In Loving Memory…

Papa as a toddler, with his father, in the Bronx, New York

It has been a while since I have blogged and will be a little while longer until I am back home and blogging about work again.  I think part of blogging about work is sharing life too, so I want to share today’s post as a tribute to my Papa, Louis.  My grandfather Sady (my mom’s dad) passed away this past Thursday, March 3.  We have called him Papa all our lives and he will be dearly missed.  I flew down to Maryland to be with my family on Friday morning and will be here until Sunday.  It has been a wonderful time with my family, full of tears and happy memories.  It has also been a time of rejoicing as well because I know Papa is no longer in pain, but is now in heaven with his Savior.

Papa was full of life and laughter.  He loved to tease and be with people.  He was a great encourager and most importantly, he was a Believer.  My Papa is a born-again Christian and I know he loves the Lord with all his heart and on the 3rd, he got to meet his Savior.  It was my Papa that prayed with me as a little girl to accept Christ as my Savior, and I am so grateful for his desire to “Live faithfully, serve lovingly”.   It is a bittersweet time, but I have enjoyed reflecting on the life of my grandfather and what he has meant to me.  I wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures.  Sometimes pictures truly can say more than words.

Grammy and Papa's wedding photo

This is one of my favorite pictures: my grandparents wedding photo.  They are a good-looking couple.  My grandparents have been married 68 years, my papa was 21 when he married my grandmother at the age of 19.  Papa was from New York City (the Bronx) and my grandmother from Texas.  They have definitely set an example of a loving and godly marriage.  They are the parents of 6 children, 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren so far.  My Uncle Peter died a few months after I was born in 1987, so I know he and Papa must have had the sweetest reunion in heaven!

Papa was a World War II veteran.  It will be a privilege to see him honored at his memorial service and see my grandmother presented with his flag.

Peeling potatoes

I love this picture of him peeling potatoes!  My brothers and I did not have the privilege of growing up near my grandparents.  We moved to Maryland when I was two and Ian was four – Austin came along a few years later.  We did always stay in close touch with them and took lots of road trips to visit them throughout the years.  Even living in distance I have felt close to both of my grandparents.

One of my favorite trips we took as a family was going to the beach in North Carolina for a week with my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Papa retired from pastoral ministry at Thomas Road Baptist Church in 2005.

Celebrating their 50th Anniversary

Me at age 6 with Papa in MD

Cracking up on Grammy's birthday

Louis S. Sady ~ 9/2/1921-3/3/2011

I love you Papa and will see you again!  Papa desired that anyone wishing to make donations in his honor contribute to Baptist International Evangelistic Ministries, Louis Sady Memorial Fund, for Bibles for Russia. (www.baptistinternational.org)

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  • Vickie Davenport

    Arryn,
    What a wonderful tribute to your Papa! It sounds like you have a lot of wonderful memories to carry in your heart until God calls you to join him. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Hugs to each of you.ReplyCancel

  • Vickie Davenport

    Arryn,
    What a wonderful tribute to your Papa! It sounds like you have a lot of wonderful memories to carry in your heart until God calls you to join him. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Hugs to each of you.ReplyCancel

  • Arryn, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family. I loved the pictures of your Papa too. You’re right, they did say a lot!ReplyCancel

  • Arryn, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family. I loved the pictures of your Papa too. You’re right, they did say a lot!ReplyCancel

  • Arryn, I loved looking at the old photos of your grandfather and I’m so sorry you had to say goodbye. You truly have his likeness-especially the eyes! I absolutely love the photo of him and his dad in the Bronx, waaayyy back in the day! Oh to visit NYC in that day and age. blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Arryn, I loved looking at the old photos of your grandfather and I’m so sorry you had to say goodbye. You truly have his likeness-especially the eyes! I absolutely love the photo of him and his dad in the Bronx, waaayyy back in the day! Oh to visit NYC in that day and age. blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne Beans

    Precious….
    It is so good to have a visual of your grandparents while they are so much on my mind. Your words are treasures. You and the family are on my heart and in my prayers, Arryn. Love you all.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne Beans

    Precious….
    It is so good to have a visual of your grandparents while they are so much on my mind. Your words are treasures. You and the family are on my heart and in my prayers, Arryn. Love you all.ReplyCancel

  • Mikki

    Arryn this was a wonderful way of honoring papa! I LOVE IT And I love you too!!ReplyCancel

  • Mikki

    Arryn this was a wonderful way of honoring papa! I LOVE IT And I love you too!!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly Rogers

    Arryn, This was beautiful. What a tribute to a man who love the Lord and his family well. Love to your family.ReplyCancel

  • Beverly Rogers

    Arryn, This was beautiful. What a tribute to a man who love the Lord and his family well. Love to your family.ReplyCancel

  • Gramma V

    Arryn, I was so sorry to learn of your loss. What a wonderful man your papa must have been – savor the memories! You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Gramma V

    Arryn, I was so sorry to learn of your loss. What a wonderful man your papa must have been – savor the memories! You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Michele

    Sweetie…this was a wonderful tribute. Those last pictures are how I remember your grandfather…always laughing and telling jokes. What a wonderful man! Love and Prayers always.ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Michele

    Sweetie…this was a wonderful tribute. Those last pictures are how I remember your grandfather…always laughing and telling jokes. What a wonderful man! Love and Prayers always.ReplyCancel

  • Such a delight to remember the best memories of your Papa, God’s servant. You have grieved well in writing and gathering such meaningful photos of him and your family, capturing love and laughter. We’ll be praying for your family as you gather together this week. Sending love and hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Such a delight to remember the best memories of your Papa, God’s servant. You have grieved well in writing and gathering such meaningful photos of him and your family, capturing love and laughter. We’ll be praying for your family as you gather together this week. Sending love and hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Arryn,

    I’m sorry to hear of your grandfather’s death and will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    This is a beautiful tribute…both the photos and your words. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Arryn,

    I’m sorry to hear of your grandfather’s death and will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    This is a beautiful tribute…both the photos and your words. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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