Ed the Father
Ed the Grandfather
See this adorable baby? Her name is Brisen. I'd like to tell you a story about her. When she was a newborn, she squirmed and squirmed. So squirmy! She didn't seem to like people holding her, so we'd just sit by her as she squirmed. Well, Ed Rehder would not stand for it. He'd take her outside, lay on the hammock, and whistle church hymns at her while she squirmed. He'd feed her (see photo above), sing boring songs to her, and tell her weird stories.
These days, baby Brisen is grade A prime cuteness who likes everyone to hold her. But truly, when it comes down to it, she only has eyes for Ed. Most babies don't get Ed's tough-love/dry humor/slight abuse (such as trapping a baby in a patio chair), but Brisen is all about it. You'll never see a bigger smile out of her as you do when Ed stomps into the room, kicks her in the back and yells at her to get out of the way. It's magical.
Ed the Road Warrior
Have I ever mentioned that this man, Ed Rehder III used to drive a truck up in Alaska? Yes, folks, he was an original ice road trucker. Ed loves to drive. Loves it. LUVS. One time, he drove me, Sloan, and Pam 24 hours straight from Utah to Tennessee. No biggie.
There is, however, a darker side to his favorite past time. Because Ed likes to drive, he likes to "take the scenic route" every time he goes anywhere, no matter if he's alone or has five protesting adults trapped in the car with him. "Big deal," you may be saying, "so he likes to take a different road...you still get home!" Ah, dear reader, I can tell you've never been within five miles of your home after a three-hour car ride only to feel the sudden jerk of the car as Ed decides last minute to careen into a newly-developing neighborhood to "check out what's going on" whilst cruising at 8 miles an hour past dumpsters and house frames. Or perhaps you're sitting in the middle of the backseat 8 months pregnant, having sweated through your church clothes (and those of the passengers on either side of you) and you CAN SEE THE CONDO FROM THE CAR as Ed turns the opposite way into an "interesting looking" cul-de-sac. Never trust a man like Ed Rehder to go as the crow flies. Never.
Ed the Photogenic
Ed the Coastal Native
You can take the man away from the ocean, but you can't take the ocean away from the man. Born and raised in Alaska, living in Seattle, vacationing in Hawaii. One look at his tan and swimmer's physique would tip anyone off.