loving him all the way through.
The last photo.
I love you dad, more than you will ever know. How can I thank you enough for the life you have given me? I know we had our rough patches, but we came out strong. I will always think of you when I check on my kids during the night, when I dance with my kids in the kitchen, when I take a long drive, or when I sing my heart out and replace lyrics with my kids names just to put a smile on their faces! Your legacy will live on because of the great influence you had on those that surrounded you throughout your life. I miss you, but I'll be seeing you again. You said you'd be around, one way or another. Until then...I love you!

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Natalie Norton said:
oh amelia. . .
(07.26.09 11:11 PM)
matt sloan said:
such an awesome post! :)
(07.26.09 11:11 PM)
Kevin Cooke said:
Amelia, What a touching post/story/life. This moved me to tears. I have been watching your twitter and praying for you guys for quite a while.
(07.26.09 11:14 PM)
jenberry said:
this might be one of the most beautiful, intimate, real, vulnerable, honest, heartfelt culmination of emotion, loss, appreciation, legacy and just love for a daddy that i have ever cried over. you are inspirational and i can really understand your father through your eyes and also his influence on you through your words.
(07.26.09 11:14 PM)
Sarah Rhoads said:
Beautiful Amelia.... This post brought me to tears, I can really empathize with you. Losing a dad is one of the hardest things in the world. These images of him tell me so much about him.... Those genuine eyes, just like yours ;) He must be so proud of you, your family, and the amazing life you live. You are in our prayers. Thank you so much for being vulnerable enough to share.
(07.26.09 11:15 PM)
Melissa said:
That was a beautiful post. Bryan lost his father last year and I just lost my Grandfather on Friday. It can be hard not to get stuck in the sadness, but seeing this post reminded me it's so much more important to remember all the good times and appreciate what you learned through the relationships you had. I'm sorry about your loss, and think it is very brave of you to share your feelings so openly.
(07.26.09 11:16 PM)
Neale James said:
I didn't want to say too much. Just send love. Beautiful thoughts for a life worth celebrating. x
(07.26.09 11:17 PM)
Michelle Moore said:
Amelia, Your courage and strength is stronger than anyone I have ever met. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story and images of your father's life. It breaks my heart, but I know that you are an amazing person, and your love is overflowing. I look through the rest of the amazing images on your blog here, again, and see what joyful moments you capture in people's lives, and share with the world. Keep strong, and continue to share your love with us. You are amazing, and my thoughts are with you. Sending love and courage to your family.
(07.26.09 11:18 PM)
Bobby Earle said:
Probably the most beautiful thing I've ever read. I can only imagine how lucky he felt those three weeks ;) Bobby
(07.26.09 11:21 PM)
Wai Reyes Photography said:
Amelia, I cried while I read your post. I normally come here to admire your work, and now I admire you for being a loving daughter. I cannot begin to fathom how hard this must be for you. I am very close with my dad, and it makes me weak to think that one day we will also part. Stay strong. I know your dad left knowing he had a wonderful life because he had all of you.
(07.26.09 11:23 PM)
Kris said:
Amelia, the tears are streaming down my cheeks right now. What beautiful images and words. We have never met, but I am an admirer of your work and I just wanted to comment and let you know you're in my prayers. God be with you and your family right now.
(07.26.09 11:24 PM)
yinyangmom said:
I've been following your blog because I admire your God given talent as a photographer/artist. I'm sorry for your loss. May God continue to give you comfort and peace in your time of sorrow.
(07.26.09 11:24 PM)
josh solar said:
I'm writing as I'm crying...but crying because of all the love that is seen in this post. Thanks for the reminder of how precious our lives really are, and helping me remember how lucky we are to be able to spend so much time with our loved ones.
(07.26.09 11:28 PM)
angie+matt said:
WE LOVE YOU AMELIA! Your in our prayers. Amazing Pictures of your family, those are so sweet and perfect!
(07.26.09 11:32 PM)
Wendy said:
This post was beautiful, the pictures were all so full of love, im sorry for your loss Amelia, my condolences to you and your family.
(07.26.09 11:32 PM)
Luke Arms said:
just ... wow. what a blessing to have shared this time with your dad, and to be able to reflect on it through these photos. powerful stuff. particularly poignant for me as I hold a brand new life in my arms ... life can be beautiful as it begins AND ends. may the God of all peace comfort you as you continue to remember.
(07.26.09 11:34 PM)
Scott Andrew said:
Amelia, I admire your strength so much. Thank you for sharing through your struggle. Your courage and bravery are inspiring, your love endearing. I know that this was probably the hardest blog post of your life, but I appreciate you so much for sharing it with us. You're awesome and you've put life and photography in such a great perspective.
(07.26.09 11:36 PM)
Melody @ Sweet & Saucy Shop said:
Thank you for sharing this touching post. My sister-in-law just recently lost her father to ASL and then her mother suddenly passed away as well. She has been so amazing through this extremely hard time. Her faith has shown so brightly and her trust in God is truly inspiring. I can see the Lord is giving you this same strength and will be praying for you during this hard time.
(07.26.09 11:40 PM)
Christine said:
Wow. How honest and vulnerable these pictures are. You are a brave woman. I am sure it was difficult to document what you knew would be the last moments with your dad, but I know you'll be eternally glad that you did. Thank you for sharing. Tears are flowing and I don't even know you. I will pray for comfort for you and your family. I am a huge fan of your photography. One of the things I love most about photography is we get to know the photographer by his/her images- just the eye behind the lens says so much about who you are as a person. Thank you for this intimate glimpse into your family. Very touching.
(07.26.09 11:48 PM)
Dustin & Jessie Lyon said:
We both sit here reading this tribute to your father and are feeling the love and kindness you have. Jessie has a problem because her eyes are leaking right now. We love you so much and are glad you have so much love within because you can share it with Justin, Hudson and Sloan...
(07.26.09 11:49 PM)
wrecklessgirl said:
your dad's story (your entire family's story) i am so incredibly encouraged and blessed by witnessing the tremendous strength of the loving arms tightly wrapped around your dad, both physically and metaphorically. i know it couldn't have been easy to post this, but know that you have touched many, that his life has touched many - as your entirely family has surely touched mine. many blessings to you all.
(07.26.09 11:51 PM)
MegRuth said:
This is a beautiful documentation Amelia. You are so strong. Thank you for sharing this. I appreciate your words and faith.
(07.26.09 11:53 PM)
Trista said:
This post brought tears to my eyes...such a beautiful way to honor your dads memory..lots of love to you and your family!
(07.26.09 11:54 PM)
Amy Martin said:
Amelia, this is a beautiful story! I love that you captured those last days. I was once asked to photograph a funeral and though I thought it odd and was a little uncomforatable doing so, I decided to do it. It was for a family that I known for years and was more of a favor type of thing that they asked while I was at the wake. I agreed but only with my point and shoot. Sometimes I go back to those photos and even though I was not close to this person I can feel the emotion looking at the pictures. My grandmother recently passed away. I spent time with her in the hospital before she died. It was fast and unexpected. I took a photo of her with my iphone one of the days while she was laying there watching TV. The next day she had a stroke during a test they were doing on her and she was on life support for a week later. While in the icu I took another iphone photo. My family thought it was wierd and somewhat morbid, but I wanted to remember it. They want to remember her as she was, and I love that thought. But that picture makes me realize how precious each day is, bc you never know when it can be taken away. She was unresponsive while in ICU and all I wanted so dearly was for her to just say one word to me. And all I could think of was how she called me almost everyday with a "What the cat was doing" story and it used to drive me insane and I would often not answer...... That picture serves as a reminder to embrace every moment, annoying or enjoyable. I guess my point is that often in life we only want to photograph the "pretty" things, not me. I believe that every moment has a purpose happy or bittersweet. I admire you for doing so and also for sharing. Thanks for sharing this with the world. You are amazing! (as a person and a photographer) ~Amy
(07.26.09 11:56 PM)
Ann Hamilton said:
Oh, Amelia, what a beautiful tribute to your dad. It brought tears to my eyes. I lost my dad two years ago to cancer, and I'm grateful to have had the time with him, just as you did with your dad. I hope those cherished last days and precious moments with your dad bring you much comfort in the years to come. Hugs.
(07.26.09 11:58 PM)
Jessica Fiumara said:
I followed your journey to be with your daddy on Twitter, and the photos just bring it full circle. What a wonderful gift to be able to be with your father during that time. Thank you for sharing him with us.
(07.26.09 11:58 PM)
Heather said:
wow. i'm sitting here crying my eyes out. i lost my grandfather a little over a year ago and i still can't believe he's gone. i miss him soooo much and i wish i had such wonderful pictures of him like you do of your dad. absolutlely amazing photography.
(07.27.09 12:02 AM)
Aaron Jones said:
This is incredibly touching and choked me up. I admire the courage of the entire Brady clan for standing with and by your Dad this year. Hang in there.
(07.27.09 12:04 AM)
Lynn said:
What an amazing and fitting tribute. This brought tears to my eyes. You were so blessed to have the opportunity to capture so many great images, which I'm sure will be a comfort and a treasure to your entire family.
(07.27.09 12:06 AM)
Christine said:
Thank you for sharing a slice of your family's love. I'm so sorry for your loss; this is such a beautiful tribute and testament to what a wonderful man your father was.
(07.27.09 12:10 AM)
genessee quizon said:
God bless you and your family at this time. All my thoughts and prayers are with you.
(07.27.09 12:12 AM)
Kayleen T. said:
So sorry for your loss and what a hidden blessing that you didn't have any weddings and were able to spend time with your dad before he passed. Thank goodness for eternal families and the peace that brings!
(07.27.09 12:16 AM)
Jenny said:
sending love from seattle. thank you for sharing your father's beautiful life with us.
(07.27.09 12:20 AM)
stacy benintendi said:
sweet friend, i am so glad that you were able to spend so much time with your daddy. these pictures make me think that he passed away a happy man, surrounded by all of the amazing people in his life. i can only imagine that that made him feel safe. i am so sorry for your loss.
(07.27.09 12:33 AM)
Julie Cruz said:
My heart is breaking for you guys :( I'm SO sorry. What an amazing post for such an amazing person.
(07.27.09 12:36 AM)
tracytesmer said:
Amelia, I admire your honesty, love, strength and courage in sharing such an emotional and heartfelt journey with all of us. I am sure you received this wonderful gift, you must have, from your amazing dad. I lost my mother several years ago and wish I had had the strength you showed and ability at the time to capture it in photographs. You are truly an inspiration. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
(07.27.09 12:46 AM)
Tyler Jorgenson said:
Thank you for sharing this touching tribute. I only met your Father once, but I remember seeing in him a man that cared deeply for his children.
(07.27.09 12:46 AM)
Gedas said:
God bless you
(07.27.09 01:10 AM)
Melissa said:
I started reading this post to my Fiance... (I always read 2 him posts that inspire me.) && I wasnt able to finish. With tears streaming down our face, we both looked at eachother and just knew... that each passing day, we shouldnt take the people we love for granted. We are both blessed to have both of our parents still with us. We both want to thank you for your strenght to write this. May God bless your dad aka your superman, you & your family.
(07.27.09 01:52 AM)
Cyrielle said:
this is such a moving post. That brought me to tears as well. This is a beautiful hommage and the pictures are perfect.
(07.27.09 02:09 AM)
jaclyn kaiser said:
amelia, im at a loss for words at how beautiful this post is. the images of your dad in his last weeks are incredible. what an amazing gift you have all been given to be by his side. your dad was surely an incredible person considering the people you and your brothers and sisters have become. I truly admire your strength in being there for him and making sure your boys knew him. I am so sorry that your dad's life ended so quickly after being diagnosed but I know he's in a better place and smiling down on you, beaming with pride for his wonderful daughter. life is an amazing gift and I am so grateful that your in mine. I love you dearly! xoxo, jac
(07.27.09 02:20 AM)
corinne delis said:
what a beautiful photo's, these and your story brought tears to my eyes. I wish you strenght and faith during the period to come. corinnexxx
(07.27.09 02:49 AM)
Ian Dunn said:
Hi Amelia,sorry to hear of the sad passing of your beloved Dad.I hope all your memories comfort you at this very difficult time.And may he be at peace in the kingdom of angels x.
(07.27.09 03:25 AM)
Lotje said:
I'm so sorry to read this sad news... I hope you and your family are okay and I wish you all a lot of strenght to cope! The pictures are such a beautiful dedication to your father. All the best, I'm sure he was a very proud dad! Love from a belgian fan!
(07.27.09 03:31 AM)
Beto said:
amazing post amelia! thank you so much for sharing... the details you captured of your dad are just priceless and will only reinforce your memories of him. You are strong, and very courageous. My mom passed away 4 and a half years ago so I can definitely relate... every day I miss her but I am also grateful for every day that I had her as my mom! Lindsey and I absolutely admire you and Justin!
(07.27.09 04:14 AM)
bobbi said:
i'm blown away by you amelia. this post has me in the kind of tears that crocodiles cry. that comment your dad left was so amazingly perfecto. ALD, i love that. the photo of you two on your wedding day, wow. sloan on batchu braaady's bed, wow. the shot of the brothers... i'm speechless. how much you love your dad is well... awesome. dad with his acid wash jeans... :). big big big big hugs from me to you. much love friendos.
