Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Amanda Leigh

Today I would love to tell you about my niece, Amanda, better known as Mandy. She is going to be 17 in July, gasp! And even though she is not quite five foot tall, she has a huge heart, and a great spirit. She is your typical teenage girl though, she proves that with her 10,000 text messages a month. Mandy loves hanging out with her dad, and is a fabulous role model to her little cousin, Molly. Last summer when we made our annual trip back to Ohio in August, Mandy decided to do something. It involved all of the family, and God. Most importantly, God. Amanda Leigh got baptized, and I am so blessed to have been a part of it. Here is her story...


Mandy decided to be baptised on Friday, August 8. Well that was already a very special day in our family, Molly's birthday. So the two great girls in our family share one special day, Molly's actual birthday, and Mandy's baptism birthday. How awesome! This is Devin in the picture with Mandy. He was her youth minister, and he came back from Indiana to share in this special day with us. Thanks Devin! In this picture, Mandy was talking about what led her to this decision, and why she felt it was important to be baptised. I was so proud of her, and I still am. I pretty much light up when she walks in the room because I love her so much.


Going under!


Back up, and I am pretty sure we were all hooting and hollering at her!


Grandma, and Molly giving Mandy a big hug!


Uncle Eric so proud of Mandy and the decision she made.

I am so happy that Mandy allowed all of us to be a part of her special day, and I love her so much! I know following Christ has not been easy, fun, or popular for her. Is it for any of us? But she has persevered through it all so far. I admire her strength, beauty and wisdom all for an almost 17 year old. Manders-I love you so much!

12 comments:

Kristin said...

This totally brought tears to my eyes! What an amazing day!!

I was thinking of doing my story today about when I got saved at church camp. I will have to look, but I really think it might've been on August 8th also. Isn't that so neat?!!

Also, Lily's birthday is August 9th! How funny, huh?!

Kari said...

Absolutely beautiful story! I was baptized in a lake in Texas back in 1997. Wow. What an awesome experience and such a wonderful decision. So cool that it meant so much for you as well.

Holly said...

That's so awesome she shared that day with so many! I was baptized in my parents'pool. lol

Jenilee said...

that is a beautiful post. :) thanks for sharing her story.

Veronica said...

What an awesome post. I loved seeing the different photos. What a special day for all of you guys!

Lilyofthevalley - Tanya said...

What a special memory! Thanks for sharing!

Denise said...

So very precious.

September said...

What a totally awesome post! Beautiful! tell her to Keep looking up! I loved reading this story of faith!

September said...

P.S. I was baptized when I was 17 , also.

Lynnette Kraft said...

I never tire of hearing salvation/baptism stories. They always make me excited.

How neat that you have such a close relationship with your niece. That's wonderful.

Thanks for sharing today.

April said...

How wonderful! What a cherished story to hold to. She's seems like she has herself figured out pretty well (compared to most 17 year old). Good for her!

Drahdrah said...

what a wonderful story. It's impressive when someone at such a young age, with so many peer pressures around made such an important decision to walk with god. She must be a very strong person.