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.
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.
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.
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)