(07.27.09 04:15 AM)
Glenda said:
Gorgeous blog post Amelia. I am so soory for your loss of your dear Father. You and your family are all in my thougths and prayers. Beautiful pictures and I can't believe how God worked out that schedule for you - he does know best! ((Hugs))
(07.27.09 04:27 AM)
john waire said:
RIP kenneth. my deepest sympathy to you and your family amelia....
(07.27.09 04:38 AM)
Nicole said:
Amelia, Things do happen for a reason. While I don't know you, I sense you have a gorgeous soul, and a talent. A talent for reaching out to anyone that reads this beautiful post, that life is very precious, and we need to remember just what is important in our lives. Thankyou your words and images are beautiful. God Bless.
(07.27.09 04:46 AM)
Denise said:
I am so sorry for your loss. Your post made me cry...and made me grateful that the Lord has a hand in all things.
(07.27.09 05:13 AM)
alison said:
i just wanted to say that your post brought tears to my eyes. i am so very sorry. your images are beautiful and are such treasures to have.
(07.27.09 05:42 AM)
Emi Cercel said:
Sorry for your made us part of your most intimate and painfull moments, and i thank you for that, it s very hard to remain untouched by this definetly live through your lens, all the best thoughts for you and your family in this hardship times greetings from romania, Emi
(07.27.09 05:47 AM)
Carin said:
What a beautiful tribute...and love you share~ The courage and strength is awe inspiring.
(07.27.09 05:52 AM)
Katie Slater said:
I am so sorry for your loss, thank you for sharing such a beautiful post with us.
(07.27.09 05:55 AM)
shannon kelley said:
Amelia, I have been following your blog for a while and sadly, I suck at commenting:) I am crying in the middle of Panera so I thought that alone warranted a comment! Joking aside, you are an inspiration and I can only imagine how proud your dad is of you. I can only hope my children will someday have words like this of there dad! God bless you!
(07.27.09 06:08 AM)
David Bier said:
The images tell the story of your loss more than any words could do - I'm so sorry, and want to wish you a long life
(07.27.09 06:13 AM)
casey said:
Amelia, I am so sorry for your loss. I got all choked up and felt my heart grieve with you as I read your beautiful story about your father and as I looked at all the pictures. I pray that God comforts you and your family during this especially difficult season of loss and all the years that will follow that you will miss him. I pray for peace for all of you.
(07.27.09 06:17 AM)
stephanie . o said:
Wow, I don't even know you and I'm balling up!! I have been following your work and admiring it for about a year now. It is amazing the way you were able to capture your father in the most honest and beautiful way with your photographs. I truly got emotional by just looking at the photos alone, and that I believe makes for a wonderful/poweful artist. And yes, God does work in mysterious ways.
(07.27.09 06:23 AM)
Lori D said:
What a blessing of a post you have created! You've touched many including me in showing the love of not only your father, but of the love of family in tough times. My prayers and heart goes out to you all.
(07.27.09 06:37 AM)
anda said:
this is, indeed, an awesome post. the words, writing, images, sentiment ... phenomenal. thinking of you guys.
(07.27.09 06:48 AM)
Brandi said:
Thanks for sharing these.. very moving.. I am sorry for your loss but I am glad that your dad had so much love surrounding him until the very end.
(07.27.09 06:54 AM)
jesse and whitney said:
that story is really beautiful and touching. thank you for sharing this part of your life with us. its something we don't always see but it is such a good reminder to love every second. xoxo
(07.27.09 06:55 AM)
Angela Hubbard said:
I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with you. God Bless.
(07.27.09 06:59 AM)
Lesley said:
What an amazing post. I don't know how anyone could look through those images and feel the love your family has for one another. What an incredible tribute. You are in our prayers...
(07.27.09 07:05 AM)
Jeramy & Shelley said:
Know that we love you and Justin very much and our thoughts are constantly with you right now!! Big love and hugs from all of us! This post was great--thanks for sharing! Love ya tons!!!
(07.27.09 07:09 AM)
Whitney Hardie said:
How beautiful this is. I'm sorry you and your dad are separated now, but I rejoice that all these separations are for just a small moment. May the Spirit lift you and your family at this time. Thank you for sharing.
(07.27.09 07:13 AM)
paul romero said:
I'm speechless...Thank you for this post.
(07.27.09 07:15 AM)
Dani said:
Amelia, you are an amazingly insightful and strong woman. You and your family are in my thoughts.
(07.27.09 07:25 AM)
Paige Evans said:
This was a beautiful post dedicated to your dad. Thank goodness for the gospel huh? I'm so touched by the fact that you didn't have any shoots in July and that your brother got called to the Provo, UT mission. I've probably seen him riding around on a bike once or twice :) God works in mysterious ways though doesn't he? As I write this, my brother is currently sitting in a layover in Mexico City - he gets home from his mission today! Anyways, thanks for such a lovely post and reminder of the plan of salvation.
(07.27.09 07:34 AM)
Kelli Taylor said:
It is times like these that a camera really becomes special! I'm so glad that you have so many great photos of your Dad to share with your kids and future generations! They really capture his spirit!
(07.27.09 07:41 AM)
Stephenie said:
Thank you for sharing this beautiful life story. My prayers are with you and your family.
(07.27.09 07:43 AM)
Ceece said:
what a beautiful, moving tribute to your dad. It was an honor to share this experience through this post and I pray you found it therapeutic !
(07.27.09 07:44 AM)
Katie Scott said:
I'm so sorry for your loss! I've never met you and yet your post has me crying my eyes out! I'm sure that was a hard post to put together, but it was so moving. Praying for your family!
(07.27.09 07:47 AM)
rookie cookie said:
I would be a liar if I didn't say I have tears on my cheeks right now. Beautiful pictures. See you at the funeral tomorrow.
(07.27.09 07:49 AM)
Stacy Cross said:
I'm so very sorry for your loss, but I wanted to let you know that this reminded me to love and hug my parents every chance I get. Thanks for doing that.
(07.27.09 07:55 AM)
Heather Kincaid said:
I finished this post in tear because it was so beautifully written and documented, and because it hits so close to home. You are amazing for sharing.
(07.27.09 07:55 AM)
Lisa said:
(07.27.09 08:01 AM)
Tonya Peterson said:
Amelia and Justin. Tears were running down my cheeks by the end of this blog post. The only thing that is a comfort in such a hard time is our faith in Christ and the plan of salvation. It is amazing how the Lord has his hand in everything. I can't believe your brother is serving in the same mission that your dad lives. What a blessing for both of them. Alex and I are praying for your family. Please let us know if you need anything at all. Much Love, Tonya P.S. If you brother ever serves in Roosevelt tell him to look up my parents, Bob and Trenna Ballou. They would love to feed him.
(07.27.09 08:03 AM)
Corissa said:
I am so sorry for your loss. I'll keep your family in my prayers.
(07.27.09 08:07 AM)
jenn king said:
amelia! last night i had all sorts of dreams about your dad and your family. what a beautiful and touching post to wake up to. thank you for sharing.
(07.27.09 08:15 AM)
Kati Bruer said:
Amelia, words cannot describe the LOVE I have for you and your family right now! I LOVE you girl, YOU GUYS are VERY STRONG and I know that one day you WILL get to see him again!! I am totally moved by your post! LOVE YOU BABE!
(07.27.09 08:17 AM)
Gabe said:
I write this as tears stream down my cheeks. Amelia I cannot not begin to image the heart ache you feel. my families thoughts are with you and yours and we thank you for sharing his amazing energy with all of us through these images. Keep well.
(07.27.09 08:22 AM)
Anna said:
I could not view your post without breaking down into tears. The photos of your family with your dad in his final moments are truly touching beyond words. I just kept thinking of all of the births I'd helped with throughout my years as an L&D RN and how the experience of ushering life forth is very much the same as lovingly allowing it to pass. If we're very fortunate, we'll have family and friends to surround as as we enter *and* leave this great world. I hope you are fairing well. The abyss of grief is so overwhelming. I found Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief by Martha W. Hickman to be particularly helpful when I couldn't find the words to voice my feelings... So much love to your whole family.
(07.27.09 08:25 AM)
Tyer said:
What a dear tribute. What a blessing to be able to spend time with your dad. You are in my prayers.
(07.27.09 08:27 AM)
Joe said:
I came to see your innovative wedding photos, and instead was deeply touched by the photo essay about your father. A beautiful tribute.
(07.27.09 08:50 AM)
Chad said:
Very moving/beautiful post. Best wishes for you guys.
(07.27.09 08:50 AM)
John Hawkins said:
The story is very touching and the photos are powerful. Thank you for sharing such a personal experience.
(07.27.09 08:52 AM)
Scott Cejka said:
Took me awhile while I wiped away my tears...Absolutely beautiful and life affirming post. Thanks for showing the courage of your loving family through timeless pictures. Your Dad was one lucky guy to have all of you surrounding him as you were lucky to have such a special father. Thanks
(07.27.09 09:00 AM)
Kelly said:
Amelia...WOW. I sit hear crying..what a beautiful tribute to your father. How amazing that you had the opportunity to be with him, in his last moments. Thank you for sharing this. I'm going to call my Dad, right now. Hugs XOXO
(07.27.09 09:03 AM)
Suzi said:
I don't know if there are any words that could have described your love for your dad better than these photos, amazing. I am so sorry for your loss. This post moved me to tears. So sorry for your heartache.
(07.27.09 09:16 AM)
Ceci said:
Amelia, I've only recently started following your blog so I don't feel like I hardly know anything about you , other than the great admiration my brother and sister In law have of you (beto & Lindsey). However, I was so touched by your post! It brought me to tears as I read it this morning... I never understood how powerful photography could be until my own mom passed away 4 years ago. Looking at the images of your Father, both in the good times and the hard times, made me yearn for images of my mom. You've been blessed with such a gift in capturing peoples lives, and you will never know the power those images will hold for years to come. May the same courage and strength your dad found in God, keep you in such a difficult place, and may you find joy in all the wonderful memories of your Dad.
(07.27.09 09:20 AM)
Ariel said:
What touching photos. I can tell your dad led an amazing and beautiful life. You entire family's love and strength in the face of this hardship is a beautiful testimony of the wonderful person he was. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
(07.27.09 09:20 AM)
Lindsey Joy said:
Amelia, your images are so honest, so real. I sit here with tears streaming down my face as I type. Beto & I will be praying for you. We know what it is like to lose a parent and know the continued support you'll need. Isn't it amazing how God knows just what we need, you'll cherish these weeks spent with your dad forever. Big hugs today for you, Justin & the boys.
(07.27.09 09:23 AM)
DrewB said:
Amelia, I know everything that you've been through in the last year and especially this last month has been so difficult. But, I hope you know you were able to give your dad such an amazing gift. To be there by his side over his last few weeks is the best gift you could have ever given him. I was with my Grandma when she passed and it was the most difficult thing that I've ever had to go through, but I know it meant so much to her. Without even knowing your Dad I know he had to have been pretty amazing. Because I know you and you are amazing. Thank you for posting these photos. It's a great reminder at how precious life is. xoxo
(07.27.09 09:27 AM)
rebecca-linh rodgers said:
what a beautiful life- and what a blessing for you and your family that you can document it so well. tears as i read through your post and viewed your gorgeous images. blessings to you and your family!
(07.27.09 09:27 AM)
Courtney Toney said:
What an incredible testimony of God's providence and the incredible love of family! Thank you for sharing this- I sat here with tears running down my cheeks. I am so sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for your family.
(07.27.09 09:29 AM)
John Sharpe said:
Amelia, What a fantastic and heartfelt post. It brought tears to my eyes. Your words and photos are such an inspiration to me. What a sweet tribute to your father. These are priceless photos you have. I have been inspired by you to ensure that I capture more photos of my parents. Thank you for sharing this with us. Peace, comfort, and prayers be with you!
(07.27.09 09:32 AM)
gabriel.ryan. said:
God obviously cares for His kids, and i couldn't be happier that you & justin had the time you had, over the past few weeks. although i haven't lost a parent, i remember being in your shoes when my younger sister passed away; people asking how they can help, others sharing their stories of grief, but i remember more than anything, i was most comforted by the countless number of individuals who reached out and let me know they were there, and that they loved me. so, know that carlie & i are here. we love you guys. and, when the calls and the emails begin to subside, know that we still love you, and we are still here.
(07.27.09 09:36 AM)
Adam Zockoll said:
Amelia and Hud, How fortunate that you have been able to develop a wonderful skill such as photography, so that you can capture a moment in time that you and your family can enjoy forever. You are so talented at bringing the emotion and feeling of a scene right into each frame. I know these pictures will be a treasure to you forever. Our Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
(07.27.09 09:36 AM)
Angela Chin said:
I am so sorry for your loss. Your photography brought so much beautiful dignity to his last moments, thank you for sharing.
(07.27.09 09:40 AM)
Lydia Jane said:
My word Amelia, this was one of the most remarkable posts I've ever read. I was crying throughout the entire thing. Your sincere love for your dad and faith during this whole situation is so amazing. It makes me want to squeeze my dad just a little bit harder next time I see him and thank him for everything he's done for me. You are in my prayers!
