Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mackenzie's Baptism

A few weeks after Mackenzie accepted Christ, she was baptized on November 2nd. It was such a special day and we were so thankful to have our family there with us! I knew that Mackenzie was serious about her decision because for a long time she has been terrified of being baptized. She is always so concerned about getting water in her ears. I assured her that with ear plugs, that wouldn't be an issue! When we woke up that morning, I could tell she was a little nervous but I was so very proud of her! I love it that her Daddy got to baptize just doesn't get more special than that, for her or him! And, I also loved that Pastor Ted got to be a part of her baptism also. I was baptized by his dad when I was close to the same age as Mackenzie. It's so cool how God works things out like that! After Mackenzie was baptized, Brian and I gave her a new "real" Bible before going back into the service. It is purple with flowers...she loves it!
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"
2 Corinthians 5:17
Lord, thank you for saving Mackenzie and for her obedience to follow in the command to be baptized. As her parents, we have many hopes and prayers for her life, but most of all we pray that she would love you and follow you with all of her heart, mind, soul and strength all the days of her life!
(There are a LOT of pictures, so keep scrolling!)
A big shout out to my wonderful friends Connie, Jill and Kari for taking pictures and videoing for me so I didn't have to worry about that!
We had a youth lunch on this day and Brian ran off before taking a family picture...I wasn't exactly happy about that, but we couldn't wait for him so we went ahead and took the picture! After the service and taking a few pictures, we went to McAlister's for lunch, where Mackenzie got a few gifts to commemorate her special day!
Such a special moment that I know none of us will ever forget!
Love that smile!
Backing up a bit, here are some pictures from before the baptism.
She was definitely feeling nervous at this point. The little white suit she got to wear was so cute!
Checkin' things out...
Mackenzie's baptism came just a few months before Pastor Ted's retirement. I'm so thankful we were able to do this while he was still our Pastor. He has been such an instrumental influence in our life!
Mackenzie adores Pastor Ted and even has a teddy bear named after him!
Elizabeth Sharp was also baptized on this morning, just before Mackenzie. We were having a last minute pep talk before it was Mack's turn.
I loved getting to pray for Mackenzie before she was baptized!
I love this girl more than life!
"Do I go now???"
Jill Curry took all of these photos from the back of the sanctuary. I love them!
I loved how Brian grabbed her and helped her onto the little stool. Later he said he was afraid she would accidently baptize herself before he had the chance to do it!
"Mackenzie, I baptize you, my sister, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."
LOVE Brian's smile!! As a parent there is no greater joy than knowing that your children have trusted in Jesus Christ!
Robin Curry took this panoramic shot of our church during Mackenzie's baptism...LOVE!
When she came out she said, "The water was hot!"
I love you so much, Mackenzie Grace!
Poppa Jim & Louise got Mackenzie a beautiful gold cross necklace. So thoughtful and sweet of them!
G-Ma got Mackenzie the sweetest little Precious Moments Christmas ornament with a dove on it. She also got both of the girls a little angel beanie baby. Madison was feeling left out of everything since she wasn't the center of attention, so this gift totally cheered her up! Grandma & Grandpa Baldwin also gave Mackenzie a silver heart/cross necklace a few weeks later.