(07.27.09 09:41 AM)
MOM said:
WOW what GREAT POST YOU GAVE TO YOUR DADDY - I too can't stop crying - it is wonderful that you were there to experience something so life changing with your DAD and I am grateful for the years we had together to have you wonderful kids too - And Thanks for being an awesome Daughter too - Life is full of trials and blessings and we can go froward with the blessings that are to come - hang in there today and tomorrow - I am thinking of you every minute! I love you SO MUCH - Love MOM
(07.27.09 09:43 AM)
Lyndzee of EP said:
I have shed tears of sorrow but also tears of joy for you over the loss of your father. How wonderful that you were all able to be there with him and even more the blessing of having the means and talent to capture it on camera. I choked back the tears until I came to the photo of him and Nicole,, what an amazing, tender moment. It is so comforting to know that we have the truth in our lives. That we KNOW that families are eternal and that you will be able to dance with him again. We love you all so much and admire your strength through this time. I am grateful to have been able to meet such a wonderful man and the father of such amazing people! Love you!! -Lyndzee
(07.27.09 09:43 AM)
kristin said:
You'll cherish these photos for a lifetime. What a testament to his impact in your lives. All the best, Kristin
(07.27.09 09:49 AM)
sarah said:
what beautiful valuable pictures! I was wiping tears away too.
(07.27.09 09:51 AM)
rik andes said:
what a treasure, i lost my mom when i was 7 and have only the rough snippets of memory to look back on. this is so raw, but incredibly comforting as well to see how God has made it possible for all this to happen like it did. I pray you and your family have the comfort and strength you need through these most difficult days.
(07.27.09 10:02 AM)
Whitney Warner said:
Amelia, I cant even image the emotions I will have when I lose my dad. Your images capture so much emotion that I started crying by the end of this post. You are truly inspiring. My heart is with you and your family during this time!
(07.27.09 10:06 AM)
bonnie tsang said:
Your father, you and your images have touched many lives. May he rest in peace...
(07.27.09 10:14 AM)
Heather said:
Amelia, with tears in my eyes I can't help but think of my own father and the bond we share. God has plans for everyone and you all were so blessed to have the ability to share time with each other over the last few weeks of his life. Those moments can never be replaced. Even though I've never met him, your photos shared who your father really was and you shared his soul with us: thank you.
(07.27.09 10:20 AM)
yan palmer said:
beautiful. crying. so real and poignant. everyone in your family seems unbelievably brave.
(07.27.09 10:29 AM)
Kristy said:
Amelia. I am sorry for your loss but I know you have a knowledge of the Lords plan. Thank you for this lovely post. These pictures I am sure are very personal and precious to your family.
(07.27.09 10:34 AM)
Mike Argento said:
Thank you for sharing this. Your open heart and mind will no doubt help guide you through this difficult time. What beautiful images to go along with the memories of your dad.
(07.27.09 10:38 AM)
Evelyn Black *1955* said:
*tears* BEAUTIFUL. All of it.
(07.27.09 10:43 AM)
Tonya said:
beautiful post amelia...the imagery and your heart on here is so moving... what a blessing the gospel is in understanding this stage of our journey here on earth...i know you will miss your dad, but what comfort knowing where he is now... thank you for sharing....
(07.27.09 10:54 AM)
Jasmine* said:
Dearest Amelia...I love you. I'll be praying for you while you speak at your father's memorial service today. My heart aches for you, but I trust and know your daddy's legacy will live on. xoxo
(07.27.09 11:07 AM)
Gilbert Wong said:
My condolences... May he rest in peace
(07.27.09 11:16 AM)
Brian Khang said:
Thank you for sharing that with us Amelia and our sincere condolences to you and your family. I'm so happy that we have this beautiful thing in our lives called photography!
(07.27.09 11:24 AM)
Jen said:
this post was so moving. thank you for sharing an extremely personal story and reminding us what is important. i am so sorry for your loss, but happy that you were able to spend his last weeks together.
(07.27.09 11:34 AM)
Sean Azul said:
I know exactly how you feel. It's been 5 years this month since my mother called to tell me that my father had died. I had spoken to him only hours before and my last words were "I love you." Little did I know that only 4 months later I would be holdling my grandmother's hand as she went to be with the Lord. And then holding my mother's had as she left us six weeks later. Grief can be a strange and wonderful thing. Cherish your love for your dad and let any negative's slip our of focus. I'll be praying for you as you recalibrate your worldview. God Bless!
(07.27.09 11:34 AM)
andrea said:
Dear Amelia, I truly feel for your loss but know that the memories, insights, conversations with your father, support from those around you, photographs, and most importantly your faith will carry you through. I wish you and your family the very best and am really glad that you had the opportunity to spend time with him and to say good bye. That, is truly a gift.
(07.27.09 11:39 AM)
Tira J said:
What a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to your father. Amelia, thank you for sharing your love for him, and a quick glance of his life with us. I lost my father to cancer almost 23 years ago and I still think about him every single day. All of the loved ones we have lost are still loving us from Heaven. May the Lord Bless you and your family.
(07.27.09 11:42 AM)
shannon m. said:
I am so sorry for your loss. Such beautiful images and words... it's beautiful to think you have your own personal angel, that he'll be with you when you dance with your kids and through the ups and downs in your life. My thoughts are with you...
(07.27.09 11:42 AM)
Yia said:
What a beautiful tribute to your Dad. Your words and images of your Dad and family have so much emotion that I'm getting teary eyed. Wish you guys all the best.
(07.27.09 11:45 AM)
Tana h said:
What an incredibly beautiful and moving post. Thank you for being so open as to share something so personal with us. You documented it beautifully and I am overcome with tears. My very best wishes for you and your family during this difficult time.
(07.27.09 11:49 AM)
ashley parsons said:
amelia, these made me weep, as I am sure they did with you as well. this is such a beautiful post - honest and moving. as I face my dad's cancer with him right now, I am thankful and also devastated that you know what I am going through. life is just so difficult at times. and yet, God is good to love us through it. our love continues with you guys and your beautiful family.
(07.27.09 11:52 AM)
Rog said:
WOW! I love you guys so much! These photographs are so freaking priceless. The morning my dad passed away, we were eating cereal together watching Happy Gilmore on the couch and I can still remember every part he laughed at. Nothing like having such amazing photos (my favorite are the ones of sloan and kenny on and by his bed). I can only imagine how happy he was seeing his family and feeling your love in the last couple months. You can see in his eyes how blessed he felt, and how proud he was of his children. Thank you so much for sharing him with us. Your family is so beautiful inside and out and we love you too much. -Rog
(07.27.09 11:52 AM)
Alen Abdula said:
May your father rest in peace. Best to you and your family. Amazing images as always.
(07.27.09 11:55 AM)
Becky McArthur said:
Amelia and Family, You are definitely in our prayers. That was beautiful and brought me to tears. It's amazing the way things happen in life. Death is an immanent part of it but its so good to know that families are forever. Its also comforting to know that the family renunions still continue after we pass. Thank you for posting this and I wish you the best.
(07.27.09 11:59 AM)
Amy Ashland said:
Amelia, I am so sorry for your loss. You brought a torrent of tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your incredible expression of love for your dad.
(07.27.09 12:08 PM)
Renee said:
My heart goes out to you and your family ((hugs))
(07.27.09 12:17 PM)
maile said:
what a beautiful family, and post. This brought me to tears. Sending so much love to your sweet family. xo
(07.27.09 12:58 PM)
Cristy Cross said:
Amelia, My heart pours out to you. I'm so glad you have all of these wonderful pictures of him with your kids and each of your family members. It will be great memories to hold forever. My best friends dad passed from ALS two summers ago and I know only as a friend how hard this is, but again how great it is because he is no longer hurting ANYMORE. Praise God. He is up and walking around and doing cart wheels probably. You should read "90 Minutes in Heaven) by Don Piper. It is a wonderful book that brings comfort to those still on earth grieving and understanding of how great your dad is doing in Heaven. Much internet loving to you my friend.
(07.27.09 01:04 PM)
Jennifer Gilmore said:
Amelia - this was so touching and meaningful to me. My little 4 year old is wondering why I am crying looking at black and white photos on the computer. You are so fortunate to have been able to spend the last few weeks/days with your father and be able to "document" it so that you could look back at these photos and remember it more vividly. I admire your strength. It is so good to know that you will be with him again, isn't it? Our prayers are with you and your family at this time. On a side note - I noticed his middle name is Neff. That's my mother's maiden name. I wonder if we are related on some level. :)
(07.27.09 01:21 PM)
brooke bowland said:
your posted has me in silent tears. they are just streaming down my face as i read this. the love that your family has for eachother and your father is so clean. thank you for sharing this with all of us and allowing us into your life. my thoughts are with you and your family. xo.
(07.27.09 01:25 PM)
Kathleen Trenske said:
What a beautiful tribute to your father. Through reading all of these posts about him I feel like I have gotten to know him a bit too - so thank you for sharing him with all of us.
(07.27.09 01:51 PM)
pauline said:
amelia, i'm truly sorry about your dad. what an amazing tribute you have created for him. you're family's love for each other is inspiring. our prayers are with you and your family.
(07.27.09 01:53 PM)
Kerry said:
Amelia - I am so sorry for your loss. The photos you took are such an amazing tribute to the love that your father embodied! I am sending prayers to you and your family in this difficult time.
(07.27.09 01:59 PM)
jose villa said:
im so moved.. (gulp).. the images you shared with all of us are incredible.. you're in my thoughts.. Hugs!! jose
(07.27.09 02:01 PM)
Lisa Marcia said:
Amelia - Your pictures brought me to tears as I sat at work and thought what an amazing tribute to your dad's life this is. Although I never knew him and only really know you through our wedding sessions, this montage brought the realities of our lives, to life. So often in situations we forget the details of "The Moments", the things in life that stick with us forever. You caputure the joys and happiness side of things so often, that it was almost beautiful to see you capture the opposite with grace and strength. Thank you for sharing this personally hard time for you, with us. It makes us all a little closer and more understanding of us as human beings. Really, it shows us HOW to love! And that's what it is all about. Prayers and thoughts with your family!
(07.27.09 02:02 PM)
lauren said:
i have no words that are strong enough to offer, but i can offer my sincerest thoughts and prayers. may you always carry the best memories of your father in your heart. *
(07.27.09 02:03 PM)
Ashley said:
I've been following you guys for some time now and never bothered to say hi or comment. I couldn't resist this one. Your dad's post was incredibly moving... My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You've been such a wonderful inspiration to me and my husband as we embark on our faith-filled photographic journey. God Bless.
(07.27.09 02:10 PM)
Amanda Wilcher said:
Amelia, this is the most heartfelt, loving, genuine, and real post I've seen. Thank you for sharing the love of wonderful father.
(07.27.09 02:13 PM)
Amber said:
Now I can see why you didnt have the strength to write this for awhile! It was amazing and beautiful and so touching. what a great tribute. I had to walk away in the middle of the post because I was crying so hard. He was a great man and it touches me to see him with your kids and siblings. He will be missed!
(07.27.09 02:18 PM)
Heather Schultz said:
wow amazing...all pictures and words touched me so much! thanks for this post!
(07.27.09 02:28 PM)
Alicia said:
Beautiful tribute to your father. I am very sorry for your loss, but I can tell how very lucky you both were to have had each other for so long. Beautiful.
(07.27.09 02:34 PM)
Randy Tullier said:
Beautiful ending to a loving Father's life. The pictures tell the story so vividly. God bless all of you and continues to bless y'all with another guardian angel to watch over his family.
(07.27.09 02:36 PM)
Shannah B Godfrey said:
This has me sobbing in MO. I went to Ken and DeAnne's wedding. I went to Kenny's first birthday party. I went to the temple when Michael and Alex were sealed to them. I miss Uncle ken very much. He was only a few years older than me.
(07.27.09 02:55 PM)
Julie said:
I read this post and cried like a baby. Then I thought how weird that was because I don't even know you, but the pictures and your words touched me deeply. My own father is battling a disease that will one day take him too. I hope his last weeks, days, and moments are as filled with love as your father's was. Thank you so much for sharing something so personal and touching.
(07.27.09 03:07 PM)
Trisha said:
what a beautiful life! God bless. John 9: 1As [Jesus] went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. it's so evident that God's love and compassion flowed from your dad's life!
(07.27.09 03:26 PM)
Carey said:
beautiful father, daughter, and family. i can feel your love. thank you for sharing, and for being so strong.
(07.27.09 03:53 PM)
julie said:
amelia....the expression of your heart in this post through your words and images brought me to tears and emotion of all different levels. it is so beautiful that you are able to show a love so real for your father and your family. we have had your family in our prayers.
(07.27.09 03:57 PM)
Molly said:
I am so sorry for your loss, and so glad that your family has the knowledge that families are eternal. My uncle died of ALS 4 years ago. We seem to have had a similar experience as you. As awful as the illness was, it allowed for the most humble setting and calm goodbye with all of his children holding his hands. I pray for the future of medicine and a cure for ALS everyday. I will be praying for you as well. Molly Freestone
(07.27.09 04:01 PM)
Bryce Clark said:
This is one of the more amazing things I've seen. I'm deeply moved by warching you go through this and like it's taught me things about life and my relationships with loved ones. Thank you for sharing this and allowing me a glimpse into your lives. Feeling really blessed to have met you guys... -Bryce
(07.27.09 04:03 PM)
kisha@Sahara Blue said:
what a very moving, emotional, and touching tribute to your father - very well seem to have a wonderful support system of family and friends and the memories & lessons you have of your father will only serve to comfort you.
(07.27.09 04:03 PM)
Elsie Lopez said:
How awesome it is to know that families are forever.... Thank you for sharing this with us.
(07.27.09 04:05 PM)
Amanda Calzada said:
Amelia~ My prayers are with you and yours. I find strength in your words and joy in the love your family shares. God Bless you.
(07.27.09 04:06 PM)
Molly said:
my grandpa died when i was barely 2 and I think your boys will be so blessed to have memories and pictures of them with their grandpa. I'm so amazed at how God works these things together so that you guys could spend so much time with your family in these precious last days with your dad.
(07.27.09 04:44 PM)
Kathleen Hennessey said:
Amelia! I am just in tears right now! I am so moved by your beautiful documentation of the end of your Dad's time on Earth! Having just experienced the passing of my own father, my emotions are still very raw. What a blessing for you to have had those last few weeks with him. And to be there as he transitioned out of this life. I am so grateful for that last month and a half I got to spend with my own dad, for the things I got to say to him, not even knowing how close we were to the end. I wish I had taken more photos, and I am so glad you were able to with your Dad. He seemed to be an amazing man. . . He must have been to have a daughter like you! Thank you so much for sharing this, and for reminding me yet again how glorious life is when we recognize God's hand in every moment. I pray for your continued comfort and understanding as you live life with out him, though I have already come to recognize how close our Dad's really are! As one friend told me, now he's in the Daddy Crew, looking down and working some spiritual magic for us! love you. kat
(07.27.09 04:46 PM)
sheena said:
wow. you have such amazing courage...surely it must come right from your dad! These photos are so beautiful, as are your words. prayers for you and your sweet family:)
(07.27.09 04:51 PM)
Audrey Brooks said:
This brought tears to my eyes. I understand heartache as my family dealt with my mother's breast cancer this year. Lord, may your peace that surpasses all understanding rest upon this family and may your healing touch restore their hearts. All my prayers...
(07.27.09 05:35 PM)
Heather Negrete said:
wow...this post affected me more than words can even say. I think it is so awesome that your dad had such a positive attitude up untill his very last moment on earth. You and your family are in my prayers!
(07.27.09 05:39 PM)
patrick love said:
Hi Amelia, I've been following you on twitter, and I've really celebrated all the time that you've spend with your dad over the last few months. May the Lord be with you in this difficult time.
(07.27.09 05:56 PM)
Nicole Glenn said:
Such a beautiful summation of your time and memories with your father. I can feel the love oozing from this page and it warms my heart to know that your boys were able to spend some irreplaceable time with their batchu-braaadee. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, may your dad rest in peace. :) Much love!
(07.27.09 05:57 PM)
Emily Sharpe said:
So John (this is John Sharpe's wifey) just came to me and offered me a 30 minute back rub if I could read your post without crying. Since John usually only lasts for 5 minutes (and I had a stressful day in the ER) I was game. Last week he showed me your previous post about your dad and of course I started bawling when I read his comment. To play it safe I skipped that paragraph; however, I didn't make it very far before I was bawling, not just teary. My face was soaked with tears. And not the cute kind of tears, the whole face is soaking wet kind of tears... No 30 minute back rub for me. But seriously, what a beautiful tribute to your father and amazing pictures to always remember him by. And about not booking July weddings: There are so many times when things happen and we often don't know why, so I am always grateful when Heavenly Father gives us little glimpses into why things happen the way they do. I know He knows us and loves us. Thank you so much for sharing these moments. Absolutely Amazing!
(07.27.09 06:02 PM)
laura Turner said:
Wow, thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures and story. You had me in tears. All the best.
(07.27.09 06:10 PM)
Marissa Rodriguez said:
Amelia, I am so sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful post, thank you for sharing.
(07.27.09 06:10 PM)
FionaC said:
I feel very compelled to make a comment today - I feel overwhelmed by the obvious love of your family and my heart feels like it's going to burst. Honest and loving posts like these help us remember the important things in life and I thank you for that reminder. My condolences.
(07.27.09 06:18 PM)
Michele B said:
Tears started pouring down my face after seeing the last picture of you dad. My heart reaches out to you and your family. You are in my prayers.
(07.27.09 06:23 PM)
Katherine Bowman said:
I'm sorry to hear about your dad's passing, but thankful to know that he knew the Lord and you WILL see him again someday! Praise God for Jesus paying the price for us! My dad passed away in Jan. '06 and I wish I took some family photos of all of us together before he got real sick. I'm glad you have yours! I'll be praying for you and your family!
(07.27.09 06:35 PM)
eliesa said:
Wow. These are powerful.
(07.27.09 06:46 PM)
Macy said:
Beautiful. Just beautiful. The images of your brother in his missionary suit coupled with the fact that he could be there and you and your family could be there had me in tears. We experienced similar things when my mom died. Those tender mercies the Lord offers are so amazing to see. Thank you for sharing these pictures and your story. My condolences to you and your family.
(07.27.09 06:58 PM)
Ashley said:
Of all the images I've seen on your blog throughout the past 2 years, I have to say that these are my very favorite. I am so moved by them and the words you've written. You are such a strong and amazing person and I really admire your courage. I know that you'll see your dad again and I'm so grateful for that knowledge that we have. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. We love you Amelia!
(07.27.09 07:19 PM)
Chantel Calder said:
I love the photos of your dad. They are so very sweet. My mother passed away on the 24th, so I guess she and your dad are being put to work together up there in heaven. Thank you so much for sharing such touching images and loving words. They made me cry. And I love that you captured the final moments of his life. Life is so bittersweet. God bless you.
(07.27.09 07:36 PM)
Anna said:
Dear Amelia, I'm so sorry you lost your Dad! I'm sending love and prayers.
(07.27.09 07:52 PM)
Elena said:
Wow. First of all I'm very sorry to hear about your dad's passing. Your family will be in my thoughts. Thank you so much for sharing such deeply personal pictures of your father and family during such an emotional time. People see death as such a taboo subject sometimes, so to see you face it and document it with your lens is so powerful and moving. And what powerful pictures they are. Again, my deepest condolences.
(07.27.09 07:53 PM)
ajira said:
Amelia. Thank you for sharing this with us, your blog readers. I am grateful that you got to be with your father, and with your family as well. Love is precious... what a gift to share with your children!
(07.27.09 08:10 PM)
Jamie said:
my heart is aching for you. these portraits are priceless. you are in my thoughts and prayers.
(07.27.09 08:17 PM)
connieMchung said:
i'm so sorry amelia...
(07.27.09 08:23 PM)
Jaqui Shumate said:
Amelia, I have been following you for over three years now, through your blog/ website. I am continually inspired by everything you do. With that said, you do not know me, but I feel like I know you very well. I admire your strength. I am so glad you made this post. It brought me to tears. I have cried countless times from various posts you have done, but never like this. I am so glad we share the same beliefs, and you know you will see him again. Families are Eternal. There is nothing more powerful on this earth than those three words. You are a beautiful person, inside and out with a beautiful family. Your father has taught you well and his legacy will live on through you and your children. These sweet memories will be burned into your memory forever and your children will remember them too. Maybe not always from their actual memory, but they have parents that have documented well through photographs. Beautiful, heartwarming photographs. I don't know what else to say, but- Thank you.
(07.27.09 08:23 PM)
cynthia said:
Amelia, My heart goes out to you and your family... I lost my grandmother to early to ALS. She started in stage 4 before we even knew she had it... I lost my father at 13 but I never had images like these of either. I was in tears reading your post... I am so happy that you had your time with him and that everyone was there to be with him. The photos of his brothers surrounding him was so overwhelmingly emotional for me. It was just amazing. I pray for peace for your through these tough times.
(07.27.09 08:24 PM)
Becca said:
I've never commented before but just had to for this post. You wrote such a beautiful post about your dad~the photos were so touching, moving, sweet, tender and most of all showed through your lens what a loving man your dad must have been. I'm very sorry for your loss but am happy for you to have had such a relationship with your dad!
(07.27.09 08:25 PM)
Meg said:
Such a great tribute! Thank you for posting such an awesome story about your amazing father! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
(07.27.09 08:29 PM)
Charrie said:
Oh, this makes me cry and I don't even know you! I discovered your blog about four months ago and have been following it ever since. It's so nice to see a Christian photographer so unabashedly share her feelings about death and dying and God's hand in her life. May God wrap his big warm arms of love around you and your family right now and give you peace and comfort during this difficult time!
(07.27.09 08:42 PM)
Shelley Freckleton said:
Amelia, I'd like to say that I cried reading your post just because of all of the pregnancy hormones, but I can't. Your writing and pictures captured the essence of someone I wish I knew. We are so happy for you and your family to be with your Dad during the last weeks of his life. We love you and will see you soon. Shelley and Jeramy
(07.27.09 08:49 PM)
Brian Gould said:
Amelia, so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. It breaks my heart reading your post. I know the roller coaster this disease is as my dad is also battling ALS. I know everything happens for a reason and your family will take away so many valuable memories & lessons having gone through this. Best of Luck as you move forward!
(07.27.09 09:00 PM)
Susan Dodd said:
Oh my gosh. What an amazing and beautiful post. Just amazing. I am so very sorry for your loss.
(07.27.09 09:19 PM)
Alexis said:
THANK YOU for touching my life!
(07.27.09 09:25 PM)
Felicia Aguiar said:
Although I have never commented before, I have admired your work for quite some time. This particular post, with it's beautiful sentiments and imagery has left me weeping and I just had to say a few words. Thank you so much for sharing this. I also lost my father recently and at several times in my grieving process I have thought of doing a tribute to him similar to this, and today your post has given me that extra push that I needed to get started. Your courage is inspiring, thank you. My thoughts are with you and your family. Big hugs from Miami.
(07.27.09 09:32 PM)
liz said:
thank you for sharing your story. peace be with you & your family. love from the bay area.
(07.27.09 09:43 PM)
candice Brooke said:
This post is so special and you can tell you are an amazing daughter.
(07.27.09 10:02 PM)
Marie said:
Dear Amelia, I've been visiting your blog for a long time now, always so impressed of your talent and your pictures. Your blog is wonderful and makes a lot of people happy to see such images you phototgraph. I only visit and never leave a note but I must this time. Your post about your Dad made me cry. I am sorry for your loss. I know your Dad is smiling in heaven and so proud of the things you say about him and the pictures you take of him. Gosh, I am so touched about what you really puts a lump in my throat. I am happy that you and your family and kids were able to be with him and that his family was around him. Your pictures of your Dad are wonderful...your memories are wonderful...thank you for sharing so much of your feelings in word and in deep condolences....
(07.28.09 12:43 AM)
hailey said:
i am so sorry to hear and so amazed at your courage and sending you loads of love and hugs and wishes for peace and all you need to be in your arms. warmest and best hailey
(07.28.09 04:00 AM)
ben + laura said:
It truly is amazing how the Lord works. What a great God we serve! We will keep you both in our prayers over the course of the next few weeks as life gets back to "normal" ... may you feel the warmth and love of our Heavenly Father during this time. Big hugs to you guys from Michigan! Psalm 23 - Ben and Laura Harrison :)
(07.28.09 06:40 AM)
Mark said:
!Wow, powerful... your family is awesome.
(07.28.09 07:18 AM)
jeff said:
i've been following your blog and admiring your work. i don't post comments that much but just had to on this one. i'm so sorry for your loss. i am deeply moved by the story with your dad. but it's not a total loss. there's just so much love. a love that will last forever.
(07.28.09 08:29 AM)
Leslie Gilbert said:
Amelia, I am so sorry about your Dad's passing. It is a hard thing for any child to watch their parents go. You were very lucky to have been able to capture your Dad's spirit in all of your images. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Be strong knowing he loved you tremendously and will be with you always.
(07.28.09 08:33 AM)
Chad said:
Beautiful post Amelia. Your hope in the future and positive attitude are very much inspiring. Thank you!
(07.28.09 08:46 AM)
sandra pan said:
my heart goes out to you and your family. thanks for sharing this story and reminding us that life is so precious. God is watching over your dad now and he is at peace.
(07.28.09 09:41 AM)
rychelle said:
i can't express in words what a beautiful and touching post this was. those photographs are a special gift i'm sure your family will treasure. until you meet again, God be with you.
(07.28.09 09:50 AM)
Sonny said:
This was so touching and beautiful to see. This shows -me that you must find and remember the love while you have them here with us. You seem to have been blessed with a loving father more than most. But more important it seems you were receptive to his love. I will not forget this as it has something for all of us. God Bless. Thanks for sharing.
(07.28.09 09:50 AM)
Daisy Varley said:
The images along with your words made me cry, which I haven't done in quite some time. I am so very sorry that you lost your father last week :( But how wonderful that you were able to capture so many important moments, and especially with your two boys. Thank you for sharing your father's images with us. He seems like an amazing person!
(07.28.09 10:09 AM)
Leila Khalil| Wedding Publicist| Be Inspired PR said:
I'm so moved.. the emotions are taking over and i am overwhelmed. Thank you for being an inspiration on dealing with loss through grace, love, and gratitude. I will say that i can relate in many ways to what you are going through right now. So all of this is very close to home for me. Wiping away the tears and feeling a full heart of love for my parents, your dad, you, and your family. MUCH love to you!
(07.28.09 10:12 AM)
Kimberly Deuster said:
You are so blessed to have such a great dad and to suffer from ALD syndrome! May God bring peace to your family during this time! God Bless!
(07.28.09 10:12 AM)
meg manion silliker said:
amelia - my heart aches for you and your family. your dad was/is a wonderful man. he gave the world you and your beautiful talent. how blessed your family is to have each other - to be able to spend those last moments with your precious father. i lost my mom 4 years ago - some days are harder than others. you have a wonderful outlook on life. i will keep you and your family close in my thoughts and prayers. thank you for sharing your images with us - very private moments. just beautiful.
(07.28.09 10:15 AM)
Heidi said:
Amelia, thank you for posting such a beautiful tribute to your father. It is so moving (read: i'm weeping whilst typing) and also so important. There is still so little known about ALS...i've learned more about it b/c my friend's sister has it...i'm sure your post will generate more interest in research and a cure. My deepest condolences to you & your family.
(07.28.09 10:22 AM)
Amy said:
My heart if full for you guys and you and your family are in my prayers. God is so good- what an amazing story about getting time with your Dad in July and your brother's mission being local. It's amazing how He has it all in control even when we don't know what is going on.
(07.28.09 10:24 AM)
angel swanson said:
amelia -- this is such a beautiful tribute to your father! sending you and your family lots of love as you continue to walk through this difficult time. xoxo
(07.28.09 10:25 AM)
Mey and Hansen said:
What a beautiful post, Amelia. It is truly a sweet blessing that the Lord arranged for you and your family to spend 3 precious weeks with your dad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your loved ones. God Bless.
(07.28.09 10:26 AM)
maria said:
wow. what an amazing and powerful post, amelia. thank you for sharing your dad's story and these incredibly moving images. sending love and prayers to you & your family.
(07.28.09 10:41 AM)
Katie said:
What wonderful pictures of a beautiful family. You can see the love in those images.
(07.28.09 11:01 AM)
Jenny Sun said:
dear lyons, this post was so beautiful, it moved me to tears. Thank you for sharing such a private time of your lives with us. The love in your family is incredible. The photos only resound that through that through. Praise God you will see him again on the other side of life one day :)
(07.28.09 11:08 AM)
Rich Demanowski said:
Amelia, I feel your pain. I lost my mother a little over a year ago to her long battle with cancer. I only wish I had as many photographs of her as you have of your dad (she absolutely refused to be photographed - she hated it). From what I see here, your father was a strong, sensitive and joyful person. This world is certainly a poorer place for his departure. Remember that he lives on in this world through the choices that you make, the actions that you take, which reflect the nature of what you learned from him. Continue to make him proud. :)
(07.28.09 11:17 AM)
Brenda Landrum said:
First, thank you for sharing your story, it must of been very hard to write. I am a crying mess right now! Three years ago I was by my grandfather's side when he passed away and it was the hardest thing I have ever done but I feel so blessed to have been there. It is wonderful how God works! To make sure that your family was able to be with your dad at the end. To take comfort knowing that your Dad is with him now and you will see him again. Your family is in my prayers.......
(07.28.09 11:28 AM)
Carolyn Welch said:
Oh, Amelia...It is beautiful, I am in tears, My heart aches.
(07.28.09 11:41 AM)
Darlene said:
What a beautiful tribute to your dad! We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.
(07.28.09 11:57 AM)
Susan Nunn said:
I was very touched by your tribute to your father, it brought tears to eyes and joy to my heart. Everyone should be as blessed as your were to know the love of a wonderful father.
(07.28.09 12:39 PM)
shanni said:
I don't know you, or your father. And yet I am sitting at my desk on my lunch break sobbing. I pray nobody is looking at me in this moment. Thank you for reminding me to be thankful. Thank you for reminding me to love. Thank you for reminding me that life here is precious, but that those we have lost are at much greater peace than us.
(07.28.09 12:43 PM)
Amy Calder-Sanchez said:
So touching.
(07.28.09 12:58 PM)
kristin Brancaleone said:
This is a beautiful post; thank you for sharing your heart with us. I was brought to tears. Your dad seems like such an amazing man.
(07.28.09 01:03 PM)
Dana Goodson said:
This is a beautiful post. I love the awesome pics of your dad. Your work is beautiful and it's wonderful that you and your family will have these images to cherish for the rest of your lives.
(07.28.09 01:58 PM)
Lauren D'Aprile said:
This post moved me to tears. I am so sorry for your loss, yet so glad to see you have such amazing memories with your Dad. I will say a prayer for you and your family.
(07.28.09 02:07 PM)
Lisa West said:
I wish i could have met your dad! He sounds amazing! You are truly and inspiration to me and I'm sure all those around you, just as your father is to you. I hope that you are doing well and that your family will continue to feel peace and love from our Heavenly Father. I wish you the best and will keep you and your family in my prayers!
(07.28.09 02:09 PM)
mibelleinc said:
Thank you for sharing this moment in your life with all of us. I often question why we do not book certain dates as well and then somehow it all works out. Much love and peace to you and your family. Josh & Michelle
(07.28.09 02:22 PM)
Melissa Gartner said:
Amelia, your post brought tears to my eyes. God is so good!!
(07.28.09 02:29 PM)
Emily Brimley Jensen said:
Amy, Thank you for this post. I cried my eyes out but it was nice to reminice about your dad, even though I didn't know him well. My heart goes out to you and your siblings and your dad's family. Great pictures, as always. Big hugs to you and Kenny. With Love, Emily
(07.28.09 02:42 PM)
Michelle Huesgen said:
Your love for your father brought tears to my eyes. How blessed you all are to have each other and please accept my apoplogies on a truly tragic loss. Michelle
(07.28.09 02:45 PM)
Ashley Dicksa said:
I moved to tears by your post!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
(07.28.09 02:54 PM)
Patricia said:
This post immediately brought tears to my eyes. Our Prayers go out to your family. You have a huge heart and the strength you had to take these images is unreal. Much Love Patty & Art
(07.28.09 03:29 PM)
leah said:
that was so touching!! im so so sorry for your lose! i pray peace for your family. thanks for sharing these very priceless pictures!
(07.28.09 04:20 PM)
jeannine said:
love and prayers to you and your family.
(07.28.09 04:41 PM)
nikki nicole said:
you have brought tears to my eyes and I can understand. This post made me remember my papa who passed away this april. i was fortunate enough to be able to spend his last days here also by his side. my peace be with you...
(07.28.09 04:41 PM)
alicia fierro said:
much love, many thoughts and prayers. xoxoxo.
(07.28.09 04:47 PM)
Candice said:
Amelia, like some others that have posted, I too have admired your work but not yet commented... You have a beautiful family, and I know that your father will live on through all of them. Remember that we serve a Father that is Loving and Just, and your own daddy is with him as we speak... What a glorious thing that is!
(07.28.09 05:47 PM)
Yass said:
Hey Amelia. I'm so sorry girl. Great photos.
(07.28.09 06:01 PM)
Regina White said:
Wow! (as I wipe my tears). I can feel the love. I am so sory for your loss. I pray you are comforted in this time; what a blessing you are to him and your family documenting this time.
(07.28.09 06:13 PM)
Emmuna said:
My deepest condolences to you and your family. It is true when they say " a photo is worth a thousand words". My prayers are with you .
(07.28.09 06:32 PM)
Asther said:
My prayers will b with you & family. I lost my dad exactly 2 yrs back to double strokes. My heart still aches but I always tell myself that he's in a better place now. :)
(07.28.09 06:54 PM)
Edgar Allen said:
This posting brought me to tears ... you are awesome ... and i don't even know you ... Edgar Allen NYC
(07.28.09 07:49 PM)
Heather Cole said:
I'm so sorry for your loss. I too lost my dad and watched him take his last breath. I like to think that they are both in heaven smiling down on us. Thank you for sharing this. You are amazing.
(07.28.09 08:18 PM)
Hazel said:
Like so many others who have commented before me, reading this post brought me to tears. I have followed your blog for several months now, admiring your amazing talent, but I have never left a comment. I could not do that this time around. Thank you for being vulnerable and posting such moving and heartfelt emotions and photos. How awesome to read about God's omniscient plan unfold in such a clear way!! It will be an amazing testimony to pass down to your children. Praise God for that and the hope that you will see your father again one day. You make me want to be a better daughter. You and your family are in my prayers. May the Lord continue to grant to you and yours abounding peace and comfort.
(07.28.09 09:22 PM)
Eric McKenna said:
Speechless. I simply wanted to give my condolences and personally tell you this tribute to your father is so genuine and kind and loving. God Bless you and yours.
(07.29.09 01:14 AM)
Joel Lee said:
really sorry to hear about your dad's passing. Although I only know you through your pictures, I will be keeping you and your family at this time. Your shots really touched me and are proof that your dad was truly blessed to have a family like yours. God bless
(07.29.09 03:52 AM)
Kellan said:
Amelia, wow, that was an extremely poignant use of words and pictures to display an obvious love for a wonderful man. God truly is and will continue to comfort you as you learn to live in anticipation of seeing him someday in heaven. One of my dear friends just visited us this weekend and her dad is slowly deteriorating with ALS too. He is another inspiring warrior determined to LIVE his last days with the most contagious attitude and spirit. I don't know you but you definitely made me cry. May we all be parents whose children can look back on our years and feel blessed beyond measure. May God be ever present in your grieving. Blessings~ Ryan and Kelly
(07.29.09 05:52 AM)
Lele said:
I applaud you for being able to capture these moments. I can't imagine how hard it was for you to do that. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry for you loss and may God brighten every day to make it easier.
(07.29.09 08:01 AM)
Vickey Weiss said:
I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to your dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers. xoxo, Vickey
(07.29.09 10:51 AM)
Marlene Munoz said:
this is such a beautiful post. thank you for sharing your amazing dad with the world. your family is in my prayers.
(07.29.09 10:56 AM)
Becka Knight (Studio222 Photography) said:
Definitely crying now
(07.29.09 11:08 AM)
jeffrey Woods said:
Sorry to hear of your loss.
(07.29.09 11:14 AM)
Julia Mary said:
I have no words. But you and your family are in my prayers!!!
(07.29.09 12:33 PM)
Casia Fletcher said:
What an amazing journey, story, and photographs. It takes a lot to share these with everyone & I thank you for having that courage! I don't know you but visit your work constantly & have you in my thoughts. I believe everything happens for a reason and it was such a blessing you were able to spend so much time with him.
(07.29.09 01:48 PM)
Natalie said:
That was amazing and beautiful... I know how you feel right now cause I too have been in the same situation.. However I can see you were very blessed at being with him in his last moments... my sympathy to you and you family.
(07.29.09 03:19 PM)
nicole green said:
amelia, the last photos you have of him are just amazing. they completely moved me to tears. :( i hope you and you're family are doing alright.
(07.29.09 03:29 PM)
kara Kasper said:
This is trully so beautiful!!!!!!Many thoughts and prayers for you and your family in this difficult time.
(07.29.09 05:02 PM)
Cameron Ingalls said:
God bless you and your family... Love how you share your heart.
(07.29.09 05:05 PM)
Demese Black said:
Hi Amelia, How blessed you are to have been able to photograph those last days with your dad. WOW! I have tears in my eyes. God Bless you honey
(07.29.09 05:41 PM)
Deyla Huss Photography said:
Im so sorry about your father and my prayers go out to you and your family for comfort and peace. It is so awesome that you were able to capture these shots of your dad and your family together. Thank you for sharing!
(07.29.09 06:45 PM)
Candice said:
Thank you for sharing such a personal journey. What a testament of the power of love. We are praying for your family!
(07.29.09 07:22 PM)
ksen said:
amelia,,, this is such an incredibly beautyFULL post -- completely brought tears to my eyes. i am so very thankful that you were able to spend this precious time with your Dad. i am deeply saddened & sorry for your loss,,, my heart, thoughts & prayers are with you and yours.
(07.29.09 08:11 PM)
Kami said:
What a beautiful post. You can just feel the love. I hope you all find peace soon.
(07.29.09 09:50 PM)
Ashley Thalman Photo said:
Amy, What a wonderful tribute to your dad. In an industry filled with perfect photos of planned moments I am finding myself grateful for the authenticity of this post, how open you are about your life and love, and for the beautiful Amelia Lyon way you do what you do. What a gift to spend those last minutes with your dad. Thank you for the reminder of what matters most. Love, Ashley
(07.29.09 11:22 PM)
Matt Ebenezer said:
Such a beautiful and powerful tribute to your Dad. My day has been brightened by "knowing" your Dad through this blog post and sharing in the father/daughter love you both shared. Thoughts and prayers coming your way for you and your family.
(07.30.09 12:33 AM)
Rosie Cutbill said:
This is such a moving tribute both in words and images - I have a huge lump in my throat. It is full of love and emotion and shows, so well the importance of families. My heartfelt sympathy to you all. I am so pleased Steve Gerrard sent me the link.
(07.30.09 02:08 AM)
George said:
This is so Beautiful, just want to let you know that how inspiring it is to me.
(07.30.09 03:31 AM)
Miss High Heels said:
I don't know you, your late father or your family. I read your blog from time to time to admire your amazing wedding photography but this post and the photos of your late father have moved me beyond belief. I'm sitting at my laptop here in Australia and crying my eyes out. The emotion that you've captured is nothing short of incredible. Your creative ability is clearly a gift from God. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family during this time.
(07.30.09 04:38 AM)
jamie said:
this is such an amazing post that you and your kids will have to look back on in years to come. it brought big giant tears to my eyes and makes me think of how lucky i am to still have my dad. you have so much strength~
(07.30.09 04:44 AM)
Angela said:
Amelia - I feel almost intrusive commenting on such a personal and honest post but wanted to thank you for sharing and thank you for reminding us just how precious life is. I am so glad you all had the time to spend with your father in his last days and have these images. Thank you and wishing you all the best.
(07.30.09 05:30 AM)
maria farrelly said:
so raw and painful. I'm can't imagine the emotions running through you. I have never used my own blog as an intimate diary. you are very brave to do so. I haven't seen my dad for over 15yrs. I have no idea where he is, he just left and cut himself off from everyone. I have 2 young boys who have never met him. Your story brought me to tears and reminded me of my own childhood. All the laugher, tears and happiness. I miss that so much. I often wonder if saying goodbye is better (although painful) than never getting that chance. Maybe one day I'll have the opportunity. take care and my thoughts are with you and your family x
(07.30.09 06:35 AM)
Sarah said:
I look at your blog from time to time, admiring your beautiful photography. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad he had such a supportive family. It's always hard when Heavenly Father needs them more than we do. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your Family. :)
(07.30.09 06:46 AM)
heidi chowen said:
I came across your blog a little while ago and check back every once in a while to see your gorgeous photography. I was so not expecting to cry...but I am so sorry for your aching heart and your dad's passing. I will be thinking of you and your family and sending lots of love your way. Your words and photos say so much about your love for your father. He will be with you always. xoxo
(07.30.09 08:37 AM)
Erin said:
Thank you for sharing such incredible moments with us...strangers. I'm indescribably moved.
(07.30.09 09:17 AM)
Carolyn Egerszegi said:
I can hardly type through the tears. What a beautiful tribute to your father. I hope you find great comfort in the love he had for you. Best wishes.
(07.30.09 09:45 AM)
Chris H. said:
Thank you for sharing these details, I love the way you all embraced life in the face of death. Such a perfect story of what you have been through. God Bless!
(07.30.09 10:47 AM)
marianne said:
Crying. I'll call you soon.
(07.30.09 11:02 AM)
Krysta said:
I don't know you (other than from your blog) or your family, but this post touched me. As I sit at my desk with tears in my eyes, my thoughts are with you and your family.
(07.30.09 12:50 PM)
ruth s said:
I know I'm pregnant, but this post had me in ball, crying. Your father was such an amazing man. I am glad i had the chance to know him. He was one of my favorite uncles. I really felt like he took the the time to get to know me. Anyways, beautiful pictures and beautiful post. I am so glad you guys were able to have the chance to be by his side.
(07.30.09 02:36 PM)
DSC said:
Your post moved me to tears. You captured it all so beautifully and expressed in words so eloquently. Thank you for sharing this personal moment. Take care.
(07.30.09 04:59 PM)
yvonne said:
i'm sorry for your lost. it's good to know he was with all his loved ones at his last days. you are all lucky to have had each other.
(07.30.09 06:27 PM)
Tola M. said:
What an inspiring man! And what a moving story.
(07.30.09 07:16 PM)
Leslie said:
A beautiful tribute. God's blessings on you all.
(07.30.09 07:36 PM)
Jessie said:
Like many others, I was moved to tears by your words and pictures. I'm sorry for your loss, but share in your joy in knowing you'll be able to see your father again.
(07.30.09 10:11 PM)
Julie Parker said:
Oh, Amelia I am so sorry! What a blessing that you and your family were able to be with him. Like he said, he will be around one way or another. I lost my dad a couple of years ago and I feel his spirit all the time. Families are forever. I wish I had more comforting words for you. You're in my prayers.
(07.30.09 10:58 PM)
rosaura said:
Amelia, thank you so much for this post and sharing the love and connection with your father and family. I was moved so so much - hard to type through the tears. I went through something similar last year - my father passed away of cancer with his whole family by his side praying the rosary. I know the ache you must have, it will get better with time but I don't think it will go away completely. I do know that our dads are in a better place now. And I do know that one day we will see them again. Love and Blessings to you and your family.
(07.31.09 02:28 AM)
k said:
this is the first time i've visited your site, chancing upon it looking for wedding photographers, and this post definitely moved me with all its love and affection. thank you.
(07.31.09 02:42 AM)
sheila said:
two of your uncles happen to be in my ward in draper. i am so sorry. i lost my dad, though he was older and under different circumstances, in june. hang on it's going to be a tearful couple of months ahead. because i've learned that the more you loved, the more you see the tears. beautiful post.
(07.31.09 06:20 AM)
ellen patton said:
What a wonderful tribute to your dad. And I love the photos. Very touching.
(07.31.09 06:34 AM)
David Blakeman said:
Thank you so much for being so vulnerable and so open about your story. That is a sign of a truly brilliant documentary photographer.
(07.31.09 07:31 AM)
Misty Damico said:
You are a stunning photojournalist and I am in mad love wth your work. I will keep you and your family in our prayer and paray that the awesome Lord we love blesses you with his grace and serenity. God bless you darling. God is with you. Misty
(07.31.09 08:32 AM)
Katie said:
I just came across your blog, and this post made me cry and cry. My daddy died three years ago of cancer, and every day has a big hole in it. But God has been so faithful to me and my family, and I am praying that you will be able to rest on His sufficiency. I love you in Christ - Katie Strevel
(07.31.09 09:10 AM)
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(07.31.09 09:39 AM)
Curtis Copeland said:
Thanks for sharing your heart. May God bless you and your family in this moment.
(07.31.09 09:47 AM)
Kenny said:
I miss my Dad.
(07.31.09 09:53 AM)
Misty Sparks said:
I just wanted to say that I am sorry for the loss of your daddy. I am bawling my eyes out after reading this post and looking at all of the photos. I'm glad you and your family got to spend the last little bit of his life with him. You are right... you will be seeing him again. Hugs and prayers.
(07.31.09 10:06 AM)
heather saunders said:
amazing! brought me to tears...he will always be with you and will be a spirit guide for the boys as they grow. xoxoxo
(07.31.09 02:44 PM)
studio navigo said:
moving pictures and beautiful story - beautiful because of all that love - love in your family, in your post, in the eyes of your Dad. you have wonderful Dad. though I'm not an English-speaking preson I didn't misspell this - I mean 'have' not 'had'.
(07.31.09 03:00 PM)
Chelo said:
I am so so sorry for your loss. This is why photography is so important. I'll be thinking of you and your family. This post touched me so much.
(07.31.09 03:09 PM)
Cristina Navarro said:
Crying. Hugs. Going to visit my parents and give my Dad the biggest hug ever. Thanks.
(07.31.09 03:20 PM)
jenn nichols said:
You Dad sounds like an amazing man. My heart goes out to you and your family.
(07.31.09 04:08 PM)
I'm a long time follower first time I comment, tears are rolling from my eyes and and my heart can feel all the love you express here.I know that is for some time we don't get so see our love ones but it's still hard. You are such a strong and wonderful women. Thanks for all the beautiful pictures that bright up my days. Hope you enjoy your stay in San Francisco and I can't wait so see the amazing wedding you'll be shooting tomorrow!
(07.31.09 06:39 PM)
Alexandra Hodges said:
my thoughts are with you. you made me cry with the beautiful things you said.
(07.31.09 06:42 PM)
Lanie List said:
Amelia, I came here to once again admire your amazing artistic talent, and am instead impressed with your ability to express emotions that move us all. Your time spent with your father is a reminder of how short life is, and how important it is to keep our priorities in order. Thank you.
(07.31.09 06:46 PM)
Bryan Hall said:
Amelia, Justin. I am sorry for your loss. It sounds like your dad was an amazing man. I think that it is awesome that your brother who is on his mission was able to see your dad. I love that picture that you posted of him when he was young (in the purple shirt). Thanks for inspiring all of us with your wonderful and inspiring photos. There is something special about your photographs that push the wonderful emotions of the moment onto its viewers.
(07.31.09 07:17 PM)
Dana Hampson said:
i have been a fan since nancy and eddie's engagement pics. and 'am even more b/c of this. you are very brave to take these. i remember when my daddy went and i don't think i could've ever done what you did even though those last moments were so precious! you are so brave and so talented. thank you.
(08.01.09 01:40 AM)
Myriam Beneyto said:
I visit your blog every time you update but i've never said anything because i know i can't express with my words how i admire your art, so i just wanted to tell you that i'm very sorry for your lost.
(08.01.09 04:36 AM)
alea said:
it's such a powerful thing to be able to cry for someone you don't even know. And even more amazing that we can be touched by a stranger so deeply! A prayer for grace, peace, and joy to you and your family. thank you for sharing your story through words and photos....
(08.01.09 07:37 AM)
Maya Laurent said:
To say that this is beautiful is an understatement. How amazing for you to capture your dad in those moments. You too have such strength and are an inspiration.
(08.01.09 07:43 AM)
Katie said:
I feel so privileged to read this post. Thank you so much for sharing this post. The picture of Nicole and your Dad brought me to tears. I sure love you and your family. Thank you again for reminding me to enjoy my kids and family.
(08.01.09 07:56 AM)
Emile said:
Amelia, I have been a avid follower of your blog and thank you so much for such a beautiful and moving post. I lost my mother several years ago and regret not having many photos of her. This post is amazing in every way and such a celebration of your father's life and your amazing family. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing his life through your beautiful images and the raw emotion of your words. What a wonderful tribute. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
(08.01.09 11:42 AM)
Kristi Wright said:
I am moved beyond words. What a beautiful tribute to your father and the care given by your family. I wish you and your family comfort, peace and loving memories of your father.
(08.01.09 12:17 PM)
Emilie said:
This post just made me cry... and made me happy at the same time because your words about your dad are so peaceful and full of hope and love. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing these photos, memories, moments and words with us. May your dad rest in peace! Emilie
(08.01.09 02:28 PM)
Ashley Kovar said:
What a beautiful post and such an amazing tribute to your father. Your images are moving and I know they will be such a comfort to your family! My thoughts and prayers are with your family!
(08.01.09 10:05 PM)
crystal said:
hi amelia, i'm normally just here as an admirer of your work, but this post absolutely moved me to tears. the bond within your family is moving, and what a gift it is to be able to photograph and capture these last precious moments so beautifully. i'm truly sorry for your loss.
(08.02.09 01:44 AM)
kiri said:
what an amazing and beautiful tribute to your dad. he is loved! thank you for sharing... my thoughts and prayers are with you.
(08.02.09 07:56 AM)
aga said:
Thank you for sharing your beautiful story of your Dad's legacy.Words cannot describe how sorry I'm for your loss. My daughter just came in while I was reading your blog and asked me if I'm OK since my tears kept rolling down my face uncontrollably. I felt your love and pain.
(08.02.09 11:52 AM)
Igor Tchounkovskii said:
I just wanted to say that I'm really sorry for your loss.
(08.02.09 01:16 PM)
Augusta said:
These photos are so precious. I love how God worked out everything for you to be able to spend the last few weeks with your Dad! His timing is so perfect. I'm going to continue to pray for you--for real!!
(08.02.09 04:16 PM)
erin said:
This is an unbelievably moving tribute and an amazing way to capture such a difficult and yet obviously love-filled time for you and your family. Thank you for sharing this moment of strength and sorrow as it sends out love and hope to the rest of the world. And reminds us to call our dads.
(08.02.09 05:44 PM)
Dawn Altier said:
Authentic, touching, tearful! And the great thing about the gospel is that it transforms seeming tragedy into another beautiful part of God's loving plan for us! All my best, faith, and prayers for your family at this time of parting.
(08.02.09 06:37 PM)
Samantha said:
Amelia, you literally brought me to tears. What a beautiful tribute to your father. My heart goes out to you. I'm glad that you had those last weeks to spend with him. I know you'll cherish those moments and especially the gorgeous photographs that you took of him. Beautiful.
(08.02.09 10:34 PM)
emily said:
My eyes are brimming with tears - what beautiful moments and what a beautiful life. I'm so sorry for your loss -- I will be praying for you and your family this week...
(08.03.09 08:28 AM)
Andy Lo said:
You and your family are in my prayers. Thanks for reminding me how much I love my dad.
(08.03.09 09:38 AM)
Paul said:
Thanks for sharing this and for the encouragement that you offer even in what must be a terribly difficult time. The reminders of the sovereignty and plan of God are so powerful-thanks.
(08.03.09 10:59 AM)
jess@studio3z said:
so sorry to hear of your huge loss. your photos are so priceless, and a gift that will continue to give to everyone in your family forever.
(08.03.09 12:08 PM)
allyson magda said:
bless you Amelia! what a hard experience, but what a blessing to be able to spend that last month with your father. may your family be filled with joy and abundant love during this hard time.
(08.03.09 12:40 PM)
Deniz said:
I can't stop crying. this is so beautiful! I just stumbled across this blog from a sorry for your loss..and what a beatiful way you celebrated his life.
(08.03.09 01:09 PM)
Vanessa Tombs said:
A year ago on Thursday (Aug 6th) my Dad passed away. Every day I miss him. Every day I remember something about him. Thank you Amelia for sharing.
(08.03.09 01:29 PM)
becky k said:
thank you for sharing something so special and so raw. it brought me to tears. what amazing pictures that you were able to take. thank you for sharing... becky k
(08.03.09 03:12 PM)
Courtney Keefe said:
I am very sorry for your loss. Your post was beautifully illustrated and your memories will last forever. Documenting his last days with the love of your family is a precious gift. thank you for sharing such a personal experience.
(08.03.09 09:50 PM)
Zaida said:
What a beautiful tribute to such an amazing man and his super wonderful family!!!! He will always be a hopeful and positive spirit in your life and in the hearts of many. May God bless you and your family. Thank you for sharing.
(08.04.09 09:48 AM)
francis aldana said:
you have the courage that everyone wishes they have. such a powerful post! thoughts and prayers...
(08.04.09 10:57 AM)
Kellie Kano said:
What a beautiful connection you shared. This just proves how incredibly important our jobs are...these pictures are priceless. Sending love to you & your sweet family.
(08.04.09 01:08 PM)
jackie wonders said:
just now reading this after being gone on holiday...Amelia. you're such a great daughter and the love you have for your family is astounding. i'm so sorry for the loss of your dad.
(08.04.09 03:30 PM)
leah said:
I so admire your courage. What a beautiful family. Also beautiful images. His hand truly is in everything. I don't know if you've ever heard of this site: but you might find it interesting.
(08.04.09 03:50 PM)
Kristina Leao said:
Amelia, I don't think anyone could read this without tearing up. I'm bawling as I type this. Thank you so much for sharing that. You're family is soooo amazing and the faith and testimonies that you all have are so inspiring. I didn't get to know you're dad very well but from what I have heard of him he is a wonderful man and he would have to be to have such amazing kids. I am so moved by his faith and courage that you spoke of in your blog. All the displays you mentioned of Heavenly Fathers hand in the events leading up to his passing are undeniably a miracle. Especially Jordan serving in an area where he could be with your dad! That is incredible. I am so glad that you all were able to spend time with your dad before he left to be back with Heavenly Father. What a great blessing to have that time. Anyway, I could go on but I just wanted to thank you for sharing those inspirational events in your life. They really have strengthened my testimony of Heavenly Fathers hand in our lives. I wish you the best and have had you guys in my prayers. Love Kristina
(08.04.09 07:15 PM)
Abra said:
I didn't comment on this post the first time I read it, because I didn't think I could without breaking down. I can't imagine what you must be feeling even now after a week has gone by. How amazing that you were able to spend so much time with him in the end. The small comfort that must bring you is immeasurable. I know that words from people you don't know is little comfort in a time of such grief, but I hope that it helps to know that one more person all the way across the country is in tears thinking of the pain you and your family are having to endure. Times like this makes me long all the more so for the day as it is promised in Revelation chapter 21 verses 3 and 4 when God promises no more tears or mourning or death anymore. Someday, all of this will be a distant memory that serves only for the time to make you stronger in your love for your family and Jehovah God.
(08.04.09 07:45 PM)
Vania -SimplyBloom Photography, LLC said:
absolutely moving, Amelia. You are so sweet. Sending good thoughts your way!
(08.04.09 08:52 PM)
Josh McCullock said:
wow, what an incredible family! hoping you all find peace in your loss. thanks for sharing.
(08.04.09 09:07 PM)
shelly & Ron Johnston said:
To all the Brady children from ron and I (shelly) Our deepest love to each of you.. we have found memories of your dad and family living so close and being neigbors and friends .. Your dads spirit WAS CONTAGIOUS AND HIS SWEET SMILE .. IM thankful you all were able to be with him.. I to lost my father and Know how very had it is .. we got this post from a ward member .. may Heavenly Father bless each of you sweet loving children and grandchildren..Amy you are an amazing photograher.. amazing .... we say kenny on the airplane here in utah ,, not to long ago.. we now live in Saratoga Utah.. Ronald is serving a mission in provo also at the mtc and provo a service mission.. hope he and jordan meet up someday.. he would love that .. god bless youall.. shelly Johnston
(08.04.09 09:27 PM)
Omi said:
I just returned home from my grandfathers funeral, so I know there are no words in this world that make this any easier, but thank you for such a beautiful story and life.
(08.04.09 09:41 PM)
alisha said:
I seldom comment on photo blogs...but this moved me to tears. Love to you, your father, and family in celebrating his life.
(08.05.09 06:55 AM)
lisa faley said:
You truely captured the "seasons of life" with your photography! I was so moved by this human picture story...Thank you for sharing, what all of us go through at some time in our life journey...I lost my 23 yr. old son and I know how hard it is to be the one who keeps going! God bless you and your work!
(08.05.09 07:43 AM)
Katrina de Leon said:
hi amelia! i'm one of your many loyal blog followers and actually one of nicole's january 2010 brides. i was ready to see more of your beautiful work last sunday night but instead was shocked to see your post about the passing of your dad. i was aware of his condition but didn't realize how fast the disease had taken over. nevertheless, i was amazed at how positive and grateful you were to have had such a wonderful father and to have been able to spend his last days with him. your post was beautiful. i can't even imagine the heartache you and your family must have gone through, and the typical thing to do would be to lay low and disappear for a while in order to mourn the loss of a loved one. you on the other hand picked right back up and shared your loss with the world. even though many of us readers haven't met you or your dad, it stirred something inside and reminded us to value life, love, and those closest to us. i admire your strength and courage and would like to send my condolences to you and your family. and simply, thank you for your post.
(08.05.09 04:35 PM)
Megan said:
Amelia I am so sorry for your loss....I have read this post more than once and I am reduced to tears each time. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of is a wonderful reminder of unconditional love and the strength we find in family.
(08.05.09 08:16 PM)
mary said:
i cried all the way through this blog entry. your relationship with your dad is so special.
(08.05.09 11:17 PM)
paula said:
To see how God had you all in His hands throughout this time is amazing. It brings tears to my eyes not only of sorrow for and your family, but of joy that you had these precious moments captured forever. God is great... thank you for sharing.
(08.06.09 12:11 PM)
matt hollingsworth said:
Amelia - thank you for sharing something so deeply personal and so moving. Your images are beautiful, superseded only by the love between you and your father. God has blessed you; may He continue to do so.
(08.06.09 09:17 PM)
Lily Wilson-Browne said:
Amelia, This is so beautiful and touching. He seems like a wonderful person; and you absolutely captured an essence that translates to someone like me, who has never met either of you. Blessings to you and your family, Lily
(08.06.09 10:18 PM)
jonathan said:
Praying for y'all.
(08.07.09 07:24 AM)
Lindsay said:
I'm bawling right now. Can't even imagine, nor do I want to. What a blessing to be there with him though. And your family will always cherish those photos. I live close to Provo. I'll keep my eye out for an Elder Brady. :)
(08.07.09 02:09 PM)
Greer Rivera said:
Your love for your dad is amazing! I will be sure to have more appreciation for my father and take plenty more photos of him while he is still with me...Even though he lives in Spain. :(
(08.07.09 06:57 PM)
CReid said:
Hi Amelia I know my words won't be able to alleviate the pain and remorse that you are feeling at the loss of your father. But from someone who had undergone a similar tragedy with the passing of a love one. I can only say that I'm sorry for your loss and hope that in time your heart heals. Regards, Carl
(08.08.09 06:53 AM)
Braedon said:
Brought tears to my eyes Ameilia...
(08.08.09 11:20 AM)
Shelly Norton said:
Amelia -- My heart breaks for you, and is also so very grateful for the Atonement especially at this time for your family. Your gift of photography and insight no doubt has blessed all of your family's lives in remembering your dad in such a beautiful tribute. Future generations will know him better through you. What a treasure. Wishing you the best as you hold your own little family tight!
(08.09.09 09:18 AM)
Jessica Druck said:
I was a bridesmaid in a wedding you photographed and I often come to your blog because I love, love, love your pictures. This was so touching. Almost laid out like a great photo story I would see in a magazine. Wonderful shots that had great element, depth and emotion; these photos say so much.
(08.11.09 08:11 PM)
Caroline Joy said:
Amelia, thank you for making such an intimate and personal post. The Lord used his timing and your words to bless my heart immensely. At this very moment I'm sitting in the hospital next to my best friend who's simple day surgery turned into a serious medical problem. It's been a first for me, to watch someone I love in so much pain, and the tears and emotions have definitely been around. Somehow though, after reading this, sitting in this hospital chair alone with my dear sleeping friend, I have peace. Thank you. (And sorry to write a book in your comment section!) Many blessings. -Caroline
(08.13.09 10:01 AM)
Annette Garica Kerslake said:
Ameila, I haven't been on the blog for quite sometime. As I made my way through each post. I stopped at your fathers, and it brought me to tears. I was touched by the dignity, beauty and love your father and family have for eachother. I know he's looking down from above with pride and joy at the beautiful family he created. My deepest sympathies for you and your family.
(08.13.09 05:29 PM)
Justine said:
Oh Amelia, I'm just sitting here on the floor sobbing while I read this post. It is just so touching and loving and so sad all at the same time. I'm so glad that you and your family got to spend so much time with him and it's so wonderful that you have all of those lovely images to help you remember. xo
(08.14.09 09:43 AM)
shannon harrison said:
i feel blessed to have seen these images. thanks so much for sharing your heart.
(08.14.09 10:01 AM)
Alej Keigan said:
It's so amazing you were able to capture it all to keep forever.
(08.14.09 10:06 AM)
Joey Pulone said:
Amelia, Although we don't know eachother, I'm sure we'll cross paths at some point in this little world of photographers. I just wanted to say that my heart aches for you and yours. I particularly liked the image of your Pop in front of his car, presumably as a teenager. What a stud! Also, the photos of the last moments of your Pop's life are incredible, your courage was and is remarkable.
(08.14.09 02:03 PM)
Margo said:
sorry for ur lost.. ;-(( i didn't even know u..just looking at ur web page and find this story..was crying all the way from 5th picture.. is just sooo touching ur pictures!! i admire ur strenght and ur love to ur dad!! u r so lucky dady girl!! ;-)
(08.14.09 10:06 PM)
Eddie Bojorquez (Studio 512) said:
Beautiful post. God's blessings to you and your family.
(08.15.09 03:26 AM)
Mike Drofenik said:
I follow your blog regularly from Vancouver, Canada! I envy your work! I am a part-time Wedding photographer, & also a part-time Respiratory Therapist. I totally know what your father has gone through. I had tears in my eyes as I followed this post. I realized how often I get detached from my patients and how close it really can hit to home... Thanks for sharing! MikeD
(08.15.09 11:21 AM)
Katherine Robertson said:
have not checked your blog lately and just saw your post about your dad. such a blessing you were able to capture all of these photos and have the time in July during the last days. So great to have all of these photos to share and save for your children. i lost my father in law at the end of April and we knew as well that our days with him were numbered. such a blessing to have an idea and not be surprised even though difficult, it is such a blessing to have the chance to say good bye and capture photos. he was so young but i am sure that God has a plan and has him in the palm of His hand. all the best to you and your family. Katherine Robertson
(08.16.09 06:29 AM)
Julie Thomas said:
Hi Amelia, that was so touching about your father. Even though I don't know you I'm sending out my deepest sympathy to you of the loss of your dad. You captured every detail of his last monents, which would of been so hard to do in an emotional way, but you captured every bit of the man he was, and it looked like he was a great man! You do beautiful work!!! You inspire me!!! Jules
(08.16.09 06:00 PM)
Nat said:
Amelia, These pictures are so touching and powerful. Your father was a very handsome man. I do agree with you how God has a plan for everything, everyone, and every moment. John and I are sorry for your loss and here if you need anything. We do apologize for the late entry. You and your family are in our prayers Amelia. Take care! You and Justin still ROCK!!! =)
(08.17.09 01:12 PM)
Araceli Aguilar said:
Your "I miss you dad" post broke me down! I am sitting here filled with so many mixed emotions. I still have my dad and I cannot bare the thought of him leaving this world. He is my hero and my inspiration. I stumbled on your page via Project Wedding. I admire the emotion in your shots. I might be giving you a ring very soon. I'm getting married in 2011.
(08.17.09 04:30 PM)
Vasti said:
Your dad looks like an amazing man! So handsome... i mean, look at all the cool, caring children he brought up... of course he was a great guy! And courageous. My grandfather suffered from that same illness. It's terrible! Thank God you got to enjoy your father.
(08.18.09 02:10 AM)
Dasha Tatarinov said:
Amelia, may God continue to bless you and in life and in your work. You loved your Dad very much as its seen through all the shots you have shared with us. I was deeply touched and cried for every moment shared with loved ones goes remembered, the good and bad which brings us closer together. Thanks for sharing such personal inner thoughts with us. It made me realize that i should take more advantage of the time i still have with my dad while hes still alive because i usually more despise him than show affection. It makes me think that love must be distributed more so we wont regret when those we love pass away. Thank you very much for this post once really had a impact view of realtionships.
(08.19.09 12:13 AM)
Sandra Yu said:
This has touched me deeply. No words can express how much I am saddened by your father's passing. Know that he is probably smiling where he is now, free and at peace at last. He has raised good children, and you all loved him very much. Thank you for sharing this story with us, Amelia, for sharing your dad and your family's love.
(08.19.09 01:34 AM)
Gloria McCune said:
I came to your site to enjoy your beautiful images...before I knew it I was captured by the loving memories you have of your dad. Thank you so much for sharing. I was so touched, I had tears coming down my face...
(08.26.09 09:58 AM)
Supermar said:
Wow. I'm totally crying right now and I don't even know you guys! I've followed your amazing photography blog for a little while now. I saw the pics of the temples but didn't know if you were a member or not. I'm also a member who grew up in OC. It was amazing to see these photos and hear this story. Families are forever. It's totally true. Thanks for sharing this personal story with us.
(08.27.09 09:59 PM)
Cyndee Wanyonyi said:
I am so very sorry that you have lost your father. He seems like he was an amazing man! I am so glad you & your family have such great memories of him...
(08.29.09 08:16 AM)
Joseph Baatz said:
Awsome. Brought tears. My dad memories also. U are so lucky. Look forward to seeing him again when you visit your maker. P.s. I has same car in 72.
(09.04.09 02:35 PM)
Andreea said:
Your words are so impressing... I'm crying .. really ! I hope your dad is in a better place now, and watching over all of you !
(09.16.09 11:07 PM)
Kim said:
I've never posted to someone I don't know, I found your blog page on a friend of mine's page who is also a photographer and admires your work. I am moved to tears seeing the love that your family has. You are very brave to document and share this life changing experience with us. I am a Amelia Lyon fan!!
(09.23.09 10:31 AM)
airliner said:
Dear Amelia i am writing to you to express my sorrow about your dad. Its really very moving to share with us your feelings and your emotions for this important fact of your life. It is also underline your very emotional and sensitive character you are. My biggest sadness is that i will never be able to express those emotions and feelings for my dad cause he abandoned us for reasons that i have never understood. Oh my God i wish i could right your word about my is so cruel Thank you Amelia Greetings from Greece
(10.06.09 03:20 AM)
Timothy Driver said:
What a beautiful tribute to your dad, what you have gathered here will mean much more with every year which passes. It must have been painful taking some of these pictures but they will mean so much to your family
(11.06.09 12:20 PM)
Feuza said:
have not stopped by regularly on your blog and I did not realize he had passed, I read that post when you visited him and took those great pictures of him and your kids, in such tears right now but brings a new perspective to my work and in the memory safe keeping business we are in, God Bless you
(11.19.09 09:14 PM)
Linda Vanaman said:
I have just "met" your Dad through your wonderful photos but most of all I have "met" a family who loves and honors each other. When my Daddy passed away and in the 4 yrs before when he was alone without his soulmate, our Mom who had passed away, my sister and I had one goal: to make sure he was not alone, know how much he was love and treasured, know how much we appreciated how he had loved our Mom and us and always provided for us and that he never be afraid. I think your family lived by the same goal. It is so nice to see that this world has many families who love and love. Sincerely, Linda
(12.08.09 03:34 PM)
Christine Hopaluk said:
Tears in my eyes, What an incredible tribute to your father. Thank you for sharing.
(12.10.09 08:26 AM)
Matt Kreitzer said:
I first met your father some 34-some-odd years ago. Your Dad was my zone leader for a time in NYC. What a great guy, and super missionary. He always wore a smile, and carried with him a great testimony. I'm sickened to just be finding out about his passing. I live in the St. George area, and had no idea Ken lived here, too. I just found out this morning ... through an email from my second mission companion, Randy Harenberg. We were all in NYC the same time. I have fond memories of my experiences with your Dad. My heart goes out to you and your family. Your images, and thoughts on this page have touched me deeply and inspired me. Thank you.
(01.26.10 02:42 PM)
delbarr moradi said:
I was browsing through your blog and when I came to this post I couldn't help but stop and soak up every word and every image. This touched my heart SO much. I recently lost my grandma who I was very very close to and I am so inspired by what you did, how you captured the LIFE of your father. This is truly a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing and thank you for inspring me to capture the moments in my life with my family who I love so much. Priceless.
(03.20.10 10:37 AM)
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(04.24.10 08:08 PM)
james wollfe said:
the pictures of your father are some of the best ever ..GOD bless you..........
(06.04.10 05:14 PM)
Juliet McKee said:
I was brought to your site by a fellow photographer. A beautifully written post and a fitting tribute. What a gift to have been given the skill to record such precious memories.
(06.05.10 03:11 AM)
Chanelle Segerius-Bruce said:
Wow what a lovely post and tribute to your dad. I lost my dad last year to a sudden heart attack. Was really hard to being able to say goodbye. He didn't drink, smoke or anything and it came totally out of the blue. Then one month ago my step-mom, who was married to him for 15 years, passed away from cancer. She just felt that she should have gone with him and was so lost without him. She was told that she only had 6 months to live about 8 months after my Dad had passed. So so sad.
(06.07.10 07:27 AM)
mich bilyeu said:
thank you for sharing your story.. i'm so sorry that you lost your sweet daddy but i am so glad that you have so many wonderful memories of him. this post was a great reminder to constantly love those around you and cherish those everyday moments.
(07.19.10 12:38 PM)
Caroline Rober said:
Amelia, I can never thank you enough for sharing your dad's story. What a beautiful story of love and courage. I hope I can be as courages as he and you are. I miss Hudson's cute smile!
(09.21.10 09:31 PM)
Alex said:
My mother in law recently passed away after a 15 year battle with cancer. My wife has created a book of her mums life in images. What you have here is amazing and moving. Thank you for sharing your dad's life in pictures with the world. Alex
(12.17.10 05:10 AM)
Dolly Rossi said:
Thank you so much for sharing. This post had touched me and made me realize that God is powerful. Thank you again.
(07.08.11 10:12 PM)
Seth said:
Wow. I just randomly hit this post scrolling through your work, and it just blew me away. Thank you for sharing this story in a very eloquent and reverent way, and for the always timely reminder of the importance of families and eternal perspective.
(09.12.11 12:34 PM)
Suzy said:
Thank you for sharing your families story. I lost my father on November 2, 2001 after a 11 month battle with ALS. Your pictures are beautiful and very moving. I hope you and your family are coping well. This is the worst disease I have ever experienced in my life.
(10.31.12 06:51 AM)
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Many of you (especially those that follow us on twitter) may know that we packed our lives from Orange County California and travelled to St. George Utah. Why, you may ask?! We came here to spend time with my dad and surrounding family members. Last September my dad was diagnosed with ALS and his disease has rapidly progressed, especially over the past month. We have most of July off (weird, I know...right in the middle of wedding season, but we feel like it is a HUGE blessing) and I felt strongly that we needed to be with my dad. So now we're here to enjoy as much time as we can with him and our family while we have the time to do it. This is one reason I LOVE what we do, we can work from anywhere and still have the freedom to go and be where we want to be.

I've also had the sweet opportunity of documenting everything I can during our visit here. Here are some fun photos from our 4th or July festivities.

This shot of Hudson and my dad makes my heart dance with joy!
I definitely am THAT mom who dresses the whole family in red, white, and blue on the 4th of July!
july4th_03.jpgjuly4th_04.jpgjuly4th_05.jpgAll of the boy cousins.
july4th_06.jpgjuly4th_07.jpgOh, the faces of the holiday...I especially love Sloan's red punch smile!
july4th_08.jpgThe slew of fireworks, Justin had a hay-day lighting each one with my brothers!

A few days later we celebrated Justin's 32 birthday on the 6th, I love you sweetheart! Here's Justin's favorite belt buckle, if you don't know what "Hud" means, then you don't really know Justin. Thanks to Rog for giving it to him for last year's birhday!
I'll be posting more photos as we are continue our trip here in the hot-hot-heat of St. George, stay tuned!

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jenberry said:
i'm very proud of you for stepping away from the busy life and spending time with your dad. it's time you'll NEVER regret. and, like you said, you can work from anywhere. thoughts with you. have a wonderful, precious, momentous time. much love.
(07.08.09 10:48 PM)
Rog said:
That's such a sweet belt buckle! It looks even better when Amelia photosizes it in the lightness-ness of time. Love IT! Just so you know...I'm at it again.
(07.08.09 10:57 PM)
Bobby Earle said:
Very few people throw unimportant things to the side when important things come up. Psyched that you guys did that here :) Praying for that happy looking pop of yours!
(07.08.09 11:02 PM)
Tyler said:
You have the CUTEST kids!!!!!
(07.08.09 11:06 PM)
jac said:
i miss you guys :)
(07.08.09 11:14 PM)
Kayleen T. said:
SUPER Cute family pix! Hope your dad gets better!
(07.08.09 11:19 PM)
Gedas said:
(07.09.09 03:48 AM)
john waire said:
the shot of hudson and your dad is oh so sweet. can't help but smile at the last one of you and justin. enjoy the time with family -- it truly is what it's all about.
(07.09.09 04:25 AM)
John Sharpe said:
Love this post. The first photo of your dad and Hudson is adorable. I'm really looking forward to finally meeting you guys in a couple weeks at the workshop!!! Keep up the great work!! Although, St George is uber hot, at least you've got Cafe Rio to console you :) Sweet Pork Burrito served enchillada style...mmmmm!!!!
(07.09.09 06:29 AM)
Jeramy said:
That is so awesome that your friend made you a personalized belt buckle!!! I love it!!! These are great--glad you are enjoying family time--what a great blessing. See you guys next month!!!!!
(07.09.09 07:34 AM)
Cathy (and David) said:
Hope you guys take it easy and truly enjoy your time with your family. It's so awesome that you get the chance to do that. :)
(07.09.09 07:42 AM)
sandie said:
Hey! I'm one of those moms too! But then my RW+B carries on into the rest of the summer! You area ll too cute. It's beautiful to see you are spending time with your dad. You have such an amazing family. And your boys are gitting so big! Sloan is so grown up! WOW! Miss you :)
(07.09.09 08:25 AM)
jessie said:
OK I think I know where Hudson got his smile, he looks a lot like your dad . . . We are so glad you have taken the time to be with him . . . Ya, I'm a red, white and blue on the fourth mom too! All of you look so happy! Great PHOTOS As USUAL!!
(07.09.09 08:36 AM)
Kathleen Hennessey said:
uh-meeee-lia. . . I was at JFK yesterday waiting for my flight to Seattle, and I kept double taking at the girl next to me! She looked so much like you, with so much style, I had the urge to reach over and hug her. It was tough, but I resisted. . . . These photos feel like a big hug, and so I am now fulfilled. xo
(07.09.09 09:58 AM)
Feuza said:
Family is so important, that first shot touches my heart. God Bless
(07.09.09 11:40 AM)
Nicole said:
Too, too adorable! Your photos are amazing, and I love that you can take family times and make them as GLAM as a wedding/engagement.
(07.09.09 11:43 AM)
debra parker said:
looks like you have been up to fun! Love all the fireworks!
(07.09.09 01:57 PM)
Elsie Lopez said:
I LOVE posts like these! Enjoy your time in St. George!
(07.09.09 05:02 PM)
ruth said:
Send my love to your dad. I will be thinking of you guys!
(07.09.09 05:21 PM)
Ashley said:
These are such sweet pictures of your family! I'm so glad that you guys have been able to spend this time with your dad. Can't wait to see more pix!
(07.09.09 07:33 PM)
Heather said:
My dad has MS, although very different from ALS, it's also very debilitating as it progresses. My dad rocks my world and spending every moment I can with him while he is here is important to me (whether he's sick or not!) Luckily, my father is still doing quite well after 10 years of a diagnosis. Enjoy the family time, you'll never forget it, he cherishes the time with you and your kids get some unforgettable memories of spending the summer in such an awesome place!
(07.09.09 09:05 PM)
katy said:
Hi Amelia, Myname is katy, and I'm a huge fan! I hate the the Lyon shop is full! Oh well, maybe next year. I loved this post about your family, ALS is a disease that I am all too familiar with, my dad was diagnosed in 1997 and lived only 2 years. We miss him every day! My thoughts are with you and your sweet family....
(07.10.09 07:38 AM)
Gabby said:
I been following your blog for so time now and i am sorry to hear about your dad... Big hugs go out to him and the rest of your family. As always AWESOME photos...i love your style
(07.10.09 07:47 AM)
Beth Armsheimer said:
aww looks like you all are having a super fun Summer!!
(07.11.09 09:08 AM)
capitan said:
happy birthday* you guys rock and your pics are awesome!!! respect capitan*
(07.12.09 03:58 AM)
Terra Dawn said:
I think the most wonderful thing about being a photographer, is that we get to capture the moments in our lives EXACTLY as we remember processing and all. These are absolutely stunning, and I know you will treasure them and your kids will treasure them. I wish your dad all the luck!!
(07.13.09 05:37 PM)
Camille Gould said:
I love that you're taking this time to spend wth your dad right now! My father-in-law has ALS, he's survived a LOT longer than others have with this condition, but my husband and I have made a point to visit his parents every Thursday for the past 6 1/2 years. You can't have any regrets by spending quality time together right?! I love the picture of your son and dad together, it's perfect!
(07.17.09 01:06 PM)
Hud Taylor said:
Hi mine is Hud, I was wondering where Rog got that belt..I have been trying to find a place to get one made made.. I was named after the movie "Hud"with Paul Newman.. Thank you so much..
(10.27.14 12:12 PM)
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